Ariel Bennett, ADCRG * Denver, Colorado * 720-747-9377
Heritage Irish Stepdancers * February 2017
Upcoming Shows and Events!
keep reading for further information on these events
click on the links to sign up for shows
Friday, February 10—registration deadline for Heart of the Rockies Feis and Rocky Mountain Feis at www.feisworx.com.
Sunday, February 19—3:30-5:00 p.m. Dublin Zoo fundraiser performance at Lakewood Cultural Center
Saturday, February 25--Heart of the Rockies Feis (competition), Berthoud
Sunday, February 26-- Rocky Mountain Feis (competition), Berthoud
Friday, March 10—show! 12:30-1:00 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Denver (Hampden & Colorado) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449ada72aaa8-show31017
Saturday, March 11—Parade! 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., lodo Denver
Saturday, March 11—show! 7:00-7:30 p.m., Englewood Shrine Club
Sunday, March 12—show! 2:00-2:45 p.m., Bemis Public Library, Littleton
Monday, March 13—show! 10:30-11:00 a.m., Denver North Care Center (22nd & Downing)
Tuesday, March 14—show! 10:30-11:00 a.m., Rowan Community, Denver (I-25 & Evans)
Tuesday, March 14—show! 1:30-2:00 p.m., Sunrise at Cherry Creek, Denver (Colorado & Alameda) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449ada72aaa8-show31417
Wednesday, March 15—show! 10:30-11:30 a.m., Goddard School, Denver (I-25 & University)
Wednesday, March 15—show! 12:30-1:00 p.m., Innovage Denver (Broadway & Mississippi)
Wednesday, March 15—show! 3:00-3:30 & 4:00-4:30 p.m., Sunrise Westminster
Wednesday, March 15—show! 7:30-8:00 p.m., O’Toole’s Garden Center, Lakewood
Thursday, March 16—shows all day! Sign up online if you’d like to dance with one of the groups that will be doing performances that day. Let us know in the comments section what times you will be available http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449ada72aaa8-shows1
Friday, March 17—shows all day! Sign up online if you’d like to dance with one of the groups that will be doing performances that day. Let us know in the comments section what times you will be available http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449ada72aaa8-shows5
Saturday, March 18—show! 2:00-2:45 p.m., Elk Run Assisted Living, Evergreen
Saturday, March 18—show! 7:45-8:45 p.m., Christ the King, Evergreen
Sunday, March 19—show! 3:30-4:15 p.m., Shalom Park, Aurora (Parker & Belleview)
Sunday, April 2—show! 6:00-6:30 p.m. St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch
Saturday, April 22—show! 1:00-1:45 p.m., Lone Tree Library
Saturday, May 20—show! 6:30-7:30 p.m., McCabe’s Pub, Aurora (Southlands)
Check back every week to see if we’ve added new shows!
Go to signupgenius.com and click the “Find a signup” link in the upper right-hand corner. Search under HeritageIrish@aol.com
The tuition month of February will run from Tuesday, January 31 through Saturday, February 25. There are no planned class cancellations in February.
The March tuition month will run from Tuesday, February 28 through Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, April 1. There will be no class March 11-17.
In case of inclement weather, please call us at (720) 747-9377 or on our cell phone, (303) 748-9207, to find out the status of your class. We will post cancellations on Facebook as well.
We will be performing our annual spring stage show on Sunday, February 19 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Cultural Center. The show features solos from our champion dancers, traditional group dances, a new choreography, and our signature dance dramas! Proceeds from the show help our dancers and teachers attend the North American Irish Dance Championships in New Orleans the week of July 4. Tickets are available at www.lakewood.org/tickets. Please tell everyone you know about this fabulous show!
Online Tuition Payments
If you’d like to pay your February tuition online, you can click on this link below:
Heart of the Rockies & Rocky Mountain Feis
The Moriarity-Moffitt School will be hosting two competitions during the weekend of February 25-26 in Berthoud, CO. The registration deadline for these two feiseanna is Friday, February 10. Registration is open at Feisworx.com. As always, if you have never competed before, please talk to Ariel before registering.
St. Patrick's Day Shows
March is just around the corner! We usually do about 40 shows during the month of March. All of our students, no matter what age and level, are welcome to participate!
If you would like to join us for shows during the month of March, you will need a Heritage costume. For girls, there are three different versions of the team costume. We’ve described them (and how to get them) below. Girls also need gillies, flashpants, and poodle socks, which you can get from Irish Butterfly (or email or call us, and we can bring them to your class). Boys need a white, long-sleeved, button-down shirt, black slacks, and black dress socks, all of which you can buy at a department store. Boys also need jazz shoes, which you can buy through Irish Butterfly.
To sign up for St. Patrick’s Day shows or order Heritage items, go to www.signupgenius.com and enter our email address, HeritageIrish@aol.com. You will then see a list of all the shows that you can sign up for. Put your name down for any shows you’d like to perform in, and then you’re all set!
Shows are limited to 12 dancers each (except for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade), so be sure to sign up right away for any shows you’d like to be in. Check Sign Up Genius every week to see what new shows we have available.
Once you’ve signed up for a show, you’ll be emailed information (including directions, what to wear, and when to show up) a few weeks before the show date.
If you have questions, please let us know!
After every class, dancers get a Hundred Card, which tells them what to practice at home that week. Hundred cards help dancers learn steps, improve their form, and become more confident.
This semester, we are encouraging dancers to complete their Hundred Cards by offering an extra incentive: dancers who bring in their Hundred Cards the most number of times between now and March 1 will get to choose their groups for March 16 & 17 before everyone else.
So if you like performing at particular shows (like Exchange Tavern or Q’s Pub), be sure to do your practice card and bring it back every week!
If you need help understanding your Hundred Card or figuring out how best to practice, please let your teacher know—we are always happy to help!
Costumes for Girls
There are three different styles of Heritage costumes for girls. The biggest difference between them is price, so you should go with whichever costume fits your budget. You don’t need to be a certain level to get a certain costume. Here are descriptions and ordering instructions for each type of costume:
#1—Skirt and Blouse. This is a green, pleated skirt and a white button-up blouse. It costs about $20. To order this costume, go to www.frenchtoast.com, and search for the pleated skirt in green in your size, and the long-sleeved pointy collar blouse in white in your size. We also sometimes have used versions of this costume in the store. You will also need to buy green flashpants and white poodle socks (available at Irish Butterfly).
#2—Velvet Dress. New! This is a green stretch velvet dress with attached flashpants and a gold glitterdot cape. It costs $100. To order this costume, email us at HeritageIrish@aol.com.
#3—Embroidered Team Dress. This is a green velvet dress with celtic knotwork embroidery. It costs $500 new, or $100-$300 used (we have some used versions of this costume in the store). To order this costume, email us at HeritageIrish@aol.com
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 11 downtown in the morning. All our dancers and families are invited to join us!
Heritage dancers will wear their Heritage costumes and black tennies. If you don’t have a Heritage costume, be sure to talk to your teacher as soon as possible. Don’t forget to buy black tennies if you don’t already have some.
Every Heritage dancer under the age of 18 needs to have a parent, family member, or other adult marching in the Parade with them (dancers ages 16-18 who will be driving themselves to the parade do not need an adult with them). Parents, siblings, and friends who would like to march with us need to wear a Heritage t-shirt or sweatshirt. If you need to order Heritage gear (t-shirts, hoodies, etc), email us at HeritageIrish@aol.com.
Dancers and anyone marching with them should sign up online by clicking this link:
We’ll be sending out information around the first of March, when the Parade sends us our starting time and lineup number.
Our Winter Semester will end on Saturday, April 1. All makeups from January, February, and March must be taken by that date, so plan ahead! You are welcome to take makeup lessons in advance if you know that you will be missing a class.
Let us know if you have any questions! (720) 747-9377, HeritageIrish@aol.com
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