Competitive Division General Policies
McConnell competitive dancers may attend any CRN USA, CRN Ireland, or Open Platform Feile.
All competition fees must be paid in advance.
Any oustanding balances for lessons to McConnell School of Dance must be paid pior to the competition.
Competing dancers are not permitted to teach and must maintain a non-professional Irish dance status while they are competing.
There are no competitive classes the week after major competitions and school attended feiles.
The CRN Calendar is released in December each season and dancers should wait until the calendar is published before considering travel plans.
We strongly recommed dancers wait until the compeition registration is released before booking any travel as dates and locations can change. In most cases, registration is available 6 - 8 weeks prior to the competition.
In most cases, registration for CRN competitions is organized by the school. S
tudents will receive notice via email once the competition registration is available and a deadline offered for registration.
After registration dancers will receive an invoice outlining their compeition fees and a deadline for payment.
All fees must be paid by the deadline (no exceptions).
Dancers are responsible for all registration fees for their competitions
. Competition fees average at $7 - $10 U.S. per dance.
Travel & Associated Costs
Dancers are responsible for all costs associated with their travel to and from compeitions. All travel arrangements are to be made by the individual, including transportation, accomidations, and chaperone.
Dancers are not responsible for any travel costs for instructors.
Instructors are not available to chaperone dancers who are not accompanied by a parent.
Fundraising for competitive Irish dance is not permitted.
Competition is an indvidual endeavour and therefore it is up to the dancer to cover all costs including lessons, competition registration, and travel.
Lessons discounts and subsidy is not available for any competing dancers.
Our Competitive Irish Dance Division requires a great deal of work on the part of the instructors as well as administrative time for the school. Teacher's travel expesnes, CRN Memership Fees, and CRN-Required Insurance are costly. Instructors travel on their free time to attend competitions and volunteer to organize all major and class feiles. We therefore respectfully ask that dancers not ask for discounts in lessons for competitive classes.
Levels & Advancement
Instructors determine which level and which dances students will learn and compete with for solo and award competitions.
Dancers who've placed out of a particular dance are not necessarily ready to move on to the dance in the next level.
Instructors have the best interests of the dancer in mind when making these decisions and students and their parents are asked to assist and support us in making the best choice for the dancer.
CRN Level 1 - 3 Dances
Dances in Levels 1 - 3 are standardized steps throughout all schools in CRN. There are slight variations in style between regions and schools, however dancers in Levels Bunghrad, Ullmhuchan, and Meangrad must compete with the CRN sanctioned dances.
CRN Level 4 & 5 Dances
Dances in Levels 4 & 5 are of the same standard, however these dances are developed and choreographed by the school's instructor. Slight differences in steps may be added for dancers who have individual strengths or weaknesses.
Students who wish to compete with unique steps and choreography will need to take solo classes
For solo dances, students will need a minimum of 5 hours per dance.
For individual set dances, students will need a minumum of 10 hours of solo work.
Sanctions & Suspensions
Dancers who do not comply with CRN regulations may receive a sanction. On their 3rd sanction dancers are suspended from competition for 3 months.
Students or parents who do not follow the guidelines outlined by McConnell School of Dance for competition may receive a 3 month ban from competition.
McConnell School of Dance reserves the right to limit or ban dancers from competing with no reimbursement for fees or lessons.