What: The Traditional Set Dance Competition at Oireachtas 2019 (I.E. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Irish Dance Championships)
Who: Any dancer in Novice / Prizewinner who has at least one dance in Prizewinner (hard shoe or soft shoe).
Where: The Marriott Hotel in Downtown Philadelphia
When: Thanksgiving weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday – The daily schedule will be posted by October when hotel reservations at the Marriott open.)
Cost: Traditional Set: $30
Family Weekend Admission Fee: $50
Family Max: $250 (Not Including Family Fee)
Practice Fee: $50 (this covers all the Monday practices. Please note that the fee stays the same whether you attend all of the practices or just 1.)
RSVP: Your decision to participate & your check must be received no later than Sept. 25th. Any late entry incurs a fee of $200 (per the requirements of the Championship) so please be timely with your payment! Please sign up below and an invoice will be emailed to you once you have signed up.
1. What is the Oireachtas?
The Oireachtas is a major competitive event in Irish Dancing as it decides regional champions and also qualifies dancers for the North American Nationals and for the World Championships as well. Solo dancing for Championship level dancers is the main event but there are also team competitions and Traditional Set competitions as well.
2. What would me / my child be competing in?
As a Novice/Prizewinner dancer, you/your child is not yet ready to compete in the Championship Solo dancing or qualify for Nationals or Worlds; however, they may compete in the prestigious Traditional Set Competition. This would be one dance (a traditional hard shoe dance) danced against children (or adults) of the same age. These dances are VERY simple (i.e. the focus is mainly on technique) and easy to learn. Dancers would perform St. Patrick’s Day. A link to the teaching videos for this dance are posted at the bottom of this article.
3. What would be the benefit of me / my child competing in this event?
For Novice/Prizewinner dancers, this is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the pageantry of this major event and prepare them for when they qualify for the Championship solo dancing.
4. How many participants will be in their competition?
This varies greatly by age groups but it is safe to say about 60. Our Region is made up of New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey so thousands of families and dancers attend the event. Our region is one of the top regions in the world bringing in some of the best talent.
5. Will me / my child win this event?
If your child is in the Prizewinner level and consistently winning Top 3 placements, they are a “contender” for a top 20 spot. Only the top 50% of the competition are called back (i.e. “recalled”) to receive a medal and typically the top 50% are prizewinner dancers. It is wise to let your children know that as first year competitors, the goal is not to win or even receive a medal but to gain experience, support their classmates, and enjoy the event.
6. What extra practices will me / my child need to attend?
We will be practicing St. Patrick’s Day every Monday from 8:00-8:15pm at Citiline Studio of Dance. The exact dates would be:
Monday, Sept 9
Monday, Sept 16
Monday, Sept 23
Monday, Sept 30
Monday, Oct 7
Monday, Oct 14
Monday, Oct 21
Monday, Oct 28
Monday, Nov 4
Monday, Nov 11
Monday, Nov 18
Monday, Nov 25
Please note that there are no requirements for mandatory practices, etc… You may choose to come to all of them or just as many as you can attend.
7. What costume will me / my child need to wear? Do they need a wig?
You/Your child may wear the school costume with the “poof” or they may choose to wear a solo dress and have a wig. I would like to give an opinion on how to make them look their best with what resources you have but the parent’s final decision on costuming is the final decision.
8. What do the fees cover? What other costs are there?
The fees cover the cost of the dancer to compete in the event as well as the Family Entrance Fee (no tickets are needed for the event since it is covered up front by this “Family Fee.”) It also covers their printed scores from the event. The only other costs would be transportation, parking, hotel (if desired), and food.
9. Can Family and Friends attend the event?
Of course! The more the merrier and since the Family Fee covers the entrance fee, you may bring as many people as you wish.
10. Do we need to stay in the hotel?
You do not need to stay in the hotel or any hotel. You may choose to drive down early in the morning and leave in the evening or if you find that your child is dancing early in the morning you may wish to get a nearby hotel room for the night before.
11. What about parking?
You may take the train from the Lancaster Station down to Philly and take the subway right to the Marriott to avoid parking or you may park in one of the Garages nearby. You will need to research pricing via the Philly Parking Authority website.
12. Can we take food to the event?
Yes, you may take coolers, etc… in to the competition. There are also food vendors in the event and The Reading Terminal Farmers Market is across the street from the Venue. There are also several fast food restaurants and upscale restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
13. Will you be there to help?
Yes & No. As a Mother of a competitor, my sons are my first priority; however, I always attempt to watch my other competitors and help them prepare. I also attempt to be available to help with purchases, give advice on costuming, attend the awards ceremonies, review scoring with the child, etc… Also, it is important to note that as a TCRG, I am expected to volunteer my time to help run the event. This allotted 5 hour time may overlap with your dancer’s competition time and I will not be able to be present.
14. How do I sign myself / my child up for the event?
Teachers are responsible for signing their students up for this event. You need to only send me your check (made payable to Paloma School of Irish Dance) and your decision to participate by the deadline and I will take care of the rest.
8:00am - 11:55am EDT