Irish Dance Competition in Utah February 7th

Irish Dance Competition in Utah February 7th

Recently, the Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance: Las Vegas competitive team traveled to Provo, Utah, for a feis. A feis is an Irish dancing competition.

What I love about making a competition a “school event” is that we have the greatest number of dancers attending. Our parents get along and the kids run around together. Everyone helps each other out and supports each other. The wins are always a little bit sweeter, and the losses not so bad because friends are there to brighten the day.
At the end of the feis day, we try and do a team dinner.

Luckily for us, our school had a FANTASTIC day. Every child came away with wins. There are approximately 6 levels to competition. Every dancer cam away with at least one placement that moved them up to the next level. Our teams did especially well. It’s amazing to see them in their school dresses dancing as one.

A special congratulation to our Kyla, who earned her final 1st place to move up in the the first of two championship levels. She was so excited that everyone was there to celebrate with her.

Our two championship dancers did very well, too. Maya came away with a 2nd place in her event, while Rachel came away with 1st in hers!
Rachel’s event was the last one to be awarded for our school and what an ending it was. It was so exciting to hear her name called and all the dancers and parents cheered her on. As soon as she stepped off of the podium, all the dancers ran to give her hugs and congratulations.

We had a team dinner and continued chatting throughout the evening while the dancers played. It was such a great day and I don’t think anyone wanted it to end.

I’m so proud of all our dancers. They work so hard in class. They have frustrating moments trying to choreography or when they are working on technique. It’s wonderful to see them working hard through that, to see steps and the way to do them just click. And then! To go to a competition and be rewarded for all of that hard work-well, there is just nothing sweeter.

I am so proud of all of our dancers and their families.

About Author

Tara Reid, ADCRG, is the director of Scoil Rince Ni Riada Irish Dance: Las Vegas (Scoil Rince Ni Riada is Gaelic for The Reid School of Dance). She has taught Irish dancing in the Las Vegas area for 13 years and is in the 7th year of owning her own school. She comes from an Irish Dancing family that can boast 6 certified teachers, 4 certified adjudicators and 4 dancing schools located in the USA and Northern Ireland.
She is also the principal dancer with Sin E Ri Ra, the house band at The Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York New York Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. She has danced with them for 14 years and is still absolutely loving it!

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