Here is everything I know about the 2011 NAIDC:
Dates: Teachers' Convention Friday July 1st; Dancing Saturday July 2nd to Wednesday July 6th inclusive.
Location: Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville Tennessee
Judging System: Rotating panels of three per round
Hosting Region: The IDTANA Executive Board
President - Lisa Petri ADCRG
Vice-President - Tim O'Hare ADCRG
Secretary - Russell Beaton ADCRG
Corresponding Secretary - Vincent O'Connor ADCRG
Treasurer - Sandra Connick TCRG
Seargant at Arms - Kevin Broesler ADCRG
President Emeritus - Michael Mullane ADCRG
with assistance from Regional Directors and many, many volunteers
-U8 and U9 may enter at teachers' discretion
-Any open championship dancer may be entered. Preliminary Championship dancers who earn their wins to qualify for OC by May 1st must move up to OC as of May 1st if they are entering the NAIDC on this option.
-U10 and up must either be in Champ or qualify at their regional Oireachtas. The qualifying formula is calculated as the top ten plus 25% of those who actually danced on the day.
-the option to enter based on recalling at the previous NAIDC has been rescinded
-dancers who qualified for 2010 but had to sit out due to a judging conflict are automatically entitled to enter the 2011 event; the same applies for 2011 status being deferred to 2012
-dancers who qualified for 2010 but did not attend for any other reason (transfer, illness, injury, personal choice) must meet a qualification listed above in order to enter the 2011 event
Soft shoe dances will be danced two-at-a-time for all ages.
Hard shoe dances will be danced three-at-a-time for all ages.
Set dances (including u8/u9 traditionals) will be danced one-at-a-time.
For events where the panels rotate, traditionals must go one-at-a-time in North America. If the panels do not rotate, this decision is up to the event's organizing committee.
Judges submitted their names in early 2010. Voting occurred at the 2010 IDTANA convention last July. Results of the ballot will be released in early December after the results of the All-Ireland ballot have been announced and all regional qualifiers are complete. Adjudicators who officiate at the 2011 All-Irelands may not also adjudicate the 2011 North Americans.
Musicians have until December 10, 2010 to submit their names for consideration. Voting among registered teachers will decide the list of musicians to be invited. Interested musicians should follow the weblink at:
Amendments to figure dancing shall include splitting competitions into "girls" and "mixed" groups. A mixed team requires only one male (as opposed to the World syllabus which requires more) and no more than 50% of the girls can compete in both a mixed figure and a girls figure in the same age group.
Ceili requirements shall follow the same rules published in the World syllabus for the duration of each dance and the point of conclusion.
The entry due date is (as always) May 1st. A late date with a late-fee penalty of double the entry fee shall be May 8th.
Official Website: (not much information so far)