Performing at Folklorama is quite different from dancing at our annual St. Patrick's or Recital. A recital is a showcase for dancer's family and friends. Folklorama is open to the general public and draws large crowds with international guests. Folklorama performances are timed, and entertainment standards are in place by Folklorama. With this in mind, dancers participating in Folklorama will only perform their very best and most polished dances. Dancers will also have the opportunity to learn and perform English, Scottish, and Welsh country dances.
Folklorama Costumes Standard McConnell School of Dance class costume is required for Folklorama for all Irish dancers. For students performing English, Scottish, & Welsh dances, costumes are supplied courtesy of our Student's Association. In some cases, additional items such as white ballet slippers, white tights, etc. may be required and dancers will be responsible for purchasing these.
Rehearsal Attendance It is important dancers attend Folklorama rehearsals. We understand dancers may not be able to attend every practice but please do your best to attend as many as possible. Dancers who miss lessons may not be able to perform all dances with their level. Make Up lessons are not available for classes missed during Folklorama rehearsals, however instructors are available for private lessons if dancers need catch-up or extra practice.
Benefits of Folklorama Folklorama is wonderful experience for younger dancers who gain early performance skills dancing for large audiences. Continued lessons during the summer months and more intensive practice geared for performance also benefit dancers greatly. It's a fabulous week of sharing & promoting culture and ton of fun for the dancers!