"Practice Like You Have Never Won
and Perform Like You Have Never Lost"
Crossroads offers dancers the opportunity to compete in
open platform competitions hosted through a variety of organizations to
help challenge them and further advance their training and performance.
Competition provides an excellent way for dancers to continue to improve in dance, boost confidence and meet other dancers
who share the same love and passion for Irish culture and dance.
What Is A Feis?
Feis (pronounced: "fesh") is an gaelic word meaning festival. Today it is more commonly used to described sanctioned Irish dance competitions.Irish word meaning "festival" describing traditional Gaelic arts and culture festivals. The plural form of the word is Feisanna (prounouced: "fesh-anna").
With What Organizations Do Students Have Option To Compete?
Crossroads dancers have the opportunity to compete at open platform competitions with various Irish dance organizations.
What Is The Structure Of A Feis?
A feis consists of a gathering of dancers for competition, each representing an Irish dance school from all over the US or even the world. Competitions are split into age groups and then split into levels based on their abilities and successes at previous feisanna. Dancers move through the levels by fulfilling certain criteria or placements.
Dancers perform in front a certified adjudicator to music, while dancing with another dancer from another Irish dance school whose steps are different in choreography. The adjudicator awards points for each dancer as related to their performance. Dancers are then ranked in order of
1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. and top placement dancers are awarded medals and/or trophies for their achievements.of a gathering of dancers for competition, each representing an Irish dance school from all over the US or even the world. Competitions are split into age groups and then split into levels based on their abilities and successes at previous feisanna. Dancers move through the levels by fulfilling certain criteria or placements.
What Are Benefits Of My Child Being In Competition?
Irish dance competitions offer a array of benefits and opportunities to dancers who are ready to take the challenge:
Promotes Irish Culture
Increases Mental and Technical Skills
gthens Goal Setting and Competitive Spirit
- Gets to Make New Friends
And Have FUN!!
Is My Child Required To Compete?
No. The choice to compete is at the decision of the dancer when they feel they are ready and prepared. Some students enjoy the opportunity to compete while some prefer to focus their efforts on other aspects of Irish dance. Crossroads supports and respects each dancer's various interests.
When Can My Child Begin Competing?
Competition is open to ALL dancers regardless of age and/or level. Dancers must have their steps properly prepared and feel they are ready to take them to the stage.
Dancers should always first discuss their competition interests with their instructor, so they can provide consultant and guidance on getting started. There is a elite level of commitment needed to be a competitive Irish dancer. Dancers who compete must be willing to put in sufficient practice time outside of class, and have good attendance in their classes.
Choosing to enter the world of competition signifies a commitment for both the dancer and instructor.