McConnell Irish Dancers

Established in 1947        80 Years of Irish Dance        3 Generations OF IRISH DANCE TRADITION       MANITOBA'S LARGEST IRISH DANCE SCHOOL 


McConnell School of Dance is a proud sponsor of the CRN Canada Feile, Manitoba's only Open Platform Irish Dance Competition.


The Canada Feile was established in 2016 and is CRN's only Canadian competition.  

McConnell School of Irish Dance is a registered member of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta(CRN), based in Dublin, Ireland. Our students compete in CRN's Open Platform Feis (competitions), which take place at the Regional, National, and World Open levels.  

Dancers compete in 5 Solo Levels of CRN  Bunghrád, Ullmhúchán, Meanghrád, Ardghrád, and Craobhghrád 

  • Competitions are offered for all ages and abilities, including adult students.
  • Team competitions include all traditional figure dances and modern choreography.
  • All dancers are welcome to compete in our Open Platform Irish dance competition, regardless of school, organisation or affiliation.


Saturday, May 25th, 2019 

Hilton Airport Suites, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

Room Discounts will be offered to dancers and families staying at the Hilton Airport Suites hotel (May 24th - 26th, 2019).  Rooms must be booked under the GROUP CODE in order to receive the discount.  Rooms will open for booking in March, 2019 and will be announced on our website.

2019 SYLLABUS  & HOTEL INFORMATION - Released March 2019

Cumann Rince Náisiúnta

((koo-mun, rin-ka, now-shun-tuh)
CRN was established in 1982 in Dublin, Ireland by the late Ita Cadwell. CRN is the only organisation whose competitions successfully operate with the Open Platform, where any dancer from any teacher, from any part of the world or any organisation can compete.

CRN believes in honesty, justice and fairness in competitions. CRN’s motto is: “Do not do to others what you would not like done to you”. CRN’s founder Ita Cadwell used the following phrase: “The honest road is the right and just road to take, but it is also a very hard and difficult road to take.

CRN is widely known as a traditional dance organisation and it has successfully maintained the integrity of traditional dances, while actively encouraging the development of new and innovative work. Great thought was put into considering the developmental levels of students and their capacity to execute work in solo dances.

Five (5) grades/levels of dance were established. In an ongoing effort to honour tradition and continually protect the developmental
process of dancers a grading system is in operation in all 5 levels and grades. This system ensures that appropriate technique is being taught at each level.

CRN is committed to protecting the integrity and purity of the Irish Dance tradition.

CRN is very proud of the standard of dance education among its members. This standard was achieved through establishing a compulsory and rigorous teacher-training course and requires two to three years of supervised training in Ireland CRN Adjudicators must complete an additional two years of supervised study, taught by recognised trainers with Cumann Rince Náisiúnta. Additionally, the Instructor Examining Panel are also required to pursue continuing education.

For more information on CRN, please visit their website

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Competitive Irish Dance Information

There are several major competitive Irish Dance organisations world-wide who offer either Open or Closed Platform Irish dance competitions. Open platform competitions are open for any dancer, from any school to participate. Closed platform competitions are limited to only open to those who belong to a particular organisation.

Why Compete?
Competitions help motivate students to set individual goals and improve their technique.
Competitive Irish dancers have the opportunity to travel and meet other Irish dancers from around the world. Improving technical skills in dance takes a great deal of self-discipline, patience, focus, hard work and commitment.
Dancers who are dedicated to competing and advancing through the levels through hard work will become better technical

Dancers and learn valuable life skills.