If you are already there or are planning on going to the CRN Irish Open 2009, we would love to see any pictures you take and they might just be featured in the July issue of IDM! All you have to do is email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
IDM couldn't make it this year but we wish all the competitors the best of luck and can't wait to hear from you.
Have a great weekend!
The countdown is now on for the Elevation Video Competition as we near the closing date for the chance to win a dress worth £1000! To be in with a chance of winning, this years competition gives you the chance to make your very own Irish dancing video. Create a video of no more than three minutes in length that shows the world: What Irish Dancing means to me! It could be of you and your friends dancing, a puppet show, play...whatever you want! It can be funny, silly, or serious as long as it is dance related and includes the word Elevation...You could shout it, sing it, hold up a sign...anything! All you have to do is...Film your routine on your phone, webcam or video recorder. You can either upload your video to YouTube and send the link to email@example.com or posted on CD to: Elevation Video Competition, IDM, Unit 2.4 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH by June 1st 2009. Deadline: June 1st 2009 The best 10 videos will be showcased on both IDM's and Elevation Design's website.
Were you lucky enough to compete at the Worlds this year? If so, IDM thinks you deserve a medal for doing so well for competing in one of the BIGGEST Irish dancing competitions in the world!
Congratulations to everyone who competed this year and for those of you who didn't make it - remember there is always next year and plenty of time to practice!
Love, Lucy x
IDM's Easter Treasure Hunt begins tomorrow so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a piece of hidden treasure and could get 500 profile points! Remember to message me the details of what the treasure is and where you found it. Good luck! Lucy x
IDM is excited to announce the eagerly awaited news of an Easter Treasure Hunt on www.irishdancing.com. Starting on Good Friday (10th April) and finishing on Easter Monday (13th April), there will be treasure hidden somewhere on IDM.com each day. Will it be a cute Easter bunny or a delicious looking Easter egg? Search high and low for the special Easter treasure and send a message to me telling me what it is and where you found it and you will get an Easter medal and.... 500 profile points! Keep your eyes peeled and Good Luck! Lucy x
Back in February, IDM interviewed Maggie McCarthy, a traditional Irish dancer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Cork. She had just submitted a song for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest called One-On-One and although she didn’t get picked to represent Ireland, she has since achieved success beyond her wildest dreams. Maggie was chosen to fly the Irish flag alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon from Northern Ireland and the vocal group Celtic Thunder as they entertained Barack Obama at the White House on St Patrick’s Day. Can you imagine how excited Maggie must have been and what an achievement it is to perform in front of the President! All of us at IDM headquarters say a big congratulations to her. Check out the video for her song ‘One-on One’ below and you can see how talented she is. Lucy x
Sixty dancers from the McDade School of Irish Dance are off to the 2009 World Championships in their hometown, Philadelphia. There are eight solo dancers that have qualified to compete at this prestigious, international competition. In addition to these soloists, there is one eight hand and three dance drama teams-Leaving for America, Ireland's fight for Freedom, and The Princess and the Rooster.
McDade's 8 World Qualifiers let us know why they are excited for the 2009 World Championships.
Fiona Fay-"It's in my hometown, Philadelphia, and my friends and family will be there to support me".
Bridget Egan-"Both my sisters and I qualified this year-it was a very happy Oireachtas for us".
Katie Rosyk-"This will be my first time competing at Worlds-I never thought that I would be a world qualifier!"
Sinead Egan-"Last time I didn't dance my best, and I'm glad to have another opportunity to dance better".
Siobhan Dougherty-"This is the first time I've qualified as a soloist, and I will be dancing on the same drama team with both of my sisters".
Fiona Egan-"For the past three years I've been so close to qualifying, and I am so excited to have finally made it!"
Ali Doughty-"I will get to dance my favorite dances, slip jig and jig, on the Worlds stage".
Alex Reichl-"I finally made it to Worlds as a soloist".
5 Commitments for the 5 Weeks Leading up to Worlds:
Practice 6 days a week
Hello! As you all know, IDM launched a Valentines day poetry competition a couple of weeks ago and we have had some fantastic entries so far. Some of you who were lucky enough to be at the All Irelands and were able to hand me your poems in person and I have received a great number of entries by email/post. The competition deadline is March 16th 2009 so there is still plenty of time to put pen to paper. Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to the following address: IDM Valentines Day Competition, Unit 2.4, Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bath Road, Bristol, UK, BS4 3EH.
To add to the excitement, I am pleased to announce that we have got an All Irelands 2009 badge for all of you who competed in the competition this year. The badge is worth 800 profile points and all you have to do is message me directly and tell me which category you competed in and how you did. Can't wait to hear from you! Love Lucy x