Oireachtas

January 14, 2021

The dates for the 2021 Eastern Canadian Oireachtas are: December 3-4-5.  The venue will be the Sheraton Toronto Hotel at 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

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December 4, 2020

Dear IDTACe Teachers, Parents and Dancers:

I write to you on behalf of the Executive Board of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Canada – Eastern Region with the unfortunate news that the Eastern Canadian Regional Oireachtas is officially canceled due to Covid-19-related issues.

Our event, which was initially to be held this weekend, was penciled in for new dates in mid-February at the same property (Sheraton Toronto Centre), but I received word on Tuesday that the hotel will be closing for renovations from December 11, 2020 to May 31, 2021.

The Executive Board met on Wednesday evening, and a further meeting for all teachers in this region was held on Friday evening to make the announcement.

The original plan was to wait until January 15, 2021 to decide, but without a venue, plus the ever-worsening Covid-19 situation, and the inability to hold meetings/events of any kind at the moment, the Board agreed it was time to cancel.

The Board has made arrangements with Dr Sheila Dupuis, Psy. D, ADCRG to deliver two Zoom talks for ALL dancers across our region entitled “Irish Dancing During a Pandemic”.  Whether it’s the lack of in-person dance classes, the huge change in how classes are allowed to be run, the lack of feiseanna, or the cancelation of the Oireachtas, Dr Dupuis will offer some encouragement and insight to help our dancers persevere and cope with their feelings of disappointment, frustration and discouragement.  There is no charge to attend the session, but registration will be required.  There will be two sessions, each aimed at different age groups, with a different focus and presentation based on age/level/needs.  Anyone in the household is welcome to tune in with the dancer, as this advice can cross-over into other facets of life.

While the pandemic will not last forever, it is important for all of us to keep hope.  We will be back feising and enjoying our mutual love of Irish dance, music and culture before long.

Stay safe,

Ryan Carroll ADCRG/BG
Regional Director
Irish Dance Teachers Association of Canada – Eastern Region
idtace@gmail.com

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October 19, 2020

Dear IDTACe Teachers, Parents and Dancers:

I write to you on behalf of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Canada – Eastern Region, with the unfortunate news that the Eastern Canadian Regional Oireachtas scheduled for December 4-5-6, 2020 is officially canceled due to Covid-19-related restrictions.  The current indoor-gathering limit, as set out by the Province of Ontario, makes our event impossible to run at this time.

We are penciled in for new dates early in the new year at the same property (Sheraton Toronto Centre), and we are continuing to work to bring an event to fruition; one that focuses on safety of all participants, in accordance to the guidelines as set forth by the Province.

Once the new contracts are finalized, a further letter of correspondence will be issued to announce the dates and to highlight the significant changes to this event.  As you can imagine, the Championships cannot run like they have in previous years.

IDTACe members met over zoom on Sunday October 18, and were asked to submit an estimated entry list (including the competitive level of each dancer) by Thursday October 22 at 5pm, so the committee can take planning to the next level.

Following that, a syllabus will be created, entries will open/close/be compiled, then the room block will open for bookings.

The Executive Board of the IDTACe thanks and congratulates each and every one of you for persevering through this very challenging year, and we hope to see all of you very soon.

Stay safe,

Ryan Carroll ADCRG/BG
Regional Director
Irish Dance Teachers Association of Canada – Eastern Region
idtace@gmail.com