Ariel Bennett, ADCRG * Denver, Colorado * 720-747-9377
Heritage Irish Stepdancers * June 2017
Upcoming Shows & Events
Saturday, June 10—Pike’s Peak Feis, Monument
Tuesday, June 27, 10:30-11:00 a.m., Westridge Elementary, Brighton
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Heritage Birthday Party, Friendship Center
July 4-8—North American Irish Dance Championships, New Orleans
Saturday, July 15—Colorado Irish Festival Feis
Sunday, July 16—Mile High City Feis
Tuesday, July 11, 10:30-11:00 a.m., Brantner Elementary, Thornton
Tuesday, July 25, 10:30-11:00 a.m., Thimmig Elementary, Brighton
June class will run from Monday, May 29 through Saturday, June 24. The June schedule will be the same as the May schedule. If you will not be attending class in June, please send us an email to let us know (if you didn’t already).
July class will run from Friday, June 30 through Saturday, July 29. July will be a stand-alone month with a special schedule (see below)
August will be part of the Fall Semester and will start on Tuesday, August 1. We will be sending out information about the Fall Semester schedule later in June.
Remember that all makeup classes from the Spring Semester (April through June) need to be used by Saturday, June 24. You can also use makeups to get tickets to the Heritage Birthday Party on June 27 (see below).
Pike’s Peak Feis
Pike's Peak Feis will be Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Monument, CO (just north of Colorado Springs).
The feis is free for spectators, so come and cheer on the Heritage dancers!
We will be having class as usual June 9-10 for dancers not competing.
Heritage 19th Annual Birthday Party!
Heritage began holding classes in June of 1998. We celebrate this every year with a "Birthday Party" featuring dancing, music, cake, and fun!
This year's Birthday Party will be Tuesday, June 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Friendship Irish Dance Center, 1944 S. Quebec Street in Denver. We’re having our Birthday Party later than usual this year to make sure that all our graduating seniors can attend.
Tickets for spectators will be $5 (kids under 7 get in free). Spectators can also get tickets in exchange for make-up lessons if you buy them in advance (3 tickets per make-up lesson). Email us to get makeup tickets in advance, or you can buy tickets at the door.
ALL our dancers, no matter what age and level, are invited to dance at the Birthday Party! If you'd like to perform, all you need is a Heritage costume and Irish dance shoes. Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449ada72aaa8-19th.
We will be practicing dances for the Birthday Party in class.
At the Birthday Party, we will also give out our Spirit Awards and Scholarships for the fall semester. Please help us by turning in nominations! Let us know who deserves a Spirit Award or Scholarship and what makes them special. You can drop a note in the box, email us, or text us.
Thanks! We look forward to dancing with everyone!
Krista Hwang, our resident photographer, is putting together a book of photos taken in the past 12 months. If you have any photos of Heritage classes or events that you’d like to share, we would love to have them! You can email the photos to email@example.com, or you can also send the photos via Dropbox (contact Krista at the gmail address to find out how to send them via Dropbox).
If you are interested in purchasing one of these yearbooks, you can sign up for one at class, or email Krista and let her know how many you’d like and what size. There is a 5x7 paperback version and an 8x10 hardcover version.
Krystal Thompson, Olivia Seiler, Michael Bogumill and Gregory West will be competing at the North American Irish Dance Championships in New Orleans July 4-8! At the Birthday Party show and June classes, we will have good luck cards to sign for these dancers. We will be posting updates about how everyone is doing on our Facebook page as well.
Colorado Irish Festival Feis and Mile High City Feis
Colorado Irish Festival Feis
We will be running the Colorado Irish Festival Feis (also known as CUIS) on Saturday, July 15 as part of the Colorado Irish Festival. This year, the feis will be held at a new venue (with air conditioning!): ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch.
Running a feis requires lots of parent and dancer volunteers, so we would love if you could help us out. There are lots of different jobs available, and most of them require no experience. Jobs can be done by dancers, parents, family members, or friends. We have lots of different slots available, so you would be able to find a time to volunteer and watch your dancer compete.
Volunteer jobs include:
Picking up judges at the airport (drivers get mileage paid)
Driving judges between the hotel and the venue before and after the feis
Setting up for the feis on Friday afternoon
Handing out dancer cards at the registration table
Handing out medals at the awards table
Picking up scoresheets and taking them to tabulation
Checking in dancers backstage
Cleaning up after the feis
Volunteers get free lunch and our eternal gratitude. Click this link to sign up to volunteer:
It’s also a great competition to try out as your first one! If you’re interested in competing at the Colorado Irish Festival Feis, be sure to talk to your teacher before registering. Registration is open now at www.feisworx.com. The entry deadline is Friday, June 16.
Included in each dancer’s registration is free admission to the feis and the Colorado Irish Festival at Clement Park on Saturday for competitors and family members from the same household—it’s a great deal!
Non-champion dancers Under 11 will be dancing in the morning, and non-champion dancers 11 & Over will be dancing in the afternoon. For champions, opens will be in the morning and prelims in the afternoon.
Mile High City Feis
We will be running a second feis, the Mile High City Feis, on Sunday, July 16, also at ThunderRidge High School. Again, non-champion dancers Under 11 will be dancing in the morning, and non-champion dancers 11 & Over will be dancing in the afternoon. For champions, opens will be in the morning and prelims in the afternoon.
All the proceeds from Mile High City Feis will go to help out Heritage, so we encourage all of our students to sign up! All ages and levels are welcome to try it out.
We will need lots of volunteers for this second competition, too. If you’re interested in volunteering on either day, you can sign up by clicking this link:
Again, registration is open at www.feisworx.com, and the registration deadline is June 16.
Thank you! We are really excited about these events!
Last year, we gave out crystal vases as prizes for the championship competitions at Colorado Irish Festival and Mile High City Feis, and we'd like to do that again this year.
To get enough crystal, we need volunteers to go to thrift stores in your area and look for crystal or cut-glass vases, bowls, or plates (NO ASHTRAYS please). Any size is all right, and the items do not have to match (it was actually very charming to have different items last year).
We need about 100 pieces total, so the more different people we can have looking in different thrift stores, the better. Our budget is $20 or less per piece.
If you find any crystal, please bring it and your itemized receipt to class with you and we'll reimburse you.
Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you very much for your help!
Since so many dancers and teachers are on vacation in July, we will be having a special schedule. You can find the schedule and information on our website, www.heritageirish.com. Click on the “Classes” tab on the left and follow the links.
To sign up for July classes, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449ada72aaa8-july3 and put your name down for any class dates you’ll be attending.
We’ll also be having a summer camp July 24-27. Dancers can attend all four days or just one or two. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449ada72aaa8-july4
Fall classes will start August 1, and we’ll be sending out fall information in a few weeks.
We’re thinking about adding some new classes to our fall schedule, so let us know what you be interested in by filling out our class survey:
How to Dress for Summer Class
With the weather getting warmer, everybody’s getting out their summer clothes. Here are a couple things to remember when you’re dressing for class:
We need to see your legs when you dance, so please don’t wear long skirts (skirts that are knee length or shorter are OK).
However, while we want to see your legs, we don’t want to see your undies (or your bum), so please wear leggings or shorts underneath skirts.
For the same reason, please make sure that shorts aren’t too short. If you’re not sure whether they’re too short or not, ask your teacher (or your mom).
Don’t wear denim or other stiff material. It’s too hard to lift your leg in.
Dancing in your socks is bad for your feet, so you need to wear your shoes in class (dance tennies are OK). Thank you very much!
Don’t forget to turn in your 100 Cards (your practice cards) each week! Dancers who turn in their completed cards 5 or more times get to perform in Big Dog (or a special soft shoe dance) at the Birthday Party show in June. There’s still time to earn your spot!
Heritage Irish Stepdancers July 2017 Schedule Information!
July will be its own tuition month with a special schedule. We will be running feis practices at all three locations to help get dancers ready for Colorado Irish Festival Feis and Mile High City Feis, and at the end of the month we will be having a summer camp and some special classes.
Our Fall Semester will run from August 1 through November 17. We will be sending out information about the Fall Semester in a few weeks.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use makeups from the Spring Semester in July; Spring Semester makeups must be used by June 27.
Cost: $125 for the entire week, both morning and afternoon sessions
To register for summer camp, sign up online by clicking this link:
Dancers who are at least 13 years old and Intermediate 1 or higher in level can become assistant teachers! Teaching earns you credit toward your classes, helps Heritage, and also helps you become a better dancer yourself.
Fall Semester Survey
This survey will let us know what days, times, and locations are best for you for taking class. Also, we are thinking about adding some additional kinds of classes (like group dance), and this survey will help us decide if we have enough interest to do that.
Thanks for your input!
Heritage Irish Stepdancers
Sign up for July online by clicking this link:
Friday, June 30 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Dance Academy in Lone Tree
Tuesday, July 18 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Friendship Irish Dance Center in Denver
Tuesday, July 18 and July 25 at Friendship Irish Dance Center in Denver
Friday, July 21 and July 28 at Dance Academy in Lone Tree
Saturday, July 22 and July 29 at Friendship Irish Dance Center in Denver
Teacher Training Seminars
Both teacher training seminars will be held at the Friendship Irish Dance Center in Denver.
Thursday, July 20 4:30-6:30 p.m.
We’re always happy to answer your questions! Email us at HeritageIrish@aol.com or call us at (720) 747-9377.
We want to know if you have any questions or concerns. We want to make sure that we can devote our full attention to your questions, so it’s best to contact us outside of class via phone or email:
Cell—303-748-9207 (call or text)
We are usually in our office during these hours:
Click here for information on performances.
Click here for information on make up lessons.