The Mulligan School of Irish Dance & The Tara Dance Company Feis Na Tara Member, N.A.F.C. Pat Watkins, President Friday and Saturday October 1st & 2nd, 2010 Website and Syllabus at www.FeisnaTara.org Chairperson: Eileen Mulligan Evans, T.C.R.G., Chair@FeisnaTara.org Co-Chairpersons: Danny Iassogna & Susan Prestwich Cochair@FeisnaTara.org Entries limited to 600 dancers Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 @ 8:00 am Friday, October 1st, 2010 @ 7:00 pm Dance Competitions Gaelic and Music Competitions Dancing begins at 8:00 am sharp Adult and Parent/Child Competitions Stage Schedule to be posted online ―Devil Went Down to Georgia‖ Treble Reels Register online Same Great Location At www.feisworx.com Marriott Atlanta Airport or download the complete syllabus 4711 Best Road at www.FeisnaTara.org College Park, GA 30337 Feis Na Tara (404) 766-7900 c/o Jen McLeer Feis Rate: $92 if booked by September 24th, 2010 2802 Hitchcock Mill Run Marietta, GA 30068 Judges Musicians Ann Richens, ADCRG Karyn Oster, ADCRG Brian Boyce Kerry Kelly Oster, ADCRG Brian Glenn Maureen Doyle, ADCRG Sandy Jones Bill Maple, ADCRG Michael Fitzpatrick, ADCRG N.A.F.C. National Championships Syllabus Approved by IDTANA Southern Region, ―The North American Senior Irish Dance Championship‖ for Judy McCafferty, A.D.C.R.G., Regional Directory, the Gerry Campbell Perpetual Belt August 10, 2010 Feile Samhain, Portland, Oregon, USA November 7, 2010 ―The North American Junior Irish Dance Championships‖ for the Robert Gabor Perpetual Trophy Feile Baile Ros, Windsor, Ontario. Canada August 14, 2010 ―The North American Minor Irish Dance Championships‖ for the George Sweetnam Memorial Trophy Chicago Autumn Feis, Lynwood, Illinois, USA November 6, 2010 Entry Fees Championships (Prelim. and Open) $25.00 Solos (per dance) 8.00 Team Competitions (per dancer) 8.00 Trophy Specials (Treble Reel, Trad. Set) 10.00 Music, Art, Baking 5.00 Immediate Family Maximum 110.00 There will be no charge for changes made online through September 17th, 2010. There will be an $8.00 per dancer fee for changes made to paper entries. No changes will be made after September 24th, 2010. Entry Closing Date September 15th, 2010 Late Entry Fee $10.00 after September 17th, 2010 Program Book $3.00 Family Entry Fee $15.00 (in addition to all entry fees and/or family maximum) Results, including judges comments, will be available at no charge to all dancers who register on-line. Friday Night Competitions Adult (See Rule 19) Family Figure Dance Reel Jig Slip Jig HP TJ Tr Set 99FF Beginner 95R 95J 95SJ 95HP 95TJ 95TS Irish Music and Spoken Gaelic Nov/Prize 96R 96J 96SJ 96HP 96TJ 96TS Under 13 Under 16 16 & over Instrumental Solo 100M 101M 102M Figures Instrumental Group 103M 104M 105M 4 hand 8 hand Vocal Music Solo 106M 107M 108M 93 94 Vocal Music Group 109M 110M 111M Dances must be official book dances Spoken Gaelic 112G 113G 114G Trophy Special “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” Treble Reel Open to any registered competitor. One step of a Treble Reel, danced to ―The Devil Went Down to Georgia‖ played at 113. Traditional dance dress is not required. U 11 210 U 14 211 14 & O 212 Saturday Competitions Trophy Specials Traditional Set Treble Reel Age Prelim. Open Non-Champs (Beg. -- Open/PW) U11 201TR U8 250 360 Non-Champs U14 202TR U10 251 361 Non-Champs 14 & O 203TR U12 252 362 Champions (Preliminary & Open) U12 204TR U14 253 363 Champions U15 205TR U16 254 364 Champions 15 & O 206TR U18 255 365 18 & O 256 366 Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under 18 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 & Over Birth Year 2005 or later 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 before 1992 Age Group U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 18 & O Saturday Competitions Beginner (See Rule 19) Slip Single Horn- Treble Age Reel Jig Slip Jig Age Reel Jig Jig Jig pipe Jig U5 1R 1J 1SJ U7 30R 30J 30S 30N 30H 30T U6 2R 2J 2SJ U8 31R 31J 31S 31N 31H 31T U7 3R 3J 3SJ U9 32R 32J 32S 32N 32H 32T U8 4R 4J 4SJ U10 33R 33J 33S 33N 33H 33T U9 5R 5J 5SJ U11 34R 34J 34S 34N 34H 34T U10 6R 6J 6SJ U12 35R 35J 35S 35N 35H 35T U11 7R 7J 7SJ U13 36R 36J 36S 36N 36H 36T U12 8R 8J 8SJ U14 37R 37J 37S 37N 37H 37T U13 9R 9J 9SJ U15 38R 38J 38S 38N 38H 38T U14 10R 10J 10SJ 15 & O 39R 39J 39S 39N 39H 39T U15 11R 11J 11SJ 15 & O 12R 12J 12SJ Prizewinner (See Rule 19) Advanced Beginner (See Rule 19) Age Reel Slip Jig Hornpipe Treble Jig u5 14R 14J 14S 14N 14H 14T U7 40R 40S 40H 40T U6 15R 15J 15S 15N 15H 15T U8 41R 41S 41H 41T U7 16R 16J 16S 16N 16H 16T U9 42R 42S 42H 42T U8 17R 17J 17S 17N 17H 17T U10 43R 43S 43H 43T U9 18R 18J 18S 18N 18H 18T U11 44R 44S 44H 44T U10 19R 19J 19S 19N 19H 19T U12 45R 45S 45H 45T U11 20R 20J 20S 20N 20H 20T U13 46R 46S 46H 46T U12 21R 21J 21S 21N 21H 21T U14 47R 47S 47H 47T U13 22R 22J 22S 22N 22H 22T U15 48R 48S 48H 48T U14 23R 23J 23S 23N 23H 23T 15 & O 49R 49S 49H 49T U15 24R 24J 24S 24N 24H 24T 15 & O 25R 25J 25S 25N 25H 25T Preliminary Championship (See Rule 15) Novice (See Rule 19) Open Championship (See Rule 13) Age Prelim. Open A- Beginner/Advanced Beginner U8 50 60 B-All others U10 51 61 * Must be official book dances U12 52 62 U14 53 63 Celtic/Irish Art Competitions U16 54 64 Soda Bread Competitions U18 55 65 Age Art Soda Bread 18 & O 56 66 Under 16 120A 122B Preliminary competition will include light shoe (Reel 48 bars or Slip Jig 40 16 & Over 121A 123B bars) and heavy shoe (Treble Jig 48 bars or Hornpipe 40 bars). Open competition will include light shoe (Reel 48 bars or Slip Jig 40 bars) and set dance. Figures 2 hand 3 hand 4 hand* 8 hand* U7 70A/70B 71A/71B U9 80A/80B 72A/72B 73 74 U 12 81A/81B 82 75 76 U 15 84A/84B -- 83 85 15 & O 87A/87B 88 89 86 Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under Under 18 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 & Over Birth Year 2005 or later 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 before 1992 Age Group U5 U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17 U18 18 & O Local Rules and Important information 31) Absolutely no refunds! 32) Art entries are to be of a Celtic theme and/or technique. All entries remain the property and responsibility of the competitor. he Irish baking competition may be divided by category (white, wheat, brown, fruit, caraway, etc.) based on the number of entries. Music can be from any Celtic nation. Instrumentalists will play a traditional folk song or dance tune. Vocalists will sing a tradition folk song. Music is limited to one song, no more than 3 verses. Gaelic can be prayers, poetry or song. 33) The Feis Committee has the right to cancel the Feis, reject entries, or, having received an entry, cancel it for any cause at any time prior to competition start. It also has the right, as needed, to combine any competitions, or to split any competitions into two or more groups. If more than 5 boys are entered in one competition or 2 adjacent age categories in the same competition, a separate ―boys only‖ competition will be held. 34) Results are provided free of charge at by email only to those competitors who provide an email address at registration. 35) Where discrepancies are noted between the ―on-line‖ syllabus and the ―hard copy‖ syllabus, the ―hard copy‖ shall take precedence. 36) Entry in Feis na Tara conveys to the Feis the permission to publish the competitor’s name, dance school, scores, placement and photos in any Feis na Tara related publication, whether on the internet or on paper. 37) Perpetual award trophies are to be held for one year, and then returned to be replaced with an award. IDTANA Southern Region-Dancing Competition Rules These rules were approved by the IDTANA Southern Region on Dec 3, 2008 and are effective January 1, 2009. These rules are required to be included in the syllabus for all feiseanna taking place in the IDTANA SouthernRegion. 1) In the case of all solo and team competitions in all grades, the age of a com- (if offered), Beginners and Advanced Beginner, a.k.a. Beginner I and II must wear petitor on January 1st of the year in which the competition is held will determine a class costume or a skirt and blouse. All other categories are excluded from this the right of entry. For the purpose of this rule a competitor whose birthday occurs rule. Modest attire is encouraged when a competitor is not dancing. on January 1st shall be deemed to be under the age attained on that date. 7) Competitor’s number must be worn and visible to adjudicators when performing 2) Competitions are open to all but those holding a TMRF, TCRG, or ADCRG in all competitions, except in Championships. Use of clear reflective plastic designation. All dancers must be pupils of a person currently registered with An number covers is discouraged. Coimisiun as a Dancing Teacher of any category. 8) Awards will be determined in proportion to the number of entries in each 3) A competitor may be disqualified for any of the following reasons: competition and to the degree of proficiency shown. a) Conduct unbecoming a lady or gentleman 9) Complaints must be in writing stating names and other factual information and b) Failure to report on time to compete (Penalty: disqualification from said event) signed by the complainant. A ten-dollar fee (cash) must be enclosed and presented c) Falsification of age or other important fact—i.e. teaching, award winning, to the Feis Chairman within one hour of the occurrence. The fee will be returned if competing under another competitor’s name or number etc. the complaint is upheld. Penalty for a) or c): Competitor will be disqualified form the Feis at which the 10) The Feis Committee and any organization affiliated with same, will not be occurrence happened and from all NAFC-registered Feiseanna for a period of one held responsible for personal injury, property loss or damage. Destruction of Feis year beginning at the date of the occurrence. property or rental property will be punishable by law. 4) Competitions may be closed if there are no competitors at the assigned stage 11) The Feis reserves the right to reject any entry for cause, to cancel all or part of ready to compete when the competition is scheduled or announced. This will not the Feis and to limit competitor’s performing time. The decision of the Feis pertain to a situation where competitors are involved in stage conflicts: in that case Committee is final in all matters connected with the Feis. the competition(s) will remain open for a reasonable amount of time to allow the 12) Competitors must answer all questions on the entry form as required by the dancer(s) in question to arrive at the stage and compete. Feis Entry committee, including teacher’s name, and enclose the entry fee when 5) Solo competitors in Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Novice or Open mailing. Failure to do so will result in a rejected entry. Entries must be postmarked (Prizewinner) competitions on or before the closing date or they will be subject to a late fee as determined by a) Must compete in their own age group the feis committee and published on the syllabus and/or entry form. There will be b) Must be prepared to perform two steps in each event no refund of entry fees for any reason. c) Cannot change competition on the day of the Feis. 13) Open Championships: 6) Steel taps or ―bubble: heels on dancing shoes, display of awards, wearing of shorts or other unconventional dress is prohibited. Dancers competing in First Feis a) Entrants in any Open Championship event may not enter in any other regular ** A feis committee may only combine two consecutive calendar year age groups grade solo events, but may enter in Figure Dances and/or special competitions for (within that grade only) when fewer than five(5) competitors are entered in either which they are eligible (tradition set, treble reel non-traditional set dance) age group, with the exception of the oldest age group listed. b) Entrants in Open Championships should specify on the entry form their choice 20) Musicians and adjudicators cannot be approached during a competition by of set dance anyone except the Feis Committee. No one can approach them while a competitor c) Open Championship competitions in the minimum required age groups must be is performing. offered separately in the syllabus, yet the feis committee may combine an age 21) Musicians employed by the Feis Committee will be solely under the direction group with the next higher age group if there are fewer than 5 competitors entered and management of the Feis Committee on Feis day. in the lower age groups. A feis committee is not permitted to combine dancers 22) Teachers or team captains are responsible that their teams are complete and in from one open championship age group with any age groups which is more than positions when the competition is announced. Competitors may compete in their one age groups higher than the age group in which the dancers are entered own age group or in the next higher age group, however a competitor may d) A dancer is required to perform a light shoe dance (reel or slip jig for ladies and compete in only one age group. reel only for men) and a set dance. A Feis can also opt to require a third dance 23) In matters pertaining to adjudicators, the decision of the adjudicator is final. (choice of jig/hornpipe) 24) Adjudicators are to monitor the quality of music at the stage(s) to which they e) Dancers must qualify for Open Championship via the method now in place for are assigned. Preliminary Championship i.e. two 1st place wins. 25) First Feis (if offered), Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Adult dancers are f) Dancers must compete in the Preliminary Championship competition in order to required to dance at traditional speeds only. Novice and Open (Prizewinner) qualify for Open Championship. dancers may choose between traditional and Oireachtas speeds. 14) Girls and Boys competitions in Open Championship may be combined in the 26) Any form of unauthorized photography which has the capability to capture a syllabus. If three or more boys are entered in a specific age group in a combined dancer’s image while in motion, using electronic or manual means, i.e. mobile Open Championship competition, the boys and girls must be split into separate phone, standard camera, video camera, or commercial film, with or without competitions. If separate Boys and Girls competitions in Open Championships are enhancement is expressively forbidden in competition. offered in the syllabus, they may not be combined under any circumstance on the 27) No block, en Pointe toe walking movements, stationary or moving is allowed day of the Feis. to be performed for all ages up to and including the under 12 age group. However, 15) Preliminary Championships: after Sept 1st of each year an exception is made for those dancers who are 11 a) Are open to those who at any NAFC recognized Feis: dancing in the under 12 age group. 1. Have placed 1st in both an Open (Prizewinner) light and heavy shoe 28) Make up is prohibited on a dancer in the first three grades (First Feis [if competition and offered)], Beginner and Advanced Beginner or their equivalent) up to and 2. Have never won 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Open Championship. including the under 12 age group. b) A dancer who wins two (2) first place preliminary championship awards in one 29) Any competitor found to be using artificial carriage aids and subsequently calendar year will move on to Open Championship the following year (as of Jan refuses to remove same, will be subject to disqualification from that particular 1); if the second first-place win does not occur in the same feis year as the first competition, medically prescribed aids (proof of which may be required) will be win, as soon as the second win is achieved, in any age category, the dancer must exempt from this rule. move up to open championship level immediately. Only in the case of a back to 30) No substance that can become airborne should be used on any dance floor in back Feiseanna (successive days) the first-place win in the first Feis will not an attempt to improve traction. change the dancer’s status for the second Feis c) A dancer in a preliminary championship is required to perform a light shoe dance (reel of 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 or (c) both a set dance and jig/hornpipe d) Boys and Girls will be combined in preliminary championships –Please note the separation policy involving five or more boys e) Preliminary Championship competitions must be offered separately in the syllabus for the minimum required age groups, yet the feis committee may combine an age group with the next higher age groups if there are fewer than 5 competitors entered in the lower age group. A feis committee is not permitted to combine dancers from one preliminary championship age group with any age group which is more than one age group higher than the age group in which the dancers are entered. 16) Open Championships and Preliminary Championships require at least three adjudicators. 17) 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. If after competing for two full feis years at the Open Championship level, a dancer has not placed first, second or third, he/she may opt to return to Preliminary Championship status. 18) The status of the dancer does not change unless there are five or more dancers in a competition. 19) Grade Category Definitions: Beginner: A beginner is a competitor who has not taken a full year of Irish Dance lessons, thereby giving beginners a full year with such status. A Beginner must move into the Advanced Beginner category for the next year. Advanced Beginner: An Advanced Beginner who wins 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place will advance to the Novice category in that particular dance. Novice: A Novice dancer who wins a 1st place in a dance will advance to the Open (Prizewinner) category in that particular dance. Open (Prizewinner): A competitor who does not qualify as a Beginner, Advanced Beginner or 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. Other Adult Grades: will follow the descriptions provided above. ** Competitors have the option to remain in the same category for the remainder of the Feis year (until the following January 1st) ** The syllabus must contain all grade categories ** Boys and Girls enter the appropriate age group in the appropriate grade for each dance; after entries have been closed, in any competition where five or more boys are entered, the feis committee will run a separate competition for these boys.
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