Bucharest Feis & Grade Exams

Syllabus and Rules

   Bucharest Feis 2019 is the fourth feis to be hosted in Romania and Bucharest implicitly. We wish this event to become a yearly opportunity for dancers to get together and give a resounding voice to the presence and development of Irish Dance in the South-East of Europe. We are strong believers that given the opportunity of a feis close to home, more dancers of the region will take up on the chance and flourish.

  For all details pertaining to Bucharest Feis 2019, please consult the below attached document (syllabus and rules).


  Registration is open between September 20th through October 20th, 2019.

  Those who don’t yet have an access code or account should contact Alexander Kukharenko on info@feisinfo.org stating their school name. They will receive an access code with which they will be able to set up an account through which to register their dancers. Those who already have an account on Feisinfo should just log in and proceed with the registration process.

Rialacha NaFeis - Feis Rules

1. Bucharest Feis 2019 will run in accordance with the Rules of An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha.

2. Open Platform Status is pending approval. Dancers outside of CLRG who are interested in attending our competition are asked to contact us for confirmation of this possibility.

3. The lodgment of an entry will be taken to mean that teachers and pupils understand these rules and undertake to abide by them.

4. Objections must be lodged in writing within one hour of the announcement of the result of a competition accompanied by a fee of 30 Euro, which will be refunded if the objection is upheld.

5. The Adjudicators’ decision is final.

6. Only Feis officials may approach the adjudicators during competition sessions.

7. Age will be taken as on 1st January 2019. Whatever age a dancer turns this year, in 2019, s/he will dance under that age all year long, e.g. if a dancer’s date of birth is 2nd May 2006, he/she dances under 12 in the year 2019). Evidence of age may be requested, therefore dancers should have a valid ID with them in the event of a query as to their age.

8. Competitors must be in costume and ready to dance 30 minutes before their competitions are scheduled. It can happen that the competitions will start 30 minutes ahead of scheduled time.

9. Beginners Grade competitions are confined to dancers who have never won 1st or 2nd prize (also 3rd prize, please refer to rule 11) in any competition for that particular dance. In Beginners Grade competitions only basic steps may be performed.

10. Primary Grade competitions are confined to dancers who have never won 1st prize (or 2nd prize, please refer to rule 12) for that particular dance other than in Beginners Grade.

11. If a Beginner competition has 6 or more dancers, the first two places advance to the next grade, regardless of ties. If a Beginner competition has 11 dancers or more, then the first 3 places advance to the next grade regardless of ties. (RCCEA ruling – Sept. 2007).

12. If a Primary competition has 6 or more dancers, the first place advances to the next grade. If a Primary competition has 11 or more, the first and second places advance to the next grade, regardless of ties (RCCEA ruling – June 2011).

13. If an Intermediate competition has 6 or more dancers, the first place advances to Open grade. Intermediate Grade competitions are open to all dancers who have not previously won first prize for that particular dance in Intermediate or Open Grades under the same or higher age limits. If a dancer in Mainland Europe wins in Intermediate, they must advance into Open for the rest of the calendar year. If they do not win in Open, they may return to Intermediate at the start of the next calendar year. (RCCEA ruling – Sept. 2007).

14. Where there are five dancers or less for Beginners, Primary and Intermediate competitions, the results will not affect their grading.

15. For all Beginner, Primary and Intermediate competitions (excluding Trophy, Treble Reel and Freestyle Hornpipe Trophy competitions) the 32 bar down the line method will be applied.

16. All Premier Championship dancers under 30 will be required to dance 48 bars of music in the reel and heavy jig and 40 bars in the slip jig and hornpipe. Premier Championship dancers O30 will be required to dance 32 bars in any of the dances. Traditional or modern sets are danced fully. Heavy shoe round will be first. If there are 5 or less dancers in the competition, all will dance their sets, if more than 5 dancers are competing, there will be a recall for the set round.

17. Premier Championships will be judged as two solos and an overall Championship. Dancers who wish to compete only in the open solo competitions may do so. If they do not dance a set dance they will be excluded from the Championship result, but they will be judged in the solo rounds.

18. For Premier Championship Under 14 and Premier Championship Over 29 competitions, dancers will have a choice between a Traditional and a Modern Set dance. All other Championships will have to dance a Modern Set dance in the third round.

19. Music will be played at the recognized An Coimisiún speeds of Mainland Europe:

20. Special Trophies (Trophy, Traditional Sets, Treble Reel Competitions and Blind Hornpipe) may be retained by the winners. Please note that the Treble Reel competition is FREE STYLE – therefore use of hands and nontraditional dancewear are permitted.

21. Beginners/Primary and Intermediate Trophy competitions will be a choice of a light or heavy shoe dance. 16 bars are to be danced down the line, the heavy shoe part of this competition will be first.

22. The topic of the Treble Reel Competition is Transylvania Land. Dancers are required to dance 16 bars down the line. For every age group, once the last person down the line finishes his/her step, all dancers will dance together a basic treble reel step (1-1-3-1-1-3) twice. This last part is just for fun and will not affect their placement.

23. Competitors in the Blind Hornpipe may dance in any of their competition outfits. Dancers will perform 16 bars down the line. Speeds will be 130 for Beginners/Primary and 113 for Intermediate/Open. The judges will be facing away from the dancers and judging will be made on the dancers’ timing an rhythm.

24. The Family Ceili Special is also a freestyle competition. The teams can consist of siblings, parents-children, husband-wife, cousins, grandchildren-grandparents etc. There must be at least one true dancer in the team (non-dancing family members may compete). The competition is aimed at celebrating the strong family bonds within our schools and to give the opportunity of sharing a feis experience closely with dear family members.

25. The Feis organizers will use 40 bars for 2-hands and 3-hands. Lead, Body and The First Figure are to be danced for 4-hands and 6/8-hands, if available.

26. Team dances (4/6/8 hand) must be performed in accordance with the Ar Rinci Ceilí handbook. Ceilí dances are subject to the rules applied at Oireachtasi.

27. Teachers may include a number of dancers over their age group not exceeding 25% for a Ceili team or 50% for a 2/3 Hand team without prior permission but must inform the organiser in writing and provide the names of the dancer. This does not apply to the Family Ceili.

28. Traditional Set Dance Competitions are a choice out of 7 traditional dances: St. Patrick’s Day, Blackbird, Job of Journeywork, Garden of Daisies, King of the Fairies, Jockey to the Fair and Three Sea Captains. If a dancer wins first place in any traditional set dance competition, s/he moves on to the next level in all 7 traditionals.

29. Within the limits specified in the Rules of An Coimisiún, the organizers may at their discretion cancel or combine competitions with insufficient entries or split competitions with 30 or more entries, to help with the dancers’ grading. They may also change competition order to enable smooth running of the event. Any changes will be notified to teachers in good time.

30. An Coimisiún has ruled that from 1st January each year, no block, en pointe – stationary or moving – be allowed to be performed for all ages up to and including the under 12 age group worldwide. The Under 12 Age Group will be allowed to toe walk from September 1st.

31. The dress code in accordance with An Coimisiún rules will be strictly observed. For the sake of modesty and in the interest of safety to young people, dancers will not be permitted to walk around the Feis scantily dressed.

32. All Beginners and Primary dancers of all age groups may only wear a class costume, simple dancewear or appropriate attire (skirt and top/blouse, simple dress for girls and ladies, trousers and t-shirt/shirt for boys and gents). Make-up is not permitted for any dancer in the first two grades up to and including the Under 12 age group worldwide. For details of approved costume features, please refer to the Costume Rules on www.europeirishdancing.com and www.clrg.ie.

33. Failure to comply to rule 32 will lead to dancer’s disqualification. (An Comisiun Leinster rule).

34. Female adult dancers participating in competitions entitled ‘Adult competition’ and/or ‘Adult grade competition’ (both solo and team) are required to wear opaque black tights of a denier not less than 70. (Colour and denier of tights clarified September 2015.)

35. Provided that dancers are not disturbed by flashlights or the like, photography or video recording by persons other than official feis photographers is allowed during Beginners and Primary competitions and during all award ceremonies. During Intermediate and Open competitions, this is reserved to any official feis photographer on site, if available.

36. Order and quiet must be kept in the hall, particularly while competitors are dancing and results are being announced. Mobile phones must be switched to silent mode and any calls need to be taken outside the competition hall.

37. Food and drink must not be consumed in the dancing and changing areas. Smoking is strictly forbidden.

38. The Feis organisers cannot accept any liability for injury or loss or damage to property while on the premises.

39. No refunds will be made.

40. Motorists using the parking area do so at their own risk.

41. By entering in competitions, dancers (or their legal representatives, in case of minors) consent to their names being stated in the feis results and in the public Internet archives of Feisinfo or any other feis entry/results system as may replace it, as well as any photographic material including them that shall be used for promotion purposes of the event.

42. Following the GDPR rules, any personal information the dancers or their guardians provide to the Bucharest Feis team will only be used to communicate information pertaining to their attendance at this year’s feis. The Bucharest Feis team and Steysha School of Irish Dance will not use or forward this information to any third party.