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,
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!- 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
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.
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!
Irish Dance Las Vegas goes to the Oireachtas!
What the heck is an Oireachtas? And how do you pronounce it?
1. You pronounce it Oh-Rock-Tis.
2.Like the name of our school, Oireachtas is a gaelic term. In Gaelic, it means ‘a gathering.’ In Irish Dance, it is a really intimidating word that means Championship. Our organization is pretty big and we are divided into regions. Each region holds a championship sometime in November and December to qualify dancers to go to the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS the following Easter. It’s a pretty big deal. It’s very hard to qualify. In a competition of 150 dancers, the max that can qualify is 12-15. The U.S. has so many competitive dancers that they also qualify dancers for our National Championships as well. This is also hard to qualify for, but the number of spots that qualify is over double of that for the Worlds.
Why am I talking about this? Well, because we are going! We have attended this event every year we have had dancers at a level high enough to compete.
I used to teach with the Martin Percival school out here in Las Vegas. We were in business from 2007 to 2013. We had dancers in the awards round every year. My dancers were excellent, and most of them got to that round every year. We had many top 15 and top 10 placements. We were consistently qualifying for the North American Nationals and, in 2012, we qualified one of our dancers for the World Championships in 2013. It was an amazing experience, being able to take one of my dancers. I had qualified and danced myself many times in my competition days, but there is nothing like taking your first dancer.
Since then, Martin Percival retired, my core group of dancers went off to college and I started up my own school, again accepting beginner level dancers. We are working hard in class to once again reach that level of competition with the majority of our dancers. I do have 6 competing in the championships this year (some for their very first time!) and it is very exciting. Even more exciting, is that we are taking 9 more dancers with us to participate in a traditional set dance competition, which doesn’t qualify them for anything, but does give them valuable experience. They will know what an Oireachtas is, and what the standard of dancing is, and know what they are working so hard for.
We are also competing in team events for the first time this year, which has been an absolute dream of mine.
We are competing in two teams in two different age groups. Even though we are working hard to do our absolute best in these teams, the first year is for experience and anything on top of that is icing on the cake. While we have been competing in team events at normal competitions, they have been 2, 3, and 4 dancer teams. This is only our 2nd time competing in the 8 dancer team category. I am confident that they will do their best and look like a team that has been practicing their feet off.
I have been so proud of all of their hard work and dedication. They have been working so hard to help each other raise the level of dancing in the class. I hope we go and have so much success but, no matter what happens, as long as they go up there and dance the best that they can, they will come home winners.
I hope you will join me in wishing all of our dancers at Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance Las Vegas the best of luck at the Oireachtas.
It’s our time to shine!
Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance Las Vegas
NOW ENROLLING for our Fall Session Starting in August!
We have classes in Summerlin on Thursday evenings and on Friday in Henderson on Fridays.
Limited amount of spots available. There are so many benefits to Irish dancing. Help your child become a better dancer, teammate, student, and person by enrolling them in our amazing beginner classes!
Accepting future dancers ages 5 and up.
Reserve your spot by emailing us or by filling out our registration form on the website TODAY!
Saturday Sessions at Irish Dance Las Vegas
have started! We are two classes in and we are having a blast. Our adult class still has a couple of spots available if anyone would like to take advantage of our deal on Groupon.
The deal is for 4 classes, which is perfect as we have 4 classes left!
Our adult class is a combination of solo dancing as well as group dancing and is appropriate for all levels.
Our children’s class has spots open as well. This class is designed for children with NO experience.
Come check us out on Saturday at our Summerlin location at 1400 N Rampart inside the sports park.
New 6 Week Sessions starting in April at Irish Dance: Las Vegas!
We are excited to announce our next two 6 week sessions!
Starting April 4, we will be offering:
New Beginner Class (new students only) ages 5-18
Students wishing to continue after the six weeks can then integrate into our normal class schedule at either location.
Adult Class: This class is for new and veteran dancers looking for fun and exercise. We will teach traditional solo and ceili dancing in the class. The more dancers we have in this class, the more fun we have! Depending on interest, we may extend this session to 8 classes.
Classes will be held at our Summerlin location on Saturday mornings.
Children’s Beginner class will be from 10-11am
The Adult Class will be from 11-12noon.
April: 4, 11, 18, 25
May: 2, 9
Email email@example.com to reserve your spot today!
St. Patrick's Day
There is still time to book us for your St. Patrick’s Day event!
Travel on over to our facebook page: www.facebook.com/irishdancelasvegas to see a special preview of what we have been working on.
We have been in rehearsals for our 30 minute shows that are easily cut down and arranged for performances of different time requirements. We tailor our show to suit your needs.
Click on the “book us” link on our website and book us today.