Mini Update: Oireachtas 2k14

Feis Culkin

  • I'll start with the fact that I'm pretty sure that most everyone who placed in the top 50% of the competition are not senior lady dancers. The 18& over open competition was full of tough competitors from the younger age groups.
  • I placed in my hard shoe round which was a shock to me since I think that it felt weaker than my slip jig that day. I was excited to get a Hershey bar!
  • I ended up placing 12th out of 17. What was most frustrating to me was that two judged agreed on their ranking of me, while one placed me second to last. I am quickly becoming tired of scoring inconsistencies and how they can seriously make or break a dancer's overall placement.
  • Also, the Washington Post had an article about this feis on their website recently.

Anyway, have a chocolate bar picture.
Goals (and things)

  • My Oireachtas goal is (as it's been for the past four years) to be a world qualifier. I have not suffered through eight torn ligaments and a surgery to not finally meet my goal of qualifying at the Oireachtas.
  • And things...  After the Oireachtas, I am planning on submitting my application to the Riverdance Trinity Academy International Summer School program. I'm hoping that having the chance to be a part of this week-long academy will give my dancing a new spark. I am feeling a slump in my dancing. It may be injury recovery, it may be Oireachtas stress, but regardless, I have not seriously put any effort in to show dancing, and I think it would be a great break from the competitive world.

Follow my adventures this weekend!

  • As always, I will be all over social media this weekend with updates on my dancing and other Oireachtas adventures. Be sure to follow any (or all!) accounts for up to the minute details on my weekend.

Goals: Relax a bit, finish packing, and DFTBA
Days till Os: 3


Ghillie Giveaway Winner!

And the moment you have been waiting for...

Drumroll please...

By random drawing, the winner of the UK size 4.5 Hullachan 3 ghillie giveaway is Jenny L! I will be in contact with you via email shortly!

Thank you to all who entered and spread the word of my giveaway. I hope to bring you another giveaway in the near future!

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Goals: Stay healthy
Days till Os: 18


Ghillie Giveaway

Dearest Rince go Bragh readers, both old and new, today is a special day! I have a giveaway for you! I will be giving away a brand new pair of UK size 4.5 Hullachan 3 ghillies. Yes, just the one size.

These are the new Hullachan Reds that premiered at this years worlds. I have been dancing in my own pair for a little over a month now and have nothing but good things to say about these shoes! The leather is super soft and formed to my feet very quickly. The padding is sublime. Seriously though, it helps my bunion pain. The deeper heel means that I don't worry about the shoe slipping off my foot while I'm dancing. And can I just take a moment to talk about the new lacing system? Because my arch is not my best dancing feature, but when I put these shoes on, bam, arch!

So what are you waiting for? Enter my giveaway now before it closes! You can earn entries in many different ways, so hop to it!

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Goals: Don't overdo it.
Days till Os: 24


Shamrock Soaps: a product review

I had a chance to review two products from the Shamrock Soaps store on Etsy, which specializes in Irish themed soaps and other handmade and natural beauty products. There are even a handful of special gifts specifically for Irish dancers, two of which you'll get a peek of below! Overall, I found these products to be of high quality, and would recommend them as Oireachtas gifts, stocking stuffers, or a treat to yourself!

On Saturdays, we have a 45 minute fitness class, followed by three hours of dancing. Needless to say, this takes quite a toll on the feet, spawning soreness, and in my case, bunion pain. I decided to treat myself with the 'Dance On Your Toes' foot soak one afternoon when my feet were feeling particularly tired. I filled my sink with warm water, dissolved the sea and Epsom salt mixture, and stuck my feet in. It was a delightful 15 minutes of laying on my bathroom counter top. The foot soak smelled very nice (lavender). Afterward, my feet felt much more relaxed! Aside from residual bunion soreness, my feet felt like they hadn't gone through nearly four hours of intense work.

I also got to try out a sugar scrub called 'Championship Legs.' I found it to be a great scrub, and would compare it to the scrubs found in spa pedicures you can get at a nail salon. The morning of a feis, I took the tub of scrub, and here's what I did:

  • I shaved my legs, because that is always step one before a feis.
  • I scooped some of the great lavender scented sugar scrub out on my fingers, and scrubbed each leg four about two minutes.
  • Next up was rinsing the scrub off. My legs were left smoother than before, and also a bit oily.
  • Because I wanted to go beyond any level of smoothness my legs have been, I shaved again. This shaving wasn't to get rid of more leg hair, but to get rid of dead skin. Tip: rinse the razor often. Ew.
  • I scrubbed with Championship Legs once more. Then rinsed.
  • Since my legs felt oily still, I washed with my regular body wash before I dried my legs.
  • I moisturized with lotion next. I decided to forgo the fake tan for that particular feis.
  • Finally, I took time relish my smoothy smooth legs.

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Goals: Don't forget, rest days are important, too.
Days till Os: 32


Baltimore Comic Con 2014

Baltimore Comic Con took place September 5-7 at the Baltimore Convention Center. It marks my one year anniversary of comic cons, my first costume contest entry, and the first time I wore my solo dress to a comic con.

For my costume contest costume, there was very little prep that needed to be done since most of the parts were completed! I spent a bit of every night the week before painting a pair of hard shoes to go with my costume. I think I used three coats of a red acrylic paint, followed by three coats of red glitter. The night before we left, I sprayed them with four coats of clear acrylic sealer to make sure things stayed put (and for a bonus shine factor!).

I really felt like I was packing for a feis because I had all the usual culprits (and more). Dress bag? Check. Wig box and make up? Double check. Blue hair dye? Check.

My boyfriend and I drove up to Baltimore on Saturday morning to have one full day of the con, thinking (correctly) that the costume contest would take up all of Sunday. I was dressed as Ultimate Katie Bishop from the new Ultimate Spider-Man books. He dressed as a shinigami from Bleach.

We spent Saturday night in a hotel near the inner harbor (thanks to the Hotel Tonight app!), and got ready for Sunday at the con. (Namely, I dyed my hair blue.)

On Sunday, I showed up wearing my solo dress. I got many stares (sparkles do that), appreciation from an actual Irish dancing family, and many many compliments on my original idea. Irish dancing Captain Americas are hard to come by (probably because I'm the only one). It was cool to have people recognize my costume first as Captain America themed and then as an Irish costume, rather than an Irish costume with a patriotic theme.

The afternoon was taken up by the costume contest. I did in fact get up on stage and do a treble reel for the crowd! I was hoping to take home the prize for 'crowd favorite,' but though it was advertised in the program, they didn't award it this year. Though I didn't take home an award, I did get many pictures snapped of my costume, as well as a few videos, and lots and lots on compliments on my Irish dancing.

I know that I will be wearing my solo dress at future comic book conventions. It is too much fun to pass up! Next time I may wear my ghillies though because hard shoes for five plus hours is very uncomfortable!

Enjoy a ton of pictures from many different photographers from around the con! Also, be sure to check out blog content from Pete Goes to Comic Con, Geek Girl Ramblings, DC Comics News, and a feature in ABC 2 Baltimore News.
What's that over there?
Ms. Marvel, Star Lord, me, and Deadpool
Irish dancing Captain America
Ladies costume contestants side stage
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Goals: Downfall rhythms and timing
Days till Os: 60
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