To Contact the Moderator to have a post removed or any other issue, please use the "Contact Forum Admin" at top of page or this direct address-
Please do not attack other posters and think before posting. Follow the TOS rules and everyone will have a great time here!
LEARN - SUPPORT - GROW - IRISH DANCE!
Dancers - Teachers - Organization Members - Families - All Welcome
This is a POSITIVE and SAFE forum for EVERYONE!
January UPDATE: Amazing ideas are being worked out right now for Open Platform Irish Dancing! Open Platform ID Orgs have been extremely helpful and gracious providing info and feedback so far! We are sorting through pages of info right now and will update the sites then. Keep sending in ideas! :)
To the Open Platform ID Organizations we haven't talked to yet, please contact me with your rules & info. We will promote you!! -------
-- To read/respond to the rest of the pages, go to the top right corner of this page and click a Page Number next to the word "Archives". --
CRN fairness .. -- Olivia, 13:51:29 07/25/14 Fri 
In CLRG , your presentation plays a part in placing and I was wondering if this is the same in CRN ? Would a girl wearing a wig with well done makeup and a beautiful solo dress , score higher than a girl with no makeup and no wig ?
Feising ! -- MAMMY (Confused), 13:05:55 07/25/14 Fri 
My child and I have moved from An Commisiun to CRN . We have yet to compete at a competition but from watching youtube videos and seeing photos it has come to my attention that crn children dont wear numbers on their dresses/waistcoats ? How does this work ? , btw this website has been very helpful and greatly appreciated so far , thankyou !
Open Platform Irish Dancing Organizations -- Marilyn, 06:46:49 04/17/14 Thu 
Open Platform (OP) organizations operate over a wide spectrum rules and expectations. Each Open Platform organization differs slightly, however, all those listed below as OP, as a bare minimum: operates as OP in one region, and/or encourages its members to participate in other OP Feiseanna and Events from other organizations, and/or offers OP feiseanna/events. Many of the following organizations operate from the philosophy that dancers from any or no organization may participate in their feis/events and that their dancers are freely permitted to participate in any ID activities they wish. In addition, many OP organizations encourage their members to participate in a wide array of other Irish dance, cultural, language, training activities, etc. believing that multiple organizations compliments the work of each other.
Read each organization's website information carefully. If in doubt, use the organization's “contact info” to pose your query to someone within that organization. My experience is such that Open Platform organizations are very responsive and will quickly reply to your questions. It is each individual's responsibility to know the rules of the organization with which he/she is a member.
Irish Dancing schools and/or teachers will often align themselves or become members of an Irish Dancing Association or Federation. These organizations operate as governing bodies with constitutions and have in many cases, set instructional curriculum and competition (feis) rules.
Please note that ALL Open Platform organizations retain the right to refuse entry to any school/dancer who has exhibited poor behaviour at past feiseanna. As one OP chairperson put it, "Remember, when visiting another organization or school, you are a guest in their space, and your behaviour needs to reflect that.”
The info following their name briefly describes their organization, gives a current contact name/web page and attempts to explain their interaction in the Open Platform scene.
Open Platform Irish Dance Organizations (listed in alphabetical order)
Question -- dance dance dance, 07:46:32 04/28/14 Mon 
Are any organizations considering doing digital feiseanna? NAIDF used to and I think it's a great option for those who don't have a lot of competition close to them.
Wow did you guys start a rumble while I was gone! -- **Moderators**, 19:07:09 07/23/14 Wed 
Apparently there will be legitimate complaints and opinions and we seem to get verbally attacked for not allowing free speech almost as much as we need to remove even the most minute trace of posts that could be taken wrongly.
Some more people will be banned on here even though most of you are using hidden IP's.
We really don't want to hide problems that could be hurting the community but it can't blow up into crazy rants on here.
Please try to keep it under control, we only have so many hours in the day too.
Some Information on CRN -- Anna Mai, 05:43:56 08/20/13 Tue 
Cumann Rince Naisiunta or CRN as it is generally called is an organisation operating on an Open Platform basis.
This means anybody can compete in their competitions and be treated with respect along side dancers from their own members.
There are 3 Types of members in CRN,
1) ADCRN members who are dual qualified as adjudicators and teachers.
2) ODCRN members are qualified teachers.
3) Associate Teachers who a) have completed a full Teachers Training Course and for a genuine reason have not taken the exam or b) teachers attending a teachers training course.
The teachers course is a tough one and cannot be completed in a few hours or days. Candidates have to be signed off on all aspects of training by their respective trainers. This includes course attendance, work covered and practical experience.
The first 3 grades of CRN were developed to equip dancers with correct technique and understanding of dance development. It safe guards the dancer and prevents injury in younger dancers.
The main thing a dancer/teacher needs to be aware of while competing in CRN is the grade of work, particularly in the first 3 grades and the required length of the dance for competitions. It is not like some organisation that get to dance 16 bars. In most cases in CRN the dancers dance 48 bars in competition.
The grades in CRN are as followes
1) Bungrad (basic dances only in this grade and there are only four dances in this grade Reel, slipjig, Single Jig and Light Jig.
2)Ullumchain (Off Base) The light dances are just a step up from Bungrad and the basic treble Jig and Hornpipe are introduced in this grade.Rocks are found in this grade with points,Kick Out, Lift backs.
3)Meangrad Is a step up from Off base introducing clicks, crosskeys developing the design of the dance and lift.
4) Ardgrad is the same to prelim. Ard grad dancers are also permitted to compete in Championships alongside the Craobhgrad dancers.
5) Craobh Grad these dancers are dancers who have won a priomh duais (like a prelim Championship) at the Irish Open Championships or the North American Championships. Dancers can also become Craobh Grad by winning an Open Championship or at Regionals if there are more than 7 in the Priomh Duais.
People do use the Open Platform in CRN and it is not a back ward organisation at all. It does though have standards.
Open Platform World Qualifing requirements -- Open Platform dancer, 23:41:40 10/23/13 Wed 
It would be very helpful for dancers if all Open Platform organisations would post their qualifying requirements for their upcoming Worlds in 2014 - great to see so many orgs hosting World competitions, but it is difficult to find their requirements. Any info on CRN, CRG, WIDA, CRDM qualifyings would be really helpful . I am an Open Platform dancer in Ireland. Thanks ..
Brand New, Never Worn Doire Dress for sale!! Must Sell! http://www.feisdresses.com/ads/brand-new-never-worn-shauna-shiels/ -- ID Mom, 13:07:26 06/19/14 Thu 
Stunning Doire Dress with modern panel style skirt for sale! Never worn and brand new! Only selling because the color did not suit my dd. Suitable for U12-U14 dancer. Happy to answer any questions. Posted on Dance-again and Feisdresses.com http://www.feisdresses.com/ads/brand-new-never-worn-shauna-shiels/
Here's an article by Jan Battles (March 2010) that tells about the stresses dancers put on their legs: Irish dancers 'get pilot G-force' -- A must read!, 06:02:30 08/10/13 Sat 
You can read the full article here: