Understanding Championship Scoring

Irish Points vs Raw Scores

A recap of how Championship points are computed and used, just in time for the Oireachtas season!

by Jim Montague

The preliminary and championship events are the highest dance levels at a feis. As the dancer's skills have sharpened and competition becomes keener, it becomes necessary for the performances to be evaluated independently by three judges.

As in the lower competition levels (Beginner, Novice, and Prizewinner), each judge scores the dancer from 0 to 100 points (although you'll normally see a score somewhere between 70 and 95). These are known as the "raw" scores. The three "raw" scores earned by any one dancer mean nothing by themselves ‐‐ these scores must be restated so that they are in relation to the other competitors.

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University Spotlight

University of Limerick’s

Irish World Academy

For those who envision going “pro” in the Trad Irish music or Irish Dance world, the University of Limerick offers a noteworthy Bachelor of Arts degree that has produced numerous success stories over the years.

Recognizing the need to educate students in the art of Irish Music and/or Dance along with essential business skills, the BA program at the University of Limerick is a unique degree for those interested in the arts. The four-year bachelor’s degree is designed to provide dancers and musicians the skills to succeed from an accredited and respected university in the heart of Ireland.  

According to the school's website: With nearly 12,000 students, including more than 2,000 international students each year, the University of Limerick is a young and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and scholarship.

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INSIDE an Irish Dancing Magazine Cover Shoot.

15 year old, World Champion,  Emily Rose Colangelo of the McNelis Cunningham Boyle dance school in Ireland was over the moon to learn she would be the magazine's Oct-Nov 2019 cover girl! 

The day of the cover shoot with photographer Jimmy McNulty was magical.

"I have known Jimmy McNulty for many years and I was so delighted he was chosen to do my photo shoot for the IDM cover. He’s such a lovely man and always makes me laugh."

The photo shoot for the Oct/Nov cover took place on the grounds of the City West Hotel & Conference Centre during the CLRG's Irish Nationals in June of 2019.

"It was so funny as I knew I had to wear Autumn/Winter clothes as I was to feature in the October or November issue so I had chosen a lovely fur coat."

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