Silver State Feis 2017

May 31st, 2017

Irish dance! Competition! Las Vegas! We’re only a week away from the Silver State Feis 2017 Event!

Can you believe it’s already been a year since our first time running the feis (for those of you unfamiliar to Irish dance, a feis is an Irish dance competition)? We can’t; it’s totally flown by. 

We listened, and we read, all of your critiques and your compliments and are working to make this year better than the last. We will keep working to make this event better every single year!

We are at just over 200 entrants but there is still time to enter. Just head over to http://www.feisworx.com to register yourself and/or your dancer for our feis. And check out our feis page http://www.irishdancelasvegas.com/silverstatefeis for more information about our event, as well as some photos from last year’s feis. If you have any questions, our Facebook page is ON TOP of answering them. https://www.facebook.com/silverstatefeis/

It will be hot in Las Vegas, but not so hot-well, to us who live here, so make sure you drink plenty of water. Don’t forget that you need to have a car here. Uber works well but our hall is approximately 40 minutes from the airport. Check out our website and our social media pages for ideas of things to do around Las Vegas. This city is so much more than “sin city” and “the strip.” We have fabulous food, sites and sounds all over, and just outside, the city. 

We are so looking forward to hosting you all again. We think you will have such a great time here. And best of luck to all the competitors. May the odds be in your favor. 🙂

Championship Reel Special

Our incredible judging panel in 2016

Teams from around the Western Region compete in the two hand competition.

high kicks in our championship events

Open Championship Awards. Congrats, Dancers!

Las Vegas Highland Games

April 19th, 2017

Hey everyone!

Come see us perform! We are dancing 

at the Las Vegas Highland Games on Sunday, April 30th, 2017, at 3pm. We’ll be on the Highland Stage. 

The festival is put on by the Las Vegas Celtic Society and it’s such a fun event for the whole family. 

For more information, check out their website: http://www.lasvegascelticsociety.org

Fall Dance with Irish Dance Las Vegas!

July 27th, 2016

Fall Dance with Irish Dance Las Vegas!

We are registering for our fall dance classes with Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance: Las Vegas.

Fall Schedule

Fall Schedule

We are currently registering for our Baby Steps Class, as well as for our two beginner level classes. Our current students have been placed into their upper level classes already. If you are still unsure of where your dancer should be placed, please don’t be hesitant in contacting the school to get it sorted.

Our Baby Steps class is for our younger dancers, from 3 1/2 up to 6 years old. Our beginner class is for dancers 5-up. Depending on the age of your dancer, we will start them in one of these two classes at their trial class, and then determine which class placement is most beneficial for them to learn most effectively.

Our Summerlin classes have spots open for future dancers.

Our Henderson class is filling up, so if you want your dancer at that location, we only have a couple of spots left.

Irish dancing is cultural. It’s modest. It teaches so many lessons and helps your child be more disciplined and productive. It’s social. It’s fun. Check us out today. You will love it, and your future dancer will have the best time.

 

 

Silver State Feis Update

May 24th, 2016

Silver State Feis Update

We’re three weeks out from the big day and we’re going a little nuts making sure we have covered all of our bases. We did a site visit at the high school last week and we couldn’t have landed a more perfect spot. The layout is super convenient and spacious and the scenery around the school kind of makes you forget that you are in Las Vegas.

We have had a more normal “springtime” this year and, as of our visit last week, there was still a bunch of snow on Mt. Charleston. In fact, we had just gotten a lot of rain in the valley so the mountain got the snow. We’re hoping that, because the weather has been so mild, that we won’t have too hot of a weekend when everyone is here for the feis.

Our medals arrived yesterday. They are amazing! Our feis chair and designer did an incredible job. We showed them to our dancers yesterday and they all said they better step it into high gear so they can earn a few at the feis. If that’s not an endorsement, i don’t know what is.

This is our first year, and we know to expect a few bumps here and there. But we’re really excited. We hope that all of you really enjoy the day.

We are finalizing our food trucks for the day. Once those contracts have been signed, we will put out the name with tentative menus. Already confirmed is Sambalatte. They will be inside at the concessions selling coffee and tea on the day. They won’t have their whole menu available but should be able to satisfy your cravings.

We want to give the Cleary School of Irish Dance a big shout out for lending us stages and other supplies, as well as support, to help us make this first feis a reality.

 

 

Silver State Feis Team Choreography Special

May 17th, 2016

Silver State Feis Team Choreography Special

The Christine O’Riada special is in honor of my mum. Most that know her or of her know that she made Irish dancing what it is in Kansas City and was a staple in the Irish community there. But before she ever found her way to Kansas City, she came over to America as a dancer with the Brendan Boyer Royal Show Band and actually spent a great deal of time in Las Vegas performing.

It didn’t matter how many dancers she had for a show, she knew how to put an entertaining show together. She was well known for it, and I believe that the four students of hers that became TCRGs, as well as others who  have since formed or performed in Irish dance companies, have all followed in her footsteps. She wasn’t just good at coming up with crowd pleasing routines herself, she was excellent in encouraging her students to be a part of the process. Growing up, we didn’t have enough in any age group to do figure choreographies at the major competitions and we always wished we could compete some of our really fun performance numbers.

So here is the chance to do so. We have dancers coming from 40 different schools from the US and Canada and many of the schools have multiple dancers attending. The team special has no age restrictions and is changing to 3 and more dancers(instead of 4+).

It can be a dance that the dancers themselves made up specifically for this competition, but can also be teacher choreographed specifically for this competition, as well as a number that you do at performances around your area that you wish you had the opportunity to compete but can’t because you don’t have enough in the age group or it doesn’t fit with the competition rules.

Remember, this is a TEAM  event. DO have some sort(s) of pattern(s), and interact with your teammates.

A Capella’s are great. Want  hard and soft shoes in the number at the same time? Do it! Staying in either hard or light shoes are good, too. Have fun with this. Read the syllabus for more details on the competition itself or contact us if you have any questions.

Albertson’s Grocery is sponsoring our perpetual trophy and the winner will have their school name engraved on the trophy. The winner’s school gets to display the trophy for the year at their studio and then bring it back next year for the chance to win it again!

This is our main special and we would really love to make it our best and most prestigious award. Help us to make it an awesome event.

Good luck!

-Tara Reid

 

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Silver State Feis hosted by the Irish Dance Las Vegas Booster Club

 

May Happenings here at Irish Dance Las Vegas

May 17th, 2016

May Happenings here at Irish Dance Las Vegas

The last couple of months have been very busy and exciting! In April, we moved closer to town to Well Rounded Momma for our Friday Henderson Class. Our beginner class is  now at capacity! We love the space. It’s going back to my roots, not being in a dance studio with mirrors and bars, and I feel like my little loves are improving faster because they have to dance based on feel!

Our Saturday Summerlin Class has grown in the last month and, while not at capacity, we are very close. The class has quite a few little boys in it, making it even livelier than it already was.

We have been accepting dancers as young as 3 lately, and we usually test them out to see if they can handle our 45 minute class. We’ve been quite lucky lately, and it has led Nicole and myself to entertain a Tiny Dancer class in the fall. We may test it out in July.

Our more advanced classes have been working hard on technique and steps and it’s been a joy to see them all improve.

The Silver State Feis (the competition we are hosting on June 11) is rapidly approaching and we could not be more nervous and excited for it. We hope that everyone loves it.

Because of the feis, we are holding off on our annual end of year showcase until we come back in the fall. We want to put on an amazing show and want to make sure we put the time and the effort into it.

That’s it for now!

Hope you all have a great day,

 

Tara

 

St. Ambrose Day 1

May 8th, 2016

We have 6 dancers at the Cleary School’s St. Ambrose Feis in Southern California this weekend and today was championship day. Two of our champs went to compete and we’re excited to announce that they both placed!

There are two levels of Championship. The first level is called Preliminary Championship and the second, and highest level, is called Open Championship.

Both of our loves are in the first level of champs. Maya placed 4th! She has been consistently placing in her championships and already has 1 of her 3 firsts needed in order to move up to the highest level. Congratulations Maya! You did fantastic!

Riley won her championship and received the 3rd 1st she needed in order to move up to Open! Congratulations, Riley, on achieving Open Status. It is hard to get there and we are so proud of the work you have put in to get to this level.

We are very proud of the work these girls put into their dancing and how they represent themselves, our school and our city.

Tomorrow are the grades levels and we have four dancers competing. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to updating everyone on their day.

Feis Hotel Added!

April 19th, 2016

Feis Hotel Added!- Irish Dance Las Vegas

We’ve added the Comfort Inn to our feis hotels. It is about the same distance to our feis venue as Aliante. Lots of amenities nearby and easy highway access.
Our feis rate for a double room is $95 and, for a king bed with a pullout sofa, it’s $105. Our group block is under Irish Dance LV Booster Club.

Comfort Inn Sales Flyer

Sign your dancer(s) up at feisworx.com and book a room at the Comfort Inn today!

Please let us know straight away if you have any issues and we’ll get it sorted.

SILVER STATE FEIS

April 14th, 2016

SILVER STATE FEIS

Our Irish Dance Las Vegas Booster Club is hosting our first competition here in Las Vegas on June 11th at Legacy High School!

We are very excited bring competition back to Las Vegas.
We are on feisworx under feis info.
If you go to our About drop down menu, you will see a tab for Silver State Feis. Our links for our twitter, Facebook, and feisworx registration pages are on that page when you click on the link.

We know that it’s close to the Nationals so we are doing 3 round championships for both preliminary and open championships.
We have a blind treble reel special.
We have a choreography special where dancers can really express their creativity.

Vegas is more than just the strip. It’s full of activities that are great for families. Points of attraction include the Springs Preserve, the Container Park, the Hoover Dam, Mount Charleston, Red Rock, Valley of Fire, an unreal amount of golf courses, water parks, countless shows, etc. There are also many national parks and quirky places like China Ranch Date Farm, and the Armagosa Opera House that are within a 1.5-4 hour drive from Vegas.

Check us out. It’s gonna be a good time.

Oireachtas Results

April 14th, 2016

Hello!

It’s been quite awhile since our last post. We had some problems which didn’t allow us to update this site. Those issues have all been resolved and we’re back!

The last post was about us going to our regional qualifiers.
A quick update on that:
We had 3 5th place finishers in our traditional set competitions. They received trophies, sashes, and got to stand on the podium. A HUGE Deal!
In our championships, we had 3 dancers get back to the 3rd round and we had two top 50 finishes and a 5th place. Our 5th place finisher in the championship was Nick, and he qualified for the North American Nationals and also, THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!
Our second qualifier from the school but our first boy.

Every dancer danced their heart out and I couldn’t have been happier with all of them and how they prepared and went into that competition.

Our Under 15 mixed ceili team did very well, placing 4th in the competition.

Since then, we have been to the World Championships of Irish dance 2016. They were held in Glasgow, Scotland, this year between Palm and Easter Sundays.

Nick was very nervous but danced his best and came back inspired and ready to tackle this next year. He was a great representative for our school, the city of Las Vegas, the western region, and our country.

We are currently performing around the city and getting ready for all the spring competitions-including our own on June 11th!