1. We've changed the rule limiting dancers to advancing only one level beyond their current level. Dancers are now able to advance any number of levels. Parents--it's time to start a log (if you don't already have one!) of your child's first place wins as s/he may be dancing in 3 or 4 different levels. Yikes! It may be confusing but speak with your teacher before entering a feis if you're not sure of your child's level for each dance. (Feis hosts will not have this information so its best to keep track of the levels yourself.)
2. Dancers who compete in a championship/qualifying event (i.e. an event where a number of dances are performed and one result is given for all of the dances) may advance to the next level in those dances, if there were five or more dancers in the competition. So if your child was a novice at the Mid-Atlantic Championships and did the All Irelands qualifying event and won the competition, s/he would advance to Prizewinner in those dances (reel, hornpipe & jig trad set). If there were less than five dancers in the competition it does not count towards level advancement, regardless of raw scores.
3. To clarify--preliminary and open champion categories may be combined, in championship or regular events, based on the number of entries received. This will be done at the feis hosts' discretion with an eye towards creating competitions with five or more dancers.
4. RTN dancers who compete at non-RTN open platform events must abide by the rules for level advancement governing that organization. Most organizations require there to be five or more dancers in a competition for level advancement. Please be aware that the RTN rule of allowing a with dancer two first place wins with a score of 85 or above in a single dance to advance when there are not 5 dancers in the competition is for our organization only.
Thank you to all of the dancers, parents and teachers who have been supporting our events! Look for even more competitions to be added to our 2014 feis calendar soon!