An Irish Dance competition is called a Feis (pronounced: Fesh)
While competitions are not mandatory for our dancers, many dancers love the opportunity! Commitment is key for a competitive Irish dancers - they must work hard and train as an athlete. Competitions are offered year-round all over the US. Because we belong to An Chomhdhail, our dancers must compete in An Chomhdhail or Open Platform sanctioned feiseanna.
As dancers start competing, they work their way through the grade levels (Bun Grad A, Bun Grad B, Bun Grad C) before reaching the Championship levels (Pre-Open and Open Championship). Starting at the Pre-Open levels, dancers are afforded the opportunity to compete at the Regional Championships (called Provincials). At the Provincials (Regional Championships), grade level dancers may compete in the Traditional Set competition, while Championship level dancers compete in the Solo competitions. For highly competitive dancers, other major competitions are available: US Nationals, US Open, and Worlds Championships. Qualifying for all major competitions takes years of commitment and hard work, and if you are interested in that level, your teachers will work with you to reach those goals!