Celtic Association of Irish Dance 

Celtic

Association of

Irish

Dance 

  C.A.I.D

CAID Rules

1.1 DANCERS PRESENTATION/ ATTIRE;

All dancers are to be well presented at Feis’. The following must apply to all dancers when competing:

 

  1. Long hair should be neat & tidy and off the dancer’s face.
  2. All dancers should have white poodle socks, diamantes/ stones etc. are allowed.
  3. All soft laces should be tied under the foot. Buckles & Elastics are allowed on heavy shoes. They are not permitted on soft shoes
  4. Boys are permitted to wear elastics on their soft shoes.
  5. No jewellery should be worn with the exception of studs/small sleepers.
  6. Dancers are permitted to wear solo costumes in Primary, Intermediate & open
  7. Dancers are not permitted to dance in school tops.
  8. Dancers are NOT permitted to walk around any Feis venue in just “bloomers”, hot pants and crop/vest tops.  This does not look good for the dancer or school and can be very awkward for visiting guests.
  9. All teachers are responsible for the presentation of their dancers; please ensure costumes are appropriate in length including beginners wearing polo shirt or leotard with a black skirt/ trousers (Boys)
  10. Patent or Coloured Shoes are not permitted to be worn. Shoes should be plain black leather shoes with black laces. No white laces permitted.
  11. White Straps are permitted on Heavy Shoes however NO White tape on plain black heavy shoes is permitted, and Shoes should be of the style that was originally purchased.
  12. No names are permitted on dresses or shawls on any dancer costumes. However, initials are permitted.
  13. Beginners are only permitted to wear either a plain polo shirt or leotard with a plain black skirt. (Colours are the choice of teachers for leotard or polo shirt only)   
  14. There is strictly no makeup or fake tan to be worn by any dancer in age groups 5, 7, 9&U.
  15. The 11&U upwards are permitted to wear makeup and fake tan but should not be too over the top.
  16. Age groups 13 & Under to Senior dancers are permitted to wear makeup and fake tan to their taste.
  17. A minimum length of a costume should be 3.5 inches below the buttocks. No kick pants should be shown

2.1 ENTRIES;

All entries must be in at least two weeks before a Feis.

  1. If you are not attending the feis please notify the organiser/ Chairperson at least 2 weeks before the feis.
  2. All dancers entered must be paid for.
  3. You can replace a dancer with another dancer once the entries have been submitted up to 1 week before the feis and pay the difference in cost if fees are different, late fee will be applied to this rule.
  4. Entries should be based on the dancers own organisations/ Associations grades/ results.
  5. Any late entries will be subject to a £ 3.00 admin fee.
  6. Sending an entry confirms you agree to abide by all rules and regulations.
  7. All entries should be sent in correctly, ensuring the following information in on the entry form. Dancers Name, DOB, Age Group, Total Fees and competition numbers. (Entries will be sent back if only contains grades and not competition numbers)
  8. Please ensure dancers are entered into correct grades/ Dances, if any grades/ dances are incorrect please notify the feis team or chairperson. (Please do not change without authorisation)
  9. If for any reason the fees cannot be paid prior to the Feis you must let the teacher know and pay CASH ONLY on the day. Please contact host school for payment options
  10. All entries are non-refundable.
  11. There should be a minimum of 3 if not 5 dancers for a competition to run otherwise they will be combined.
  12. Feis Fees will be as follows: - See separate fees page for up to date information.

3.1 GENERAL FEIS RULES;


  1. All host schools must have relevant insurances to hold a feis, failure to provide insurance certificate to the Chairperson will result in feis being cancelled. This included those held by the relevant booked halls.
  2. Each Hall will have split floors/stage to help with the running of the day.  There will be an open floor/stage for the Open Championships.
  3. Teachers have the choice to use a musician or C.D’s or both if they choose.  Please ensure that all stereos/pa systems have good sound that can be heard around the hall.
  4. Any open music can be used for all competitions/grades of dancers. This is so Feisanne’ can run more smoothly. Please change the music throughout the day to avoid repetitiveness.
  5. All Feis’ will start at 09.00am SHARP.  No Competitions will be held open. 
  6. All Teachers should be actively ensuring parents; dancers are adhering to the rules & Regulations. Any issues please bring them to the attention of the C.A.I.D Team ASAP.
  7. If for any reason a dancer misses their competition they must compete in the next grade of the same age group. 
  8. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS ANY TYPE OF CAMERA/PHONE/VIDEO CAMERAS & ALL OTHER FORMS OF TECHNOLOGY WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH PERMITTED TO BE USED WHILST DANCERS ARE COMPETING.
  9. ANYONE CAUGHT USING A PHOTGRAPHIC DEVICE WILL NO LONGER BE ASKED TO PUT THE EQUIPMENT AWAY. BUT WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE EVENT WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
  10. PHOTGRAPHIC DEVICES CAN ONLY BE USED DURING PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
  11. ANYONE WHO DOES NOT PERMIT USE OF THEIR CHILD’S PHOTOS TO BE USED FOR WEBSITES INCLUDING C.A.I.D & FEISPIX AMONGST OTHERS MUST NOTIFY THE ORGANISATION IN WRITING. THIS RULE WILL BE ENFORCED- This is now a part of the Children’s Act and must be followed through!!
  12. All dancers must ensure that they are in the hall ready to dance at least 60 minutes prior to the start of their age group.
  13. If a competition starts and the dancer has not lined up then they will have to dance in the next grade/age group.
  14. Teachers or Teaching Assistants are not permitted to dance competitively at any C.A.I.D feisanne.
  15. All dancers should listen to instructions given to them when lining up to dance.
  16. Teachers/Parents & Guardians are responsible for dancers and visiting guests within their own school.  Everyone should be polite and courteous.  If there is any damage caused at a Feis then the school responsible will have to reimburse the host for any damage caused directly to the venue or the grounds of the venue.
  17. Teachers should help each other out at all Feis’, all help ensures the smooth running of a Feis and gives members of the host school a break. Ideally there should be a teacher’s rota at every Feis’ – this will mean everyone gets to be involved and show a united front as the Celtic Association of Irish Dancing (C.A.I.D)
  18. ALL SCHOOLS ARE TO SUPPORT EACH AND EVERY DANCER IMMATERIAL OF WHICH SCHOOL THEY ARE FROM, ENCOURAGMENT SHOULD BE GIVEN AT ALL TIMES. ALL SCHOOLS SHOULD CLAP FOR EACH OTHER. EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO BE POLITE AND RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS AT ALL TIMES.

 

FINES WILL BE IMPOSED FOR THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO BREAK RULES,

  1. First Written Warning plus £50.00 Fine
  2. Second Written Warning plus £100.00 Fine
  3. Third and Final Warning will result in removal from CAID, ban from attending any feis for 1 year.


ANY BREACH OF RULES BY NON-REGISTERED CAID SCHOOLS WILL RESULT IN A COMPLETE BAN FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR from attending any CAID Feis.

4.1 FEIS RULES RELATED TO SYLLABUS;


  1. Age groups are to be taken from 1st January each year.  For example, If a child is 9 on the 1st January then they will dance 9 & under and so on.
  2. NO additional age groups will be added to the Syllabus, all age groups will run as per syllabus.
  3. All competitions will be announced and all competitors should go straight to the stage area.  There will be a warning that competitions will shortly closing and then a further announcement that the competition is now closed.  Any dancer that has not made their way to the stage area after closure will not be permitted to dance in that competition
  4. All dancers must perform their steps on both right & left leg all steps must contain a clear defined swapping from R to L and vice versa. Exception to this rule is Light Jig. Two rights are no longer permitted. Failure to follow this rule will result is disqualification or will gain an overall mark of 40.
  5. Dancers who stop and walk off stage will be disqualified.  Dancers who fall will be looked at separately and will be discussed between the Chairperson and the Adjudicators.  If it is found that the fall is because of misplaced footing in steps then the dancer will not be able to re dance their steps and will be marked up to the point of their fall.  If it is found that the fall is due to the stage or flooring then at the Adjudicators discretion that dancer will be able to re dance their steps and marked again.
  6. An Adjudicators decision is final, please ensure they are aware of the rules as the Chairperson will override a decision if deemed necessary in line with C.A.I.D Rules and Regulations


  1. Dancers will only be able to compete in one grade for each of their solo dances.
  2. Boys are not to be entered in the slip jig competition.
  3. The following solos will take place at all Feis’: Light Jig, Reel, Slip Jig, Hop Jig, Heavy Jig & Hornpipe.
  4. The following number of bars of music will apply to the following grades with discretion:

 

Beginners:                      24 Bars-   Lead and ½ Steps

Primary:                         32 Bars – Lead and 1 step.

Intermediate: 32 Bars – Lead and 1 step.

Open:                              32 Bars – Lead and 1 step

Open Champs:               40-48 Bars – Lead and 2 steps

 

Please ensure that all adjudicators and dancers are aware of this.

 

  1. Beginners & Primary dancers in 5, 7, 9&U age groups are to do basic steps in the soft dances.  If this is not adhered to then an adjudicator can penalise the dancer and they will have to move up to the next grade at the following Feis. Basic steps do not include cross keys, rocks etc.
  2. 11 & under upwards may do steps that are not basic.
  3. Dancers in 9& under upwards in Intermediate & Open are permitted to do toe walks. 
  4. The “moonwalk” move is banned.
  5. If a dancer is injured, they are not permitted to re-dance.
  6. Any dancer who stops should walk to the back of the stage / or floor and wait until adjudicator releases dancers.

 5.1 AWARDS & PRESENTATIONS;


  1. Dancers must pay attention to announcements and be in the hall for when results are being called.
  2. Podiums are required to be 1st – 5th.
  3. Dancers must remain in full costume, dancing shoes, wigs etc. until all results have been called and presentations awarded.
  4. In all grade Reels; all dancers are to be given a medal.
  5. In all Trophy Reels/Championships each dancer is to receive a medal.
  6. If there are less than 5 dancers, then all dancers are to be placed
  7. If there are more than 6 dancers ½ the number will be placed
  8. All trophies must be of a decent size/standard and well-presented and be on marble bases.  Trophies will be given as follows:


 


All Trophy Reels                                                           1st – 5th – Trophies 6th onwards – Medals


Heavy Reels                                                                  1st – 5th Trophies not Cups   


Figure                                                                             1st –Medals


Solos                                                                               1st Place Medals should be slightly bigger than the


                                                                                        Remaining places.


Championships:                                                            1st Place should have a bigger cup to the rest of the categories.

 

Please ensure you have spare trophies etc. for joint places of similar size. All results will be called as per syllabus, but maybe subject to change, please listen to announcements:

6.1 RESULTS/MOVING OF DANCERS;


  1. All 1st Place winners must move up to the next grade in the solos and Trophy Reels.
  2. If there are 10 or more dancers in the Beginners solo competitions across all age groups then the 1st – 3rd places will move up to the next grade.  If there are less than 10 in the competition then only the 1st place winner will move to the next grade.
  3. Dancers may come down a grade if they have NOT won 1st – 5th in all of their dances in that year. This includes British Open, Scottish Open & European Championships. This is to be agreed at the AGM.
  4. If there are less than 5 in a combined competition a dancer, who wins can dance twice in that grade. But will be moved once they have won twice.

7.1 ADJUDICATORS;


  1. All adjudicators should be over the age of 21, and either working towards or hold a T.C.R.G/ A.D.C.R.G. On occasions this may not be possible, but the minimum age must be adhered to.
  2. All names of adjudicators should be submitted to the Chairperson once they have been confirmed.
  3. Adjudicators are not to be approached unless by the host teacher/chairperson at any time prior to the Feis starting and while the Feis is taking place.  If any dancer/parent/guardian/visitor has a query they must go to their own teacher who in turn will speak to the host teacher or chairperson and have the matter of concern dealt with.
  4. If any member happens to know an adjudicator then they must be told that they cannot approach the person until the Feis and all results have been completed.  Adjudicators must also be informed of the same rule.
  5. If any dancer is known to an adjudicator that dancer will not be permitted to dance in front of that adjudicator.  For example has been a pupil within the last 12 – 18 months.
  6. Should it come to light that an attending adjudicator has taken any form of workshop/ lessons for any attending school within the last 12 months that school can be withdrawn from the Feis and any awards given will result in them being removed and awarded to the rightful winner.

8.1 GENERAL;


  1. There will be a 1-3 month ban for dancers who move from one school to another school from another organisation.  This must be discussed either with the chairperson or brought up at a meeting. 
  2. If a dancer moves schools within C.A.I.D then the teachers should make each other aware and discuss any queries they may have. If it is a case of a class has been shut down then the dancers must have a minimum of 6 weeks with their new teacher to learn steps etc. before competing at a Feis, and or a 1 -3 month ban.
  3. The ban applies from when the chairperson is informed of these dancers.

All other circumstances will be looked at separately.


All teachers should pass on required details/information that is requested by the chairperson, registrar and secretary.

  1. All dancers or teachers will receive a form of membership card for registration for their schools.
  2. Any information received from C.A.I.D should not be distributed without consent.
  3. Any Breach of confidentially is taken seriously and breach of this rule, will result in immediate suspension from C.A.I.D until the matter is dealt with.
  4. Anyone found to be portraying C.A.I.D or its member in a negative light on any social networking site. Will result in an instant ban from C.A.I.D, and where applicable the local authorities notified. THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!
  5. STICTLY No alcohol to be consumed.  If a venue sells alcohol then it should be restricted to selling just teas and coffees.  At major competitions being held in holiday parks this ban will be lifted BUT if anyone is deemed to be acting inappropriately due to the consumption of alcohol, they will be asked to leave the venue and will not be permitted to re-enter for the duration of the event.