New England Championships
2021 NEC will be held on Nov 6, 13, or 20
Date & located TBD

If the event has to be run socially distanced:

Per MA Covid requirements, we can only have a maximum of 25 people in the hall at any one time: 1 judge, 4 workers, 10 dancers & 10 family members (1 per family). Everyone must be masked unless when dancing (optional to wear a mask while dancing but recommended for lower levels).

Registration will be open Oct 7 - Oct 17. A dancer is not registered until they have paid. There are no refunds, transfers or credits for the event.

CHANGES (adding a dance or changing a level ) may be made up until the final registration deadline. Changes are not permitted the day of the feis. If a dancer has entered in a wrong category/dance, they will not be allowed to compete in that dance (no refunds given). *Dancers may update their registrations through October 17, 2020, end of business day.

Each age & level will be separated into its own time session. There will be a 10-15 minutes between sessions to clean the facility. Sessions will be announced via the Flying Irish Feis Facebook page. Dancers must be ready to dance when sessions are called.


Under the updated gatherings order  indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space.

Attendees must wear masks inside the building and must remain socially distant. Dancers with medical conditions may remove their masks while dancing (have a doctor's note if this accomodation is needed), and then put them on again as soon as they are finished dancing. *We recommend dancers practice in their masks to prepare for the feis.

Anyone coming into MA who has traveled to, or is coming from, a high-risk area must either quarantine for 14 days or have a COVID negative test. 

Log on to MA's COVID travel order webpage to find the current list of low risk states and for MA requirements coming from high risk states.

Feis Waver:

2021 Syllabus


Reel, Light Jig, Slip Jig, Single/Hop Jig, Treble Jig (1 step)


Reel, Light Jig, Slip Jig, Single/Hop Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, St Patrick's Day


Reel, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Blackbird


Reel, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Job of the Journeywork


Reel (40 bars), Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, White Blanket

Event: Slip Jig, Treble Jig or Hornpipe, Non-Trad Set of choice (must be in contrasting tempo to hard shoe round)  

  • Champions must bring their own dongle to play their set dance music.

  • There will be an 8 bar wait in-between solo dances.

  • Dancers must have material appropriate for each Event. Dancers dancing material obviously below or above that competition's level will not receive full marks.

  • Dancers who stop dancing, except in the event of an injury, will not be allowed to re-dance and will not receive any marks for that dance/round.

  • All event ties will be broken by awarding the higher ranking to the person with the highest score in the last round. If there is a tie in the last round, then the previous round's scores will be used.

Registration is Closed

2020 Feis Schedule

Times are approximate: be ready to compete at least 1 hour before the scheduled competition time as the feis may run early. (Buffer time has been built into the schedule.) The feis may also run late. Dancers must be present when their competition is called!


If possible, have dancers arrive in costume, or in clothing that will make changing quick.

Worker & Dancer Check-In

  • 8:30 am workers arrive

  • 8:35 am Doors open, dancers get number cards

  • 8:45 am Competitions start


Dancers Schedule

Dancers will compete 2 at a time, then return to their line up positions (side stage) until competition has ended.

Age groups are approximate as they cannot be finalized until registration is complete. There can only be a maximum of 10 dancers in each age category.

Awards will be available immediately after the competitions end.


Competition Times

This feis may run up at an hour early or may run late. Dancers must be present when a competition is called to compete. A very loud safety whistle will be blown (you'll be able to hear it inside your car) & an announcement will also be posted on the Flying Irish Feis Facebook page when the next session can line up to enter the building.

  • 8:45 - 9:10 am Beginner U9 (ages 6-8)

  • 9:20-10:00       Intermediate U10 (up to age 9)

  • 10:10 -10:30   Beginner U11 (ages 9 -11)

  • 10:40 -11:15   Intermediate U11 (age 10)

  • 11:25-11:45     Beginner U16 (ages 12-15)

  • 11:45-12:15 pm  Lunch Break

  • 12:15-1:00  Intermediate U13 (ages 11-12)

  • 1:10 -1:40        Intermediate U17 (ages 13-16)

  • 1:50 -2:30        Novice U13 (up to age 12)

  • 2:40 -3:10        Novice U16 (ages 13-15)

  • 3:20 - 3:50        Prizewinner

  • 4:00 - 4:45       Adults & Champion:

               Champion Event Slip Jig

               Beginner Reel

               Novice Reel

               Champion Reel

               Beginner Light Jig

               Champion Slip Jig (non-event)

               Novice Slip Jig

               Beginner Hop Jig

               Champion Hard Shoe Event (TJ or HP)

               Intermediate Treble Jig

               Novice Treble Jig

               Champion Treble Jig

               Intermediate Hornpipe

               Champion Hornpipe

               Intermediate Trad Set

               Champion Non-Trad Set Event

               Champion Trad Set

Finnish Center at Saima Park

67 Scott Road, Fitchburg, MA

*In the function hall up the hill (past buildings & outdoor picnic area).

Nearby Hotels (check to see who is open):

Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg

Colonial Hotel, Gardner

Super 8 by Wyndham, Gardner

Doubletree, Leominster

Nearby Food:

Country Pizza (less than 1 mile away)

Gold Bowl Fitchburg (same plaza as Country Pizza)

Dunkins: Main St or John Fitch Highway (Fitchburg)

Area Information




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