Online registration opens from Feb 01 to Apr 12 www.QuickFeis.com After April 12 all registration must be done in person at the Feis Limited to the first 800 PAID entries Sunday – April 26, 2015 8:30 am Start time Online payment with credit cards only At the Feis payment with credit cards or cash only Dayton Airport Expo Center 3900 McCauley Drive, Vandalia OH Brenda Mays Doug Robertson Amy Lee Laura Schmidt Chairperson Vice-Chairman Secretary Treasurer Gerry Campbell Perpetual Senior Belt Robert Gabor Junior Trophy George Sweetnam Minor Trophy will be held jointly on February 7, 2015 at the Orlando Hilton Orlando, Florida Stage assignments will be arranged by age level Music competition time to be determined. Treble Reel will be danced before the lunch break. Camping will be confined to designated areas. See website for Hotel, Directions & more Information www.DaytonFeis.org 15 and over NAFC Music Scholarship Rockland County Feis • July 19, 2015 Under 15 NAFC Music Scholarship St. Louis Irish Arts Feis • February 14, 2015 Member of the North American Feis Commission President: Lori Seeman [email protected] Member of An Coimisiun, Dublin, Ireland – US Funds ONLY – Payment due at time of registration Online registration will accept credit card payment only In Person registration will accept credit card or cash Sorry - no checks will be accepted at any time REGULAR Feb 01 to Apr 7 Solo Dancing Ceili / Figure Music Adult Preliminary / Open Championship $ 11 fee is per competitor for each event $ 45 LATE Apr 7 to Apr 12 IN PERSON at the feis (after Apr 12) Violin and vocal - any competitor who has received 1st or 2nd at a feis in a previous year, may only compete in advanced violin or vocal Vocalist will sing, unaccompanied, one traditional Irish or Irish inspired song Instrumentalists will play the melody, twice through, of two contrasting tempo, traditional Irish, or Irish inspired song. Regular Fee Regular Fee Plus $20 Plus $50 Regular Fee Regular Fee Plus $20 Plus $50 Under 14 Under 18 Adults (18 & older) Tin Whistle 990TW 991TW 992TW Family Max $ 140 $ 140 None Flute 990FL 991FL 992FL Event Fee (per family) $ 10 $ 10 $ 10 Violin 990VI 991VI 992VI Change Fee – per dancer FREE FREE $ 25 Vocal 990VC 991VC 992VC Results FREE FREE FREE Payment must be made at the time of registration No personal checks will be accepted There is NO waiting list Entries are not valid until full payment is received. ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS OF ANY KIND AT ANY TIME Non Champ Fees: all fees are calculated PER dancer. After Apr 7, in addition to the regular per dance fee, a late fee will be added (see chart above) There is no family cap after Apr 12 Champ Fees: all fees are calculated PER dancer. After Apr 7, in addition to the regular champ fee, a late fee will be added (see chart above) There is no family cap after Apr 12 1. The Feis committee has the right to cancel the Feis, reject entries, or, having received entry, cancel it for any just cause at any time prior to competition start. It also has the right, as needed, to combine any competitions, or to split any competitions. 2. In all matters, except those pertaining to adjudicating, the decisions of the feis committee will be final. 3. Members of the Feis committee may compete in Adult Competitions only. 4. Parents are responsible for their children’s safety. 5. Personal items, etc. restricted to designated areas 6. Every effort will be made to dance each competition 2 at a time, but if the feis is running late, we will move to dancing competitions 3 at a time. Stage assignments will be posted online after late registration is completed. FILMING OR VIDEO-RECORDING OF ANY DANCING COMPETITION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED – The following numbering system complies with the NAFC Mid America Standardized Syllabus for 2011 1st Digit Level Category: FIRST FEIS Dances all begin with 1, BEGINNER 1 with 2, and so forth 2nd and 3rd Digits Age Group, Girls begin at 01 and Boys begin at 51. So “05” means girls under 5, while 61 means boys under 11. Competition Type: RL = REEL LJ = LIGHT JIG SJ = SLIP JIG TJ = TREBLE JIG HP = HORNPIPE PD = ST PATRICK DAY TS = TRADTIONAL SET 4th and 5th Digits (Letters) PLEASE NOTE: Age groupings beginning with “O” mean THAT age AND over (example O11 means 11 and over) The First Feis level has been established for dancers who are competing in their very first Feis. Once a dancer competes in the First Feis category, the dancer must move into Beginner 1 or Beginner 2. AT THIS LEVEL, DANCERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN SOLO COSTUMES (only school costumes are allowed) GIRLS U5 U6 U7 U8 BOYS U9 U10 U11 O11 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 O11 REEL 105RL 106RL 107RL 108RL 109RL 110RL 111RL 112RL 155RL 156RL 157RL 158RL 159RL 160RL 161RL 162RL LIGHT JIG 105LJ 106LJ 107LJ 108LJ 109LJ 110LJ 111LJ 112LJ 155LJ 156LJ 157LJ 158LJ 159LJ 160LJ 161LJ 162LJ SLIP JIG 105SJ 106SJ 107SJ 108SJ 109SJ 110SJ 111SJ 112SJ 1 (BEGINNER) ALL HARD SHOE DANCES AT TRADITIONAL SPEEDS A dancer who has been dancing for less than one year. A Beginner 1 must move to Beginner 2 no later than January 1st of the dancers second year of instruction, or may move to Beginner 2 earlier with teacher’s permission and provided that the Feis has not closed to changes. Note: a Beginner 1 dancer who starts in September, may continue as a Beginner 1 until December of the following year (16 months) before moving into Beginner 2. AT THIS LEVEL, DANCERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN SOLO COSTUMES (only school costumes are allowed) GIRLS U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 BOYS U10 `U11 U12 O12 U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 O12 REEL 205RL 206RL 207RL 208RL 209RL 210RL 211RL 212RL 213RL 255RL 256RL 257RL 258RL 259RL 260RL 261RL 262RL 263RL LIGHT JIG 205LJ 206LJ 207LJ 208LJ 209LJ 210LJ 211LJ 212LJ 213LJ 255LJ 256LJ 257LJ 258LJ 259LJ 260LJ 261LJ 262LJ 263LJ SLIP JIG 205SJ 206SJ 207SJ 208SJ 209SJ 210SJ 211SJ 212SJ 213SJ – 2 (ADVANCED BEGINNER) ALL HARD SHOE DANCES AT TRADITIONAL SPEEDS A dancer who has been dancing for more than one year and who has not won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place as Beginner 2 dancer. A dancer who has won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in a Beginner 2 dance must move into Novice in that dance no later than January 1st of the next calendar year or with teacher’s permission as soon as the next Feis (if said Feis has not closed to changes). AT THIS LEVEL, DANCERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN SOLO COSTUMES (only school costumes are allowed) GIRLS BOYS U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 O13 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 O13 REEL 306RL 307RL 308RL 309RL 310RL 311RL 312RL 313RL 314RL 356RL 357RL 358RL 359RL 360RL 361RL 362RL 363RL 364RL LIGHT JIG 306LJ 307LJ 308LJ 309LJ 310LJ 311LJ 312LJ 313LJ 314LJ 356LJ 357LJ 358LJ 359LJ 360LJ 361LJ 362LJ 363LJ 364LJ SLIP JIG 306SJ 307SJ 308SJ 309SJ 310SJ 311SJ 312SJ 313SJ 314SJ TREBLE JIG 306TJ 307TJ 308TJ 309TJ 310TJ 311TJ 312TJ 313TJ 314TJ 356TJ 357TJ 358TJ 359TJ 360TJ 361TJ 362TJ 363TJ 364TJ HORNPIPE 306HP 307HP 308HP 309HP 310HP 311HP 312HP 313HP 314HP 356HP 357HP 358HP 359HP 360HP 361HP 362HP 363HP 364HP ST PATRICK DAY 306PD 307PD 308PD 309PD 310PD 311PD 312PD 313PD 314PD 356PD 357PD 358PD 359PD 360PD 361PD 362PD 363PD 364PD *ALL HARD SHOES DANCES CAN BE DONE AT EITHER TRADITIONAL SPEED OR SLOW SPEED A dancer moves into Novice as a result of placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in that dance as indicated in Beginner 2. A dancer who wins 1st in a Novice dance must move into Prizewinner level in that dance no later than January 1st of the next calendar year or with teacher’s permission as soon as the next feis (if said feis has not closed to changes) GIRLS U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 O15 BOYS U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 O15 REEL 407RL 408RL 409RL 410RL 411RL 412RL 413RL 414RL 415RL 416RL 457RL 458RL 459RL 460RL 461RL 462RL 463RL 464RL 465RL 466RL LIGHT JIG 407LJ 408LJ 409LJ 410LJ 411LJ 412LJ 413LJ 414LJ 415LJ 416LJ 457LJ 458LJ 459LJ 460LJ 461LJ 462LJ 463LJ 464LJ 465LJ 466LJ SLIP JIG 407SJ 408SJ 409SJ 410SJ 411SJ 412SJ 413SJ 414SJ 415SJ 416SJ *TREBLE JIG 407TJ 408TJ 409TJ 410TJ 411TJ 412TJ 413TJ 414TJ 415TJ 416TJ 457TJ 458TJ 459TJ 460TJ 461TJ 462TJ 463TJ 464TJ 465TJ 466TJ *HORNPIPE 407HP 408HP 409HP 410HP 411HP 412HP 413HP 414HP 415HP 416HP 457HP 458HP 459HP 460HP 461HP 462HP 463HP 464HP 465HP 466HP TRADITIONAL SET 407TS 408TS 409TS 410TS 411TS 412TS 413TS 414TS 415TS 416TS 457TS 458TS 459TS 460TS 461TS 462TS 463TS 464TS 465TS 466TS (OPEN) *ALL HARD SHOES DANCES CAN BE DONE AT EITHER TRADITIONAL SPEED OR SLOW SPEED A dancer moves into Prizewinner as a result of placing 1st place as indicated in Novice. GIRLS U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 O15 BOYS U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 O15 REEL 507RL 508RL 509RL 510RL 511RL 512RL 513RL 514RL 515RL 516RL 557RL 558RL 559RL 560RL 561RL 562RL 563RL 564RL 565RL 566RL SLIP JIG 507SJ 508SJ 509SJ 510SJ 511SJ 512SJ 513SJ 514SJ 515SJ 516SJ *TREBLE JIG 507TJ 508TJ 509TJ 510TJ 511TJ 512TJ 513TJ 514TJ 515TJ 516TJ 557TJ 558TJ 559TJ 560TJ 561TJ 562TJ 563TJ 564TJ 565TJ 566TJ *HORNPIPE 507HP 508HP 509HP 510HP 511HP 512HP 513HP 514HP 515HP 516HP 557HP 558HP 559HP 560HP 561HP 562HP 563HP 564HP 565HP 566HP TRADITIONAL SET 507TS 508TS 509TS 510TS 511TS 512TS 513TS 514TS 515TS 516TS 557TS 558TS 559TS 560TS 561TS 562TS 563TS 564TS 565TS 566TS – A dancer who wins 1st place in each of the Open dances (reel, slip-jig, treble jig, and hornpipe) can move into Preliminary Championships with teacher’s permission. Boys and Girls will compete against each other, however if there are at least 5 boys entered, the boys will be moved into a separate competition. In cases where a Feis elects to split a competition due to a large entry, the split must be done by birth date age in the same manner as the North American Championships. Dancers will perform 48 bars of the reel or 40 bars of the slip-jig and 40 bars of the hornpipe or 48 bars of the treble jig. Preliminary Championship will be judged and scored by all 3 judges. In addition, awards will also be posted for each solo round (light and heavy round) based on the scores of one judge (different judges scores for light and heavy). BOYS/MEN & GIRLS/LADIES* Preliminary Championship U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 O17 609PC 610PC 611PC 612PC 613PC 614PC 615PC 616PC 617PC 618PC Competitions will begin with SOFT SHOE first, followed by HARD SHOE for the second round. No set dance competitions are offered for Preliminary Championship competitors. Championship competition order will be from OLDEST to YOUNGEST. Lindsay Marie Schlemmer Trophy – 1st Place 617PC (Under 17) Gerald J. Laffey, Sr. Trophy – 1st Place 616PC (Under 16) Jack & Mickey Mulhern Trophy – 1st Place 610PC (Under 10) A dancer who wins two 1st Place awards in one calendar year will move on to Open Championship the following year, or as soon as the second win is achieved, in any age category, in the following years. Only in the case of back-to-back Feiseanna (successive days), in which case the first win in the first Feis will not change the dancer’s status for the second Feis. Placing in a Regional or National Oireachtas does not change the status of a competitor. Dancers will perform: 48 bars of reel or 40 bars of slip-jig, 40 bars of the hornpipe or 48 bars of the treble jig, and a Set Dance. A Feis may elect to have a recall of 50% of the competitors for the set-dance round if there are over 20 dancers in the competition. Open Championship will be judged and scored by all 3 judges. In addition, awards will also be posted for each solo round (light, heavy, and set) based on the scores of one judge (different for each round). * May be combined with the next higher age group. GIRLS / LADIES Championship BOYS / MEN U10 U12 U14 U16 U18* O18 U11 U13 U15 U17* O17 710OC 712OC 714OC 716OC 718OC 719OC 761OC 763OC 765OC 767OC 768OC NOTE: A dancer who has not received a legitimate placing (sufficient competitors within the normal placing scale) along with a dancer who has not placed in Open Championships for two consecutive years, may return to their previous competition level. For example, an Open Championship dancer that does not place in two consecutive years may return to Preliminary Championships, the same as a Preliminary dancer who does not place can return to Prizewinner. Competitions will begin with SOFT SHOE first, followed by HARD SHOE for the second round. ALL Open Championship dancers will be required to dance their set dance following the hard shoe round. Championship competition order will be from OLDEST to YOUNGEST. Tess Donnelly Memorial Trophy – 1st Place Senior Ladies (719OC) Ann Richens Memorial Trophy – 1st Place Ladies Under 18 (718OC) – ALL HARD SHOES DANCES CAN BE DONE AT EITHER TRADITIONAL SPEED OR SLOW SPEED A dancer over the age of 18 who has not danced in the above described competitions for a period of five years. Dancers who are in the Adult categories cannot enter any competition other than Adult specified competitions. A dancer who wishes to return to any category other than Adult must remain out of Adult competitions until they retire from dancing for five consecutive years. Beginner 1 and 2 Novice Prize Winner REEL 835RL 845RL 855RL LIGHT JIG 835LJ 845LJ 855LJ SLIP JIG 835SJ 845SJ 855SJ TREBLE JIG 835TJ 845TJ 855TJ HORNPIPE 835HP 845HP 855HP These competitions will take place BEFORE the lunch break. This competition is open to all level of dancers BOYS/MEN & GIRLS/LADIES U9 U10 U11 Treble Reel U12 U13 U14 822TR U15 823TR O15 824TR There are no restrictions on figure age groups. (Effective December 2014) Figure age groups will be determined by the oldest dancer. (Effective December 2014). Ceili teams (8 hands) are allowed to repeat dancers at all Mid-West feisanna in accordance with the world and regional Oireachtas rules. FIGURE DANCING 2 HAND Reel CEILI DANCING 3 HAND Reel 4 HAND Reel/Jig Under 7 931FD 941FD Under 8 981C Under 9 932FD 942FD Under 10 982C Under 11 933FD 943FD Under 12 983C Under 13 934FD 944FD Under 15 984C Under 15 935FD 945FD Over 15 985C 936FD 946FD Adult 986C Over 15 926FD 8 Hand Ceili Dance – 1. 2. 3. In the case of all solo and team competitions in all grades, the age of a competitor on 1st January of the year in which the competition is held will determine the right of entry. For the purposes of this Rule a competitor whose birthday occurs on 1st January shall be deemed to be under the age attained on that date. Competitions are open to all but those holding a TMRF, TCRG, or ADCRG designation. All dancers must be pupils of a person currently registered with An Coimisiun as a Dancing Teacher of any category. shoe dance (reel or slip jig for ladies and reel only for men), and a hard shoe dance. A Feis can opt to offer either a) a set dance or b) a jig/hornpipe. (c) 17. Championships and Preliminary Championships require at least three adjudicators. 18. First place winners in the Open Championship category cannot return to a Preliminary or Open (Prizewinner) competition. Placing in a Regional or National Oireachtas does not change the status of a competitor. A dancer who moves into open championship must stay a minimum of 2 years. If after 2 years they have not placed they are allowed to return to preliminary. An open championship dancer who places is not allowed to return to preliminary until 2 years after their last placement. The regional syllabus where the Feis is being held may have different qualifications for entry. 19. The status of the dancer does not change unless there are five or more dancers in a competition. 20 Each region may determine the system for moving dancers from one grade to another, as they see appropriate for their region. The syllabus is to contain all grade categories. A Feis Committee may combine two consecutive age categories into the higher of the two categories within that grade when less than five (5) competitors are entered. (See Rule 14, above). Competitors have the option to remain in the same category for the remainder of the Feis year. A dancer, at the discretion of the teacher, may move into the next Grade (not Open Championships) without satisfying the requirements. However, once a dancer competes in the higher level, they can never move back to a lower category (except as outlined in Rule 18, above). 21. Grade Levels: A competitor may be disqualified for any of the following reasons: a) Conduct unbecoming a lady or gentleman. b) Failure to report on time to compete. (Penalty: disqualification from said event) c) Falsification of age or other important facts – i.e., teaching, award winning, competing under another competitor’s name or number, etc. Penalty for (a) or (c): Competitor will be disqualified from the Feis at which the occurrence happened and from all NAFC – registered Feiseanna for a period of one year beginning at the date of the occurrence. 4. Competitions may be closed if there are no competitors at the assigned stage ready to compete when the competition is scheduled or announced. This does not pertain to a situation where competitors are involved in stage conflicts, and such conflicts will be handled by the stage monitor. 5. Solo competitors in First Feis (if offered), Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Novice or Open (Prizewinner) competitions: (a) Must compete in their own age group. (b) Must be prepared to perform two steps in each event. (c) Cannot change competition on the day of the Feis. The regional syllabus where the Feis is being held may have different qualifications for entry. Beginner I (Beginner) Grade: A beginner is a competitor who has not yet taken a full year of Irish Dance lessons, thereby giving beginners a full year with such status. A Beginner must move into the Beginner 2/Advanced Beginner category the next year. With the exception of First Feis and Beginner 1, a dancer’s level is determined in each dance (Reel, Light Jig, Single Jig, Slip-Jig, Hornpipe, Treble Jig, and Traditional Set). Traditional Set Dances are limited to those dances determined by An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha as traditional set dances. Beginner 2 (Advanced Beginner) Grade: An advanced beginner who wins 1st, 2nd or 3rd place will advance to the Novice category in that particular dance. Competition dances are reel, light jig, slip jig, traditional treble jig and traditional hornpipe, as a minimum requirement. 6. Novice Grade: A novice who wins a 1st place will advance to the Open (Prizewinner) category in that particular dance. Steel taps or “bubble” heels on dancing shoes, display of awards, wearing of shorts or other unconventional dress is prohibited. Authentic Gaelic dress is desired. First Feis (if offered), Beginner and Advanced Beginner, aka Beginner I and II, must wear a class costume, or a skirt and blouse. All other categories are excluded from this rule. Modest attire is encouraged when a competitor is not dancing. 7. Competitor’s number must be worn and visible to adjudicators when performing in all competitions, except in Championships. Use of reflective plastic number covers is discouraged. 8. Awards will be determined in proportion to the number of entries in each competition and to the degree of proficiency shown. 9. Complaints must be in writing stating names and other factual information and signed by the complainant. A $25.00 fee must be enclosed and presented to the Feis Chairman within one hour of the occurrence. The fee will be returned if the complaint is upheld. 10. The Feis Committee and any organization affiliated with same, will not be held responsible for personal injury, property loss or damage. Destruction of Feis property or rental property will be punishable by law. 11. The Feis reserves the right to reject any entry for cause, to cancel all or part of the Feis and to limit competitor’s performing time. The decision of the Feis Committee is final in all matters connected with the Feis. 12. 13. Competitors must answer all questions as required by the Feis Entry committee, including teacher’s name, and enclose the entry fee when mailing. Failure to do so may result in a rejected entry. Entries must be postmarked on or before the closing date or they will be subject to a late fee as determined by the Feis. Entrants in any Championship event may not enter in any other (Grade) events, but may enter in Figure Dances. Entrants in Championships should specify, on the entry form, their choice of soft shoe, hard shoe, and set dance. Entrants cannot change competition or category on the day of the competition. (a) Dancers must qualify for open championship via the method now in place for preliminary championship, i.e. two 1st place wins. (b) Dancers must compete in the preliminary championship competition in order to qualify for open championship (c) The regional syllabus where the Feis is being held may have different qualifications for entry. Open Grade (Prizewinner): A competitor who does not qualify as a beginner, advanced beginner or as a novice. Adult Beginner: An adult beginner is a competitor who never took Irish dancing lessons as a juvenile and is over 18 years of age. 22. Musicians and adjudicators cannot be approached during a competition by anyone except the Feis Committee. No one can approach them while a competitor is performing. 23. Musicians employed by the Feis Committee will be solely under the direction and management of the Feis Committee on Feis day. 24. Teachers or team captains are responsible that their teams are complete and in position when the competition is announced. Competitors may compete in the next higher age group; however, a competitor may compete in only one age group, with the exception of 8 hands, which are allowed to repeat dancers at all Mid-West feisanna in accordance with the world and regional Oireachtas rules. 25. In matters pertaining to adjudication, the decision of the adjudicators is final. 26. Adjudicators are to monitor the quality of music at the stage(s) to which they are assigned. 27. First Feis (if offered), Beginner I, and Beginner 2 are required to dance at traditional speeds. Novice and Open/Prizewinner dancers may choose between traditional and Oireachtas speeds. 28. The length of 2 hand and 3 hand dances in competition are to be 48 bars of music plus an 8 bar introduction 29. With the exception of First Feis, Beginner 1 and Beginner 2 (or their equivalent), photography of any kind which has the capability of capturing a dancer’s image while in motion is strictly forbidden. A Feis may elect to allow in motion photography for publicity purposes, but the pictures are considered the sole property of the Feis and solely for Feis use only; these are not be used for personal gain through commercial use or sale, and under no circumstances can they be published on any website or other areas, without the express written permission of the persons involved. Additionally, a professional photographer may be formally contracted by a Feis to capture non-motion photographs, such as portrait photography, awards ceremonies, etc. and/or in motion photography provided it is taken at a vendor station or suitable location: (a) away from the dancing stages and, (b) requested by a consenting parent, guardian, or dancer (over the age of 18). 14. Combining male and female dancers in any age category is left to the discretion of each region of the IDTANA. Competitions may be combined with the next higher age group if there are less than 5 competitors entered. Competitions can only be combined up (or down) one age group. 30. No block, en Pointe, toe walking movements, stationary or moving is allowed to be performed for all ages up to and including the under 12 age group. However, after September 1 of each year an exception is made for those dancers who are 11 dancing in the under 12 age group. 15. Boys and girls CANNOT be combined EXCEPT according to the following: 31. Make up is prohibited on a dancer in the first three grades (First Feis (if offered), Beginner I and Beginner 2 or their equivalent) up to and including the under 12 age group. 32. Any competitor found to be using artificial carriage aids and subsequently refuses to remove same, will be subject to disqualification from that particular competition. Medically prescribed aids (proof of which may be required) will be exempt from this rule. 33. Each Feis is required to list their adjudicators on their syllabus and/or website at least three weeks before the close on entries, one-third of which are to be from outside the region where the Feis is being held. 34. Competitors in girl’s competitions at the First Feis (if offered), Beginner I and Beginner 2 Grade will wear only the competitor’s dancing school costume or a skirt and blouse. 35. No substance that can become airborne should be used on any dance floor in an attempt to improve traction. 36. In order to compete in Mid-America feiseanna, dancers from the youngest age group up to and including Under 9 in all categories must follow our regional guidelines for U8 and U9 costume rules. This will go into effect January 2015. (a) All boys competitions below Preliminary Championships shall be initially entered in single year age groups; (b) If there are less than 5 entries in any one age group, combination of the competitions shall be done according to the following rules, in order of preferential application: (1) Into double age groups, all boy or all girl; and (2) If a double age group does not create 5 or more entries, the boys shall instead be combined into the corresponding single year girls’ age group; and (3) 16. Any competitions so combined shall be run as a single competition. Preliminary Championships are open to those who, at any NAFC recognized Feis: (a) Have won 1st place in both an open/prizewinner light and heavy shoe competition, and (b) Have never won 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Open Championship. A dancer who wins two first place awards will move on to Open Championship at the next Feis they enter, or as soon as the second win is achieved, in any age category, in the following years. Only in the case of back-to-back Feiseanna (successive days), in which case the first win in the first Feis will not change the dancer’s status for the second Feis. A dancer is required to perform a light – Effective January 2015, at all Mid-America region feiseanna, boys and girls competing in age groups up to and including Under 9 must follow the costume rule as stated: MID-AMERICA REGION COSTUME RULE a) Dresses may be one piece or two pieces. b) No animal prints. c) No low cut necklines. d) No decorations including rhinestones or sequins of any kind. e) No reflective fabric (this does not include satin). f) No embellishments. g) Base material and appliqué materials must be solid colors. (No plaids, stripes, patterns, flowers or reflective materials, etc). h) Any embroidery and appliqué used on the dress must be of a traditional nature. i) Length must comply with An Coimisiun. j) No jewelry. k) Plain satin bows in the hair are allowed but bows may not be attached to the dress or used for a cape. l) Plain colored satins that do not include sequins, glitter, or crystals are permitted. m) Buckles are allowed on shoes that do not include rhinestones. n) All current school costumes are grandfathered into the rule regardless of threads or materials. All rhinestones would need to be removed. (Jan 2012) o) The costume rule applies to class costumes worn for solo competitions. p) All of the above applies to headpieces, socks and shoes. q) This rule applies for Boy and Girl Solo Championships and Traditional Set competitions at the MidAmerica Oireachtas. r) The above Under 8 Rule was approved to include the Under 9 age group (Jan 2012). The consequence for not following the Mid-America Region costume rule is as follows: The dancer will not be allowed to dance in a costume that is in violation of the rule but will be permitted to dance wearing an alternative costume that adheres to the rule.
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