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.



Please click here for qualifying rules for the 2022 World Championships.


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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.

In order to comply with health and safety measures, all dancers lining up side stage prior to any round at any competition will be require to perform the simple exercise of raising their arms to shoulder level unhindered. If unable to do this by the time of their rotation due to costume stitching or arm attachments, these competitors will not be permitted to perform.


Make up, leg tan and wigs will not be permitted for any dancer in Novice and Beginner (Bun) for 11 years and under.

Make up and leg tan will not be permitted for any dancer in Primary (Tus) for 11 years and under.

In all other grades, including elementary, intermediate (Mean) and Open (Ard) – dancers of age 9 years and under are not permitted to wear Make-up (including false eyelashes and / or tanner on the face) in either solo or team (ceili / choreography) competitions unless they are dancing in a higher age group.  However they are permitted tanning products on legs.

COSTUME RULES have been updated

 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 here - click here


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