FEIS INFORMATION


If you have not yet competed, please attend a feis as a spectator first. This will help show parents and dancers what to expect. Follow OSID dancers and parents who can explain things to you. If Miss Casey has not talked to you about competing please consult with her first to ensure that your dancer is competition ready.

The teachers of OSID, though happy to help, are not responsible for the children or getting them to the proper stages at feisanna. This is a family event!

New competitors will enter as Beginner 1/Beginner. Dancers are to dress in performance attire. Buy a few pairs of NEW bubble socks that are only worn at competitions! The whiter the better!

OSID Beginners and Advanced Beginners are NOT permitted to wear make up, wigs, or buckles on shoes. Once a dancer moves into Novice bun wigs are OK. Once a dancer moves into Prizewinner, solo dresses (which must be approved by Miss Casey before purchase), buckles, and full wigs (style must be approved by Miss Casey) are OK. For a complete list of CLRG feis rules, visit the North American Feis Commission
 

Feiseanna Schedule


Comhaltas Feis
Sunday May 21st
Emmitsburg, MD
Register: FeisWeb

Hurley Feis
Sunday May 28th
Upper Marlboro, MD
Register: FeisWeb

Nations Capital Feis
July 22 - 23rd
Washington DC
Register: FeisWorx

For a complete feis schedule, visit the North American Feis Commission

 

Feis Competition Categories

*First Feis - Dancer competing in their very first feis. Once a dancer competes in the First Feis category, the dancer moves to Beginner 1 or Beginner 2. 
[ 1 step of Reel]

*Beginner 1/Beginner - Dancer who has been dancing for one year up to no later than January 1st of the dancer's second year of instruction. 
[ Reel, Jig, Slip Jig ]

*Beginner 2/Adv.Beginner - Dancer who has been dancing more than one year. Once this dancer wins a 1st, 2nd or 3rd they must move into Novice in that dance no later than January 1st of the next calendar year.
[ Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe ]

*Novice - Dancer who has won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd in that dance in Beginner 2. Once this dancer wins 1st they must move to Open/Prizewinner in that dance no later than January 1st of the next calendar year.
[ Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe ]

*Open/Prizewinner - Dancer moves into Open/Prize winner as a result of placing 1st as indicated in Novice in that dance.
[ Reel, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe ]

*Preliminary Championship - Dancer moves into Prelims as a result of placing 1st in all Prizewinner dances
[ Reel/Hornpipe or Slip Jig/Trebble Jig - Modern Set Dance Optional ]

*Open Championship - Dancer moves into Opens as a result of winning two Preliminary Championships within one
year's time.
[ Reel/Hornpipe or Slip Jig/Trebble Jig - Modern Set Dance ]

 

Feis Guidelines

The Irish dance world provides an area of competition know as the "Feis", (pronounced FESH) the Irish word for festival. Dancers compete in age and ability categories with dancers from other dancer schools. Dancers are prepared in class to excel but we strive to place importance on the positive aspects of the experience: courage, grace, leadership, teamwork and friendship.

You, your dancer, and family represent OSID at all feisanna. You must act in a way that upholds OSID's values and image. Sometimes, many times, your dancer may not place. Please teach your children how to lose with grace, this will help them to better bounce back in preparation for the next feis. Congratulate those who have won and save the tears for the car ride home. At the same time, we will be gracious and humble winners. NO member of OSID will speak poorly of other dancers, teachers, adjudicators, or schools. All venues, competitors, teachers, schools, and rules will be respected, I personally expect this from each dancer, parent, and family member. Any failure to uphold these standards will not be tolerated.
 

Where do I enter my dancer in a Feis?

Most feiseanna have arranged for entries to be accepted through: www.efeis.comfeisweb.com or www.feisworx.com. (Some competitions will use one or more of those sites for registration) Set up a family account at either of these sites. Then all future feiseanna will only require choosing the feis and dances for your dancer.

How early should I enter a Feis?

Each feis has an entry deadline. It is best to enter as soon as you know your family schedule allows for your dancer to attend. Some feiseanna have a cap/limit and will cause the feis to close entries earlier than the entry deadline. Record your competition numbers for Feis Day.
 

In what dances should I enter my dancer?

Check in class but most First Feis and Beginner 1 dancers would compete in Reel and Light Jig. Choose the ability level (competition category) tab for your dancer; then click the dance choices. As a dancer progresses in class, more dances can be entered.
 

In what catagory should I enter my dancer?

ALL current OSID dancers, with the exception of Little Beginner who may enter "First Feis", will be entered as Beginner 1/Beginner. Below are the remaining levels in which your dancer may eventually advance to.

*First Feis - Dancer competing in their very first feis. Once a dancer competes in the First Feis category, the dancer moves to Beginner 1 or Beginner 2.

*Beginner 1/Beginner - Dancer who has been dancing for one year up to no later than January 1st of the dancer's second year of instruction.

*Beginner 2/Adv.Beginner - Dancer who has been dancing more than one year. Once this dancer wins a 1st, 2nd or 3rd they must move into Novice in that dance no later than January 1st of the next calendar year.

*Novice - Dancer who has won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd in that dance in Beginner 2. Once this dancer wins 1st they must move to Open/Prize winner in that dance no later than January 1st of the next calendar year.

*Open/Prizewinner - Dancer moves into Open/Prize winner as a result of placing 1st as indicated in Novice in that dance.

*Preliminary Championship - Dancer moves into Prelims as a result of placing 1st in all Prizewinner dances

*Open Championship - Dancer moves into Opens as a result of winning two Preliminary Championships within one year's time.

Full standard feis syllabus for all Southern Region Feiseanna can be found here

 

Suggestions for Feis Day... plan in advance to:

Check on whether the feis has posted stage assignments online (our local feiseanna and others post stage assignments a few days in advance) or obtain the morning of the feis. Find the stage/s for your dancer's competitions on the stage assignment list.

Bring folding stools/chairs for you and your dancer and maybe a blanket to create your own space. Chairs are often available but it can be crowded so it's good to be prepared.

Bring pins and approx. one yard of thin navy blue ribbon for your competitor number.

There is always food sold at feiseanna but it's also good to pack your own sandwiches/snacks/bottled water. Bring these guidelines with you for the big day!
 

When should I arrive?
Most feiseanna begin at 8:00 a.m but check the feis website for start time. Most First Feis and Beginner 1 competitions are scheduled first and early. For first-time feis goers, plan to arrive early.
 

What do I do when I arrive at the Feis?

Go to the Registration Desk and pick up your dancer's competitor number. On the reverse side are the competitions for which your dancer is registered; verify that these are the correct. Usually all is correct but if not, ask where you may make corrections.

Registration will also have feis programs which includes the stage assignments or a separate sheet for stage assignments. As mentioned above, find your dancer's competitions and stage/s on which your dancer is competing.

Find that stage! A larger feis may post a map in their program book. Our local feiseanna stages are easy to find.

Please check to see where some of our other dance families might be located within the feis area.

Dress in costume! As always, double knot your ghillies!

Attach your competitor number by pinning or using a length of navy blue ribbon (hole punch available at Registration). The ribbon can usually be purchased at one of the vendors or you can bring ribbon/pins from home.
 

Dancers Competing!

The stages have two signs:

-Competition number competing "Now"

-Competition number competing "Next"

Arrive at your stage as soon as your competition has been listed as "next." Check in with the stage monitor (each competition has a list of those dancers registered). Once checked in, stay at the stage. The stage monitor will line up dancers separating those in the same school.

NOTE: It's important to arrive when your competition is listed as next as some competitions have fewer dancers and are completed quickly.

Once your competition begins, all dancers are lined up across the back of the stage. Dancers will come forward two at a time. Beginner 1 and Beginner 2 dancers are given assistance with starting their dances.

Note: Always direct any questions regarding the competition to the stage monitor or another feis committee member and not the adjudicator.

Dancers are taught in class to start on their own at all levels, but Beginner 1 & 2 level dancers will receive assistance from the stage monitors.

Beginning a dance on time and completing steps correctly are all part of the learning experience. There may be mistakes in starting on time or dancing their steps but recovering with grace offers more growth.
 

Where do I check whether my child has won?

Awards for each competition are in an area referred to as "Results" and posted by competitors' number. (A feis map can help locate this area or a large crowd of dancers in a particular area will indicate results.) Awards given are 1st through 3rd place in the very small competitions but often up to 8 places and with ties in the larger competitions. The volunteer feis committee does its best to post results as soon as possible after each competition.

If your child's number is not listed, reinforce the importance of the performance in front of a crowd and other positive features of the experience that day.
 

If my child has won, where do I go?

To the "awards" desk! Inform the volunteers at the awards desk of your competition number. Your dancer will show his/her number card as ID and sign for the award. Congratulations!
 

Good luck and as always, good sportsmanship!