FEIS FAQ

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A dance competition, feispronounced “fesh,” can provide an excellent way for our dancers to gauge their knowledge and improvement in Irish dance, boost their confidence, shine on stage, and meet Irish dancers from around the globe, oh… and TRAVEL! Participation in competitions, or feisanna, pronounced “fesh-anna,” is NEVER, EVER required of your dancer. 


FEIS REGISTRATION

  • To register for your first feis, competitors must first contact KSID for approval and feis level.

  • To participate, competitors must wear an appropriate feis costume, as detailed by feis level below.

  • To participate, competitors must wear properly fitted, neat, tidy, and polished traditional Irish dance shoes. 

  • Kelly Irish Dancer are not allowed to participate in feisanna scheduled on a performance rehearsal or performance day.


FEIS LEVELS

PRE-BEGINNER

Pre-beginner is an optional feis level offered at select feisanna for dancers ages 7 and under who are participating in their very first feis.
This level may be referenced as Pre-Beginner or Tir Na Nog level.

PRE-BEGINNER DANCES
Right foot only of a beginner Reel step, to music speed 122
Right foot only of a beginner Light Jig step, to music speed 115

PRE-BEGINNER FEIS COSTUME
CLRG COSTUME RULES
Natural hair, curled, with KSID green bow
White blouse (short or long sleeved, with Peter Pan Collar)
Pink embroidered wrap skirt
White poodle socks
Properly fitted soft shoes with black laces
No makeup.
Makeup under age 11 is not allowed per CLRG
No wigs

LEVEL ADVANCEMENT 
Dancers may only compete in the Tir Na Nog level once. They must move immediately into the Beginner level for their next feis.


BEGINNER

Open to dancers who have either danced and/or competed for less than 1 year. 

BEGINNER DANCES
Reel, speed 122
Light Jig, speed 115
Slip Jig, speed 122

BEGINNER FEIS COSTUME
CLRG COSTUME RULES
Natural hair, curled, with KSID green bow
White blouse (short or long sleeved, with Peter Pan Collar)
or Black mock-neck leotard
Pink embroidered wrap skirt
Pink embroidered cuffs (optional)
White poodle socks
Properly fitted soft shoes with black laces
No makeup.
Makeup under age 11 is not allowed per CLRG
No wigs

Ages 8 & up
KSID School Dress may be worn

LEVEL ADVANCEMENT 
To move from Beginner to Advanced Beginner, a dancer must have completed one calendar year in Beginner and have teacher permission.  


ADVANCED BEGINNER

ADVANCED BEGINNER DANCES
Reel, speed 122
Light Jig, speed 115
Slip Jig, speed 122
Treble Jig, speed 92
Hornpipe, speed 138

KSID ADVANCED BEGINNER FEIS COSTUME
CLRG COSTUME RULES
Natural hair, curled
White or Sparkle poodle socks
Properly fitted hard & soft shoes with black laces
No additional “foot bling” allowed, e.g., sparkle buckles or white tape

Ages 7 & under
White blouse ( Short or Long Sleeved with Peter Pan Collar)
or Black mock-neck leotard (with optional pink cuffs)
Pink or Black embroidered skirt
No makeup.
Makeup under age 11 is not allowed per CLRG
No wigs.
Natural hair, curled, with KSID green bow

Ages 8 & up
KSID School Dress may be worn
Natural performance make up recommended for dancers ages 11 & up

LEVEL ADVANCEMENT
To move from Advanced Beginner to Novice, a dancer must have placed 1st in that particular dance in the AB category.


NOVICE

DANCES
Reel, speed 113
Light Jig, speed 115
Slip Jig, speed 113
Treble Jig, speed 73 or 92
Hornpipe, speed 113 or 138
Traditional Set

TRADITIONAL SETS
St. Patrick’s Day, speed 94
Blackbird, speed 144
Job of Journeywork, speed 138 
Garden of Daisies, speed 138
Jockey to the Fair, speed 90
King of the Fairies, speed 130
Three Sea Captains, speed 96

KSID NOVICE FEIS COSTUME
CLRG COSTUME RULES
Natural Hair, Curled
White or White Sparkle Poodle Socks
Properly Fitted Soft Shoes
Properly Fitted Hard Shoes
Prime Dress
Makeup under age 11 is not allowed per CLRG
Natural performance make up recommended for dancers ages 11 & up


NOTE: Avoca, Boyne, and Clare Company dancers, and dancers approaching Prizewinner, may begin to look for a solo dress with approval from KSID. Dancers wearing a solo dress may wear a KSID-approved wig. Wigs, are never required and natural hair is preferred at Novice level. KSID SOLO DRESS POLICY

LEVEL ADVANCEMENT 
To move from Novice to Prizewinner, a dancer must have won a minimum of one 1st place in that particular dance in Novice and have teacher permission. Dancers may take up to six months after achieving a first to move to begin competing at the next level.
Prizewinner dancers must attend a minimum of 4 hours of classes per week, September–June. A weekly Feis Prep Class is strongly encouraged. 


PRIZEWINNER

DANCES
Reel, speed 113
Slip Jig, speed 113
Treble Jig, speed 73
Hornpipe, speed 113
Traditional Set

TRADITIONAL SETS
St. Patrick’s Day, speed 94
Blackbird, speed 144
Job of Journeywork, speed 138 
Garden of Daisies, speed 138
Jockey to the Fair, speed 90
King of the Fairies, speed 130
Three Sea Captains, speed 96

KSID PRIZWINNER FEIS COSTUME
CLRG COSTUME RULES
KSID-approved Solo Dress - KSID SOLO DRESS POLICY
Or Mock-Neck leotard (black or black lace) with black “pub” skirt
Natural Curled or Straightened Hair or KSID-Approved Wig
KSID-Approved Headpiece
White or White Bling Poodle Socks
Properly Fitted Soft Shoes
Worn with black laces
Properly Fitted Hard Shoes
Sparkle buckles or white or black tape allowed, not required

LEVEL ADVANCEMENT
The move from Prizewinner to Preliminary Champion is based on teacher discretion. At minimum a dancer must have placed 1st at the prizewinner level in one soft and one hard shoe dance. Preliminary champions must attend a minimum of 4 hours of classes per week, September–June. A weekly Feis Prep Class is strongly encouraged.


PRELIMINARY CHAMPION

DANCES
Reel, speed 113
3 steps
Slip Jig, speed 113
2.5 steps
Treble Jig, speed 73
3 steps
Hornpipe, speed 113
2.5 steps
Traditional Set

TRADITIONAL SETS
St. Patrick’s Day, speed 94
Blackbird, speed 144
Job of Journeywork, speed 138 
Garden of Daisies, speed 138
Jockey to the Fair, speed 90
King of the Fairies, speed 130
Three Sea Captains, speed 96

KSID PRELIM CHAMPION FEIS COSTUME
CLRG COSTUME RULES
KSID Approved Solo Dress
KSID SOLO DRESS POLICY
Or Mock-Neck leotard (black or black lace) with black “pub” skirt
Natural hair, curled or straightened OR KSID approved wig
KSID-approved headpiece
White or White Bling Poodle Socks
Properly Fitted Soft Shoes
Properly Fitted Hard Shoes
Sparkle buckles or white or black tape allowed, not required

LEVEL ADVANCEMENT
To move from Preliminary to Open Champion,  a dancer must have a minimum of two 1st place placements: a minimum of one 1st in a prizewinner light and heavy shoe dance and one 1st in each in a prelim level dance. If a dancer wins two first place awards in one year, they will move to Open Championship in the following year. If the two wins happen in different calendar years, they will move to Open at the next Feis they enter after the second win.


OPEN CHAMPION

Open Champion dancers dance 3 rounds for an overall score placement.

  1. Choice of Reel or Slip Jig
    reel 3 steps, slip 2.5 steps

  2. Choice of Jig or Hornpipe
    jig 3 steps, hornpipe 2.5 steps

  3. Modern Set
    Jig or Hornpipe 

KSID OPEN CHAMPION FEIS COSTUME
No changes from Prelim costume requirements. The more sparkle & shine the better. Custom dresses are recommended at this level.


FEIS REGISTRATION

Your dancer’s feis age is their age as of January 1st of the feis year. i.e.. dancers born in 2000 are feis age U19.

FEIS WEB https://feisweb.com
Please select --Kelly School-RI-- as your dancer’s school association.

e FEIS https://www.efeis.com/Results/FindResults
QUICK FEIS https://www.quickfeis.com



ADD’L FEIS FAQS

KSID TEACHER FEIS ATTENDANCE
A KSID teacher will not be present at every feis.

AWARDSLOCAL FEISANNA
BEGINNERPRIZEWINNER scores are posted on a scoreboard, and awards are claimed at a designated award table. 
CHAMPION awards are announced shortly after your competition has finished. Announcements take place in a designated champion award area.
Dancers must be in full costume, including hard or soft shoes for awards. The top 50% of each competition is awarded placements.

AWARDSMAJORS / OIREACHTAS / NATIONALS / WORLDS
An award ceremony is held at the end of each competition day. For award ceremonies all dancers who recall must attend the award ceremony dressed in full costume, including soft shoes.

THE NEW ENGLAND OIREACHTAS
The New England Oireachtas, pronounced “O-ROCK-TUS,” is an annual regional championship competition, typically held the third weekend in November. The Oireachtas serves as a qualifying event for the National and World Championship Competitions. KSID is part of the New England Region, one of the seven regions in North America. 

NORTH AMERICAN NATIONALS
The North American Championships is a five day annual competition held late June/early July, usually encompassing Independence Day. Upcoming locations: 2020-- Nashville, TN, 2021— Pheonix, AZ, 2022— Montreal, Quebec, 2023— Nashville, TN, 2024 Grapevine, TX.

CLRG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The World Irish Dancing Championships, the Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne, is an eight day annual competition typically held the week before and including Easter Sunday. Upcoming locations: 2020—Dublin, Ireland, 2021—Killarney, Ireland, 2022—Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2023—Montreal, Canada, 2024—Glasgow, Scotland.