Michael J. Quill East Durham Feis
Feis: an Irish Dancing Competition
An Irish Dance Feis is a vibrant and spirited event that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Ireland through the art of Irish dancing. Rooted in tradition, a Feis is a Gaelic term for a festival, and it embodies a competitive yet festive atmosphere. Dancers of all ages and skill levels showcase their talents, donning intricate costumes adorned with Celtic designs.
The heart of a Feis lies in its intricate choreography, characterized by rapid footwork and precise movements. Dancers perform jigs, reels, and other traditional dances with energetic flair, their rhythmic steps synchronizing with the beat of live music. Adjudicators keenly observe each performance, evaluating technique, posture, and expression to determine winners.
Beyond the competition, a Feis fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among dancers, their families, and enthusiasts. It’s a platform where cultural pride meets artistic expression, encapsulating Ireland’s identity through dance. With its vibrant blend of tradition, talent, and camaraderie, an Irish Dance Feis stands as a captivating homage to the nation’s captivating heritage.
Michael J. Quill East Durham Feis 2023
The East Durham Feis is an Irish dancing competition held every year on the 4th Saturday in August. This is technically considered an outdoor feis but it’s all under permanent, huge pavilions.
Feis has a 10:00 am start time located on the grounds of the Michael J Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre.
The East Durham feis is only an hour and 40 minutes from Lunasa feis in West Springfield so you can easily do a double feis weekend.