There are many Irish dance organizations that sanction feiseanna (the Irish Gaelic plural for feis) and certify instructors and adjudicators. Different organizations have different structures, goals, and philosophies.
Though many Irish dance teachers join the organization they were trained in, teachers can choose which organization suits them best. This affects the dancers they teach in a few ways.
Digital Feis is open platform. Open platform feiseanna are open to everyone regardless of affiliation. Schools belonging to any organization, or none at all, are welcome to compete. These feiseanna may be sanctioned by an organization with its own standard rules, levels, and expectations, or put on by independent schools. Closed platform feiseanna (Irish dance competitions) are only open to dancers whose teachers are current members of the sanctioning organization.
Irish dance teachers have many organizations to choose from. Current organizations include:
Note some open platform organizations, such as the North American Irish Dance Federation (NAIDF), have disbanded.
And these are just organizations focused on modern competitive Irish dancing — there’s so much more to the Irish dancing tradition! If you're passionate about different styles, established in the field, and you want to help include your style in Digital Feis (or its non-competitive program), please email email@example.com.