The Dayton Feis was held on June 23rd, 2012 at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. Here is what this casual observer had to say…
Venue – I liked it. May have seemed a little crowded to some people but I thought it was OK. The stages were paired into twos, at least the one that we were on, but that was to accommodate limited musicians. Unlike Louisville last week though, it appeared they planned for that and had similar dances and comp sizes running simultaneously. Good camping space and stage separation (except the paired ones of course). Food was one floor up and awards two floors up, but it was a nice break to walk around between dances.read more
What to say about the Louisville Feis, held 6/16/2012, well how about….
Thumbs up for the judging as they rotated often. Not doing that is one of my big pet peeves.
Results came out fairly quickly, somewhere between 10 and 30 minutes after each dance but typically closer to 10. Good job there!
Food was typical but pretty good and not outrageously priced.
I am afraid that is where the positives have to stop though.
The new venue, although I hear through the grapevine is just temporary, is terrible. Small and very cramped with inadequate seating and camping space and very loud, so loud in fact the musician stopped and tried to hush the crowd. Sorry, call them like I see them.read more
Quick post regarding the Cincinnati Feis that was held on June 10th. I meant to post this right after the feis but had one of those weeks.
Overall I liked the feis. It was held at the Cintas Center at Xavier University and the venue was nice. Lots of seats where you could both camp and view the stages. It was an ‘arena’ so the food was a bit pricey and was the typical fare, pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, etc…. The vendors were very limited, shoes and wigs were represented but not much else. read more
OK, short and sweet, this was the second year I attended the Akron Feis and it is the second year I didn’t like it.
Lets lay it out, the performances are in a barn, unless you are champion level, then you get the AC room. Sure, its a cement floor big barn, but its a barn. It was hot, and a bit smelly and I think it wore on the dancers. On the positive, the camping was adequate.
Concessions – I have to give them a thumbs up. Prices were good and the people were friendly. If there is any downside, it is that it was fair food, but who doesn’t like fair food?read more
I decided that reviewing the most recent feis I attended may be good subject matter for this site. I planned on covering what I thought about the Buckeye Feis this past weekend, including the food, parking, dresses, etc…. but it appears that @IrishDanceMom02 beat me too it. For a great review of the 3rd Annual Buckeye Feis, see her blog post.
There were a few things I was interested in that @IrishDanceMom02 didn’t mention that I thought I would briefly cover. First, the judging. The judges changed frequently which is good. If a judge stays on one stage too long it can harm (or help) a dancers chances for scoring well if the judge happens to have particular style they look for. I know, I have seen it happen. I liked the fact that for the six dances the girl child did, there were 3 different judges, giving all the dancers more even odds.read more