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.
Grades 1-10: TBA
Grades 11-12: TBA
Grades 1-3 $35
Grades 4-6 $50
Grades 7 & 8 $65
Grades 9 & 10 $75
Grades 11 & 12 $140
*Grades 11 and 12 require a special application and approval by CLRG for those candidates to be examined. Application information is listed on the CLRG website. The Examining Authority is requesting that those applications be submitted before we can be approved and receive the rota to select our examiners. Please submit applications for Grades 11 and 12 to the Entry Secretary at email@example.com. We will begin accepting applications mid January 2024.
2024 Grade 11 & 12 Applications:
Please submit ALL grade exam score sheets, certificates, and application in ONE PDF file. Any submitted applications without a TCRG signature will NOT be accepted.
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.
Examinations are CLOSED to spectators. Feis staff will enforce this rule. Please do not attempt to observe.
2024 Date & Start Time
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024: Further details on the schedule will be emailed to all participants at a later date.
Grades 11&12: TBA
Grades 1-3 TBA
Grades 4-6 TBA
Grades 7-10 TBA
If you have taken Grade Exams before, you MUST bring your competition 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.