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The Positivity Continues :-)

 I'm back from my little road trip, so Positive October continues until I bore you all to death.  ::evil grin::

October 8th- I left work early, and so got to flee the hornet's nest I inadvertently stirred up to get everything packed up for the feis.  It felt so good, I'm wondering if I shouldn't do it more often (leave work, that is - not cause trouble :-) ).  Traffic wasn't too bad, and since Mr. L came along this time, he did the driving. 

October 9th- The feis went spectacularly well for my girl . . . she was really on and took almost straight 1sts, including the last one she needed (her treble jig) to qualify for the regional championships.  This is where I got to put my 'mothers know all' look on my face and say, "See, practice does pay off!'  Getting smug with an 11 year old never works, though.  "But I got a 3rd on my hornpipe, and I practiced that one the hardest," says she in her 'I told you so' voice.  My pointing out that she placed 9th on that in her last feis only got me a 'hmph'.  My husband, who actually *can* take pictures, got some of her dancing, which I can never manage.  Here's a few, and then I promise I won't bore you all with this again until after Thanksgiving.

            getting reel              

She's doing her slip jig, reel and hornpipe, respectively.

The dress she is wearing is her school dress, which I like, but which is much less elaborate the the solo dresses the girls at this level usually wear.  She outgrew her last solo dress over the summer.  These dresses can cost a lot of money.  New ones, especially those made in Ireland, can cost between $1500 and $3000, depending on how elaborate the design.  Even the used dresses are very expensive.  But, I'm one of the lucky ones - I can sew (thanks, Mom!).  I am working on her new dress now, and have most of the bits figured out.  Minvera would be proud - when we were looking for fabrics, I found a beautiful blue velvet and a crinkled Thai silk silk the color of storm clouds that I thought would be lovely on her, but she insisted on a Thai silk in cranberry red embroidered in gold.  So she'll look a like a Gryffindor princess when this thing is finished!  I'll post a few pictures when it's done, if anyone's interested.  Otherwise I'll keep my promise. :-) 

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therealsnape
Oct. 10th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
She looks darling, and I think she does a marvellous job. What do they mean, 3rd for hornpipe? Ludicrous.
And I'd love to see her in Gryffindor.
She'll learn to see the beauty of Slytherin green and silver later, I hope and trust - she'd look excellent in that.
albalark
Oct. 11th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-)

She came off the stage after that hornpipe and said "I did good, but I didn't win." She said this so matter-of-factly, that I automatically went into analytical mode and asked why she thought so. Her answer was that one of her competitors had the judge's eye on her the whole time and she smiled when the girl finished. So she was prepared when the placings were posted. But it was closer than she thought - the winner's score was 85.5 out of 100 possible (everyone starts off at 100, and the judges deduct for faults) and Miss M's score was 84. It's hard to tell what it is the judges are looking for and what they want to see that they don't see in your child's dance (especially when the judge's only comment was 'nice feet'), but that's still a performance to be proud of.

She'll learn to see the beauty of Slytherin green and silver later, I hope and trust - she'd look excellent in that.

Make no mistake - my girl is a Slytherin in Gryffindor clothing. ::g:: She does look beautiful in green, but she's hung up on red right now for some reason. About the only colors I *don't* see her wearing eventually are the yellow and black of Hufflepuff - looks too much like a bumblebee in her opinion!
kellychambliss
Oct. 10th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed -- both by your darling daughter and by her mother's sewing abilities. But therealsnape is right: those judges were blind! You can tell them your flist says so.

$3000 dresses!! What are they embroidered with -- gold-pressed latinum? Wow.

And please say no more about "boring" us -- bring on all the pics you like.
albalark
Oct. 11th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
But therealsnape is right: those judges were blind! You can tell them your flist says so. ::ggg::

I thought she looked great, too, but what do I know? She claimed she knew she hadn't won right away, but the scores were close.

$3000 dresses!! What are they embroidered with -- gold-pressed latinum? Wow.

The most sought after dresses by Siopa Rince in Dublin and by Elevations and Gavin Doherty, both in Belfast, are designed for each dancer, with unique colors and embroideries, and are covered in Swarovski crystals. These are the sort of dress you only buy if your dancer is headed to Nationals, All-Irelands or Worlds, unless you are insane (and believe me, there are a *lot* of insane parents out there). Even the used dresses from these makers run in the $1200 to $1800 range. My favorite used dress currently on the market is this one: http://www.dance-again.com/X881.html . I had something similar in mind to make for Miss M, but she has very definitely different notions. ::g::

Edited at 2010-10-11 12:01 pm (UTC)
dickgloucester
Oct. 10th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats to your baby! She looks so confident and bouncy in those pictures. Irish dancing is very difficult and demanding so her scores are no mean feat.

And go you, for being able to make her dress!
albalark
Oct. 11th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! She has a great 'game face' when she's on - she does just seem very calmly confident.

And go you, for being able to make her dress!

It makes me glad my mother not only made sure I could sew, but that I'd want to. It's going to save me a bundle of money here! ::g::
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