Competition Costumes

Dancers who choose to compete in feiseanna will need to dress in appropriate attire. Here are links to the official CLRG (Irish Dancing Commission) rules and regulations – https://www.clrg.ie/rules.html and https://www.clrg.ie/about-us/structure/costumes.html


BEGINNERS WHO ARE NEW TO COMPETING

Female beginner dancers who are new to competitions may choose to wear a black skirt and a white blouse (Peter Pan collar). The skirt length should be at least 3 inches (preferably 4 inches) above the top of the knee cap. If too long, it hides a dancer’s legs and can look sloppy while dancing.

Male beginner dancers should wear a button down shirt, with black pants and tall black dress socks.

Please talk to your instructor, or send an email with any questions.


BOYS COSTUMES / TEELIN SCHOOL VEST

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Boys should wear black dress pants with belt, black knee-high socks, and a dress shirt with a red tie (white shirt for beginners, black shirt for other levels). The Teelin School Vest is typically worn in Novice and Prizewinner Grade competitions, and is also worn for championship figure teams. Male champion-level soloists should wear a solo costume that Maureen has approved.


TEELIN ALTERNATE SCHOOL DRESS

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The Alternate School Dress is a slightly less formal dress than the School Dress, and is often worn by Teelin dancers in the Beginner, Advanced Beginner or Novice Grade levels. This dress is also a more flattering style for many adult body-types, therefore it is the recommended costume for Teelin dancers competing in Adult level competitions.

Important: The skirt length of all Irish dance dresses should be at least 3 inches (preferably 4 inches) above the top of the knee cap. If too long, it hides a dancer’s legs and can look sloppy while dancing.

Both the Teelin School Dress and the Alternate School Dress are to be worn with natural hair held neatly off the face with the embroidered headband. Please do NOT wear a wig or hair piece with the school costume.

As dancers outgrow their Teelin School Dress, it is recommended that the dress be listed for sale on the Dresses for Sale page of the Teelin website.


TEELIN SCHOOL DRESS

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The Teelin School Dress may be worn by any Teelin dancers competing in feiseanna through the Prizewinner Grade level, and for Figure Teams.

Important: The skirt length of all Irish dance dresses should be at least 3 inches (preferably 4 inches) above the top of the knee cap. If too long, it hides a dancer’s legs and can look sloppy while dancing.

Both the Teelin School Dress and the Alternate School Dress are to be worn with natural hair held neatly off the face with the embroidered headband. Please do NOT wear a wig or hair piece with the school costume.

As dancers outgrow their Teelin School Dress, it is recommended that the dress be listed for sale on the Dresses for Sale page of the Teelin website.


SOLO DRESSES

Teelin dancers must have ALL dances in Prizewinner Grade before they are permitted to wear a solo dress in competition. (This is a SCHOOL POLICY, not a general competition policy.) Also, any purchase of a solo dress must be discussed with and approved by Maureen. Please do not purchase a dress before showing it (or at least a picture of it) to Maureen, or to Shawn Stratmann. All dancers who compete in a solo dress need to have their “look” approved by Maureen and Shawn. Please direct any questions to Maureen.

There are many second-hand solo dresses on the market, and it is worth exploring what’s available before committing to the sizeable expense of purchasing a new solo dress. Irish dance solo dresses are works of art… and priced as such. Shop the solo dresses for sale at feiseanna. Also, here are a few links to sites listing second-hand solo dresses:

Dance Again Pre-Loved Irish Dance Dresses

Feis Dresses .com

Get That Dress

Used Solo Dresses

Dance.net

(Of course, don’t forget to check the Teelin Dresses for Sale page to see if anyone within our own school has listed a solo dress for sale!)

If you are considering having a new solo dress made, the following dressmakers are approved by Maureen. However, please remember to talk to Maureen before placing an order.

Shamrock Stitchery

Rising Star

Elevation

Siopa Rince

Doire Dress Design

Celtic Star

 

BLING SERVICES
Current style Irish dance solo dresses have at least some stone work (crystals) on them to help increase the pizzazz of the dress onstage. Kris Steeley (aka “Sparkle Master”) is mom of a retired Open Champion dancer / Company dancer, and has been providing bling services to the Teelin family since 2010. Samples of her work can be seen on the Champion wall, and photos can be provided of previous work.

Kris is available to consult with the dress owner on the work desired and add the bling at a reasonable cost, or to provide advice for those brave enough to take on the challenge of adding bling themselves. Consults are free. Bling work is done for the cost of the crystals used, plus a $10/hour fee. Most updates (adding to dresses that already have bling) can be done in an hour. Full bling jobs can range from $200-500, depending on the type of crystals used. Kris can provide a rough estimate of the work desired prior to start, and will consult with the dress owner during the process if questions arise.

Kris Steeley – email

DRESS MEASUREMENTS – Kris is also available for dress measuring consults, and has provided assistance to many champions purchasing dresses from all of the major dressmakers.