Rules and Guidelines For Competing


View the full list of CLRG rules here:

(Please note that any CLRG rules effective  in September of any year will take effect in New Zealand the following January.)


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.

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 Inc. along with the TIDA of NZ Inc. 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

Rince Seit Tradisiúnta/Traditional Set dancesGuidelines for Teachers and Adjudicators
ALL versions of traditional set dances are acceptable once danced in a traditional style.
Clicks are not permitted in any traditional set dance.Dancers are not permitted to move in a counter direction when executing "rolls."
"Rolls" may be danced on the spot or moving in the direction of the leading foot e.g. the first bar of music in the King of the Fairies may be danced on the spot or to the right when dancing on the right foot and on the spot or to the left when dancing on the left foot.
"Rocks" in any traditional set dance must be fully completed and not cut short.
JOB OF JOURNEYWORK: "Boxes" in this traditional set dance may be executed in either FOUR or FIVE beats. The "box" must be completed by the two shoes touching at the toe piece.
There is no "stamp" immediately following the "box".
ST. PATRICKS DAY: In the 5th bar of the step (lead) and also the 5th and 10th bars of the set, dancers must hit their toe to their heel. Banging of the toe on the floor is not permitted.
Single and double trebles are acceptable in the step (lead) of all traditional set dances.

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.

Competing in Auckland:

All Auckland Fesianna are open to dancers from around New Zealand and the World.
However, the Auckland Regional Feis is only open to dancers from Auckland and Waikato.
Dancers must compete in two solo dances in one of the available Auckland competitions to be eligible to dance in the Auckland Regional Feis.
Exceptions on an individual basis may be made by majority agreement of Auckland/Waikato Dancing Teachers. If a dancer is on transfer (6 months penalty) during that time that the qualifying competitions are run, they are not subject to the rule above.