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Ottawa Feisanna

We are happy to offer two Feisanna each year. 

Capital Feis

takes place on the Sunday of the Victoria Day long weekend in May.

Feile Nollaig

takes place in December each year and is a wonderful way to end your year.

Feis Levels for Dancers 

  • Beginner – Open only to dancers who have not taken dance lessons prior to September of the previous year. A beginner must move into the Advanced Beginner category the next year (2 steps, 2 at a time). Dancers wear soft shoes (ghillies) and either the school skirt/body suit/headban or a white blouse and navy/black skirt.  Hair must be neat and tidy.

  • Advanced Beginner – Dancer remains an advanced beginner until he/she wins 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Dancer moves up to novice only in the dance(s) he/she has won 1st, 2nd or 3rd AND has teachers permission to move up. Dancers wear a school dress or skirt/bodysuit.

  • Novice – Any dancer who has won 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Advanced Beginner competition and has teacher permission to move up.   Dancers may compete in a School dress or purchase a solo costume.

  • Prizewinner – A dancer who has previously won 1st in Novice in a particular dance. Dancers may compete in the  School dress or purchase a solo costume.  

The last two levels are for the more serious competitors and require very dedicated dancers.

  • Preliminary Championship – Open to dancers who have placed 1st each of their prizewinner dances.

  • Open Championship – The most advanced level. Must have won TWO first places at the Preliminary level.

**please double check your level with your teacher - you cannot move levels without  teacher permission)


Feis Age

Your dancer’s age to register is what he or she is on January 1 of each year.  If your dancer is 7 years old 
on January 1, he or she will dance in the Under 8 category for the entire year (even after his or her birthday passes).  

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