Rules and Guidelines For Competing


View the full list of CLRG rules here:

Rules for competing in New Zealand are being updated and will be on this page soon.

Entry to dancing competitions held in New Zealand under An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha members are open to pupils registered with a certified TC.R.G. /A.D.R.C.G.

The age of a competitor shall be taken as on 1 January.

Entry to the New Zealand Championships is open to dancers registered with TIDA of NZ members. TIDA of NZ  members must reside in New Zealand.

All competitors throughout New Zealand are required to submit a copy of their proof of birth (i.e. birth certificate, passport or drivers license) to their teacher who will forward to the Registration Officer of TIDA of NZ  along with the TIDA of NZ . registration of $25.00 NZD. (Once your proof of birth has been submitted, you will not need to provide it again).

These registrations are due by March 31st every year.


Any Form of unauthorized photography which has the capability to capture a dancer’s image whilst in motion, using electronic or manual means, e.g. mobile phone, standard camera, video camcorder, cine recorder, commercial film, with or without flash enhancement, is expressly forbidden in OPEN SECTIONS.

Non-FLASH photography/filming IS PERMITTED only for Novice Sections.



All competitors in the Novice Sections are only permitted to wear a school costume or a black skirt/coloured top (girls) or black trousers/coloured shirt/waistcoat (boys).
Leotards and Solo costumes are prohibited in this section.
Make-up and fake tan for this section is prohibited.
Wigs are optional.

Steps and Speeds:

First Single Reel (128-130)
First Light Jig (116)
First Slip Jig (124)
First Hard Jig (96)
First Hornpipe (144)
Traditional set dance St Patrick's Day (94)
(N.B. Jigs are 2 steps for Under 9 and 3 steps for Over 9)

Dancers can spend a maximum of 2 years in this section and must move up to Open if they place in the top 50% at the New Zealand Championships.

Advanced Novice Speeds:

Reel (116)Slip Jig (120)Heavy Jig (82)Hornpipe (130)


Solo costumes, fake tan and wigs permitted.

Music Speeds:
Reel 113
Slip Jig 113
Hornpipe 113
Heavy Jig 73
Tradtional Set Dances:
Blackbird 144
St Patrick's Day 94
Job of Journeywork 138
Garden of Daisies 138
King of the Fairies 130
Three Sea Captains 96
Jockey to the Fair 90

Length of dances for New Zealand Championships:

Single Jig Under 8 years 32 bars
Hornpipe 40 bars
Slip Jig 40 bars
Hard Jig 48 bars
Reel 48 bars

Lead Rounds in Heavy Dancing:

In all competitions Meán and Árd (Intermediate and Open) that in all heavy dancing, i.e. Jig and Hornpipe, the lead round must be danced on both right and left feet.