Eileen News – February
Tuesday Extra practice at the PDT Studio – Broesler Feis (February 23); Garden State Feis (March 3)
Beginners/Adv Beginner/Novice: 6:30pm – 7:45pm
PW/Championships: 7:45pm – 9pm
extra class fee – $10
St Patrick’s Day Parades –
Sunday, March 10 – Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade, Philadelphia
Saturday, March 16 – Montgomery Co AOH Division #1 Parade, Conshohocken
PARADE PRACTICE – Saturday, March 9 at the Fellowship House in Conshohocken. Older dancers from 10:30am – 3:30pm. Younger beginner dancers can come at 2pm – ask if you are unsure about the time to have your child attend practice. We need the dancers who wish to participate in BOTH parades at this practice and stay till the end of practice. We do both parades – this year they are on different weekends. The girls/boys are still required to do both, just because Philadelphia is first doesn’t mean that the Conshohocken parade is optional.
Parade Attire – The girls need to wear either the Coyle School dress or Beginner Skirt/Cape (link for the beginner skirt is posted on our website), black tights, and black shoes. Boys can wear black pants, black shoes, and an Irish Sweater. More information on attire will be sent later.
Dads in the Parade – Each year we have the dads walk with the girls in the parade. Dads are not expected to walk, only if you want. Dads are to wear black pants, black shoes, and an Irish Sweater (not the green sweaters with shamrocks or Ireland written on it). If you are unsure, please ask.
Costume list – I will be sending an updated list with all the dresses and beginner skirts that families have for sale. If you have a dress for sale, please do not hold onto them – there are many families that are looking for a dress or beginner skirt. Let me know the size and your email address and I will send another mass email containing the for sale dresses. No shoes please.
Camp is held at the PDT Studio in Mt Airy – Camp is for students that are currently enrolled with the Coyle School. These weeks are always hot, sweaty, and fun. It is a great way for the girls and boys to get to know dancers from our different locations.
Week of July 8 – Night camp
Week of July 15 – Day camp
Please note: this year night camp is first.
Big Apple Feis
New York City
This used to be a 2 day feis, but it looks like it is only 1 day this year.
Bob Gabor CNY Feis
About a 5 hour ride
Horgan Academy Spring Feis
Mail in registration
About 4 1/2 hour ride, usually a smaller feis
Class Attire – I know that is is going to be getting colder out, but please make sure that the dancers have shorts, leggings, skirt, or skort. I need to see their legs and feet. They can bring them in their bag and change into them in the bathroom or wear them under their sweat pants. Some of the girls are wearing pants that are coming down over their heels – they are going to trip and they can not perform their steps correctly. If you are concerned about them being cold, they can wear a sweater and as class goes on they can remove the sweater when they warm up.
Shoes: Please make sure that everyone has the correct shoes. The girls need to have the little ballet shoes with the elastic across the arch, the little slipper things do not work. They can not point their toes in them correctly. They would have to have the correct equipment if they were playing soccer, football, or feildhockey . . . so please have them wear the correct equipment for Irish dance.
Class Attendance – There have been many absences in the past few weeks. I know that the flu is going around and I know that we all have many other things going on in our lives, but regular attendance at class is a must. If you need to miss a class due to another obligation and/or sickness, please have your child make that class up at another location. Also, if your child has an injury and can not dance at class, he/she should still attend class. They can sit in and write the steps being taught in class.
Practice – along with attendance your children MUST practice. I’m not talking an hour or two each night. Most of the kids need to practice for about 5/10 minutes every other night. I have asked them to bring a copy book to class to write down their homework. Next week I will send an email home so that you will have their homework as well. If you want to sit in and video a class, that is perfectly fine – usually the first class of the month.
Inclement Weather – for weekday classes, if schools are closed or have early dismissal, there will be no classes held that night. For Saturday classes, I will (1) send an email by 8:15am, (2) post a message on the Coyle School of Irish Dance – PA & NJ’s Facebook page. Please Note: I will not make phone calls. Please check the website or Facebook page for any updated information regarding weather related cancellations.