The North Coast Feis was held on February 7th, 2015 at the IX Center in Cleveland, OH. This is the second year we have been at this feis at this level, and the 4th (I think) time we have been to the feis.
This year was very much a repeat of last year, and I was thinking about just pointing you to that last review :) Instead, I will quote that, and point out what might be different. You can read the whole review here.
The IX Center was OK as a feis venue. The PC/OC area was in the ballroom on the main level and was a good size room, but not adequate for the amount of people needing to be in there.
Camping was not sufficient and there was lots of camping in the viewer seating. Many areas were marked ‘no camping’ but they were full of campers, and that caused some flow issues for people trying to get from the front to the back of the room.
There were 3 stages labeled G – I, for PC and OC dancers. Stage sizes appeared to be about 20 x 24 and were small for the level of dancers performing on them. The stages were extremely slippery and there were lots of falls. The feis team mopped often but it did not help.
There was pretty good separation between the stages, but music could be heard from neighboring stages. It did not seem to impact the dancers much though.
Seating was not adequate for the viewers, but was probably all they could put in considering room size. The feis committee attempted to leave adequate room for people to move around (I refer back to the camping in the no camping area comment), but it really did not work out.
Parking was good, not all ‘close’, but plentiful. It was a bit pricey at $8. The weather was not great on that day but there was a large covered drop off area in front of the venue.
Everything was pretty much the same, except:
- The room was set up the same, but it did not feel as cramped as last year, and flow through seemed easier. They had moved the stages farther into the room, so there was less congestion toward the front of the hall.
- Less falls this year but the stages were still slippery. The crew was ready with the broom and swept frequently.
- I did not see any ‘No Camping’ signs, and one would think I would notice ;) This made it a camping free-for-all. We had mapped out an area with coats, the dress bag and a zuca and someone camped in the middle… smh
- Parking was $10 this year.
Side Bar: I really wish they could do something about the fumes in the lobby. I think they are from generators from the home show. It makes spending any time in the lobby nauseating.
Venue Score: 7
With the Girl Child having 3 dances, and dancing on 3 separate stages, and because PC dancers have 3 judges per stage, none of whom rotated to another stage, I have no complaints on the judging.
I actually thought it was an excellent opportunity for the dancers, performing in front of 9 different judges for the feis. With 9 judges, comments were more well rounded than the typical 2 or 3 judges that you ‘might’ get at a grade level.
Judge Score: 10
Each stage had its own musician and I did not hear any complaints about music.
Musician Score: 9.5
Standard convention center food, hamburgers, cheesebugers, pretzels, pizza, wraps and salads, a coffee stand, various drink booths and beer. Food quality was OK but not worth the price. It was about what you expect for a convention center.
We were actually done early and did not take advantage of concessions.
Food Score: NA
George, the shoe guy, and Betsy, his daughter(who also responds to ‘George’s Daughter’ btw), the feis t-shirt table, wig ladies, a jewelry booth, an Irish wool and linens vendor, and the photographer. You can see all the vendors at the the feis site under Vendors.
Another ditto. But, GEORGE was back after having been away from us for a while. Very happy to see you George!
Vendor Score: 7.5
Results are different at Champ level, as some of you know. Results for all dances are completed, top 3 in each dance determined, and then the overall top half from the entire comp are determined. When they are ready, the dancers are gathered and awards presented.
I can understand where it would take time to do this, but timeliness was only one of the issues I felt the results had. It took approximately 1.5 to 2 hours from completion of TGCs last dance to presentation of her awards. I felt that was a little long, granted, I have never tallied a PC comp so that might be normal.
Results were presented in an area on the lower level that would have been fine if comps had been done one at a time. Thing is, they waited until somewhere around 5 comps were ready before presenting the awards.
Picture if you will, 5 comps of dancers with 10 – 20 dancers each, the parents and friends for all those dancers, and dance bags and zucas for some of them, crammed into an area not fit for that many people. It was difficult for dancers to get to the presentation area when called, and for spectators to see, and picture taking was next to impossible. Not planned well at all. I feel simply doing them one comp at a time would have helped tremendously.
Huge improvement over last year!
- Time from dance to awards dropped to somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes.
- They moved the results up to the side of the venue lobby which is a huge area and added a podium. There was plenty of room for dancers and families.
- CON: There were no chairs which would have been nice for some spectators, and, we were in the lobby where the fumes I mentioned above lingered :(
Results Score: 7.5
Flow was not bad considering the number of dancers, TGC had three dances on three separate stages, with about 20 dancers in the comp and she was finished in roughly 2.5 hours. Since this is only the second PC feis we have attended, I really do not have a standard to judge it by, but I thought that was pretty good.
Ditto, right down to the number of dancers. Oh, I have a lot more than 2 PC feiseanna under my belt now.
Feis Flow Score: 8
Overall, I thought this was a better feis than last year and would put it in the 7.5 to 8 category.
What Say You?
What did you think of the North Coast Feis 2015, Champs Levels (on a scale of 1 - 10 with 1 being lowest)?
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Total Voters: 5