The following is a list of Irish Dancing Commission and AIDA Inc rules that affect registered dancers in Australia.


1. Purpose

The Australian Irish Dancing Association Inc. believes our Irish Dancing Community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all at the many annual events organised and registered by AIDA Inc. 

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for Dancers’ behaviour as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.  We invite all Dancers to help us realize a safe and positive experience for everyone.

2. Expected Behaviour

·         Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

·         Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behaviour and speech.

·         Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.

·         Alert AIDA members and officials if you become aware of a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

·         Participate in an authentic and active way.  In doing so, you help to build AIDA Inc as an Association that fosters Irish Dancing.

3. Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviours include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct, but are not limited to the intoxication or the use of illicit substances by any Dancers, at any AIDA related events.  All AIDA event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.  Inappropriate use of Social Media in any of these unacceptable behavioural areas is also unacceptable.

4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated by AIDA Inc.  If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, AIDA Inc. will take any action they deem appropriate. This will range from removal from the event to exclusion from future events in consultation with dancers, parents and teachers.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour at an AIDA Inc. registered event by an authorised person, is expected to comply immediately.

5. What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour

If you are subject to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify AIDA Inc. as soon as possible.

AIDA Inc. take measures to assist those experiencing unacceptable behaviour to feel safe.

6. Scope

We expect all Dancers registered with AIDA Inc. to abide by this code of conduct at all AIDA events.  A condition of annual registration of dancers with AIDA Inc. will include signed agreement to the Irish Dancers’ Code of Conduct.


The number of qualifiers for Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2018 from a competition at a Regional or National Oireachtas shall be determined by the number of competitors from that particular qualifying region who actually dance in the event concerned and not the number entered.

In calculating the number of qualifiers from a Regional or National Oireachtas dancers deemed to have qualified by having attained medal winning positions at Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2017 will count as competitors but not as qualifiers.

World medal holders from Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2017 can be replaced by additional quatlifiers at a Regional Oireachtas 2017 ONLY, on a "1 for 1" basis.

There will be no additional qualifiers from a National Oireachtas held in 2017 to replace World Medal Holders from Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2017.

If a World medal holder from Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2017, including a world champion, does not compete at a Regional Oireachtas, then an additional qualifying place is not created for Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2018.

Qualifiers from a National Oireachtas in 2017 must also compete at their Regional Oireachtas in 2017 in order to endorse this qualification.

The number of qualifiers from the respective competitions at a Regional / National Oireachtas shall be as follows:-

(a) In the case of competition for Senior Men Over 21 the number of qualifiers shall be (7) where the number of competitors is twenty or less plus one additional qualifier for each ten, or part of ten in excess of the first twenty reckonable competitors.

(b) In the case of other age groups the number of qualifiers shall be (5) where the number of competitors is twenty or less plus one additional qualifier for each ten, or part of ten in excess of the first twenty reckonable competitors.

In order to qualify to take part in any solo championship a dancer must have taken part in the appropriate championship at his/her Regional Oireachtas and either (i) qualified automatically as a consequence of having been placed in a medal winning position in any solo championship at Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2016 or (ii) achieved a qualifying place in his/her Regional Oireachtas.

COSTUME RULES have been updated October 2015

 An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha wishes to update and inform its registered members worldwide of the current rules. It is important that teachers, adjudicators, parents and dressmakers are aware of, and work within, the updated regulations.

The updated rules can be found on the CLRG website - click here


Any competitor found to be using artificial carriage aids and subsequently refused to remove same, will be subject to disqualification from that particular competitions. Medically prescribed apparatus (proof of which may be required) will be exempt from this ruling.


Makeup will not be permitted for any dancer in the first two grades, beginner (Bungrad) and primary (Tusgrad), up to and including the Under 12 age group worldwide.       

Make‐up (including false eyelashes and tanner on the face) is not permitted for dancers, in either solo or team competitions, up to and including the Under10 age group. Effective 1 March 2014

Clarifications as of 3 February 2014
Both make-up rules refer to the age group of the competition, not the actual age of the dancer. For example, 9 year old dancers competing in a team that is entered under 12 may wear make-up. Or at a feis where the youngest Open Championship age group is under 11, then all dancers in that competition may wear make-up.


No block, en point, stationary or moving is allowed to be performed for all ages up to and including the under 12 age group. 


Any Form of unauthorised photography which has the capability to capture a dancer’s image whilst in motion, using electronic or manual means, e.g. mobile phone, standard camera, video camcorder, cine recorder, commercial film, with or without flash enhancement, is expressly forbidden in competition.
Source: An Coimisiun