Inishfree is working hard to support our Irish dance community and hold a great event in as safe a manner as possible!
We will be working diligently to ensure that we are adhering to all local rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of all dancers and spectators.
Hays County currently mandates the wearing of face masks in public areas. All attendees must wear a face mask at all times except when competing. This includes in the lobby outside the competition areas and in all meeting rooms attached to the feis.
Dancers are NOT required to wear masks while they are performing on stage, but they may do so if they choose.
While dancers are waiting side stage, they will be required to wear their face masks. Once dancers are up to dance, they may remove their masks and place them on their wrists. Once they finish dancing, masks must be reapplied. All attendees must wear their face masks correctly, i.e., the mask must cover the mouth and nose at all times.
If a medical condition precludes you from wearing a face mask, we respectfully ask that you do not attend the feiseanna this year. We look forward to welcoming you back in a future year.
Prior to entering the venue, all persons will be required to undergo a temperature screening. Afterwards, they will be issued with a wristband, which they will be required to wear while they are at the venue. A different wristband will be issued each day. Any person displaying a temperature of 100.4°F or higher will not be permitted entry.
Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event. Attendees are encouraged to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds and as often as possible.
Due to the venue availability, the music competition will be held Saturday, November 21st, location and time is still TBD. We will not be providing a piano this year for competition so please bring your own instrument.
Entries for the art competition may be deposited at the registration table on Sunday morning. No drop-off is available on Friday or Saturday night.
Only 1 parent or guardian per dancer will be allowed.
Families will be allowed only two seats: one for the dancer and one for a guardian. Visitors or spectators are not permitted.
Seating will be arranged in banks of two chairs, each bank set six feet apart from other seating. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE THE CHAIRS! Note that this will significantly reduce the amount of seats available.
Seating will be cleared after each age group concludes dancing.
No family will be permitted to hold chairs with bags and dresses. Parent volunteers will monitor the flow of traffic in the room and deal with unattended seating.
The competitions will start with the youngest dancers and work through to the oldest age group. During the Champions competitions, two age groups will be allowed in the staging area at a time as they will likely dance back to back; i.e., U12 and U14 will be permitted in the stage area at the same time.
Dancers should not arrive to line up more than 15 minutes before a competition. This includes first thing in the morning. The competition area will not open until 7:30 a.m. If competitions are running behind schedule, notifications will be posted on social media as well as at the entrance to the competition area. We guarantee that no competition will start early; therefore, no dancers will need to arrive at the competition area early “just in case.”
Competitions will be scheduled BY AGE, and not by level, so dancers should be able to spend as little time as possible in the competition area.
Where possible, dancers should do their hair and makeup in advance to minimize the number of dancers gathered in restrooms at mirrors.
Dancers are asked to arrive at the venue warmed up. They may practice on the basketball/volleyball courts, but in tennis shoes only. Hard shoes are strictly prohibited on the courts.
All four of the venue’s large basketball/volleyball courts will be available for the feis. The stages for Grades dancers will be located at one end of the fieldhouse and the Champs stage will be located at the other end of the fieldhouse.
Vendor station and a general seating area will be located on the venue’s two middle courts. We highly recommend bringing camping chairs or blankets to sit on.
Please wait until a dancer has completed ALL competitions before claiming medals. Only one visit to the medals table is permitted. Please be patient as we work with tabulations to calculate the results as quickly as possible. Results will be posted on the feis Facebook page.
Recalls for placement for Champs dancers will be posted on the feis Facebook page and the feis Instagram account. Times for the announcement of placement results will accompany the recalls.
Prelim and Open Championships will be announced and presented at the designated awards location (TBD).
Dancers must wear masks for the awards ceremony.
Specials (Treble Reel, Trad Set, Soft Shoe, Hard Shoe) will not be announced this year; dancers can pick up awards at the awards table (location TBD). This change will reduce the number of people gathered at the awards ceremony and will also allow dancers to get their results much faster and leave the area.
There will be no water stations this year due to the potential spread of COVID-19. Please do not bring outside food into the venue. Bottled water and snacks will be available for purchase at the venue. A food truck located outside the venue will offer breakfast and lunch options.
Fabrince Callahans will be the only vendor at the feiseanna. The vendor will be located in the venue’s middle two court areas and may require its own COVID-19 safety protocols in addition to those set by the venue. Please respect these. Appointments or scheduling may be necessary to prevent a crowd gathering.
*The vendor has been asked to bring their full range of shoe products since we anticipate many dancers will have outgrown shoes.
The front row of seating for each stage is designated for teachers only.
Once the feis finishes each day, the venue will be emptied and will stay locked overnight. Unfortunately, the venue will not be open for practice once the day of competition commences.
By attending, observing, and/or participating in the Texas Capital Championships Feis and the Live Music Capital Feis, you acknowledge and assume all risks and dangers associated with the attendance and participation of yourself and your child. You further agree to comply with all COVID-19 precautions and agree to release the Inishfree School of Irish Dance, the CTX Fieldhouse (Sunfield Station), www.feisworx.com , the vendor and all volunteers of any liability for injury or illness that occurs as a result of your attendance and/or participation.