So the last few days have been good fun as I have been working with the judging panel of this years Design a Dress Competition to pick the semi finalists. Just 20 could go through and we had over 300 entries so it was a long job... and a tough one.
We just couldn't make our minds up but finally we all managed to agree on the top 20 that now ready and waiting for your votes to put just 10 into the grand final! Visit this page now to check them out and read details of how to vote!
And well done to every single one of you who entered! I as totally shocked by the level of designs this year.... each year they just get better and better!
******AN COIMISÃšN WORLDS LOGO COMP WINNER!!!!!*****
The panel then voted for the overall winner.... and we are so proud to announce the winner is Christina Dolzall (23) who dances at the Gray-Gillan-Owens School in the USA!
She was also IDM readers FAVE so good taste clearly runs through the world of Irish dancers! Well done Christina! Congratulations!
Make sure you all look out for the follow-up story and pictures in an upcoming issue of Irish Dancing Magazine.
So after Dearbhla and Gavin got back from the Eurovision Dance Contest in Glasgow, we caught up with Dearbhla Lennon to find out how she felt! Here's what she had to say!
How you got on at the Eurovision Dance contest?
Lets just say that the experience was huge. So, we didn't win but we did our country proud (or so I'm told) We ended up 11th, which was a little disappointing to be honest when we had worked so hard. I was really pleased with our performance as I felt we danced with pride and integrity and I was really proud of Gavin, who is in effect a novice dancer. The judges awarded us 29 points out of a possible 48, which was deflating to say the least. The judges were all from an IDSF (International Dance Sport Federation) background and very well versed in latin and ballroom dancing. I'm not sure they understood the skill level behind Irish Dancing and don't think they really appreciated it. However, we did relatively well on the public vote and got a smashing 8 points from our friends in the UK- so thanks a million to all those in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales who gave us their votes!
Also, with the dance style, yes- the rules did state that the routine had to be a "freestyle routine, to incorporate elements of traditional Latin & ballroom and a national flavour". so that was part of the brief that we couldn't just do straight Irish dancing; believe me, I would have been much happier sticking with what I know and love...
The general atmosphere of the event?
How good is this! Hype battles Trintiy irish dancers in downtown Milwaukee
I was checking out what you're chatting about in the forums today and discovered that Reelbigmouth and Twinkletoes met up in England this summer and made this wonderful video of them dancing! It's amazing to see dancers from the other sides of the world, who have met through this site becoming such great pals! Way to go girls!
It's with much excitment and celebration that we can announce that a new Guinness World Record for the World's Longest Riverdace line has been set in the USA!.
Bill Lee from the USA read IDM's story ( Jan 08) about the current record holders and decided he knew a group of dancers capable of breaking it! And he was right! He did!... even in 90Âº heat!
In an IDM exclusive, Bill told us, "I decided to organize our own attempt here in the states. I am happy to announce that on July 20, 2008 at the 35th Annual Rockland County Feis, 312 dancers broke the Guinness World Record of 216 held by a group of Irish Dancers from Dublin Ireland."
Watch the video of their World Record here, and check out the November issue of IDM for a full interview with Bill and some of the dancers involved!
Well done guys and girls! We are so pleased for you!
So here is Irelands performance on Saturday's Eurovision Dance contest.
On Saturday the 6th of September, fourteen couples took the floor to compete in the second Eurovision Dance Contest. Each couple included professional dancer and a national celebrity and the couples had just two minutes to show the world what they could do and convince us to vote for them!
Ireland's entry, Gavin O'Fearraigh & Dearbhla Lennon, came 11th out of 14. Not as good as we had hoped for here at IDM!
We haven't had a chance to talk to the couple yet to get thier reactions but here are a few of our initial observations:
1. It was nice they tried to incorperate the traditional steps into thier dance, to show a bit more of the Irish culture- many of the other countries did tango, or latin, and didn't bother to incorperate any national steps into their dances!
2. We loved the costumes ( see below) but the IDM fashion crew think that Dearbhla should have worn dark tights. All the other dancers in the competition wore high heals but our guys were obviously wearing hard shoes which in comparison to the others, looked a little strange. For those of us familiar with the shoes they look normal, but to the rest of the world they looked a bit clumpy in especially when set next to a set of 4 inch glittery stilettos! Dark tights would have hleped to disguise the clumpy nature perhaps??
3. Why didn't the guys go for a full on Irish routine. The music sounded Turkish even though it was by IDMs fave Irish band Kila?? As we all know, when full on Irish dance is done well, it looks amazing! The guys watered down the routine with other styles and it didn't have the same wow factor! Shame!
4. But all in all we are so proud of Gavin & Dearbhla! Well done guys!
WE love this video by candace_28- It's funny and informative!
and this one is Evie's video as she mentions below! way to go Evie!