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January Newsletter from Mrs. G         

Bliain Nua faoi Mhaise daoibh

 Happy New year to all as we head into a new Year .

It was wonderful to have a nice long rest. The dance Room Floor was refinished to an excellent standard. We hope to keep it in good shape for several more years. Many thanks to Cardinals care for their financial assistance in getting this done.  


The 2017 Collage is finished for your viewing and will remain in the hallway for the month of January . Remember I can only work with what I have and or get from you so sorry if I missed  you in it.


The Videos of the Christmas Concert are ready to be picked up for those who ordered them. We have a very limited amount of extra ones. Please see Rose Smulczenski for same.


Many Thanks to Kim Elliott for the huge amount of work she put into our costuming this year.  Everyone looked smashing on stage. We got two more lovely open dresses from  Kansas. You are welcome to buy any dress on the rack for $350.00 with the opurtunity to trade it for a bigger dress  free. These are so fun for the kids to wear for Performances etc.  ( keeps them interested and motivated)


Beattle Bob left the box of Calendars with me and will have the remaining 25 this Saturday  when they are distributed


Feis Practice

Saturday January     6th       

Saturday January   13th     

Saturday January   20th     

Saturday January   27th      

Saturday February  3rd

Saturday February10th

Feis Practice on these dates are arranged  in a manner to have time for Ceili teams /Duets and Trios have the opportunity to practice  together . I urge you all to please try and arrange your schedules to accommodate this . Duets Trios and Ceili teams will be arranged to stay as is for the Fleadh in May. Eileen/ Shannon  will help you with your selection of partners. You must go to to enter. Ask for help if needed.

I have made hard copies of the syllabus for all and will highlight the suggested competitions for the Monday and Wednesday class

Monday Class practice time   9am to 11am

Wednesday practice times    10.30am to 12 Noon

Tuesday practice times          Noon to 2pm      

Grade Exams will be offered at our Feis this year and will happen on the Monday

( presidents Day) after the Winter Feis.  The Grade exams are similar  to the SCT exams.

As of January 1st 2018  the Commission of Irish dancing has mandated that  to take the teachers examination one now must have passed all 12 Grades. This is a new rule but which may not be of any interest to many of you  right now.  However  it is important to St. Louis Irish Arts to offer you the opportunity of taking the exams   just as we offer the SCT exams for Music potential teachers.  Please let me know if you are interested in taking  the Grade exams on Monday  February 19th


Sunday January 7th Performance at Marie De Ville retirement home 13900 Clayton Rd.

This is a very special Performance for a very special Lady who will celebrate her 100th Birthday  this Sunday. She is really looking forward to it.  The Performance will start at 1pm but I would like to meet  those attending at 12.30pm. We can have  a fairly large group but if possible could you come fully dressed please. Open dresses welcome. I can also provide rides from the school and back. I will leave the school atNoon pm


February 24th  This is our Trivia night with all hands on deck.

Help Keep traditional Irish culture thriving in St. Louis by making plans to attend this fun evening of music, dance and trivia. Doors open at 6 pm, live music starts at 6:30 pm. Trivia starts promptly at 7 pm.

As always, soda, wine and beer included. Please bring your own food. Proceeds benefit St. Louis Irish Arts.
Book your table via Paypal at Tables of 8 are just $200 before February 1; $240 between February 1 and February 19; and $280 after that (if tables are still available

Matt Hathaway is the chair of this event which has raised lots of dollars over the past several years for the good of the School  and the organization.

Baskets would be very welcome so keep aome of your holiday  stuff  to donate as prizes or to be auctioned

March 3rd  out of town Performance in Moberly Missouri  Please let Shannon or I know of your availability. Rides will be available from School and back. more info to come  to those interested in this fun day. Congressional valuable hours  given for this.

Congressional Awardees

Gold Medalists  Your deadline for submission is  February 28th this year. Bring your completed book to me by appointment only. I will make myself available as  convienient as possible for you .

Silver medalists .  Please check  your hours and  make an appointment to discuss  completion.

Bronze medalists  You have a deadline of March 1st for submission. There are lots of minor jobs available for hours. such as keeping the school clean etc.



If you didn't make it to Registration Night, that's ok. Just come in and see Mrs. Gannon / email her and she will get you all ready to go. Her email address is

All beginners come to class on Mondays

All advanced students come on Tuesdays

All intermediate students come on Wednesdays.

Individual classes are available in all instruments and those classes should be set up with each individual instructor. Email / and they will give you the names and email addresses of the individual teachers.