Competition Types

Competition types include local competitions, as well as regional, national, and world championships. Below are explanations of the different types of competitions that Irish Dancers can attend.

Local Competitions:

Feis

A Feis is a local competition that enables Solo dancers of any level to compete and have the opportunity to advance to the next level. Teams may also register to compete in Ceili dances.

Major Competitions:

Southern Region Oireachtas (Regionals)

The Southern Region Oireachtas is a regional competition that occurs during the first weekend in December each year. This is the regional qualifier for the National Championships and World Championships. The following locations have been confirmed:

  • 2019: Washington, D.C.
  • 2020: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  • 2021: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

North American Irish Dance Championships (NAIDC – Nationals)

The North American Irish Dance Championships is a National competition that occurs during the first week of July each year. In order to attend Nationals, dancers must qualify at the Southern Region Oireachtas or actively compete in the Open Championship level. In addition, dancers can qualify for the World Championships at Nationals. The following locations have been confirmed:

  • 2018: Orlando, Florida – Hosted by IDTANA
  • 2019: Vancouver, British Columbia – Hosted by WCIDTA
  • 2020: Nashville, Tennessee – Hosted by IDTAMA
  • 2021: TBD – Hosted by Western US

Oireachtas Rince Na Cruinne (World Championships)

Oireachtas Rince Na Cruinne is the World Championship competition that occurs the week before Easter each year. In order to attend the World Championships, dancers must qualify at Regionals or Nationals. Dancers should expect to travel for the World Championships because the location varies each year. The CLRG has confirmed the following locations:

  • 2019: Greensboro, NC, USA
  • 2020: Dublin, Ireland
  • 2021: Killarney, Ireland
  • 2022: Belfast, Ireland
  • 2023: Montreal, Canada
  • 2024: Glasgow, Scotland