ONJ Roster 2019

ONJ Volunteers for the 32nd Nation's Capital Feis

Welcome to the volunteer sign-up page for the "All-American Championships" and 32nd Nation's Capital Feis.

Every year, the families and friends of the O'Neill-James School of Irish Dance work together to make the annual Nation's Capital Feis an immensely popular celebration of Irish dance and culture. On the weekend of 27-28 Juy 2019, we will host hundreds of dancers of all ages, from beginners to world champions, competing on seven stages at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel. Our feis offers a rich variety of dance, music, language, and fun competitions found nowhere else, as well as the unique Exhibition at the Capitol on Saturday. This year, on the Monday following the competitions, we will not only host Grade Exams but a special 3-hour workshop with the Fusion Fighters!

What makes this possible is the commitment of the entire ONJ community.

Put simply, we need you: our dancers, families, and friends. There are volunteer jobs for everyone, from seasoned volunteers to newcomers. 

Descriptions of volunteer roles are attached here, including approximate time commitment and level of experience needed.

Please note that volunteers sign up for a job on a given date, not a shift. Many of our volunteers will be dancing or preparing their children to dance, and the stage schedule will be finalized only a few days before the NC Feis. Our volunteer coordinators will assign volunteers to shifts once the stage schedule is final to avoid conflicts. This is why we ask for the competition ages and levels for anyone in your family who will be dancing. If you already know that you will not be available during specific times, please let us know that in the comments section. Once the assignments are made, don't worry, you can let us know if you need to swap with someone else.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please email onjprivat[email protected] For information about the feis itself, please contact [email protected]

You can find the syllabus for the competition here: https://www.oneilljamesschool.com/new-syllabus.html. To register as a competitor, please visit https://www.quickfeis.com/.

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Available Slot Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EDT)

Prepare Feis Materials

Sort, prepare, and organize competition materials. The windows of time listed are approximate and will be confirmed closer to the feis. Time commitment: 1-3 hours

07/22/2019 (Mon) ONJ Studio 
6:00pm - 8:30pm (10)  
5 of 10 slots filled
Emmilu Olson
Jennifer Bowman
Maire Albeik
Moira Forbes (2)
Moira Forbes and Kathie Forbes
07/23/2019 (Tue) ONJ Studio 
5:30pm - 8:30pm (10)  
5 of 10 slots filled
Emmilu Olson
Jennifer Bowman
Kathryn Robertson
Lynne McCann
Sara Wade
07/24/2019 (Wed) ONJ Studio 
5:30pm - 8:30pm (10)  
4 of 10 slots filled
Jennifer Bowman
Maire Albeik
Ellie Touse
Sara Wade

Load Trailer/SUV/Mrs. James’ Car

Help load boxes of feis materials. Time commitment: 2 hours.

07/25/2019 (Thu) ONJ Studio 
5:00pm - 7:00pm (8)  
5 of 8 slots filled
Maire Albeik
Christina Palo
Kathryn Robertson
Lynne McCann
Julie Fischer

Unload Feis Materials at Hotel

Unload boxes of feis materials at the hotel. Time commitment: 0.5-1 hour.

07/25/2019 (Thu) Sheraton Tysons 
7:00pm - 9:00pm (8)  
5 of 8 slots filled
Christina Palo
Kathryn Robertson
Lynne McCann
Kimi O'Halloran-Perez
Julie Fischer

Travel arrangements for adjudicators and musicians

Transport adjudicators and musicians between the airport/train station and the Sheraton. TIMES ARE PLACEHOLDERS - actual itineraries will be determined closer to the feis. Time commitment: vehicle and flexible schedule required.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons - Lobby 
8:00am - 10:00pm (3)  
07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
5:00pm - 8:00pm (3)  

Feis Registration Desk Setup in Lobby

Organize registration materials and set up the registration desk for the weekend. Time commitment: 1-2 hours.

07/26/2019 (Fri) Sheraton Tysons - Lobby 
4:00pm - 6:00pm (2)  
All slots filled
Julie Fischer
Jennifer Bowman

Stage Set-Up (Stage 1)

Set up Stage 1 for Saturday and Sunday competitions- help as needed to set up results boards, number hangers, etc.

07/26/2019 (Fri) Sheraton Tysons - Tysons Ballroom 
4:00pm - 6:00pm (4)  
2 of 4 slots filled
Chris Robertson
Maire Albeik

Transfer feis supplies/equipment/trophies from Shenandoah to Potomac Room

Move supplies, trophies, and equipment to Potomac Room around 7 PM. Time commitment: 1 hour (approximate).

07/26/2019 (Fri) Sheraton Tysons 
6:00pm - 9:00pm (6)  
4 of 6 slots filled
Julie Fischer
Maire Albeik
Kathryn Robertson
Lynne McCann

Feis Registration Desk - Friday

Greet competitors and hand out competition numbers and programs -- no special skills needed beyond grasp of alphabetical order and patience. Time commitment: 2 hour shifts.

07/26/2019 (Fri) Sheraton Tysons - Lobby 
6:00pm - 8:00pm (3)  
All slots filled
Julie Fischer
Shannon Lafferty
Jennifer Bowman

Adult Competitions - Trophy Set-Up

Organize the trophies for the adult competitions on Saturday. Time commitment: 2 hours.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons - Boardroom 
9:00am - 11:00am (4)  
2 of 4 slots filled
Emmilu Olson
Shannon Lafferty

Stage Set-Up (3-7)

Set up stages for Sunday’s competitions in the Fairfax Ballroom (Stages 3-6) and the Ash Grove Ballroom (Stage 7). Time commitment: 3-4 hours.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons 
8:00am - 12:00pm (12)  
4 of 12 slots filled
Chris Robertson
Maire Albeik
Moira Forbes (2)
Jared Hughes and Henry Hughes
Sheraton Tysons - Fairfax and Ash Grove Ballrooms 
1:00pm - 5:00pm (12)  
2 of 12 slots filled
Julie Fischer
Chris Robertson

Coordinators - Capitol Exhibition

Supervise and chaperone the dancers who have registered for the Capitol Exhibition on the shuttle to and from the Sheraton Tysons and during the performance. Time commitment: 10 am - 3 pm (approximate)

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton/US Capitol Grounds 
10:00am - 3:30pm (3)  

Capitol Exhibition Photography

Photograph performances at Capitol Exhibition.

07/27/2019 (Sat) US Capitol Grounds 
11:30am - 2:00pm (2)  
All slots filled
Emmilu Olson
I'll sign up for more during the week prior soon
Bob McCann

Stage Managers (Adult Competitions)

Stage managers for first feis, adult, and scholarship competitions on Stage 1 (Tysons Ballroom) - will also oversee adult trophies.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons - Tysons Ballroom 
10:30am - 5:00pm (6)  
2 of 6 slots filled
Caitlin Clineff
Lynne McCann

Main Trophy/Awards Set-Up

Unpack and organize trophies and medals for Sunday’s competitions. We generally start between 0900-1000 and go until we finish! Time commitment: 2-3 hour shifts.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons - Potomac Ballroom 
9:00am - 5:00pm (8)  
7 of 8 slots filled
Julie Fischer
Maire Albeik
Jacki Ferry
Moira Forbes (2)
Moira Forbes and Kathie Forbes
Ellie Touse (2)
Ellie and Claire Touse

Champ Awards Set-up

Unpack and organize trophies (including perpetual trophies and keepsake awards) for prelim/open champ competitions.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons 
5:00pm - 10:00pm (4)  
2 of 4 slots filled
Emmilu Olson
Kathryn Robertson

Feis Registration Desk - Saturday

Greet competitors and hand out competition numbers and programs -- no special skills needed beyond grasp of alphabetical order and patience. Time commitment: 2 hour shifts.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons Lobby 
10:00am - 7:00pm (12)  
4 of 12 slots filled
Jennifer Bowman
Emer Johnson
Maire Albeik
Meaghan Zawadzki

Runners/Awards - Saturday

Collect scoring sheets from judges and deliver to Computer/Marks Room- assist with awards presentation for adult and scholarship competitions. Great for children and siblings! Time commitment: 2 hour shifts

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons - Tysons Ballroom 
10:30am - 5:00pm (8)  
4 of 8 slots filled
Maire Albeik
Alina Albeik
Jennifer Bowman
Hailey Bowman after 2pm
Emma Lacy
Meaghan Zawadzki
Michaela

Marks/Computer Room - Saturday

Process adjudication sheets and transcribe scores and comments into the tabulation software. Great for those comfortable with data entry and deciphering handwriting - and there are snacks. All day. Time commitment: 3-4 hour shifts.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons - Boardroom 
11:00am - 5:00pm (4)  
2 of 4 slots filled
Jennifer Bowman
Jen Bowman when not scheduled at the Feis desk
Sara Wade

Feis Registration Desk - Sunday

Greet competitors and hand out competition numbers and programs -- no special skills needed beyond grasp of alphabetical order and patience. Time commitment: 2 hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons - Lobby 
7:00am - 4:00pm (12)  
4 of 12 slots filled
Maire Albeik
Heather Gilbert
Ellie Touse
Emma Lacy

Stage Managers (Grade Levels) - Sunday

Stage managers for all grade level stages (Fairfax and Ash Grove Ballrooms). Two per stage. Time commitment: 2-3 hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
7:30am - 5:00pm (20)  
7 of 20 slots filled
Emmilu Olson
Jennifer Bowman
Carolyn Brace
Carolyn Brace
Maire Albeik
Lynne McCann
When not dancing
Catharine Parnell
Meaghan Zawadzki

Counters/Junior Stage Managers (Dancer Helpers)

Assist Beginner/Advanced Beginner dancers in starting their steps and assist stage managers (Fairfax and Ash Grove Ballrooms). Time commitment: 2 hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
7:30am - 5:00pm (12)  
7 of 12 slots filled
Emmilu Olson
McKenna Olson
Emer Johnson
Nora Johnson
Maire Albeik
Alina Albeik
Moira Forbes
Eddie Hughes
Claire Touse
Jennifer Bowman
Hailey Bowman
Emma Lacy

Stage Managers (Championship Stages)

Stage managers for championship stages (Stages 1/7 and champ specials) – these positions require experience in managing and coordinating feis competitions at the championship level.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
7:30am - 5:00pm (8)  
5 of 8 slots filled
Shannon Smith
Jacki Ferry
Laura Dunn
Sarah Tully
Amanda Keiser

Marks/Computer Room - Sunday

Process adjudication sheets and transcribe scores and comments into the tabulation software. Great for those comfortable with data entry and deciphering handwriting - and there are snacks. All day. Time commitment: 3-4 hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons - Boardroom 
8:00am - 5:00am (10)  
3 of 10 slots filled
Moira Forbes (2)
Moira Forbes and Kathie Forbes
Katie Flynn

Runners - Sunday

Collect scoring envelopes from all stages and run them to the Marks/Computer Room. Only requirements are energy and good knees. Great for children and non-dancers! Time commitment: 2 hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
8:00am - 5:00pm (16)  
4 of 16 slots filled
Carolyn Brace
Natalie Brace
Jennifer Bowman
Hailey Bowman when not helping on stages
Meaghan Zawadzki
Michaela
Alina Marshall
Luke Marshall (age 9)

Results Posting

Continuously retrieve printed results from Marks/Computer Room and post them on the poster boards as they become available. Time commitment: 2-3 hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
8:00am - 5:00pm (4)  
1 of 4 slots filled
Ellie Touse

Trophies/Awards

Award trophies/medals to dancers who place in grade and team competitions (Potomac Room). No experience required - perfect job for non-dancers. Time commitment: 3 hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
8:00am - 5:00pm (8)  
3 of 8 slots filled
Jacki Ferry
Teresa O'Connell
I can start at 8:00 am.
Alina Marshall
Can also help at front desk as needed; and can give jobs to Elizabeth too.

Championship Awards/Perpetuals

Manage awards for prelim/open champ competitions -- familiarity with champ awards ceremonies necessary.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
8:00am - 5:00pm (3)  
1 of 3 slots filled
Kathryn Robertson

Social Media

Provide real-time updates on stage and champ award times on Facebook and Twitter. Time commitment: 3-hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
8:00am - 5:00pm (3)  
1 of 3 slots filled
Julie Fischer

Hospitality

Deliver snacks to judges and other volunteers throughout the day. No experience needed - great job for children and non-dancers. Time commitment: 3 hour shifts.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
8:00am - 5:00pm (6)  
1 of 6 slots filled
Jennifer Drake

First Aid

Provide first aid as necessary to feis participants - medical expertise and credentials required.

07/27/2019 (Sat) Sheraton Tysons - Tysons Ballroom 
10:30am - 5:00pm (2)  
1 of 2 slots filled
Jennifer Drake
07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
8:00am - 5:00pm (2)  
1 of 2 slots filled
Jennifer Drake

Floaters

Fill in for other volunteers/roles as needed to cover gaps and meet unanticipated needs.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
7:30am - 5:00pm (5)  
2 of 5 slots filled
Julie Fischer
Maire Albeik

Stage Breakdown

Break down and box stages and all remaining competition equipment and materials, load onto trucks/vans for transport to ONJ Studio. Time commitment: 3 hours.

07/28/2019 (Sun) Sheraton Tysons 
5:00pm - 8:00pm (12)  
5 of 12 slots filled
Julie Fischer
Chris Robertson
Maire Albeik
Christina Palo
Daniel Hall

Grade Exams

Multiple tasks: stage managers for grade exams- award and manage certificates- break down, box, and load stages for transport following exams. Time commitment: 3 hour shifts.

07/29/2019 (Mon) Sheraton Tysons 
7:00am - 2:00pm (10)  
3 of 10 slots filled
Julie Fischer
Christina Palo
Kathryn Robertson

Facilitate Fusion Fighters Workshop

Help check in participants, set up before the workshop, and break down and load floors after the workshop. Time commitment: 3-4 hours.

07/29/2019 (Mon) Sheraton Tysons 
12:00pm - 4:00pm (4)  
1 of 4 slots filled
Emma Lacy
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