Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Great Britian Hotel Booking Info

Dear Teacher,

We are proud to announce this year's Great Britain Championships, to be held at Butlins Resort, Bognor Regis, from 15-18 October, 2010.

The dedicated GBs website will go live on Sunday 25th April at:

The Teachers' booking line will open on 10th May 2010 at 9 a.m. BST. You MUST quote Great British Irish Dance Championships 865 and provide your CLRG registration number, which will be cross-referenced against the current CLRG list. You will not be able to book without your number.

Booking lines open for non-teachers on Monday 17th May at 8 a.m. BST. Non-teachers MUST quote Great Britain Irish Dance Championships 862. If non-teachers book in the first week their bookings will be cancelled and deposits returned.

Please note that the week between the two dates above is the only opportunity for Teachers to book without the risk of an under-occupancy charge being levied on under-occupied rooms.

The booking line number is 0845 070 4785 (+44 845 070 4785 from overseas).

We look forward to welcoming you, and your dancers and their families, to another fabulous Great Britain Championships. Should you have any queries please email

Yours sincerely,

The Southern England Regional Council
[All GBs information is available on the GBs website at]

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Nationals 2011 Information

*AGM June 30th
*Competitions July 1-5
*MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV
*Rooms at $149++
*Judging applications currently online; judges will be voted for in July 2010 (Orlando convention); ballots will be held in trust until after all regionals are over
*Automatic replies were sent to every judge who e-mailed an application (if you didn't get a reply then your application didn't go through)
*The number of judges per panel and if the groupings will be set or rotating will be decided at the Orlando convention as well

IDTANA Scholarships

Has anyone from the ECR received one of the IDTANA scholarships? If so, please drop me a line at:


IDTANA and Regional Dues


Effective 2011, all dues for the ECR and IDTANA will be collected in June to co-incide with the cut-off date for dues payable to An Coimisiun.

The change is occurring to tidy up the loophole of elapsed time between submitting paperwork from one body to another with respect to workshop conflicts and associations.

Traditional Set Dance Speeds

Blackbird 144
Job of Journeywork 138
King of the Fairies 130
Jockey to the Fair 90
St. Patrick's Day 96
Garden of Daisies 138
Three Sea Captains 96

As taken from the 2010 All-Ireland syllabus.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2010 ECRO Senior Age Groups & 2011 Worlds Senior Age Groups

Confirmation from the Oireachtas Chairperson of An Coimisiun allows me to publish that the dances for Senior ladies will be SJ/TJ. Senior men will do R/HP.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Recently Certified ADCRGs to Consider For Feises

From The Derry Exam, September 2009:

Darina White ADCRG, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Lorainne Farrell ADCRG, Tuam, Co. Galway
Fiona Diggins ADCRG, London, England
Anthony Murnane ADCRG, Co. Dublin
Tracy Taaffe ADCRG, Co. Cavan
Gavin Doherty ADCRG, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Bernadette Fegan ADCRG, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Worlds 2010 Results - Day Eight (Sunday)

What a wrap-up to what seemed like a never ending week.

In the Ladies Under 21, Emily Lupiano from Sue Fay Healy was sooooooooooo close missing the medals by only one, and Lauren Stewart from GC placed 19th.

In the Seniors, Emily Penner from BFOC placed 3rd, Emily Babyn from NFOC placed 10th and Heather Adlam from GC placed 18th. Collen McKay from NFOC recalled as well as Rae Giguere from BFOC.

Congratulations also goes out to Michael Keane of the Short school for recalling in Senior Mens and to Nick Andison from BFOC for recalling in the Junior Mens category.

Well, that's a wrap for 2010. Awesome job by our region. Recall or not, always remember it is a huge achievement just to be here and that hundreds of dancers would love to have the chance you had to compete. Well done everyone.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Worlds 2010 Results - Day Seven (Saturday)

All rounds for the boys are complete. Teams are underway.

Recalls went to Ben Fraser of GC and Mark Brenyo of WS in Men Under 18 and to Mike Newman also of WS in men Under 19.

Results not due for another 3-4 hours.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Worlds 2010 Results - Day Six (Friday)

Good Friday brought recalls for:

Colleen Daly of Woodgate-Shamrock in Ladies Under 18 and four ladies in the Under 19 section: Rebecca Stewart of Goggin-Carroll, Ashley Davidson of BFOC, Kait Andrushko of Woodgate-Shamrock and Shaunessy Sinnett of the Corrigan school.

Congrats ladies!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Worlds 2010 Results - Day Five (Thursday)

More medals for Team ECR

Boys Under 17
Lorcan Balfe placed 8th, Patrick Andison placed 9th (both from BFOC) and Lucas Lawton from Short earned himself a recall medal.

Girls Under 17
4th place for Corinne Gallibois of BFOC and 7th went to Erinn Brown of McGinley. Congratulations to Lindsay McBride from NFOC for her recall.

ECR Medal Count
Corrigan 1
McGinley 1