At Pender-Keady, we have a uniform that is used in the lower levels for multiple events including the feis, dinner dance and recital. This uniform costs $50 and the package includes the PKA jumper, white blouse, poodle socks (Irish dancing socks), and pink hair bow. This outfit is suitable for all events for as long as you wish. The order form for this outfit is available on the website under the PKA Wear button.
A solo costume is only necessary if your child is becoming a frequent competitor. Solo dresses are NOT PERMITTED when children compete in the beginner and advanced beginner level’s in a feis, but they are permitted once a child starts competing in the Novice level. Although they are permitted in Novice, there is no reason to feel that you must get a solo dress. A school costume is perfectly acceptable at the Novice level (although at this point your child will probably make you think otherwise!). When you feel it is time for a solo dress, there are plenty of used solo dresses available for sale. Many parents in PKA have used solo dresses for sale, please check the bulletin board in the studio which features flyers with pictures and contact information on them. You can also look on the internet for a used solo dress. There is a great website called Dance Again where you can search for a used solo dress, click here: http://www.dance-again.com/home.html
When your child reaches the highest competitive level, called Open Championship, this is when you might need to consider ordering a new, made to order dress. Some people may choose to order them at an earlier stage which is also acceptable. If you have reached the point where you are interested in ordering a new dress, we have 2 dressmakers in Ireland that we sanction ordering dresses from. They are:
Siopa Rince Teoranta
Gavin Doherty / Eire Designs
If anyone chooses to order a dress from a local dressmaker in the USA please note that the PKA staff will not have any involvement in the process and you will need to deal with the dressmaker on your own. We will only get involved in the dressmaking process if you order from one of the above mentioned dressmaking companies.
Baby Pink Dresses
Pender – Keady baby pink school dresses will now be made by Simonetti Custom Tailoring.
They are located at:
1011 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
If you need to have a dress made to order, you first need to buy a “kit” at the studio for $50 which covers the cost of all the materials and includes smaller detail accessories that you need to bring to Simonetti’s with you.