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Grade Exams

2015 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.

In all there are 12 grades plus a Preliminary Grade. Different dances are specified for each grade. Each grade must be passed before a dancer may attempt the next grade. Up to three grade examinations may be taken at one time. A certificate is awarded for each grade passed. A dancer who passes all twelve grades receives “The Diploma of the Irish Dancing Commission.” 

Talk to your TCRG/ADCRG if you have questions about the grade examinations. Further information can also be found on the An Coimisiun site here: 

2015 Examiners:    Margaret Cleary, Los Angeles, CA (grades 7-10)  and Liam Harney, Walpole, MA (grades 1-6)

2015 Cap: 47 exams (Feisworx counts competitors, most competitors take at least two exams)

: Grades 1-3 $25, grades 4-6 $35 and grades 7-10 $45

General Examination Rules:

  • Exams are limited to THREE. A 3-month period must elapse before the next grade is attempted.
  • Examinees must be examined by at least FOUR different examiners up through Grade 10 (and at least 2 up through Grade 6). It is up to you to ensure that you have the requisite number.
  • Exams must be taken and passed in order. If you pass an exam out of order, An Coimisiun will discard the results.
  • Grades 5-9 include ceili dances from Ar Rinci Fiorne. If there are not enough dancers to dance the ceili dances, the examiner will question the candidate on the dance to assess their knowledge of the dance.
  • Retest policy: If passed, may retake only if approved by CLRG in writing.
  • No fee refunds will be provided. If you do not pass one exam, you cannot take the next. Please do not register for more than one unless you are confident that you are prepared for all.

2015 Date & Start Time: Friday June 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. Beginning with the lowest grades, details regarding arrival time and schedule can be found here on the Feisworx website. 

If you have taken Grade Exams before, you MUST bring your completion paperwork from prior grades. Failure to bring the needed documentation from prior passing reports may result in disqualification since candidates must take and pass all grades in order.

Examinations are CLOSED to spectators. Feis staff will enforce this rule. Please do not attempt to observe.

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