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   Feis 101 - Everything you need to know to make your first Feis fantastic!

1.    What is a Feis and how do I pronounce it?

A feis (pronounced “fesh”) is an Irish Dancing competition. They happen locally throughout the year all over the country.

2.    Is my child ready to be in a feis if they just started dancing in September?

YES! At the beginner level, a feis is a very low-key, non-pressurized situation. All beginners will receive a medal in their Jig so everyone will go home with a prize! A child’s first feis is mostly about getting them to go out on a stage and dance in front of an audience and feel proud of themselves when they finish for what they have done!

3.    Where and when is the Feis?

The 2012 Detroit Feis will be held on June 2nd at Ultimate Soccer in Pontiac. Log on to www.feisdetroit.com for more information.

4.    How do I know what age category to enter my child in?

First you must determine what your child’s “Feis Age” is. Feis age is determined by how old your child is on January 1st, regardless of when their birthday is.

·        If your child is 4 years old on January 1st, their feis age is “Under 5”

·        If your child is 5 years old on January 1st, their feis age is “Under 6”

·        If your child is 6 years old on January 1st, their feis age is “Under 7”

·        If your child is 7 years old on January 1st, their feis age is “Under 8”

And so on. Whatever you determine their feis age to be, they will continue to compete in that age category for the entire calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31), regardless of their birthday. Feis age sticks for the whole year and changes on January 1st of the following year.

5.    How do I know what competition to enter my child in?

Beginners should be entered in the First Feis Competition.

6.    How do I know if my child is a beginner?

A beginner is someone who has taken Irish Dancing lessons for 14 months or less.

7.    How do I submit my entry for the feis?

Log on to www.feisworx.com to submit your entry.

8.    What does my child wear in a feis?

Please see Michael or Elaine for information on what to wear (a Flanagan-O’Hare School Dress for girls is available for purchase).

9.    Can my child dance in another feis besides the Detroit feis?

YES! We encourage kids to participate in as many feis’s as they would like to. For a complete listing of all feis’s taking place in 2011-2012, please click on this link: http://www.northamericanfeiscommission.org/2012_Schedule.html

The Detroit Feis will be held on June 7th, 2014

at Ultimate Soccer, 867 South Blvd., Pontiac, MI 48341

     Click Here for the Feis Website                       Click Here to Register