What is a FEIS?
You might have heard this strange word around the studio by now. Other than performances, a FEIS is something our students LOVE to do!
First, a wee bit O'history..
“FEIS” (pronounced FESH) is a Gaelic word that means festival. Many years ago in Ireland, the local towns would hold a Feis where the community would gather--Many entered contests to show their baking, music, dance and art skills.
We keep these traditions alive today! At a feis, registrants can compete in a variety of Irish cultural activities. In addition to the dancing competitions, we encourage our dancers and their families to enter the other competitions available: music, baking, singing and art! Even our parents have entered (and won!) baking competition! Yum!
What happens at a Feis?
At a Feis, competitors are split into age-groups such as U9 & U10-- meaning "under 9" and "under 10". This is based on the Child's age on January 1st of the current year.
Dancers are then split into levels based on their ability and success at previous feiseanna (plural of feis).
The levels are: Beginner; Advanced Beginner; Novice; Prizewinner; Preliminary Championship; and Open Championship! Dancer's move through the levels by fulfilling certain criteria. Each Year, the State of Georgia has Several Competitions:
January- King O'Sullivan Winter Feis, in Atlanta
February - Feis Na Tara, in Atlanta
May- Peach State Feis, in Atlanta
November- Feis ATL & HOTlanta in Atlanta
Don't forget to Practice!
The best way to ensure a fun and exciting feis is to help your dancer feel prepared!
In class, we use visualization and roll playing techniques to make sure your dancer knows what to expect when they get on stage.
At home, you can help, too! Practicing at home will help ensure that they feel confident about their steps, which is key to creating a healthy relationship with the stage--whether it is at a feis or a performance!
Remember, a week between classes feels like a CENTURY to a child! So, we've put together VIDEOS of each dance and skill your child is learning in class!
They are all available on our private Students Only Page. From our Homepage, simply scroll to the bottom, click the "Students Only" button and insert the secret password!
Kids can practice at home with Ms. Emma! :)