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Date Posted: 09:16:09 05/15/19 Wed
Author: not stirring, just an honest question
Subject: Think that's what the posters have said. It's whatever floats your boat, but why restrict people (either way)? What if a feis said, "only costumes" what would you do, then? If you can wear whatever at any other feis, then why is a 'black out' feis really necessary?
In reply to: Love the blackouts 's message, "No one is forcing you to go, plenty of feisis that allow costumes. Leave the blackouts to those of us who enjoy them!" on 07:11:18 05/15/19 Wed

If a feis said only costumes, many would complain and say that restricts them from competing because of not having a costume, outgrown, etc. So, anything goes at a regular feis, but not so at a "black out feis"

Why exclusive blackouts, then? It's always a choice to go to any feis, but why exclude those who wish to wear a costume at those?

People like to say it's about the dancing at those feiseanna. Been to a couple. Didn't see that. The same people won or placed, with the same flaws: straight feet, no arch, no toe point, no rhythm or timing, arms flapping about. If it were really about the dancing, then those dancers would not have won or placed and would agree, but haven't seen that.

Have to say, it seems like it is only another way to get people to enter the feis and nothing more than that. It was a novelty for a couple of those feiseanna that had low entries to increase them, and bring in more money. It's more about the finances for a feis than about the dancing. But, that's just my opinion and you are free to disagree, which is fine.

If it was truly "about the dancing" by wearing black and here's the next question, why are people spending thousands on a costume? There would be no need to, right? And then, why not have all qualifiers and majors require black costumes and completely get rid of costumes? After all, it's about the dancing, isn't it?

Just a few thoughts on a Wednesday morning.

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