BEGINNER TO PRIZEWINNER
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
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