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Date Posted: 13:28:04 04/17/18 Tue
Author: more
Subject: It's not"more feises" This region has lost about 15+ over the last 8 years. Only a handful have replaced them, if at all. Other regions have added feises. Think we are over-saturated with dancers whose families are being more selective, especially due to families. Feising used to be a family affair.
In reply to: Please no rudeness 's message, "What do you think are the reasons that Feises aren't getting to 100%?" on 09:35:46 04/17/18 Tue

The entire family danced; families arrived at the start of a feis found out the schedule and usually stayed the entire day. Gone are those days.

Caps are not really larger, in fact, Caps are a new thing, they never were really around before 8 or 10 years ago. There was no perceived pressure to enter a feis because it will fill up. The only pressure was to enter before the deadline. The idea of a cap or a feis filling up didn't exist.

Thinking the whole advent of technology has also impacted attending a feis. Families can see who has entered. They can see who is judging (okay, so that's a rule, now), they can see when comps will run, etc. and as a result, make the decision to not attend. There is more and more fly-by/drive-by feising being done by families, show, dance, go.

Further, the generation of parents now have an expectation of immediate results for their dancers and when younger dancers don't see immediate success, they seek out other activities, instead of giving the time needed to cultivate the skills needed and to learn the culture of ID. Have seen so many parents of 9 and 10 year olds give up because the dancer didn't place in a couple of feisanna. That's a huge impact on continuing in the activity.

All in all, people simply aren't feising as they used to.

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