Weekly Blog – North American Irish Dance Championships and July schedule updates!

This weekend, the North American Irish Dance Championships have been taking place in Orlando, FL. Although Scoil Rince Daryl Rose doesn’t have any dancers representing us this year, we have enjoyed watching the live feed and seeing the photos. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/naidc2016/?pnref=story.

Some brief class updates:

There is no class this Monday, July 4. We will resume again on Monday, July 11. Enjoy your holiday!

Wednesday, July 6 will be the start of our morning classes in Simi Valley. Beginners from 10-11 am, and advanced beginner/novice 11 am-12:30 pm.  **Wednesday, July 6 is a MANDATORY class for those who have signed up to dance at the SRLS Carnival!** The schedule will not change for the Santa Clarita Monday class; it will still be at 6 PM on Mondays, except for no class on the 4th of July as mentioned above.

Most of you know that I was promoted at the hospital-yay! This means, however, that the classes for the 2nd half of July (the 20th and the 27th) will most likely be back at their normal time in Simi Valley (3 PM for beginners, 4 PM for advanced/novice). They will definitely be back at their afternoon time in August and thereafter. This is because the position goes into effect mid-July. I apologize for the inconvenience, and I will keep everyone posted regarding the schedule. Please let me know if transportation is an issue, and we will try to connect people with carpools if needed.

Have a great 4th of July weekend!

Daryl x

Weekly Blog – June 27, 2016

It was fun week of classes last week! We are continuing to work on the light jig and reel in our Santa Clarita class at Hugo’s Gymfitness. The girls are making great progress! It’s fun to see them get to know each other and become more comfortable in a class setting.

We are preparing for the St. Rose of Lima Carnival at our Simi Valley class at SRLS. Our performance will be on Friday, July 8 at 7 PM! St. Rose of Lima is located at 1325 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 91365. Come join us and have a fun night of games, community, and good music–not to mention adorable Irish dancers (my favourite part, but I’m biased!).

Looking forward to a great week ahead!

Daryl x

Feis at the Faire – June 18-19, 2016

We had a great weekend at Feis at the Faire this past weekend! It was a hot but fun feis hosted by the Anair Academy of Irish Dance, as part of the Great American Irish Faire at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. Our U12 girls danced on Saturday, while our 12&O girls danced on Sunday. The girls brought home quite a bit of hardware–great job, ladies!

Because of the heat, many of the dancers opted to wear black skirts and blouses in lieu of their costumes. This was a nice way to stay cool.

This feis also fell on Father’s Day weekend, and many of our proud SRDR fathers came out to support our girls. Thank you, dads, for all you do!

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Summer 2016 Events!

Some brief announcements regarding upcoming summer events:

  1. The Feis at the Faire schedule has been posted. View it here. Come to me to determine when your dancer is dancing. U12 dancers will be on Saturday, and 12&O dancers will be on Sunday. Remember, tickets are needed for all parents and non-dancers over 12. Buy tickets here: http://www.irishfair.org/#!irish-fair/cy20
  2. Remember to RSVP to me by this Friday, June 17 for the SRLS Carnival performance on Friday, July 8!
  3. Starting Wednesday, July 6, our Simi Valley classes will move to the mornings at SRLS in the hall. Beginners will be from 10-11 AM, and advanced beginner/novice will be from 11-12:30 PM. Our schedule will likely only stay in the morning for July only, as August is tricky with Vacation Bible School and the students going back to school so early. I will keep everyone informed. SCV classes will stay at their usual time. I will send ample reminders so that everyone remembers. 🙂
  4. We will have another Saturday summer camp this year. So far, it is slated for Saturday, August 6. Stay tuned.
  5. The next feis (after the Feis at the Faire) is the Gold Coast Feis, to take place at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort in Indian Wells, CA on August 13-14, 2016. All of our girls will compete on Sunday, the 14th of August. Feis entries are due to me no later than Wednesday, July 27.
  6. Our 3rd Annual SRDR Summer Recital will be on Wednesday, August 17 at 4 PM! Mark your calendars!
  7. Finish out the summer with the Hidden Valley Feis during Labor Day weekend, September 3-4, in San Diego, CA! There is no syllabus available online, so I do not know how the competition days are organised. Please refer to http://www.feisinfo.com for more information.

All of this information went out via our weekly blast, as well as our Google calendar. See you all at classes this week!

Daryl x

Weekly News: June 6, 2016

Happy Monday! Here are a few announcements:

  1. Please bring your practice logs to class this week!
  2. The Feis at the Faire schedule for next week is not out yet. I will notify and send when it is. Don’t forget that tickets are required for all attending (excluding dancers and siblings under 12). This is the link to buy tickets: http://www.irishfair.org/#!irish-fair/cy20
  3. Wednesday classes will most likely be moved to the morning starting in July. A set time and start date is pending St. Rose of Lima’s summer school schedule. I will keep everyone posted. Monday classes will stay at their same schedule from 6-7 PM throughout the summer.
  4. We have been asked to dance at the St. Rose of Lima Carnival on Friday, July 8 at 7 PM! All dancers are invited and encouraged to take part in this great performance. Please let me know by Wednesday, June 15 if your dancer can attend.
  5. For the reference of those in the novice/advanced beginner class, the song for our upcoming August recital routine is called “Bonus Track” by Stephen Walker and Louise Ryan, and may be purchased on iTunes.

Any questions, please ask! I look forward to great classes this week!

Daryl x