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.
Pat Roche, Rosemont, IL October 12-13
Halloween Feis, McCook, IL October 26
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.