Irish Dance Dictionary

Ceili - pronounced KAY-lee. An irish dance party with group and pairs dancing.

Feis - pronounced fesh. An Irish dance competition.

Feisanna - pronounced FESH-ah-na. Plural of feis.

Ghillies - soft dance shoes with laces for girls and women.

Hornpipe - a traditional hard shoe dance done in 2/4 or 4/4. It's slower than a reel.

Light Jig - a soft shoe dance done in 6/8 time.

Oireachtas - pronounced Or-ROK-tuhs. These are regional or national Irish step dancing championships. Our regionals are held in Philadelphia.

Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne - pronounced Or-ROK-tuhs RIN-kuh na KREEN-yuh. The yearly world championships of Irish dancing.

Reel - a fast dance done in 2/4 or 4/4 time. Traditional reel is done in soft shoes or ghillies. Treble reel is performed in hard shoes.

Slip Jig - a ladies' only dance done in 9/8 time. Slip Jig requires a lot of endurance and is characterized by high leaps. T.C.R.G. or Teasgicoir Choimisiuin Le Rinci Gaelacha - means a certified Irish dance teacher by the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin.

North American Feis Commission Rankings