What is a feis?
A feis is an Irish dance, music and cultural
“Children learn from both the positive results and the disappointments. It's nice to win and it is ok to lose as long as we always keep it in perspective. We hope that you will embrace these competitions and find them to be a useful tool in the development of your dancing”
Trinity Academy Managing Director
To learn more about feiseanna:
NAVIGATING FEIS LEVELS
First Feis / Beginner I
Dancers competing at their FIRST Feis compete at the First Feis level for any dances they are ready to do that are offered. After that First competition, dancers move to the Beginner I level for the remainder of the calendar year. All dancers move to Beginner II on January 1 of the year following their first competition, regardless of Trinity class placement.
Dancers move to Beginner II after competing in Beginner I from their first feis until December of their first year of competition, or by the discretion of their teacher. There is no placement needed, all competitors at the Beginner I level automatically advance to Beginner II on January 1 of the following year. If your dancer was a Beginner I in 2018, he or she will be a Beginner II on January 1, 2019. At Trinity, dancers in both Cork/Derry and Donegal/Galway/Kerry classes compete at the Beginner II level.
Dancers move to Novice by winning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in a Beginner II competition with 5 or more competitors, or in rare cases, by the discretion of their teacher. These moves are made by dance, so a dancer can easily have some dances at Beginner II, some at Novice, and maybe even 1 or 2 at Prizewinner levels. Dancers can move to novice at the calendar year (meaning on January 1 of the year after the placement was achieved), or as soon as the next feis, provided their teacher has approved. At Trinity, dancers in Donegal/Galway/Kerry and Kilkenny/Limerick/Sligo can be competing at the Novice level.
Dancers advance to Prizewinner by winning 1st place in Novice competition with 5 or more competitors. These moves are made by dance, so a dancer can be competing at both the Novice and Prizewinner levels. Dancers can move to prizewinner at the calendar year (meaning on January 1 of the year after the placement was achieved), or as soon as the next feis, provided their teacher has approved. A dancer is never required to stop competing a dance they have won in Prizewinner, nor is a dancer ever required to move out of Prizewinner...as the saying goes, “Once a Prizewinner, always a Prizewinner!” At Trinity, we prefer dancers to continue competing all their Prizewinner dances until all 4 firsts are achieved. At Trinity, dancers in Kilkenny/Limerick/Sligo, Waterford/Wexford/Wicklow and the Munster & Leinster Province Classes can be competing at the Prizewinner level.
Preliminary Championships (PC)
Dancers advance to Preliminary Championships, or PC, when they have won a 1st place in Prizewinner in each of the 4 major dances (Reel, Slip Jig (girls only), Treble Jig & Hornpipe) in competitions with 5 or more competitors. These wins can be achieved in different calendar years and in different regions. A dancer is never required to move to PC (as the saying goes, “once a Prizewinner, always a Prizewinner”), and a dancer is never required to stop competing a dance they have won in Prizewinner. At Trinity, we prefer dancers to continue competing all their Prizewinner dances until all 4 first are achieved. Once they move to PC, they will drop down to the soft shoe and hard shoe dances assigned to their age group, and begin to compete 3 steps of each. At Trinity, dancers in Wexford/Wicklow or the Munster/Leinster/Connaught Province (Accelerated) classes can be competing in PC.
Open Championships (OC)
Dancers move to OC once they have won 1st place in PC two times, in competitions with 5 or more competitors, in any region. If these wins are achieved in the same calendar year, the dancer does not have to advance to OC until the following January 1. If the wins are achieved in separate calendar years, the dancer must move up at the next feis (an exception is made in the case of back-to-back feiseanna, in which case the dancer can stay in PC for the 2nd feis of the weekend and move the following week). At Trinity, dancers in Munster/Leinster/Connaught (Accelerated) or Ulster (Accelerated Plus) can be competing in OC.