New England Championships
November 20, 2021
Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Montachusett Regional Technical School
Feis Hosts: Flying Irish & McHale School of Irish Dance

Everyone must be masked at all times during this event. Check this website the week before the event for updated Covid policies (we may need to limit attendees to 1 dancer with one adult). Make your travel plans refundable, if possible.

Registration will open in September 20th. A dancer is not registered until they have paid. Entries may be limited, based on enrollment. Suggested hotels are listed below. We do not have a room block with any of them.

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 29th, end of business day.

Champion & Freestyle dancers must bring their own dongle for playing their set dance & freestyle music.

There are no refunds, transfers or credits with this event (unless we cancel the event, in which case full refunds will be given within 3 weeks of the event date).


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

Attendees must wear masks at all times while inside the building. Social distancing may be required, which may limit the number of family members dancers may have with them. 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.


(hard copy required to be handed in at admission)

2021 Syllabus



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

Event: Reel, Light Jig


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

Event: Reel, Light Jig, Treble Jig


Reel, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Blackbird

Event: Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Blackbird


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

Event: Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Job of the Journeywork


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

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 in the NTS (Champion)/ Treble Jig (PW/N/I)/Light Jig (Begin) round. If there is a tie in the that round, then the Hard Shoe (Champ)/Slip Jig (PW/N)/Light Jig (Inter) round's scores will be used. If a further tie-breaker is needed, it will be in the Soft Shoe round (Champion)/Trad Set round (PW & N), Reel round (Inter).


Lord & Lady of the Trads

White Blanket

Competition is open to any Novice, Prizewinner & Champion dancer. Perpetual Trophy for the winner if RTN dancer; other award will be given to non-RTN dancer if they win

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.


For all team dances: dancers will be masked and will use hand sanitizer prior to walking on stage; disposable gloves optional (teams must provide their own)

Ceili - 4, 6 & 8 Hand Ceili dances

Figures - 2 or 3 Hand Reels

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.

Registration will open September 20th


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2021 Feis Schedule

The final schedule will be posted after registration closes; be prepared for this event to run all day. The order of levels & competitions will be determined based on entries.

Dukakis Performing Arts Center

at Monty Tech

1050 Westminster Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420

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