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24th Annual...

Feis in the Desert

January 18 & 19, 2014

Presented by...
  • The Bracken School of Irish Dance
  • The Damhsa Irish Dance Company


DoubleTree by Hilton™ Phoenix-Gilbert Hotel & San Tan Elegante

1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway
Gilbert, Arizona 85295

Free shuttle service to and from Mesa/Gateway Airport and San Tan Village Mall and surrounding restaurants


John Cunniffe, MA, USA – A.D.C.R.G.

Martin Percival, CO, USA – A.D.C.R.G.

Ellen Boyle Gibbons, VA, USA – A.D.C.R.G.

Grade Exam Adjudicators

John Cunniffe – A.D.C.R.G.

Thomas Bracken, Tullamore Ireland –A.D.C.R.G.


Pat King, ON, Canada

Grade Exams

  • Grade exams are one way to show your dance proficiency outside of a competitive environment. They aim to ensure that dancers at all levels learn the basics of each dance and that each dancer is given guidance on how to improve their dancing. The exams are different from competitions, as the focus is more on the individual. Feedback is given to each dancer, highlighting their good points as well as the things they need to improve. Credits from the grade exams can be applied toward the solo dance portion of the TCRG and ADCRG examination. Dancers do not need to be regular feis competitors in order to participate in grade exams.
  • Download the Grade Exams Syllabus
  • Download the Grade Exams Schedule
  • Download the Grade Exam Rules
  • The Grade Exams will be held:
    • On Friday beginning at 5:00 p.m. at
      Feis in the Desert Venue, San Tan Elegante Conference Center
      1800 San Tan Village Parkway
      Gilbert, AZ 85295
      (Adjacent to the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix/Gilbert)
    • And on Monday beginning at 8:00 a.m. at
      Bracken School of Irish Dance, located in Jeanne’s Dance Studio
      610 N. Alma School Rd., Suite #2
      Chandler, AZ 85224
      (just 7 miles from the DoubleTree)

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