Feis FAQ’s

What does 'No Fancy Stuff' mean?

Teelin owners Maureen and Kathleen, along with their sister Eileen, grew up in the Peter Smith School of Irish Dance in New Jersey. Under Peter’s tutelage, the Berry sisters developed a strong passion for Irish dancing, encouraged by their immigrant parents Brigid and Mike Berry, well before Riverdance made Irish dancing popular. One of their fondest memories of Peter is his frequent and emphatic declarations of “No fancy stuff!”

When it comes right down to it, dancers dance because they LOVE the dancing. When a dancer’s passion shines bright onstage, it is indeed much brighter than any fancy blinged-out costume could ever shine. At the Teelin Feis, we are asking dancers to dress in simple outfits, NOT dance costumes, and to let their hearts and their smiles dominate the stage. Leave the fancies at home for this feis – no fancy stuff!

What do competitors wear at this feis?

All dancers, Beginners through Champions, are asked to wear modest attire, NOT formal costumes. Suggested attire is an outfit that is flattering for Irish dancing and simultaneously comfortable for the dancer. Skirt, skort, or capris work well. Gents may wear either long shorts or exercise pants. Either long- or short-sleeves are acceptable, but shoulders and bodice must both be fully covered. No tank tops, cami tops, or short-shorts. Black and/or red colors are encouraged! Competition outfits may not display graphics or lettering. (A brand logo is not an issue, as long as small.) No dance school or dancer info may be worn on any clothing for competition. Hair should be kept neatly off the face; no wigs. Enjoy the No Fancy Stuff!

Where can I find registration info, syllabus, adjudicators and musicians, etc?

Please see the Syllabus & Schedule page of this website for those details.

As each new piece of information becomes available, it will be announced on this website and on our social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook).

Is Teelin Feis offering a Charity Treble Reel?

Yes! All proceeds from the Charity Treble Reel will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. This charity is especially close to Teelin’s heart because a sibling of a graduated Teelin dancer is afflicted with the disease, as is also a cousin to the Teelin owners.

Are there hotels near this feis?

We have secured a group rate for a block of rooms at a Courtyard in nearby Gaithersburg. Information is available on the Syllabus & Schedule page of this website.

Do you have sponsorship opportunities?

Thanks for asking, indeed we do! Please see the Our Sponsors page of this website, and if you have further questions please contact us.

Which vendors will be at this feis?

Vendors are listed on the Vendors & Raffles page of this website. Check out the great raffle opportunities, too!


Have additional questions? Contact us at feis@teelin.com.