Our Team

Digital Feis is an independent open platform feis system. Adjudicators are currently independent of any Irish dancing organization, but have been trained in and worked with many high-standard organizations throughout their careers.

Owner & Adjudicator, DigitalFeis.co

Ashley Middleton

Ashley Middleton

Known for her welcoming, friendly style, Ashley has adjudicated local competitions and National Championships in the United States and Canada. She certified as an instructor and adjudicator through the North American Irish Dance Federation, where she established their grade exams. After a competitive career which included teams at the Oireachtas, she ran the Triallta Irish Dance Company for almost ten years.

Ashley ran Diochra.com: Irish Dancing Online for thirteen years, including the popular Irish dance trivia game Webfeis. She’s trained primarily in the modern CLRG style, but also has experience with and appreciation for CRN, Festival, sean-nós, and historical styles. She loves seeing dancers of all ages succeed by achieving the goals they’ve set for themselves.

The Adjudication Team

Sharon Stidham

Sharon Stidham

Sharon has traveled throughout the United States and Europe judging open platform competitions and championships, running workshops, and creating opportunities for Irish dancers and instructors to perfect their craft. Sharon won numerous local, regional and national championships during her competitive career, qualified regularly for the World Championships, and performed at Carnegie Hall.

Now retired, Sharon taught Irish step, Céilí and sean-nós through the Achill Academy of Irish Dance for over ten years, guiding students to reach their own goals, and proudly brought dancers to open platform North American, European and World Championships. She was a local, National, and World-level ADCRG for the North American Irish Dance Federation and the World Irish Dance Association.

Charmaine Forbes

Charmaine Forbes

Charmaine Forbes is an independent Australian adjudicator and grade examiner, having judged open platform feiseanna in that country since 2010. She danced at the State and National Championships in Australia in solos and teams for over 15 years, has trained dancers for local competitions up to Open level, and coached teams for State and National Championships.

We’re very pleased to get an Aussie perspective on our team, and hope to continue to expand internationally as Digital Feis grows.

Richard Tew

Richard Tew

Richard Tew is an independent adjudicator from Houston, Texas who currently runs the Tew Academy of Irish Dance. Richard is a strong advocate for independent and open platform options in Irish dancing. A successful competitor himself, he won his category at the 2003 Southern Region Oireachtas (Regional Championship), and placing sixth at both the 2003 and 2004 North American Nationals. Richard is also a choreographer, both for shows and competition, whose steps have been utilized by more than 40 different teachers from all Irish dance organizations around the world.

All adjudicators who also teach may not judge their own students, and will only be assigned competitions with dancers who are not in their school, who have not attended their school for six months, or who have not attended a workshop given by them in the past six months.