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


An Coimisiun adopts a child-centred approach and philosophy in the running of classes to ensure children and young people are at all times provided with a high standard of dancing tuition. It does this by requiring Teachers and Adjudicators who are registered with An Coimisiun to agree to uphold the organisations philosophy and standards.  Enforcement of this conduct is the responsibility of every Member and any queries about this code should be referred to the Chairperson of An Coiste Faire.

Parent/Guardians have an influential role to play in encouraging their children to adopt positive attitudes to maintain the ethos of An Coimisiun.
In registering with the AIDANSW,  it is required that Parents/Guardians agree to the following:-

- Know the start and finish times of your child’s classes. It is the Parent’s/Guardian’s responsibility to ensure the child arrives promptly and safely to each lesson.

- In the instance of a child having more than one lesson per day it is the Parent’s/Guardian’s responsibility to supervise the child/children between lessons.

- Parents/Guardians must collect their child immediately after class finishes from the venue. Children are not permitted to wait outside the venue.

- Teachers are not responsible for children /young people before between or after their class(es).

- Respect the Teacher’s opinion and encourage your child to do likewise.

- Show appreciation for the Teachers and Volunteers.

- Praise good performance and effort from all individuals and groups.

- Congratulate all participants regardless of the outcome.

- Use correct and appropriate language at all times.

- Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their dancing experience.

- Respect the rights, dignity, diversity and worth of every child/young person regardless of their gender ability ethnic and cultural background or religion.

- Be prepared to attend support events organised by the class for your child.

- It is the Parents guardians’ responsibility to inform the Teachers /Volunteers of any conditions, medical or otherwise, regarding their child.

- It is the responsibility of Parents/Guardians to ensure their child’s understanding and cooperation with the Code of Conduct for Child/Young Persons.

- It is the responsibility of Parents/Guardian to check each week regarding forthcoming events or unexpected changes in classes.



All Children/young people are encouraged to be open with their Teacher and share any concerns or complaints.

It is required that all children/Young People understand and agree to the following.

- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of everyone equally.

- Show respect to your Teacher during your dancing lesson.

- Bullying of children/ young people by their peers will not be tolerated

- Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable within An Coimisiun.

- Good behaviour is expected at all time, especially during class.

- No running around class venues, especially stairways.

- On entering and exiting venues, the main door must be used at all times.

- Do not leave the premises without a parent / guardian or parental permission.

- Appropriate clothes must be worn when arriving and leaving class.

- Be on time for lessons so as not to disrupt the smooth running of the lesson.

- Food or chewing gum is not permitted during lessons

- All mobile phones must be switched off during lessons.

- Work hard at your dancing in your own time at home.

- Enjoy your dancing.

The number of qualifiers for the World Championships is determined as follows : Single Year Age Groups - 5 in the first 20 and 1 in every ten (or part of) thereafter.
Double Year Age Groups - 7 in the first 20 and 1 in every 5 (or part of) thereafter. Maximum 15 in any competition.

Dancers may qualify at either the Regional (State) or National Championships.

The number of qualifiers for Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne from a competition at a Regional (State) or National Oireachtas is determined by the number of competitors 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 the previous Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne will count as competitors but not qualifiers.


• Costumes must consist of a full front and back section i.e. cut away styles are not acceptable
• Materials must be on an equivalent weight to that used in the more traditional costumes, e.g. dress velvet, trivera, gaberdine, wool mix etc
 • Skirt lengths - All costumes, both for solo and team dancers, must be no shorter than mid-thigh at the back”
• Neck lines must be of collar-bone level or above. This does not prelude the use of alternative fabrics, e.g. lace as an inset
• Where chiffon or lace material is used as sleeves, the sleeves must start at the shoulder line and end at the cuff• Appropriate underwear must be worn. Where tights are worn they must be of a denier of not less than 70.

All dancers in beginner grade from 2008 may only wear a team costume or skirt and top/leotard.
The IDC rule regarding make up and leg tan for beginners be followed, but no wigs be permitted in beginner grade.
For further clarification of this rule and how it affects your child, please speak to your teacher.

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.

With immediate effect, makeup* will not be permitted for any dancer in the first two grades (beginner and primary) up to and including the Under 12 age group Worldwide. This rule replaces the entire previous ruling on this matter in relation to make-up and fake tan.
* Please note that the phrase makeup refers to facial makeup as well as fake tan.

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