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New England Championships
April 15 & 16, 2023
Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Montachusett Regional Technical School

WAIVERS ARE REQUIRED TO GAIN ENTRY TO THE FEIS! Print one out from the bottom of this info block.

Feis email: Registration will open on February 22nd.

Payment (Venmo only) is due at the time of registration. A dancer is not registered until they have paid; registrations not accompanied by payment will be deleted. Registration is limited and on a first come/first paid basis. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 22nd at noon, but registration may close early if the feis capacity is reached. There are no refunds, transfers or credits for the event, including for team members who cannot dance because not all of the team has entered the feis.

Changes to registrations will not be accepted. Only one registration form per dancer may be submitted.

Champion & Preliminary dancers must provide their own dongle for set dance music being played on a Bluetooth device.

Dancers must pick up their own solo awards by the conclusion of the their dance session/end of the day on which they dance. Event dancers must be in present in costume & shoes to get their awards. Awards will not be given to anyone but the dancer and will not be given out after that day's competitions have concluded.

There will not be an 8 bar wait in between dancers.


Attendees may need to wear masks inside the building and may be asked to remain socially distant. Visitors may be limited to the dancer and 1 adult or guardian. Dancers with medical conditions may remove their masks while dancing (have a doctor's note if this accommodation 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.


Check this website the week before the event for the final Covid policies.

  • All persons entering the building must have a completed feis waiver of liability (available below) for all the people in their party; we will not have blank forms for you so don't forget your form!

  • Temperatures may be checked when you arrive

  • Dancers are asked to only bring relatives who live with them to the event so that they can verify there has not been any COVID exposure in their group, and to limit their spectators to only essential family members

  • No individual can be admitted to the event if they are experiencing COVID-related symptoms, or is living in a household with anyone who is currently positive for COVID-19, waiting for COVID-19 test results or had tested positive within the previous 2 weeks

  • All spectators must be seated; leave 1-2 seats between your party and others

  • Masks may needt be worn when in the building; if required, masks must be fitted to the nose and face; masks may be removed briefly for short drinks

  • If masks are required, dancers may remove their masks & hold in their hand or wear on their wrist while dancing but must have masks on while in line to dance

  • Only water is allowed in the auditorium. If you are eating or drinking anything other than water, you must do so in the lobby or outside.


(hard copy required to be handed in at admission)

2023 Syllabus

Saturday, Grade Feis

Tir na nOg: Reel (1 step), Light Jig (1 step)


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

Event: Reel, Light Jig, Treble Jig


Reel, Slip Jig, Single/Hop Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Jockey to the Fair

Event: Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Jockey to the Fair


Reel, Slip Jig, Single/Hop Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, 3 Sea Captains

Event: Slip Jig, Treble Jig, 3 Sea Captains


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

Figure Dances: 2 & 3 Hand Reels

Sunday, Championship


Event: Reel & Light Jig


Event: Reel, Light Jig, Treble Jig


Event: Reel, Hornpipe, Jockey to the Fair


Event: Reel, Hornpipe, 3 Sea Captains


Event: Reel, 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 not 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 as follows:                           Champion - 1) NTS; 2) Hard Shoe; 3) Soft Shoe

    •                Preliminary - 1) NTS; 2) Reel

    •                Prizewinner & Novice - 1) Hard Shoe; 2) Trad Set; 3) Soft Shoe

    •                Intermediate - 1) Treble Jig; 2) Light Jig; 3) Reel

    •                Beginner - 1) Light Jig; 2) Reel


Lord & Lady of the Trads

St Patrick's Day - all 5 parts

Competition is open to any Novice, Prizewinner & Champion dancer. There will be 1 winner in this event: a Perpetual Trophy for RTN dancers or other award for non-RTN dancers.

Charity Reel

16 bars of music, performed down the line. Can be soft or hard shoe. Dancers must not perform more than the 16 bars of music to be eligible to win this competition. See Freestyle rules below for costumes & movements.

Our Charity: Canines for Disabled Kids


For all team dances: dancers may opt to be masked; disposable gloves optional (teams must provide their own)

Ceili - 4, 6 & 8 Hand Ceili dances

Freestyle - Small Group (3-6 dancers) and Large Group (7-16 dancers); routines.


Freestyle rules:

1. Dancers may enter a maximum of one Freestyle dance in each category.

2. Group freestyle dances must be a minimum length of one and a half minutes (1:30) and a maximum length of two and a half minutes (2:30).

3. Teams must provide their own music for Freestyle dances. If the music is not on a standard mp3 player, the team must bring a system to play their music with them.

4. Music and movements must be appropriate for all ages. Offensive language and movements will result in disqualification.

5. Costumes must be in keeping with the theme of the routine. They do not have to be traditional or Irish and they do not need to match if that suits the theme of the dance.

6. Costumes cannot be too revealing and must conform to the age-appropriate rule. No feathers on costumes.

7. Excessive use of scenery is not allowed. Props must be necessary to the choreography and performers must be in control of their props at all times. Weapons –if used – must be fake. Pyrotechnics are not allowed.

8. Toe stands are allowed in Freestyle Team Dancing but teachers must ensure their dancers are capable of performing the         movements safely. Points will be deducted for bad technique.


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will open February 20th
will be activated the day of the feis

2023 Schedule

Final Schedule will be published by April 7th

Times are approximate; once started, competitions may run up to 1 hour early or may run late. Competitions will not be held open if dancers are not present when called. Schedule to be posted at least one week prior to the event.

Dukakis Performing Arts Center

at Monty Tech

1050 Westminster Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420

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