Random Info & Things I've Figured Out ...
This entire page ...
... is really just a spin-off of the Trivia I
posted on the Tally page (which is itself Trivia of a
statistical sort when you think about it!) ... Here's that
As the 2010 season
began, Missy could say that
54% of the
time, she placed in the top six dancers overall.
the time, she placed overall in the top five dancers.
the time she placed in the top three.
How things have changed,
midway thru the 2010 season ... 58% of the time,
top six dancers overall. 43% of the time,
top five overall. 16% of the time, she places
in the top three. Missy wanted to know how many
times she placed in the top four (four being her
favorite number) and I told her we would figure it out when
we got home. SHE has gone to bed, like by 10:00 she was
out! but I figured I'd go ahead and add it in ... that answer is
more than a quarter -- 28% -- of the
At the end of the 2010 season ...
60% of the time she finishes in the top six
overall. 44%, top five. 29%, top four. 16%,
top three. In 2010, she placed a total of 38
times, since beginning with Nugent (which includes 3 Feisianna
in 2009), she has placed 41 times. Those 41 break
down as: 6 seconds, 11 thirds, 10 fourths, 12 fifths and 2
Trivia related to Missy's
- She began competing in 2003, with the
Akron/Cleveland Feis weekend.
- In 2004, she moved to Advanced Beginner, and
attained her required first-second-or-third medal in each of her
dances in short order. Although qualified to move up very
early in the season, she remained at the Advanced Beginner level
for all of that competition season and moved up to Novice
competitions in 2005.
- As that first year at Novice drew to a close
and the new season started in October of 2005, she rapidly moved
all of her dances to Open/Prizewinner except one, the Slip Jig
in which she needed one more first.
- In June of 2007 -- 15 months after
starting Novice level -- she finally moved her Slip Jig up
as well and moved fully into Open/Prizewinner level.
- Over the remainder of 2007 and the course of
2008, she attained enough placements to move to Preliminary
Championships by the NAFC rules, but not by her TCRG's rules.
- In January of 2009, for multiple reasons
which are irrelevant to the discussion, she switched dance
schools and began dancing with Nugent School of Irish Dance.
She spent virtually all of 2009 under a competition ban for
switching schools and returned to Feis'ing in August of 2009.
- Since returning to competition in August of
2009 and thru June 26, 2010, in addition to two Honorable
Mentions in the Treble Reel, she has earned ...
- 2nd place - Treble Reel, Open Jig, Open
Jig, Treble Reel
- 3rd place - Set Dance, Set Dance, Treble
Reel, Set Dance, Set Dance
- 4th place - Treble Reel, Treble Jig,
Treble Reel, Set Dance, Treble Jig
- 5th place - Reel, Treble Reel, Set Dance,
Set Dance, Reel, Hornpipe
Not related specifically to
Missy, this is information I've gathered over the years and/or
things I've been asked frequently.
Is it prizewinner or open?
Both? Depending on the part
of the country you're in, though, you may mean two different
groups entirely! The ranks go thusly:
Advanced Beginner or Beginner
Preliminary Championship aka
Championship or Open
In some places, if you say "Open"
they think you mean Champions. Here in the Midwest,
although we are trying to change our ways of thinking from
"Open" to "Prizewinner" usually if you say "Open" most people
will think you mean Prizewinner.
Is it a solo dress or an open
When Missy started dancing, it
was an "Open dress" and you had to earn it. You didn't get
it till you were at least partially in Open. Over time it
became a "Solo dress" instead of "Open" because dancers were
getting them earlier and earlier. These days you see lots
of Advanced Beginners wearing solos and it's a rarity to
see a dancer in Novice without one.
When Missy first started, they
were still wearing the elaborately embroidered panel-skirt
dresses. By the time she qualified for one, they were
wearing geometrics and getting away from embroidery. Then
came the swoop skirts and belled sleeves, the Renaissance stage
and the 3-d dresses with fluttering butterflies and moving
flowers. Nowadays you've got maribou feathers, pompoms,
fringe, faux fur, yards of lace, gallons of sequins, fortunes in
Swarovskis; skirts are no longer stiffened, weighted panels --
well, they might be gladiator panels! -- there's also soft
skirts, balloon skirts and one piece skirts, petticoats, tutus and
good grief, just dozens of skirt variations. Lately,
dresses are going to the extremes -- heavily embellished and
more reminiscent of a beauty pageant costume or an ice skating
outfit ... or elegant and understated.
Over time, too, the cost of a
solo dress has gone from $350 for a made-to-order "cookie
cutter" thru a then-staggering $1500 for an elaborate
custom-made dress ... to today when $350 will (on average) get
you a used dress in probably-craptastic shape with prices
ranging thru several thousand for a custom-made dress which,
depending on where you get it, might not even really give you
all that much say in what you get.
In order to advance from one level
to the next ...
First, keep in mind that your
TCRG may have requirements that are unique to your school.
The following are the NAFC minimum requirements for advancement
in the Mid-America Region -- these rules may not be
the same in your region (if it's not Mid-America).
below are verbatim from the NAFC standardized syllabi for the
Mid-America Region. You can
click here and view this document in its entirety on the
NAFC website. You can also
click here to go to the NAFC website and choose your
region's standardized syllabi for 2010.
First Feis to Beginner
- complete "First Feis" and move into Beginner or Beginner
Beginner to Advanced
Beginner - complete one season of Feisianna at Beginner
A dancer who has been
dancing for less than one year. A Beginner 1 must move
to Beginner 2 no later then January 1st of the dancers
second year of instruction, or may move to Beginner 2
earlier with teacherís permission and provided that the
Feis has not closed to changes. Note: a Beginner 1
dancer who starts in September, may continue as a
Beginner 1 until December of the following year (16
months) before moving into Beginner 2.
Advanced Beginner to
Novice - earn a first, second or third place rank in
each of the five core dances -- Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, Treble
Jig, Hornpipe (Optional: Treble Reel and Set Dance, neither
of which count for advancement)
A dancer who has been
dancing for more than one year and who has not won a
1st, 2nd, or 3rd, in Beginner 2. A dancer who has won a
1st, 2nd, or 3rd in a Beginner 2 dance must move into
Novice in that dance no later than January 1st of the
next calendar year or with teacherís permission as soon
as the next Feis (if said Feis has not closed to
Novice to Open/Prizewinner
- earn a first place medal in each of the four core dances -
Reel, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe (Optional: Treble Reel
and Set Dance, neither of which count for advancement)
Preliminary Champion - earn a first place in each of the
four core dances - Reel, SLip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe
(Optional: Treble Reel and Set Dance, neither of which count
A dancer who wins 1st
place in each of the Open dances (reel, slip-jig, treble
jig, and hornpipe) can move into Preliminary
Championships with teacherís permission.
Preliminary Champion to
Open Champion - Two first places in one calendar year
A dancer who wins two
First Place awards in one calendar year will move on to
Open Championship the following year, or as soon as the
second win is achieved, in any age category, in the
following years. Only in the case of back-to-back
Feiseanna (successive days), in which case the first win
in the first Feis will not change the dancerís status
for the second Feis. Placing in a Regional or National
Oireachtas does not change the status of a competitor.
And in case you were
A dancer who has not
received a legitimate placing (sufficient competitors
within the normal placing scale)along with a dancer who
has not placed in Open championships for two consecutive
years, may return to their previous competition level.
For example, an Open Championship dancer that does not
place in two consecutive years may return to Preliminary
Championships, the same as a Preliminary dancer who does
not place can return to Prizewinner.
Which group is my dancer in? How do I
decipher this crap?
Your dancer's group is determined
based on both age and skill level. See the above for skill
level, and the below for age limit caps for each skill level.
To determine which age group,
it's really very simple! What's your dancer's age on
January 1 of the year?
If your dancer is (for
instance) 11 on January 1, 2010, then they are in the "under
12" age group because on January 1, they were under 12.
It doesn't matter if on January 2 they turn 12, they are
still in the under 12 group for the balance of the year.
What's with those age levels,
First Feis caps with an
under-11 group and everyone else over 11 at First Feis level
is in the ď11 & overĒ group.
Beginners cap at under-12 and
the rest are in the 12 & over group.
Advanced Beginners cap out
with under-13 and then the rest are lumped into the 13 &
Novice caps with under-15,
and then a 15 & over group.
Open/Prizewinner also caps at
under-15 and then 15 & over.
Preliminary caps at under-17
and the 17 & over group.
Championship caps with
under-18 and then an 18 & over group.
More to come as I think of it or stumble across it
wherever I posted it previously!
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