Age Categories: How does Digital Feis choose acceptable age ranges?

Digital Feis begins with these age categories for each feis:

  • Under 6
  • Under 10
  • Under 13
  • Under 17
  • Under 21
  • Under 25
  • 25 & Over

When we’re gathering entries, our database puts everyone into one of these categories.

Our Head Adjudicator can also see individual ages as of January 1. She looks through each competition to see if any age categories should be split or combined based on number of competitors.

Though any dancer with a score of 80 or above can advance in Digital Feis regardless of competition size, outside organizations require a certain amount of dancers in each competition. We try to combine competitions for the benefit of the dancer — but we need to be careful about combining too large of an age range for younger dancers.

Under the 18–21 Range

Our rule of thumb is to take the age of the oldest dancer, and subtract the age of the youngest. For Beginner and Primary, if that range is 5 years or less, the competition can be combined. If the age range if more than 5 years, the competitions stay separate. For Novice and up, the range may but is not required to be extended to 7 years. Updated September 22, 2019.

Over the 18–21 Range

As adult dancers are often piled together regardless of age, our 5-year rule of thumb doesn’t apply to adults. However, if we were to receive a significant number of entries from adult dancers per competition, we would still assess the need to split age groups. Dancing when you’re 20 is quite different than when you’re 60!

Dancing with Digital Feis: Advice for CRN Dancers

We’ve had some great questions lately, and I’d like to clarify a few best practices for the CRN dancers joining us this year.

Level Comparisons

Digital Feis levels generally match CRN levels:

  • Beginner & Bún Grád
  • Primary & Ullmhúchán Grád
  • Novice & Meán Grád
  • Prizewinner & Árd Grád
  • Champion & Craobh Grád

If Meán Grád dancers are at a point where they are dancing Árd Grád steps while they transition through the levels, it’s up to the teacher whether to compete in Novice or Prizewinner for Digital Feis.

Dancing in One Level for Digital Feis

CRN has certain required choreography for their lower levels. In North America if not elsewhere, CRN dancers can compete their reel, for example, in both Bún and Ullmhúchán. This is because the choreography is different in each grade.

Because Digital Feis does not have required choreography and multi-level competition is not universal, we request that all dancers focus on the level that a dancer is working to advance.

Length of Dances

CRN dancers often go beyond the required bars for Digital Feis dances. CRN dancers can submit their entire dances, but here’s how we keep it fair: dancers will only be scored on their required bars. Any dancing after that will not be scored, but can receive adjudication comments. This keeps everyone on an even playing field, but gives CRN dancers feedback on their entire dance.

How this benefits CRN dancers: CRN dancers will not be docked points for stamina issues near the end of their dance, when they are often doing nearly double the amount of steps that are required.

How this benefits everyone: All dancers will be adjudicated on the same number of bars, adjudicating all dancers equally.

Number Cards

Dancers will request a number card once. They will always use the same number, for every feis. Registering for a number card is free.

Entering a Feis

Dancers will only pay when they enter a feis. You will see a button on the Current Feis page when the entry form is open. Payment is currently through Paypal.

Sending Results to CRN

Update on August 21, 2019: Be sure to send Digital Feis results to CRN within 5 days of receiving them.

Familiarity with CRN

Ashley Middleton and Charmaine Forbes both have training in CRN’s style and have access to Oide Damhsa, the CRN céilí book. Sharon Stidham grew up dancing in a very similar style. The team is supportive of all dancers and continues to learn about each organization’s style as Irish dancing continues to evolve.

Contact us for additional clarifications

Do you have more questions? Please contact us at hello@digitalfeis.co with anything else we can help you with.

2019 March Digital Feis — Final Competitions

Results

Results will be announced Tuesday, April 2.

Tir na n’Og & Beginner

Age Category Level Dance Participant
Under 6 Tir Na n’Og Light Jig 742
Under 10 Beginner Reel 572
Under 10 Beginner Reel 109
Under 10 Beginner Reel 337
Under 10 Beginner Reel 328
Under 10 Beginner Reel 462
Under 12 Beginner Reel 585
Under 10 Beginner Reel 240
Under 10 Beginner Reel 343
Under 10 Beginner Reel 652
Under 10 Beginner Reel 416
Under 13 Beginner Reel 298
Under 13 Beginner Reel 960
Under 13 Beginner Reel 820
Under 13 Beginner Reel 766
Under 13 Beginner Reel 990
Under 13 Beginner Reel 984
Under 13 Beginner Reel 622
Under 13 Beginner Reel 801
Under 17 Beginner Reel 256
Under 17 Beginner Reel 605
Under 9 Beginner Light Jig 572
Under 9 Beginner Light Jig 537
Under 9 Beginner Light Jig 462
Under 9 Beginner Light Jig 565
Under 9 Beginner Light Jig 343
Under 9 Beginner Light Jig 652
Under 9 Beginner Light Jig 416
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 109
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 337
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 389
Under 10 Beginner Light Jig 585
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 561
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 298
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 766
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 990
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 984
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 622
Under 12 Beginner Light Jig 801
Under 17 Beginner Light Jig 605
Under 17 Beginner Light Jig 256
Under 10 Beginner Single Jig 652
Under 10 Beginner Single Jig 416
Under 10 Beginner Single Jig 561
U13 & U17 Beginner Single Jig 984
U13 & U17 Beginner Single Jig 809
U10 & U13 Beginner Slip Jig 537
U10 & U13 Beginner Slip Jig 652
U10 & U13 Beginner Slip Jig 561
U10 & U13 Beginner Slip Jig 298
U10 & U13 Beginner Slip Jig 984
Under 17 Beginner Slip Jig 256
Under 17 Beginner Slip Jig 218
Under 17 Beginner Slip Jig 809
Under 17 Beginner Treble Jig 613
Under 17 Beginner Hornpipe 809
Under 17 Beginner Traditional Set 809

Primary

Age Category Level Dance Participant
U10 & U13 Primary Reel 248
U10 & U13 Primary Reel 232
U10 & U13 Primary Reel 561
Under 17 Primary Reel 218
Under 17 Primary Reel 809
Under 17 Primary Reel 613
Under 17 Primary Reel 487
Under 17 Primary Light Jig 218
Under 17 Primary Light Jig 613
Under 17 Primary Light Jig 487
Under 10 Primary Slip Jig 452
Under 13 Primary Slip Jig 248
Under 17 Primary Slip Jig 613
Under 17 Primary Slip Jig 487
Under 10 Primary Single Jig 452
Under 17 Primary Single Jig 613
Under 17 Primary Single Jig 487
Under 10 Primary Treble Jig 452
Under 13 Primary Treble Jig 232
Under 13 Primary Treble Jig 248
Under 13 Primary Hornpipe 248
Under 13 Primary Hornpipe 873
Under 13 Primary Hornpipe 232
Under 10 Primary Hornpipe 452
Under 13 Primary Traditional Set 873

Novice

Age Category Level Dance Participant
Under 13 Novice Reel 873
Under 17 Novice Reel 804
Under 17 Novice Reel 811
30 & Over Novice Reel 756
Under 13 Novice Light Jig 873
Under 17 Novice Slip Jig 804
Under 17 Novice Slip Jig 811
30 & Over Novice Slip Jig 756
Under 13 Novice Treble Jig 873
Under 20 Novice Treble Jig 804
Under 20 Novice Treble Jig 496
Under 20 Novice Treble Jig 811
Under 20 Novice Hornpipe 496
Under 20 Novice Traditional Set 496
Under 20 Novice Traditional Set 811

Prizewinner

Age Category Level Dance Participant
Under 13 Prizewinner Reel 644
Under 17 Prizewinner Reel 658
Under 25 Prizewinner Reel 496
Under 25 Prizewinner Reel 738
Under 13 Prizewinner Slip Jig 644
Under 17 Prizewinner Slip Jig 673
Under 25 Prizewinner Slip Jig 738
Under 25 Prizewinner Slip Jig 496
Under 13 Prizewinner Single Jig 873
Under 13 Prizewinner Hornpipe 117
Under 25 Prizewinner Hornpipe 738
Under 13 Prizewinner Treble Jig 687
Under 17 Prizewinner Traditional Set 658
Under 17 Prizewinner Traditional Set 673
Under 25 Prizewinner Traditional Set 738

Teams

Age Category Level Dance Participant
Over 18 Teams Fairy Reel T756

2019 March Digital Feis — Competitions So Far

One more day to register for the 2019 March Digital Feis! Here’s how we’re looking as of 7 PM the day before entries are due. Close age groups (such as Under 10 and Under 13) with fewer than 5 registrants in a dance will likely be combined.

Beginners

Under 10 Beginner Reel 572
Under 13 Beginner Reel 298, 960
Under 10 Beginner Light Jig 537, 572
Under 13 Beginner Light Jig 298
Under 10 Beginner Slip Jig 537
Under 13 Beginner Slip Jig 298

Primary

Under 13 Primary Reel 248
Under 10 Primary Slip Jig 452
Under 13 Primary Slip Jig 248
Under 10 Primary Single Jig 452
Under 10 Primary Treble Jig 452
Under 13 Primary Hornpipe 248, 873
Under 10 Primary Hornpipe 452
Under 13 Primary Traditional Set 873

Novice

Under 13 Novice Reel 873
Under 13 Novice Light Jig 873
Under 13 Novice Treble Jig 873
Under 25 Novice Treble Jig 496
Under 25 Novice Hornpipe 496
Under 25 Novice Traditional Set 496

Prizewinner

Under 13 Prizewinner Reel 644
Under 13 Prizewinner Slip Jig 644
Under 13 Prizewinner Single Jig 873
Under 13 Prizewinner Hornpipe 117
Under 13 Prizewinner Treble Jig 687
Under 25 Prizewinner Reel 496
Under 25 Prizewinner Slip Jig 496

Official Competitions for 2019 January Digital Feis

Welcome to the four new schools — we know you will find Digital Feis a valuable addition to your dancers’ opportunities.

Level Dance Age Category Total Dancers
Beginner Reel Under 10 5
Beginner Reel Under 15 7
Beginner Light Jig Under 10 7
Beginner Light Jig Under 13 5
Beginner Light Jig Under 21 1
Beginner Single Jig Under 10 3
Beginner Single Jig Under 15 1
Beginner Slip Jig Under 10 1
Beginner Slip Jig Under 15 1
Beginner Hornpipe Under 15 1
Beginner Traditional Set Under 15 1
Primary Reel Under 13 3
Primary Reel Under 17 2
Primary Light Jig Under 13 2
Primary Light Jig Under 17 2
Primary Single Jig Under 17 1
Primary Slip Jig Under 17 1
Primary Hornpipe Under 17 1
Primary Treble Jig Under 17 2
Primary Traditional Set Under 17 1
Primary Treble Reel Under 17 1
Novice Reel Under 13 1
Novice Reel 18 & Over 1
Novice Light Jig Under 13 1
Novice Treble Jig 18 & Over 2
Prizewinner Reel 18 & Over 2
Prizewinner Light Jig Under 13 1
Prizewinner Single Jig Under 13 2
Prizewinner Slip Jig Under 13 1
Prizewinner Treble Jig Under 13 1
Prizewinner Traditional Set Under 13 1
Teams Four-Hand Reel Under 10 1 Team
Teams Four-Hand Reel Under 13 1 Team
Teams Four-Hand Reel Under 17 1 Team
Teams Fairy Reel Under 13 1 Team
Teams Gates of Derry Under 13 1 Team
Teams High Cauled Cap Under 17 1 Team

2019 January Feis Entries: Let’s Keep Count

We’re just starting to get entries in for the 2019 January Digital Feis, due on January 20. Here’s what we’re looking at so far:

Solos Under 18

  • Beginner: 12 Reel, 12 Light Jig, 4 Single Jig, 2 Slip Jig, 1 Hornpipe, 1 Traditional Set
  • Primary: 5 Reel, 4 Light Jig, 1 Single Jig, 1 Slip Jig, 1 Hornpipe, 2 Treble Jig, 1 Traditional Set, 1 Treble Reel
  • Novice: 1 Reel, 1 Light Jig, 1 Treble Jig
  • Prizewinner: 1 Light Jig, 1 Slip Jig, 2 Single Jigs, 1 Treble Jig, 1 Traditional Set

Solos 18 & Over

  • Novice: 1 Reel, 2 Treble Jig
  • Prizewinner: 2 Reel

Teams

  • Four-Hand Reel: 3 Teams
  • Fairy Reel: 1 Team
  • Gates of Derry: 1 Team
  • High-Cauled Cap: 1 Team

This does not reflect actual age groups. The official competitions will be posted on January 21.

Dancers from 7 schools, and one independent dancer, are joining us so far.


Last Updated: January 20, 2019 at 8:41 PM CT

Digital Feis tutorials, results videos, and feis reminders

You can now follow Digital Feis on Pinterest for all things Irish dance. What’s your favorite social media platform? We’re on a bunch:

  • Our email newsletter gives you reminders and feis results, right to your inbox
  • The new Pinterest board is a hub for Irish dancing stuff to make and do
  • Instagram for reminders, 60-second feis results video clips, and general fun stuff
  • YouTube for full results videos and tutorials
  • Facebook and Twitter for announcements, reminders and results videos

Our primary goal in 2019 is to share more — reminders (without driving you nuts), results videos, rulebook updates, and more. (You can also see dated updates at the top of The Rulebook, so be sure to check)

While you’re at it, don’t forget to join us for the 2019 January Digital Feis! We’re crossing our fingers (and our feet) for some team entries. And we always love our solo dancers. Digital Feis Fun Fact: Our biggest registered age group is 11–16 year olds, and our largest level is Novice (Beginner is a close second).

Digital Feis Pinterest Board

Light Jig now available for Prizewinner dancers; traditional set options expanded

In order to assist dancers in four-level organizations reach Championship, we are adding light jig to our Prizewinner options.

Also, we have expanded the level options for the traditional set dances to better suit open platform dancers. As follows:

  • Beginner: St Patrick’s Day, The Blackbird
  • Primary: St Patrick’s Day, The Blackbird, Job of Journeywork, Jockey to the Fair
  • Novice: St Patrick’s Day, The Blackbird, Job of Journeywork, Jockey to the Fair, Garden of Daisies, King of the Fairies, White Blanket, Three Sea Captains
  • Prizewinner: Job of Journeywork, Jockey to the Fair, Garden of Daisies, King of the Fairies, White Blanket, Three Sea Captains, The Hunt (WIDA), The Humours of Bandon (CRN)
  • Champion: Garden of Daisies, King of the Fairies, White Blanket, Three Sea Captains, The Hunt (WIDA), The Humours of Bandon (CRN)

Medals stuck in transit in United States

We apologize for the awards to American dancers that are still stuck in transit during the holiday season. Four of our tracked packages from our September & November feiseanna continue to be marked as not yet delivered. We are working with the postal service on this issue, and will send out new awards if they are not found by the second week of January after the holiday rush quiets a little. Thank you for your patience.

Update December 25: The mystery of two packages have been resolved. Though it was not marked as such in tracking, one was received; the other was returned to sender. Now to track down the other two!