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What’s the deal with grades exams?

What’s the deal with grades exams?

As of January 1, 2018, the CLRG requires candidates who want to take the TCRG exam to first complete grades 1-12 before even applying to go further. There are pros and cons to this decision – and just as many opinions to go around! But mostly this has left a lot of dancers and aspiring teachers confused and asking, “What’s the plan now?!” So I’m here to tell you what the deal is with these grades exams! **First of all,…

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Blackout Feis Review

Blackout Feis Review

Last weekend introduced a new style of feis to the New England and Eastern Canadian regions – the Bracken School “Blackout Feis”. When I first heard about this concept, my (admittedly old-school) reaction was that this is great! This is finally a way for dancers and parents to enjoy a feis for what it should be about – simply the dancing. But with everything else that goes into feising these days, is a blackout feis that simple anymore? What is…

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TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG EXAM: MUSIC SECTION

TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG EXAM: MUSIC SECTION

Ah, the music section of the TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG exams. This is one that, in my experience, people either love it or hate it (and if they love it, they’ll often come to hate it by the time they’ve heard the same sets for the 40th time!). It may feel as though you’ve been listening to Irish set and ceili music since you were a beginner, but this exam section is a bit more complicated when you have to pick out all…

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Goal Setting Part 2

Goal Setting Part 2

As we talked about in part 1 of this goal setting series, competitive Irish dancing is a tough sport these days. Results may feel very subjective, the top dancers are working harder than ever, and setting a broad goal like “do better” won’t get you to the top anymore. That said, if you’re prepared to set specific goals and work hard to get there, you can reach those goals. And you don’t have to be a champion level dancer to…

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Goal Setting Part 1

Goal Setting Part 1

It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing colour, everything has become pumpkin flavoured, and Irish dancers everywhere are starting to stress out about their regional championships. With the Oireachtas comes annual stress, but also big dreams of recalls and World placements. In order for you to get the most out of your season- whether you are going to a qualifier or not- it’s time to talk about goal setting. Proper Goal Setting Proper goal setting is not…

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TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG Exam: Written Section

TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG Exam: Written Section

The written section of the exam was, for me, the section that I was the most nervous about. After 16 years, I knew I could dance, and I already had plenty of assistant teaching experience. But with 30 ceilis to learn and be able to write about, the book can seem really overwhelming! That’s why I sat down with my best friend- and organizational guru- to bring you some tips and tricks on how to study for the written portion…

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How to deal with disappointing results at a feis

How to deal with disappointing results at a feis

Competitive Irish dance has so many ups and downs, and in a feis day you’re likely to experience all of them! You and your teachers know how hard you’ve worked to be there, and sometimes you even finish your dance feeling like you completely nailed it. You went up on stage and danced your absolute best! This must be a win, right? And then the results are posted… somehow your number wasn’t announced. How can this be?! You danced SO…

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What to expect at your first feis

What to expect at your first feis

Welcome to the wonderful world of competitive Irish dance! So you’ve decided you (or your dancing child) are going to take the leap from recreational classes and try out this thing called a “feis” (pronounced “fesh”)? Fantastic! Let me show you around, I’ve been here a while… 1. Your first feis will seem like organized chaos. This is to be expected, don’t panic! Feis venues can be hosted at any number of locations: community centres, high schools, colleges, convention centres,…

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I retired from Irish dance…now what?!

I retired from Irish dance…now what?!

I recently officially ‘retired’ from competitive Irish dance. That’s a tough sentence to write, even despite knowing it was the right decision. After spending almost 16 years of my life focused on competition and the dance world, to step back now begs the question, “now what?” How do you know when to retire? Before making the decision to stop competing and pursue the next step (for me, it was going to be the TCRG certification), I spent a lot of…

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Top tips for summer training

Top tips for summer training

It’s summer time! Time for sunshine and afternoons by the pool, and if you’re a dancer, a new level of sweatiness. Summer can be a tough time for Irish dancers. We don’t have a “season” like other sports that allows us to alternate between high intensity and downtime. Add in the fact that North American Nationals (and local feises) are smack dab in the middle of the summer and you’ve definitely got an uphill battle to maintain stamina and performance….

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