COMPETITIVE IRISH DANCING
Irish Dance competitions, called a Feis (pronounced "fesh"), are held all around the world. As dancers progress they can qualify at the Regional, National and World levels. Dancers choosing to compete can do so in both solo and team competitions. Cass-Barrington Academy dancers must meet certain requirements in order to be allowed to enter competitions. Competitions are strongly encouraged, but dancers are not required to participate.
Although competition is not required, the Cass-Barrington Academy is very much a competitive school. The training that dancers receive in each class is structured as if they were competing, as we do not recognize a difference between competitive and non-competitive Irish step dancing from an execution perspective. Please note that as soon as a dancer decides that they want to compete they must start in the Beginner level at a Feis, despite the progression they may have made through our classes.
While some may find the idea of competition stressful or off-putting, we pride ourselves in showing young dancers that competitions are actually fun! It's an opportunity to show off the moves and steps they've been working so hard on, the chance to achieve a goal they've been dreaming of (who doesn't like winning medals or being rewarded for their hard work?), and it offers a chance to make new like-minded friends.
PERFORMANCE IRISH DANCING
Performing (also referred to as "show dancing") is a fun and exciting opportunity for every dancer at the Cass-Barrington Academy! Most performances are open to every dancer, although it depends on the events requested. It is a great way to gain stage presence and display your progress in dance, without the pressures of competition. Dancers perform together in choreographed numbers, which allows them to increase their comfort of performing in front of an audience. Shows are encouraged for every dancer, but are not required.