Competition & performance reminders
Meghan Torno Pride:
Dancers, while you are attending a performance, competition or any event outside of class, please wear your MT track jacket with black MT shorts/skort/pants throughout the weekend. During a feis or major competition, be sure to wear your MT feiswear (black MT tank and black MT shorts/skort/pants) and track jacket. On your scheduled practice day, please wear your 2019 MT Oireachtas shirt. Parents, please show your school spirit as well as your support for our dancers, and sport your MT gear as well! I’d love for you to show your MT Pride all weekend long!
Providing the Look:
While the dancing is the most important part of a competition, the appearance of the dancer is also extremely critical!! We want every dancer to feel their best, and a polished look will help dancers to stand out on stage, and will give them the confidence they need to shine. We want to be sure that each dancer has the perfect look, so it’s important to reapply make-up and ‘touch up’ hair between rounds and before Awards.
Dancers’ feet should look neat and tidy. Make sure your dancer doesn’t have long straps hanging over the buckling of hard shoes; if the straps are too long, please remember to trim these straps so that they are not sticking out or flapping. Polish both pairs of shoes. There should be no holes in the soft shoes. Make sure the laces in both pairs of shoes are in good condition and tucked in prior to dancing. And….remember to wear a brand new pair of poodle socks, which are available to purchase at the studio or at the Oireachtas!
Day of Competition:
On the day of your competition, dancers should be completely dressed (in makeup and wig) one hour prior to their competition start time. Solo dancers do not have to check in for any solo round unless there is a change to the set dance and/or speed printed on the back of their competitor number. If a change needs to be made to the set dance and/or speed, then the dancer must check in for the set round only and make that change.
Note: The adjudicators find that shiny plastic number holders are hard to read. Dancers, do not wear plastic number holders. Please make sure dancers have numbers neatly pinned (if using safety pins). Do not use ribbon/yarn/elastic to hold on your number. Additionally, for all U8 and U9 dancers, blinged number holders are not allowed; buckles are allowed on shoes that do not include rhinestones.
Important Reminder: If a dancer falls to the stage while dancing on stage, whether in solos, trad set, or ceili, the adjudicator must ring the bell to stop the performance of the dancers on stage. Dancers so affected will be permitted to re-dance and will be marked then at the discretion of each individual adjudicator. So, dancers must keep dancing UNLESS they hear a bell ring.
While on Stage!
You will be on stage with two other dancers, and you must show the judges that YOU are the best. Catch the judges’ eye by having an outstanding and amazing first step. And….no matter how tired you are on that third step, fight through it all the way to the very end. Give it all you have, and leave nothing left. Remember, be confident in yourself! Have good stage presence and walk on that stage as if you are the champion!
Please know that judging begins the moment dancers approach the edge of the stage (even when you are waiting to dance!) until the moment the dancers leave the stage area and are no longer in the judges’ view. Dancers should remember to arrive prepared at the stage in plenty of time (warmed up, shoes double knotted, costume zipped and ready, hair done, etc), remain quiet & respectful of the dancers currently competing! Everything counts and judges can be influenced by a dancer’s reactions to their own dancing, so have a pleasant smile as you leave the stage and save your emotions until you are out of the dance hall!