Syllabi


Local Feiseanna

The age groups at the event may be changed by the feis committee in accordance with the entries!

Beginner

For the age groups Under 7, Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 19, Under 25, Under 35, Under 45 and Over 45:

  • Reel
  • Light Jig
  • Slip Jig
  • Single Jig
  • Treble Jig
  • Hornpipe
  • Traditional Set: St. Patrick's Day
  • PREMIERSHIP

Primary

For the age groups Under 7, Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 19, Under 25, Under 35, Under 45 and Over 45:

  • Reel
  • Light Jig
  • Slip Jig
  • Single Jig
  • Treble Jig
  • Hornpipe
  • Traditional Set: Jockey to the Fair or Blackbird
  • PREMIERSHIP

INTERMEDIATE

For the age groups Under 7, Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 19, Under 25, Under 35, Under 45 and Over 45:

  • Reel
  • Light Jig
  • Slip Jig
  • Single Jig
  • Treble Jig
  • Hornpipe
  • Traditional Set: Job of Journeywork, King of the Fairies or Garden of Daisies
  • PREMIERSHIP

OPEN

For the age groups Under 7, Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17, Under 19 and Over 19:

  • Reel
  • Slip Jig
  • Treble Jig
  • Hornpipe
  • Traditional Set: The Hunt, Three Sea Captains or White Blanket
  • CHAMPIONSHIP

FIGURE DANCING

For the age groups Under 10, Under 14, Under 19, Under 30 and Over 30:

  • 2-hand
  • 3-hand
  • 4-hand

CEILI CHAMPIONSHIPS

For the age groups Under 12, Under 17, Under 30 and Over 30:

  • Any ceili from the book "Ar Rinci Foirne" or Tara Reel

FIGURE CHAMPIONSHIPS

For the age groups Under 17 and Over 17

SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP

Any age

 

World Championships 2018

Dancers who wish to participate in the World Solo Championships 2018 must dance a minimum of two solos and a Premiership/Championship at one of the 2017 Qualifying events (see National Oireachtasai). Dancers from regions without a National Qualifying event (see below) are exempt from this rule.
Dancers who wish to participate in a Solo World Championship must be 10 years of age or over as of 1st January of the respective year.

Open Championship Requirements

  • Under 11: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) Blackbird, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 12: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) Job of Journeywork, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 13: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) Garden of Daisies, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 14: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) King of the Fairies, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 15: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) Three Sea Captains, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 16: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) White Blanket, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 17: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) The Hunt, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 18: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) Three Sea Captains, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 19: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) The Hunt, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 21: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) White Blanket, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 25: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) King of the Fairies, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 30: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) Garden of Daisies, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 35: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) Job of Journeywork, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 40: (1) Treble Jig (2) Slip Jig (3) Jockey to the Fair, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Over 40: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig, (3) St Patrick’s Day (4) Modern Hornpipe Set

Please note that (1) denotes the first round, (2) the second round, (3) the third round and (4) the recall round of the Open Championships.

In the age groups Under 11 up to and including Under 25: If there are 10 or more dancers participating in a Championship, there will be a 50% recall to compete in the 4th round. If a championship has less than 10 dancers: all rounds will be completed.
In the age groups Under 30 and older: it is at the discretion of the adjudicators whether a final recall round is required.

*Male dancers are required to dance the Reel instead of the Slip Jig.

  • Reel: 48 bars (except Under 30, Under 35, Under 40 and Over 40 = 40 bars)
  • Hornpipe: 40 bars (except Under 30, Under 35, Under 40 and Over 40 = 32 bars)
  • Treble Jig: 48 bars (except Under 30, Under 35, Under 40 and Over 40 = 40 bars)
  • Traditional Set: Step right and left foot, set right and left foot
  • Modern Set: Step right and left foot, set right foot only

Ceili Championships

In the age groups Under 12, Under 17, Under 30 and Over 30, each team entered must do one dance from the following list:

  • High Cauled Cap (up to and including Tops doing 1st figure)
  • Tara Reel (up to and including Tops doing 1st figure)
  • Cross Reel (up to and including Tops doing 1st figure)
  • 8-Hand Jig (up to and including Tops doing 1st figure)
  • Trip to the Cottage (up to and including Tops doing 1st figure)
  • St. Patrick's Day (up to and including Tops doing 1st figure)
  • Sweets of May (up to and including See Saw)
  • 3 Tunes (up to and including Hook and Chain)
  • Gates of Derry (up to and including the Gates after the Telescope)

All teams must submit the name of the dance being danced upon entry.

Figure Championship

One age group

The teams must have a minimum of 10 dancers and a maximum of 16 dancers.
Minimum dancing time: 3.5 minutes. Maximum dancing time: 5 minutes. 
Only instrumental music (no words, no voices) is allowed. The following types of music may be used:  

  • Traditional Irish Music
  • Music originated from an Irish Dance album (produced by Irish dance musicians)
  • Traditional Music with Modern Influences (i.e.: Techno Beats, Folk, Celtic, Celtic Fusion music etc.)

If using unique music and a story they must be submitted with entry for publication in the programme.

Show championship

One age group

The teams must have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 dancers.
Minimum dancing time: 3.5 minutes. Maximum dancing time: 6 minutes.

Any storyline but only instrumental music (no words, no voices) is allowed. The dancing must only be Irish dancing. Dance must occupy a majority of the performance time. 
Storyline and music MUST be submitted with the entry for publication in the event programme. If a team fails to do this, it may be excluded from the competition.
Any team or dancer who does not follow the footstep and music requirements of their respective competitions may be penalised or disqualified. The adjudicators of these competitions will be made aware of the rules regarding step and music requirements and the committee reserve the right to make the adjudicators aware of any infractions that may have been missed.

All members of a show team must be on stage from the start and no member can leave the stage during the performance. For any member of the team to do so means that the team cannot finish in the top three of the result. Scenery screens can be put on stage which can be used for costume changes during the performance of the show but they must be of a mobile, temporary and lightweight nature.

new competitions

Traditional Set Championship

  • (1) St. Patrick's Day and Blackbird and Jockey to the Fair
  • (2) Garden of Daisies and King of the Fairies and Job of Journeywork
  • (3) White Blanket and The Three Sea Captains and The Hunt
  • in the age groups Under 12, Under 16, Under 21, Under 30 and Over 30

Please note that (1) denotes the first round, (2) the first recall round and (3) the second recall round of the Traditional Set Championships.
Rounds (1) and (2): Step right and left foot, set right foot only.
Round (3): Step right and left foot, set right and left foot. The Hunt will be danced one dancer at a time.
A third of the competitions will be eliminated after the first round and a further third will be eliminated after round two.

4-Hand Championship

  • (1) One of the following:
    • 4-Hand Reel (up to and including tops doing the first figure as described in the Ceili Book Ar Rince Foirne) or
    • Humours of Bandon (up to and including tops doing the first figure as described in the Ceili Book Ar Rince Foirne)
  • (2) One of the following:
    • Choreography 4-Hand in Jig timing of 96 bars of music (no combination of Jig and Reel timing) or
    • Choreography 4-Hand in Reel timing of 96 bars of music (no combination of Jig and Reel timing)
  • in the age groups Under 12, Under 17, Under 30 and Over 30

Please note that (1) denotes the first round and (2) the second round of the 4-Hand Championships. The choreography 4-Hand (Round 2) is supposed to be a modern 4-Hand not based on the Ceili Book Ar Rince Foirne, nevertheless only Ceili footwork may be used.
75% of the dancers must be in the appropriate age group and both rounds must use the same dancers - no substitutions.

There is no qualification requirement for teams competing at the World 4-Hand Championship 2018.

QUALIFYING FOR THE World CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Dancers from the following regions are not required to participate at a National Qualifying event to qualify for the World Championships 2018:

  • Europe: Scandinavia, Iceland, the Baltic States, Southern Europe, the Balkan States, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Rumania, Hungary,  France (please note: the Qualifying event for Benelux, Switzerland and Austria are the German Open Championships)
  • Asia except Russia/Siberia
  • Africa
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania
  • Canada
  • Middle and South America
  • Antarctica ;-)
 

International Championships 2018

Dancers who wish to participate in the International Championships 2018 must dance a minimum of two solos and a Premiership/Championship at one of the 2017 Qualifying events (see National Oireachtasai). Dancers from regions without a National Qualifying event (see below) are exempt from this rule.

Open Championship Requirements

  • Under 8: (1) Reel, (2) Light Jig, (3) Single Jig
  • Under 9: (1) Reel, (2) Treble Jig, (3) St. Patrick's Day
  • Under 10: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Reel, (3) Jockey to the Fair, (4) Modern Jig Set

In the age groups Under 8 and Under 9: there will be only 3 rounds and no recall.
In the age group Under 10: If there are 10 or more dancers participating, there will be a
50% recall to compete in the 4th round. If there are fewer than 10 dancers: all rounds will be completed.

  • Reel: 48 bars (except Under 30, Under 35, Under 40 and Over 40 = 40 bars)
  • Light Jig: 48 bars
  • Single Jig: 48 bars
  • Treble Jig: 48 bars (except Under 30, Under 35, Under 40 and Over 40 = 40 bars)
  • Traditional Set: Step right and left foot, set right foot only
  • Modern Set: Step right and left foot, set right foot only

Qualifying for the INTERNATIONAL Championships 2018

Dancers from the following regions are not required to participate at a National Qualifying event to qualify for the International Championships 2018:

  • Europe: Scandinavia, Iceland, the Baltic States, Southern Europe, the Balkan States, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Rumania, Hungary,  France (please note: the Qualifying event for Benelux, Switzerland and Austria are the German Open Championships)
  • Asia except Russia/Siberia
  • Africa
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania
  • Canada
  • Middle and South America
  • Antarctica ;-)
 

All Ireland Championships 2017

The syllabus for the All-Irelands 2017 is the same as for a regular feis, with the following exceptions:

Open Championships

  • Under 8: (1) Light Jig, (2) Single Jig, (3) Reel
  • Under 9: (1) Light Jig, (2) Single Jig, (3) Reel
  • Under 10: (1) Light Jig, (2) Treble Jig, (3) Garden of Daisies
  • Under 11: (1) Slip Jig, (2) Treble Jig, (3) Three Sea Captains
  • Under 12: (1) Reel, (2) Treble Jig, (3) Blackbird
  • Under 13: (1) Slip Jig, (2) Hornpipe, (3) Job of Journeywork
  • Under 14: (1) Reel, (2) Treble Jig, (3) St. Patrick's Day
  • Under 15: (1) Slip Jig, (2) Hornpipe, (3) Jockey to the Fair
  • Under 16: (1) Reel, (2) Treble Jig, (3) White Blanket
  • Under 17: (1) Slip Jig, (2) Hornpipe, (3) King of the Fairies
  • Under 19: (1) Reel, (2) Treble Jig, (3) The Hunt
  • Under 21: (1) Slip Jig, (2) Hornpipe, (3) Three Sea Captains
  • Under 25: (1) Reel, (2) Treble Jig, (3) Jockey to the Fair
  • Under 30: (1) Slip Jig, (2) Hornpipe, (3) Garden of Daisies
  • Over 30: (1) Reel, (2) Treble Jig, (3) White Blanket

Please note that (1) denotes the first round, (2) the second round and (3) the recall round of the Open Championships.
Traditional sets in Open Championships: Step right and left foot, set right and left foot.

Traditional Set Championship

  • (1) St. Patrick's Day, Blackbird, Jockey to the Fair
  • (2) Garden of Daisies, King of the Fairies, Job of Journeywork
  • (3) White Blanket, The Three Sea Captains, The Hunt

Please note that (1) denotes the first round, (2) the first recall round and (3) the second recall round of the Traditional Set Championships.
Rounds (1) and (2): Step right and left foot, set right foot only.
Round (3): Step right and left foot, set right and left foot.

Modern Set Competition

A one-round competition, where dancers are expected to dance one of the following modern set dances:

  • Rambling Rake
  • Kilkenny Races
  • Four Masters
  • Planxty Irwin
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Fiddler Around the Fairytree

The list of tunes for this competition will be changed every year. The tunes for 2018 will be selected in public at the 2017 event.

Please note that the All Ireland Championships 2017 is not a qualifying event for the European and World Championships 2018.

 

National Oireachtasai 2017

National Oireachtasai refer to the following events: British Open, Irish Open, German Open, Russian Open, Belarussian Open, Siberian Open, Eastern US Open and Western US Open Championships. These are the Qualifying events for the International and World Championships 2018. 

Dancers who wish to participate in an Open Solo Championship at the Nationals must dance at least two Solo Dances in the accompanying Grade Feis (exception: if no Open Solo Dances are offered at the Grade Feis).

Teams who wish to participate in the Show Championships must also take part in the Céilí Championships.

Open Championship Requirements

  • Under 8: (1) Reel, (2) Light Jig, (3) Single Jig
  • Under 9: (1) Reel, (2) Treble Jig, (3) St. Patrick's Day
  • Under 10: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Reel, (3) Jockey to the Fair, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 11: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) Blackbird, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 12: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) Job of Journeywork, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 13: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) Garden of Daisies, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 14: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) King of the Fairies, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 15: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) Three Sea Captains, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 16: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) White Blanket, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 17: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) The Hunt, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 18: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) Three Sea Captains, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 19: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) The Hunt, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 21: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) White Blanket, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 25: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) King of the Fairies , (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Under 30: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) Garden of Daisies, (4) Modern Jig Set
  • Under 35: (1) Treble Jig, (2) Slip Jig*, (3) Job of Journeywork, (4) Modern Hornpipe Set
  • Over 35: (1) Hornpipe, (2) Reel, (3) Blackbird, (4) Modern Jig Set

In the age groups Under 8 and Under 9: there will be only 3 rounds and no recall.
In the age groups Under 10 and older: If there are 10 or more dancers participating in a Championship, there will be a recall for the Modern Set round except in the age groups Under 30, Under 35 and Senior (Over 35). In these age groups it is at the discretion of the adjudicators whether a final recall round is required. 
If any Championship (except Under 30, Under 35 and Senior) has less than 10 dancers: all rounds will be completed.

*Male dancers are required to dance the Reel instead of the Slip Jig.

  • Reel: 48 bars (except Under 30, Under 35 and Over 35 = 40 bars)
  • Light Jig: 48 bars
  • Hornpipe: 40 bars (except Under 30, Under 35 and Over 35 = 32 bars)
  • Treble Jig: 48 bars (except Under 30, Under 35 and Over 35 = 40 bars)
  • Slip Jig: 40 bars (except Under 30, Under 35 and Over 35 = 32 bars)
  • Traditional Set: Step right and left foot, set right and left foot
  • Modern Set: Step right and left foot, set right foot only

Please note: There are no Preliminary championships at the National Oireachtasai.

CEILI CHAMPIONSHIPS

In the age groups Under 11, Under 16, Under 29 and Over 29, each team entered must do one dance from the following list:

  • High Cauled Cap, Tara Reel, Cross Reel, 8 Hand Jig, Trip to the Cottage, St. Patrick's Day - up to and including Tops doing 1st figure.
  • Sweets of May - up to and including See Saw.
  • 3 Tunes - up to and including Hook and Chain.
  • Gates of Derry - up to and including the Gates after the Telescope.

Figure Championship

One age group

The teams must have a minimum of 10 dancers and a maximum of 16 dancers.
Minimum dancing time: 3.5 minutes. Maximum dancing time: 5 minutes. 
Only instrumental music (no words, no voices) is allowed. The following types of music may be used:  

  • Traditional Irish Music
  • Music originated from an Irish Dance album (produced by Irish dance musicians)
  • Traditional Music with Modern Influences (i.e.: Techno Beats, Folk, Celtic, Celtic Fusion music etc.)

SHOW CHAMPIONSHIP

One age group

The teams must have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 dancers.
Minimum dancing time: 3.5 minutes. Maximum dancing time: 6 minutes.

  • Any storyline but only instrumental music (no words, no voices) is allowed. The dancing must only be Irish dancing. Dance must occupy a majority of the performance time.
  • Any team or dancer who does not follow the footstep and music requirements of their respective competitions may be penalised or disqualified. The adjudicators of these competitions will be made aware of the rules regarding step and music requirements and the committee reserve the right to make the adjudicators aware of any infractions that may have been missed.
  • All members of a show team must be on stage from the start and no member can leave the stage during the performance. For any member of the team to do so means that the team cannot finish in the top three of the result. Scenery screens can be put on stage which can be used for costume changes during the performance of the show but they must be of a mobile, temporary and lightweight nature.

4-Hand Championship

  • (1) One of the following:
    • 4-Hand Reel (up to and including tops doing the first figure as described in the Ceili Book Ar Rince Foirne) or
    • Humours of Bandon (up to and including tops doing the first figure as described in the Ceili Book Ar Rince Foirne)
  • (2) One of the following:
    • Choreography 4-Hand in Jig timing of 96 bars of music (no combination of Jig and Reel timing) or
    • Choreography 4-Hand in Reel timing of 96 bars of music (no combination of Jig and Reel timing)
  • in the age groups Under 11, Under 16, Under 29 and Over 29

Please note that (1) denotes the first round and (2) the second round of the 4-Hand Championships. The choreography 4-Hand (Round 2) is supposed to be a modern 4-Hand not based on the Ceili Book Ar Rince Foirne, nevertheless only Ceili footwork may be used.
75% of the dancers must be in the appropriate age group and both rounds must use the same dancers - no substitutions.

Teams are allowed to compete at the World 4-Hand Championship 2018 without participation at a National 4-Hand Championship 2017.
There is no qualification requirement for the World 4-Hand Championship 2018.

 

Modern Set Tunes

The number of bars in each modern set is given as n-m, where n is the number of bars in the step and m is the number of bars in the set.

Hornpipe sets (2/4 or 4/4 timing)

  • Ace and Deuce of Pipering: 12-12
  • Battle of Arklow: 8-12
  • Blackbird: 15-30 or 7.5-15
  • Blue Eyed Rascal: 8-12
  • Bonaparte's Retreat: 8-20
  • Downfall of Paris: 8-16
  • Four Masters: 8-12
  • Garden of Daisies: 8-16
  • The Hunt: 8-12
  • Job of Journeywork: 8-14
  • Kilkenny Races: 8-24
  • King of the Fairies: 8-16
  • Little Heathy Hill: 8-12
  • Lodge Road: 8-20
  • Madame Bonaparte: 8-12
  • O'Doherty's Keep: 8-16
  • Piper: 8-12
  • Planxty Davis: 16-16
  • Rambling Rake: 8-16
  • Rodney's Glory: 8-12
  • Roving Peddler: 8-14
  • Youghal Harbour: 6-14
  • White Blanket: 6-12

JIG SETS (6/8 TIMING)

  • Blackthorn Stick: 15-15
  • Deep Green Pool: 8-20
  • Donegal Rambler: 8-16
  • Drunken Gauger: 15-15
  • Fiddler Around the Fairytree: 8-12
  • Humours of Bandon: 8-16
  • Hurling Boys: 8-14
  • Hurry the Jug: 8-16
  • Jockey to the Fair: 8-14
  • Miss Brown's Fancy: 8-16
  • Orange Rogue: 8-16
  • Planxty Drury: 12-16
  • Planxty Hugh O'Donnell: 16-16
  • Planxty Irwin: 8-16
  • Ri Laoise: 14-12
  • Rub the Bag: 8-14
  • Sprig of Shillelagh: 6-10
  • Storyteller: 8-16
  • St. Patrick's Day: 8-14
  • Three Sea Captains: 8-20
  • Wandering Musician: 8-16