What to Bring to a Feis
- Dance Shoes
- Dance Costume
- Poodle Socks
- Brush and hairspray
- Wig if your child wears one
- Safety pins for the shawl *
- Safety pins or a thin ribbon
for the entry number **
- Camera - no video is allowed, and some feiseanna do not allow any photos at all. Check the syllabus. But bring the camera for photos afterward if your child places in a competition!
- Syllabus and directions
- Stage schedule if available
* Sometimes the shawl comes unhooked while dancing. Safety pins can be used to
** The competitor number needs to be worn in front of the costume. If you don't want to put a hole in the costume, make a little hole in each corner of the card. Thread the ribbon through each hole and tie around the waist. Some feisanna have a hole puncher at the check-in desk.
Arriving at the Feis:
- Arrive about an hour early. It is not always easy to predict when your child's competition will start, so it's always better to leave extra time.
- Go to the check in/registration table to get the competitor card if you have not printed it ahead of time.
- If you did not print the stage schedule ahead of time, it will be available at the registration table also.
- Find the stages where your child will be dancing based on the stage schedule.
- Dress your child in the costume and attach their competition number on the front of his/her costume.
Point out a meeting place if you and your child get separated. There are HUNDREDS of people at these competitions.
Competing in an Event
- Each stage will have a poster or white board stating the current event and next event.
- Each stage will have a check-in person, a "launcher", a judge and a musician.
- When your event is next, send your child to the check-in person.
- The check-in person will check the competitor card to verify it's the right event.
- The check-in person will direct your child to the standby chairs next to the stage.
- When your event begins, the "launcher" will take a group of competitors onto the stage.
- The competitors will then stand in a line at the end of the stage.
- The "launcher" will tell the first 2 children to come forward.
- The music will start.
- At the beginning levels, the "launcher" will begin counting measures so the kids know when to start dancing.
- The launcher will tell the next pair to get ready when the prior pair are almost done.
- When all the competitors have danced, they will bow to the judge and walk off the stage.
- Do not stand next to another Dó Cairde dancer on the stage. Any differences in performance, intentional or not, will be apparent to the judge.
- Keep dancing even if you make a mistake - DON'T STOP!
- Results from each event will be posted on large pieces of poster board, usually within an hour of the competition.
- The location of these posters varies with each feis, but they will all be together.
- Look for the competition number for your child's competition on the poster.
- The competitor numbers of the dancers who placed first, second, third and possibly honorable mention will be listed under the competition number on the poster.
- Depending on the level, there may be a few competitor numbers that place in each position.
- If your child's number is listed, go to the trophy table with the competitor card.
- The volunteer will verify things and present a trophy or medal.
Getting the Marks or Scores
- Once the results have been posted, you may get the scoring results. Many times individual dancer scores/results will be emailed to you within a few days of the feis.
- These results will detail the score for each place and what your child scored.
- Sometimes mistakes are made when listing the placements. Check your score.
- In addition, the results may contain comments from the judge.