Feis

Logo_Michigan Feis

September 16, 2023

Feis: VanDyk Mortgage Convention
Center, starting 8:00 am (doors open at 7:00 am)

Parade of Champions: Grafton Street @ the Festival, 7:15 pm

Whether you simply are attending the Festival or also planning on entering competition, céad míle fáilte (Irish greeting: a hundred thousand welcomes). In either case, you can see Irish dancers at their best!

☘️ Information for the General Public ☘️

A Feis (pronounced “fesh”) is an adjudicated competition for Irish dancers. According to CLRG, the world’s largest governing body of Irish dance, each Feis must be run by an accredited school.

Since 2008, the Michigan Irish Music Festival has partnered with the Ardán Academy of Irish Dance both to hold a Feis (offsite) and to bring a live performance to Heritage Landing. All 1 st , 2 nd , and 3 rd place winners in the Preliminary Champion and Open Champion categories – the two highest levels in the sport – are invited to showcase their talents on Festival grounds. The style of dancing at a Parade of Champions is highly energetic and also fun for the audience. It might remind you of Riverdance! Anyone at the MIMF on Saturday evening is welcome to watch these top finishers, some of whom probably have competed all the way up to the World Championships.

☘️ Information for Irish Dancers ☘️

👉 KATHY RABACH SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

We are back in 2024, retaining favorite traditions while introducing exciting
changes!

The Michigan Feis will be held at the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center. This venue is located a short walk from Heritage Landing, making it even easier to enjoy our supporting event, the MIMF. As a perk of registration for the Feis, dancers have FREE admission to the Festival! For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Champ finishers, the walk to Grafton Street for the celebratory Parade of Champions takes only about 5 minutes.

The popular Championship Treble Reel Special (799TR), T.J. Maloney Memorial Trophy (999TJM), and Kathy Rabach Irish Dance Scholarship will continue!

Dancers receive printed results after all of their competitions have finished.

For dancers looking to qualify for Oireachtas, the Michigan Feis provides one of the final opportunities.

There are no caps. Registration is through QuickFeis, closing 09/07.

Questions about the Feis can be emailed to michiganfeis@gmail.com.

For additional information (the Syllabus, Stage Assignments, and vendor, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities) as well as regular Feis updates, please like our Facebook page 👉 https://www.facebook.com/MichiganFeis.

Tip: We advise Irish dance families to book accommodations ASAP. Due to the popularity of the Festival, we generally are not able to negotiate block rates with hotels in downtown Muskegon. However, numerous options (hotel rooms, Airbnb, campgrounds) are available within a short driving distance. There is paid parking near the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center.

☘️ Information for Feis Volunteers ☘️

The Michigan Feis relies on many volunteers to make the event possible. Each volunteer receives an official Michigan Irish Music Festival Volunteer T-Shirt and one complimentary ticket for admission to the festival, held at Heritage Landing. Below are NEW sign-up instructions.

  1. Click this link: https://app.initlive.com/JE/va1sh13520lie9 
  2. Then click the Green Button to “Volunteer”. This step can only be completed using a web browser on your phone, computer or tablet.
  3. Follow Step-By Step Instructions. Once you are done completing your registration(name, t-shirt size, etc.), you will go to the next step of Scheduling. Select a “Role” first to populate open and available shifts. If you do not see the time slot or location, it means the shift is full. You will need to select a different shift.
  4. Download the Bloomerang Volunteer App on your phone when registration is completed. This will allow you to:
    • check your schedule
    • add/change shifts
    • check-in
    • receive important event updates

Please download the “Bloomerang Volunteer” App here:

New to Bloomerang Volunteer?

Want to know how to sign up, step by step?

Need to learn how the mobile app works?

Click this link for Webinars 4 and 5. Each video takes just a few minutes and walks you through step-by-step how to sign-up for shifts and how to use the Mobile App!
https://bloomerang.learnworlds.com/course/volunteer-course-1-account-creation-and-sign-up 

What Happens after I Sign-Up?

Please look for periodic emails from the PNC Volunteer Center. Mark volunteer@michiganirish.org as a “safe sender” to your email.