Our committee is reviewing the entry list to ensure that all dancers have paid and/or are NOT residents of states currently affected by NJ State Travel Restrictions. Entries that have not been paid will be sent a reminder to pay and a deadline to do so. Entrants who live in affected states will also be removed and refunded (if they have paid). After that point, we will be adding dancers from our wait list.
After we account for volunteers, judges and musicians, we will see how many additional spots we can add to our total entry list. As we have said before there will not be more than 500 total persons allowed on site and NO one will be allowed on site who has travelled to or comes from a state currently on the NJ travel restriction list.
We wish we could accommodate EVERYONE, but under the current circumstances, we cannot.
Welcome to the information hub for our 2020 Feis! Like you, we have been waiting a LONG time to be able to attend a feis, and we are very excited to be able to host the Heritage Irish Dance Company Feis on October 24, 2020. We have an incredible venue, Forest Lodge in Warren, New Jersey, which is able to host our event following all current New Jersey State Covid-19 Mandates. Click on the venue name above for more information and directions.
Hosting a feis in New Jersey (or the surrounding area) is traditionally very costly even under the most "normal" of circumstances. Our feis has been one of the largest in the State, hosting over 1,000 entrants from all over North America (and even Ireland!). This year, we will only be able to accommodate just over 200 competitors plus one spectator per competitor.
Heritage Irish Dance Company has secured the entire 50 acre Forest Lodge property for our feis so that we can safely run our event in compliance with current New Jersey Covid-19 protocols. Because of the high venue cost combined with a significantly lower number of entrants allowed, we are forced to raise entry costs for all competitions in order to ensure we can pay our expenses. Your family fee will remain the same as in 2019 at $25.00.
Our goal for running the 2020 Feis is to give local Irish dancers an opportunity to do what they love - to compete, to meet their goals, to perform on stage and to see their friends... safely!
As of Sept. 22nd, 35 states are on NJ's travel advisory list. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE FEIS IF YOU LIVE IN OR PLAN TO TRAVEL TO ANY OF THE STATES ON THIS LIST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE FEIS. An up to date list can be found on the NJ COVID DASHBOARD.
Covered, double-wide stages for all Prelim & Open Championship competitions mean that dancers will perform two at a time, but with each dancer performing in his or her own 24' X 20' area.
Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in convenient areas
Bathrooms will be monitored and cleaned regularly by Forest Lodge staff
Masks must be worn by all attendees and volunteers. Dancers may remove their mask only when performing.
Only one spectator per dancer will be allowed on site. Spectators must register ahead of time via a Google Form that the feis will email to all paid entrants.
Spectators and dancers (or their guardians if the dancer is under age 18) must sign an acknowledgement of all policies and waiver before October 18th.
No one will be allowed on site without filling out the Google Form and signing the acknowledgement and waiver.
Please print your number card at home and bring to the feis.
Limited seating will be available on the lawn in the form of picnic tables, but you may bring your own chairs for use on the lawn to the side of the pavilion.
No chairs will be allowed under the pavilion.
No outside food or drink is allowed. Food and non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be for sale.
The feis reserves the right to combine age groups for any level of competition in events with fewer than five (5) entrants so that placements will "count" toward a dancer moving up levels.