You should take with you…

  • Dancer
  • Shoes (hard and soft)
  • Extra shoelaces
  • Shoe polish
  • Black Duct Tape (for bottom of hard shoe tip to reduce slippage)
  • Poodle Socks (two pair)
  • Sock glue
  • Dress/costume
  • Kick pants/tap pants/bloomers
  • T-shirt or tank top for under costume
  • Shorts (for when not wearing dress)
  • Wig and/or hair things: bobby/hair pins, clips, binders, barrettes, hair spray, etc
  • Headband/crown/tiara
  • Makeup (if old enough—check the rules!)
  • No jewelry other than small earrings
  • Hole punch for attaching competitor number (usually holes are already punched but not always)
  • Safety Pins
  • Competitor number (received at registration)
  • Ribbon/yarn/string for tying number around waist (thread through holes punched in top of competitor number)
  • Small Scissors
  • Program (received at registration)
  • Pen/pencil and highlighter
  • Feis stools (folding stools with no back sold at Claire’s—easier for dressed kids to sit – dress hangs over edge instead of being sat on)
  • Folding chairs for adults
  • Blanket
  • Energy snacks
  • Water (sometimes not allowed to bring in food/drinks and must purchase)
  • Copy of syllabus (sometimes printed in program—if not, print off internet)
  • Entertainment for kids during down time
  • Swimsuit and goggles if staying at hotel with pool
  • Entertainment for adults during down time
  • Ice packs, Advil, bandaids, Neosporin and other first aid as appropriate
  • Money to buy stuff you need (and don’t need) at feis vendor booths
  • Maps

Note:

  • No cameras! Well, you may take still photos without a flash of the competitors (usually), but absolutely no video or flash during competition.
  • Feel free to check how friends are doing by looking at the results board, but be aware that not every competitor wants to know how they are placing. Don’t tell anyone how they did without their permission!
  • Purchased food at a feis is often expensive, of poor quality and requires standing in a long line. Consider bringing your own food.
  • Occasionally carry-in food is banned by the venue; if that’s the case, still be sure to bring (smuggle!) small energy snacks.
  • Do not approach judges or musicians – direct questions to the stage monitor.