Feis

The Beginner "FEIS LOOK"

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COSTUMES

Girls have 3 options:

  1. Burke Connolly Beginner Skirt Costume (Skirt, Shawl & Embroidered long-sleeved Leotard);

  2. Burke Connolly Dress Costume; or

  3. ALL BLACK (The PRE-Costume) - Black long-sleeved Leotard & Black Opaque Skirt that hits 3-4” above the knees.

Poodle Socks- champion ankle length only!! No tall socks :) Click HERE to order. Use Code BURKECONNOLLY for 10% off!

Boys also have several options:

• Main Costume: Black Dress Pants (flat front), Black Dress Shirt & Black Dress Socks

• Lime Green Tie (HERE)or Bow-tie (HERE)

• Burke Connolly Vest (Optional Add-on for beginners)

**WHEN NOT PERFORMING, ALL DANCERS SHOULD WEAR BURKE CONNOLLY SPIRITWEAR!**

HAIR

Girls’ hair should be curled. You can curl hair naturally or purchase a wig.

NATURAL CURLS: Curl hair using sponge rollers or pin curls. HOW TO VIDEO on curling Hair with sponge rollers.

  • Start with DRY hair

  • Use SMALL sections of hair (The smaller the section of hair, the tighter the curl!)

  • Use Mousse (they don’t in the video. That will not hold!)

  • Do not twist the hair before rolling into the curler. That’s a different look.

  • Sleep in curlers overnight.

  • Take all curlers out the following morning.

    • DO NOT brush the curls out.  They should be tight.

  • Put hair in half pony tail, creating volume at front of head

  • Separate each curl into 3 smaller curls

  • Spray with aerosol hairspray

WIGS: Please talk with your teacher about which wig is preferred, as styles change.

HAIR ACCESSORIES: Burke Connolly Headband.  Ask your teacher for the contact (orders take several weeks to Fill!!)

  • Note: Bows are permitted on beginner dancers ages 6 and under ONLY.

Boys hair should be Clean and Neat and remain out of the eyes while dancing.

MAKE-UP

Beginner & Advanced Beginners:

NO make-up is permitted on Beginners under the age of 12.

Light make-up, consisting of light blush, lipstick or lip gloss, and neutral basic eye make-up (no crazy colors like blue!) may be worn on Beginners ages 12 & Over.

Feis Levels Explained

Which FEIS LEVEL Should My Child Dance In? (Specific Dance Registration suggestions found BELOW RULES)

Keep track of your Dancer's scores and placements from the past year's feiseanna. Once you have those, compare them to the rules below!  Remember- Each dance can be in a different level so dancers can be in MULTIPLE Levels at one time!

Grade (level) Definitions & Rules:

Beginner: A beginner is a competitor who has not taken a full year of Irish Dance lessons, thereby giving beginners a full year with such status. A Beginner must move into the Advanced Beginner category for the next year.

Advanced Beginner: An Advanced Beginner who wins 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place will advance to the Novice category in that particular dance.

Novice: A Novice dancer who wins a 1st place in a dance will advance to the Open (Prizewinner) category in that particular dance. In addition, if there are twenty or more dancers, a dancer who wins 1st place or 2nd place in a dance will advance to the Open/Prizewinner category in that particular dance. (Dec. 2012)

Open (Prizewinner): A competitor who does not qualify as a Beginner, Advanced Beginner or Novice. (see “Novice” for Prizewinner qualifications).

NOTE: The status of the dancer does NOT change unless there are five or more dancers in a competition.

Competitors have the option to remain in the same category for the remainder of the Feis year (until the following January 1st).

After entries have been closed, in any competition where five or more boys are entered, the feis committee will run a separate competition for these boys.

A feis committee may only combine two consecutive calendar year age groups (within that grade only) when fewer than five (5) competitors are entered in either age group, with the exception of the oldest age group listed.

Championship Level Definitions & Rules:

A) Preliminary Championships are open to those who, at any NAFC recognized Feis, have:

1. Placed 1st in both an Open (Prizewinner) light and heavy shoe competition; and

2. Never won 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Open Championship.

B) A dancer who wins two (2) first place preliminary championship awards in one calendar year will move on to Open Championship the following year (as of Jan 1); if the second first-place win does not occur in the same feis year as the first win, as soon as the second win is achieved, in any age category, the dancer must move up to open championship level immediately. Only in the case of a back-to-back Feiseanna (successive days) the first-place win in the first Feis will not change the dancer’s status for the second Feis.

C) A dancer in a preliminary championship is required to perform a light shoe dance (reel or slip jig for ladies and reel only for men) and a hard shoe dance. A Feis can opt to offer either (a) a set dance) or (b) a jig/hornpipe or (c) both a set dance and jig/hornpipe

D) Boys and Girls will be combined in preliminary championships –Please note the separation policy involving five or more boys

E) Preliminary Championship competitions must be offered separately in the syllabus for the minimum required age groups, yet the feis committee may combine an age group with the next higher age groups if there are fewer than 5 competitors entered in the lower age group. A feis committee is not permitted to combine dancers from one preliminary championship age group with any age group which is more than one age group higher than the age group in which the dancers are entered.

NOTE: Placing in a Regional or National Oireachtas does NOT change the status of a competitor. If after competing for two full feis years at the Open Championship level, a dancer has not placed first, second or third, he/she may opt to return to Preliminary Championship status.


WHAT DANCES SHOULD I REGISTER FOR??

Confirm with your teacher and/or your dancer if you are unsure, but generally, dancers should register for the following:

Beginner

  • Reel

  • Light Jig

Advanced Beginner

  • Reel

  • Light Jig

  • Single Jig

  • Slip Jig

  • Hornpipe (traditional Speed) HARD SHOE DANCE

Novice

  • Reel

  • Light Jig

  • Single Jig

  • Slip Jig

  • Traditional Set (St. Patrick’s Day) HARD SHOE DANCE

  • Treble Jig (SLOW) HARD SHOE DANCE

  • Hornpipe (SLOW) HARD SHOE DANCE

Prizewinner

  • Reel

  • NOTE: Light Jig is typically NOT offered at this level

  • NOTE: Single Jig is typically NOT offered at this level

  • Slip Jig

  • Traditional Set (“St. Patrick’s Day “or “Job of Journeywork”) HARD SHOE DANCE

  • Treble Jig (SLOW) HARD SHOE DANCE

  • Hornpipe (SLOW) HARD SHOE DANCE

  • Any “Specials” you would like

Preliminary Champion

  • Preliminary Championship competition consists of two rounds: Soft Shoe & Hard Shoe

  • Dancers should register separately for their traditional set (or if U11 or older NON-Traditional set)

  • Any “Specials” you would like