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Flying Irish Feis
April 15, 2023

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

Feis email: Registration open until March 30th.

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 Thursday, March 30, 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. If we do not get enough entries to hold a 2 day event, all dances will be held on Saturday. Refunds will not be given for competitions held on Saturday instead of Sunday.

Changes to registrations will not be accepted. Only one registration form per dancer may be submitted. Please double check your registratin form before clicking submit. You will receive a confirmation email after submission.

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 & team 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 of 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; we recommend leaving 1-2 seats between your party and others

  • Masks may need to 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

  • 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)

2024 Syllabus

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


Reel, Slip Jig, Single/Hop Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Blackbird


Reel, Slip Jig, Single/Hop Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Job of the Journeywork


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

Figure Dances: 2 & 3 Hand Reels


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 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

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.


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.


Contact us if you want to be a vendor at our feis!

registration is closed

will be activated the day of the feis

2024 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.

NMRSD High School

19 Main Street

Townsend, MA 01469

By attending Flying Irish Feiseanna, you agree to release and forever discharge Flying lrish, LLC, its heirs, successors, administrators, instructors and assigns, including sponsoring and affiliated organizations for any and all claims, action, causes of action or liability for any and all losses, whether based on allegations of negligence or not, resultant from the your family's participation (as a dancer or a spectator) in its programs and events connected with the activities of Flying lrish, LLC. Permission is given for The Flying lrish, LLC, and its affiliations to use dancers' images for publicity reasons on the Internet, in print, or on video.


We reserve the right to deny admission to anyone. Participants and their guests must treat all other event attendees with respect or they will be removed from the event/banned from future events..

There are no refunds, transfers or credits for any funds associated with Flying Irish events.

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