Competition Levels



BEGINNER

General Rule:  A beginner is a competitor who has not taken Irish dancing lessons from a registered teacher prior to September 1st of the previous year.  A Beginner dancer must move into Advanced Beginner the following year.

Slattery School Rule: Beginner dancers MUST either earn three 1st places in each dance before moving up to the Advanced Beginner level OR must move into Advanced Beginner the following year.  

NO SOLO COSTUMES PERMITTED, Skirt and blouse or school costumes ONLY.




​ADVANCED BEGINNER

General Rule:  An Advanced Beginner is a dancer who has taken lessons from a registered teacher for more than 1 year.  An Advanced Beginner who wins a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in each dance will advance to the Novice category in that particular dance the next year.

Slattery School Rule:  An Advanced Beginner MUST earn three 1st places in each dance to continue on to Novice, but only after discussing with Elaine first.


NO SOLO COSTUMES PERMITTED, Skirt and blouse or school costumes ONLY.




​NOVICE


General Rule:  A Novice dancer is one who has previously won a 1st , 2nd or 3rd place in Advanced Beginner.  A novice who wins a 1st place will advance to the Prizewinner category in that particular dance the next year.

Slattery School Rule:  A Novice dancer MUST earn three 1st places in each dance in Novice before continuing on to Prizewinner, but only after discussing with Elaine first.

School Dresses or Beginner Skirts/Leotards; Solo dresses permitted but not mandatory.




PRIZEWINNER


General Rule:  A prizewinner dancer is a dancer who has previously won a 1st in Novice in a particular dance.  A dancer must place 1st in one light shoe dance; Reel or Slip jig (girls only) one hard shoe dance; Treble Jig or Hornpipe and consistently place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in other dances in Prizewinner to qualify for Preliminary Championship.  

Slattery School Rule:  A Prizewinner dancer MUST earn three 1st places in each dance before moving on to Preliminary Championship, unless otherwise discussed with Elaine.  Once the dancer has achieved these requirements, the move to Preliminary Championship must be discussed with Elaine prior to changing dancer's level at a feis.

School Dresses or Beginner Skirts/Leotards; Solo dresses permitted but not mandatory.




PRELIMINARY CHAMPIONSHIP


General Rule:  A dancer advances to Preliminary Championship after he/she has won 1st place in both a prizewinner light and hard shoe competition, and consistently placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in all other dances.  Preliminary dancers who win 3 first places in a calendar year, must move to Open Championship the following calendar year.  When a third 1st place win is achieved over several calendar years, the dancer must move to Open Championship the following weekend. (Mid-Atlantic Region Rule, all other regions require 2 first places).

 Slattery School Rule:  A Preliminary Championship dancer MUST win three 1st places in one calendar year and will remain in Preliminary Championship the entire year, unless otherwise instructed by Elaine.  When a third 1st place win is achieved over several calendar years, the dancer must move to Open Championship the following weekend. (Mid-Atlantic Region Rule, all other regions require 2 first places).


SOLO DRESSES MUST BE WORN FOR PRELIMINARY CHAMPIONSHIP DANCERS!





OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

General Rule:   Congratulations!  You made it to the highest level of Irish Dancing!!  A dancer moves to Open Championship after winning three 1st places in Preliminary Championship.

Slattery School Rule:  A dancer moves to Open Championship after spending an entire year in Preliminary, in which he/she earned three 1st places.  Or when three 1st places were earned over the course of multiple calendar years.  


SOLO DRESSES MUST BE WORN FOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP DANCERS!