New England Championships

1st Saturday in November

FREE ADMISSION - open to the public

Saturday, November 7, 2020

7th Annual NEC

Registrations received after October 14th will owe a late fee of $15. Registrations will not be accepted after October 20th. 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 (late fee) 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 20, 2020.

This feis is a qualifer for RTN's Nationals and CRDM's World Championships.

Dancers must be present & in costume to accept podium awards. Dancers must pick up on their own awards at the awards table by the conclusion of the event.

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

2020 Syllabus

Tir na nOg

Reel (1 step), Light Jig (1 step)


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, St Patrick's Day

Event: Reel, Light Jig, Treble Jig


Reel, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Blackbird, Treble Reel (16 bars)

Event: Reel, Hornpipe, Jockey to the Fair


Reel, Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Job, Treble Reel (16 bars)

Event: Reel, Hornpipe, Three Sea Captains

Preliminary Champion Event

Reel, Non-Trad Set


Reel (40 bars), Slip Jig, Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Treble Reel (16 bars)

Trad Set Event: Lord/Lady of the Trads - King of the Fairies

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


2H & 3H (48 bars each), 4H, 6H, 8H

Small or Large Group Freestyle

Special Competition: Adult Ceili - 4, 6 or 8 Hand ceili from the book. Team members must match (slacks or skirts; button downs, polos or tees; dance shoes).

Charity Reel

$5, payable at the event

Our charity this year is TBD.

  • 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.

  • Preliminary Champion is for any dancer who has not won first place in a grade dance or feis event that includes their non-trad set dance, regardless of the number of competitors or adjudicators.

  • Recalls may be held in competitions with more than 10 dancers entered. 5 or more dancers will be recalled. All recalled dancers will receive an award.

  • 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 (this disqualifies a dancer in Events). The feis medical professional must clear an injured dancer to re-dance before the competition is closed or that dancer will not be allowed to re-dance and will not receive marks for that 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.

  • Ties in the Lord/Lady of the Trads Event may be broken with a dance off.

Registration is Closed

2019 NEC 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!

2019 Worker & Dancer Check-In

  • 7:30 am workers

  • 8:00 am Doors open, dancers get number cards

  • 8:15 am Line up for Beginner Event

  • 8:25 am Opening Ceremony


Main Stage

The main stage will be split into 2 for Beginner, Intermediate & Novice Solos. Beginner Event dancers must be ready to line up by 8:15 am.

  • 8:25 am Opening Ceremony - 1 dancer from every school join us onstage in your school costume

  • 8:30 am Beginner Event

  • 9:00 am Beginner Solos (includes Tir na nOg)

  • 10:00 am Intermediate Event

  • 11:30 am Intermediate Solos

  • 12:45 pm Team Dances

  • 1:15 pm Charity Reel

  • 1:30 pm Beginner Event, Intermediate Event & Team Awards -- must be in costume to accept awards on stage

  • 1:45 pm Novice Event

  • 2:45 pm Novice Solos

  • 3:30 pm Prizewinner/Preliminary/Champion Event

  • 4:30 pm Prizewinner & Champion Solos

  • 5:30 pm Novice/Prizewinner/Preliminary/Champion Event Awards -- -- must be in costume to accept awards on stage

  • 6:00 pm Parade of Champions - 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners of Prizewinner, Preliminary, Champion Events and Lord/Lady of the Trads )

  • Proposed end time is by 6:15 pm

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