Grade examinations are a way to show dance proficiency outside of a competitive environment. Aimed to ensure that dancers of all levels learn the basics of each dance, these exams provide guidance on how to improve in Irish dance. The exams are different from competitions, as the focus is more on the individual’s ability, rather than being directly compared to other dancers.
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 and a certificate is awarded for each grade passed. A dancer who passes all 12 grades will receive the Diploma of the Irish Dancing Commission. Credits from the grade exams can be applied toward the solo dance portion of the TCRG and ADCRG examination. Note that dancers do not need to be regular feis competitors in order to participate in the grade examinations.
The IDTACE is offering Grades 1 – 12 Exams during this year’s ECR Oireachtas!
Registration is now open for the 2-day event and will be open until October 31, 2019 or when the cap is reached for each of the days. Please note that the cap will be determined based on the length of time it takes to complete a grade. We are scheduling Grade 11 and 12 exams on both days and the registration process for these exams is now closed. Please complete the attached registration form as soon as possible, given that space is limited on each day. Note: there is a limit of 6 exams for grades 1 – 6 and 2 exams for grades 7 – 10.
Talk to your TCRG/ADCRG if you have any questions about the exams. Further information can also be found on the CLRG website under ‘Find an exam’ in the ‘Feiseanna & Exams’ tab.
Examiner: Margaret Cleary, SDCRG
Fees: Grades 1 – 2 – 3: $22 each
Grades 4 – 5 – 6: $32.00 each
Grades 7 – 10: $42.00 each
Grades 11 – 12: $88.00 each
Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street East
Date & Time: Friday, December 3and Saturday, December 4, 2019
Start time TBA – will be emailed to dancers after registrations close
Feis rules apply: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to starting if you are not present when your grade examination starts you may be disqualified. The examinations are closed to spectators. This rule will be enforced by the volunteers. If you are dancing set dances, please bring your music on your phone/ipod.
Dancers must be dropped off with their own with water and shoes. More details regarding time and schedule will be emailed to prior to the exams. Teachers will not receive a schedule in advance as dancers are accommodated as best as possible with like grades, however with conflicts, etc. the schedule might change and you will be notified directly by email.
COVID-19 precautions will be in place: Masks must be worn at all times until the dancer is on stage. Do not attend if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any scheduling questions/concerns.