Dance Levels Explained


Soft shoe Dances: Reel, Light Jig, Single Jig, and Slip Jig (Slip jig is very rarely danced by males and is normally classified as an all female category)

Hard shoe Dances: Treble Jig, Hornpipe, Traditional Set (Traditional Sets are St. Patrick’s Day, Blackbird, Job of Journeywork, and Garden of Daisies)

Trophy Dances: Beginner and Advanced Beginner perform a soft shoe reel, Novice and Prizewinner perform a hard shoe Treble Jig


Prelim and Open Champions compete in 3 individual dance competitions, which are then combined for an overall placing:

Soft shoe Dances (For overall placing): Reel or Slip Jig

Hard shoe (For overall placing): Treble Jig or Hornpipe

Hard shoe Set (Solo) Dances (For overall placing): There are a variety of set dances, that are performed as solo’s by the dancer.

Trophy Dances (Not included in overall placing): Preliminary and Open Champions also compete in Trophy dances, usually limited to champion level dancers. These Trophy dances will usually be Hardshoe, and a Treble Jig or Hornpipe.

  • Beginners to Open Dancers may compete in a Special Trophy Dance which is either a Treble Reel (hard shoe) or Slip Jig(soft shoe, females only)**

Different Rules and Dances are used during an Oireachtas or for a Beginner’s First Feis

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