Foy School of Irish Dance, Des Moines Satellite Location

Welcome to the Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance, Des Moines Satellite Location. The Foy School was founded in 1974 in Chicago by Geraldine Foy, TCRG member of: An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, Irish Dancing Teachers Association of North America, and Irish Dancing Teachers Association of Mid-America. The Des Moines Satellite Location was founded in the Fall of 2004 and continues to grow. http://www.foyirishdancers.com/ desmoinesclasses@foyirishdancers.com

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Happy Hooley Day!

Happy Hooley Day!

A few quick reminders----
All Dancers Dressed and Ready at Saydel at 2:00pm.
We will be running through a few numbers before the auditorium doors open.
First year dancers may ether sit as a group in the front row or with their parents for the first Act. They need to report backstage right away when we break for intermission.
First Show---3:00p!

Dancers may leave between between shows but need to be back Dressed and Ready by 6:00p for the 2nd show. First year dancers may ether sit as a group in the front row or with their parents for the first Act. They need to report backstage right away when we break for intermission.
2nd Show ---7:00p!

I heard last night that tix sales are going great--- we should have great audiences --- Yay!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hooley Rehearsal is cancelled for Thursday.

Mother Nature Wins Today--- The Luck of the Irish Will Be With Us Tomorrow! 

This means we will need to be super efficient with our time tomorrow. 

I thank you ahead of time for your patience and flexibility as we will be squeezing 2 nights of practice into one. 

It is still my intention to work to get the littler ones done first but a 6:30 release time for them is probably NOT realistic. Older dancers should plan to spend quite a bit of quality time with me tomorrow night :) 

Dancers may bring clean snacks. Food is NOT allowed in the classrooms or auditorium. They will be able to eat snacks in the atrium when they are not on stage working with me or assigned to be practicing a number. 

I plan to START rehearsal on Friday at 5:30. This means that your dancer needs to have shoes on and ready to roll at 5:30. Please arrive early to allow time to park, change shoes, get to the auditorium, etc. We will be working on the Final Jig Line first which ALL dancers are a part of. 

LOTS going on tomorrow in addition to Rehearsal... 5:30 Parent Meeting,  Remember to bring your baked good items, pick up your St.Patrick's Day Gear orders, and buy hooley tickets!

See you tomorrow! 

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Classes are CANCELLED for this evening Tuesday Feb 4th.

I was hoping Mother Nature would give us a break this evening... but I think she is going to win :) 

Classes are CANCELLED for this evening Tuesday Feb 4th. 

I HATE to cancel as we approach the Hooley -- please have your dancers practice in the warmth of your home tonight! 

I will send out  an additional email with announcements and such later this evening or tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Yes! We have class tonight

I hate to cancel classes especially as we lead up to St. Patrick's Day!
As always, use good judgement for your particular circumstances and do not risk your life or safety to get to dance class!

Yes! We have class tonight

I hate to cancel classes especially as we lead up to St. Patrick's Day!
As always, use good judgement for your particular circumstances and do not risk your life or safety to get to dance class!

Yes! We have class tonight

I hate to cancel classes especially as we lead up to St. Patrick's Day!
As always, use good judgement for your particular circumstances and do not risk your life or safety to get to dance class!

Yes! We will have class this evening :)

I  hate to cancel classes especially as we lead up to St. Patrick's Day! 
As always, use good judgement for your particular circumstances and do not risk your life or safety to get to dance class! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

See note from Chicago dancer with an Iowa connection!


Hello!

Once again I am involved in an organization at the University of Iowa called Dance Marathon.  This will be my third year participating and I could not be prouder to say that I am a part of such an amazing organization.  Dance Marathon is an entirely student run organization that raises money for children with cancer.  What makes Dance Marathon different from other philanthropic organizations that benefit children with pediatric cancer is that all the money raised goes directly to the children in the pediatric oncology unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and their families.  Dance Marathon provides financial and emotional support to the children and their families.  Something as small as paying for a day’s parking at the hospital really adds up for the parents, so Dance Marathon will pay the $17 to allow a parent to spend the day with their child.  Money raised also goes toward providing the play-room at the hospital with games and toys, and putting on different activities for the kids.  At the last Big Event, Dance Marathon raised a record breaking total of $1.5 million, and we are hoping to break that record once again and raise even more money For The Kids. 
Dance Marathon is 365 days a year of supporting and fundraising for the families.  Throughout the year fundraising events are held for the dancers to help them reach their goal of $400 to be able to go to the Big Event.  Different events are also held for the families throughout the year, varying from picnics to trips to an amusement park.  Dance Marathon cumulates in the Big Event, which is a 24 hour dance marathon that will take place February 7th and 8th, 2014.  Throughout the 24 hours, dancers do not sit, sleep, or consume any form of caffeine.  The 24 hours are spend dancing, interacting with families, and celebrating those who have won the battle, those who are still fighting, and those who will forever be dancing in our hearts. 
Before participating in my first Big Event for Dance Marathon, I never thought that I would be able to make it through 24 hours without sleep, caffeine, or sitting.  But I survived, and it truly was a life changing experience.  I will never forget completing the last hour, Power Hour, and feeling as though I could keep going, crying at the stories shared by families, and not being able to talk the next day but not caring one bit because it had all been for the kids.  Each hour and the 24-hour Big Event in February, a family goes up on stage to share their story.  This truly is what has motivated me the past two years to keep going, and staying involved in Dance Marathon.  This year I have a leadership position in Dance Marathon and will be attending the big event as a Moral Captain Assistant, instead of a Dancer for the first time and I could not be more excited.  Being on leadership means that I have been given the opportunity to become a role model for the Dancers, the kids, and will be able do more than I even could before for the kiddos. 
If you want to see what last year’s Big Event was like you can check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcUwBQw1Kg4&list=PLU1HEPr2dFLtFYqIDKOVDMTMBBDcijMoH&index=1
Or to see what Dance Marathon is all about, check out this year’s recruitment video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0CSHBE7NBQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UU_oZdt6ePqTGW-p4UR5dvkw
And here is an online link where you can donate: https://osl.iowa.uiowa.edu/dancemarathon/donate/5/5493
Or cash and checks made out to UI Dance Marathon can be sent to me at
114 E Fairchild St
Iowa City, IA 52245
Every little bit truly does help the kids, and even the smallest donation is appreciated.

Thank you so much!
Gannon Brzoska

Thursday, October 03, 2013

A Note From Geraldine

Congratulations to the dancers who attended the September feiseanna.
Good luck to the dancers attending the October feiseanna: Pat Roche and Halloween. 

Special good luck wishes to Rachal Barnes and Meghan Byrne as they compete at the All Ireland Championships.

Cngratulations to the dancers who have qualified for the 2013 Mid America Oireachtas as solo and traditional set dance competitors.

The following feiseanna are open for registration. 
At www.feisworx.com:
Pat Roche, Rosemont, IL October 12-13
Halloween Feis, McCook, IL October 26

At www.efeis.com:
Chicago Autumn Feis, Naperville, IL November 9

SPECIAL NOTE TO COMPETITIVE DANCERS:
The Irish Dance Commission is beginning a enforce a policy re the length of dress. Judges have been instructed to check a "Costume Violation" box on the results sheet for dancers who are not in compliance with costume regulations. At this time judges are exempt from making deductions to dancers' scores, but teachers are being notified of dancers with Costume Violation notations. In the future there will be a penalty for dancers with three or more costume violations. Please check your dress(es) to be sure they are in compliance. If you are not sure, consult your teacher for clarification. NOTE: Costume violations are not limited to length of dress; however that is the one most often seen. 

Practice Tip of the Month: Turn-Out
There are a couple of exercises that will help you with your turnout. In order to get (and keep while you are dancing) good turnout, the turn out must come from the hip. The exercises you should begin doing to improve your turnout are the Butterfly Stretch and the Clam Stretch.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Updated Mid America Oireachtas list

Congratulations!
We have added a few more to our Des Moines Qualification list --- way to go dancers! :)


2013 MID-AMERICA QUALIFIERS

SOLOISTS
RACHAL BARNES


TRADITIONAL SETS
LEXI BRENNAN
CHARLOTTE KOUFER
SHAYE COUGHLIN
LIZZIE DALY
MAGGIE DUNHAM
CLAIRE EIDE
ANNIE LAWLER
MADELINE LAWLER
SAMI MCMAHON
JAMIE MC CARTHY
KAITLEY PETERSON
KATE SAUNDERS
BRIGID SMITH
EMI SMITH
JULIA TUBBS