Thank you for registering for the Grade Exams at Dance for Life feis 2017. We are excited to offer the Grade Exams again. Please read the following important information about your exam.
Grade Examinations Scheme:
The purpose of the Grade Examinations Scheme is to provide a structured framework within which dancers can progress towards an achievable goal. The syllabus has been designed to provide a strong foundation in Irish Dance by developing a candidate’s physical skills, stamina, expression, musicality and an appreciation and knowledge of the traditional dances and culture. It provides a worthwhile sense of achievement for individuals whether they dance solely for health, recreation or competitive reasons or hope to pursue a career in Irish Dancing.
Grade examinations are unlike competitions in that each candidate is individually examined and receives a detailed written assessment of their performance and knowledge of the grade being attempted. They are open to both male and female candidates regardless of age and ability.
The scheme consists of an optional Preliminary Grade followed by a further 12 grades with each grade becoming increasingly more demanding on the candidate’s skill, knowledge and ability. Each Grade must be passed and certificate awarded before a candidate may attempt the next level. A dancer who successfully completes all Grades will be awarded “The Diploma of the Irish Dancing Commission”. All 12 Grade Examinations must be completed to be eligible to apply for the TCRG Examination effective from January 1st 2018. All candidates must produce previous reports before proceeding to higher grades. Please bring to the exam
Rules & Regulations
- Only Basic Steps may be danced in the Preliminary grade and Grades 1, 2 & 3.
- The number of bars of music to be danced to for all Reels, Single or Hop Jigs Light Jigs, Slip Jigs, Heavy Jigs and Hornpipes is 40.
- St. Patrick’s Day, Blackbird, Garden of Daisies, Job of Journeywork, King of the Fairies, Three Sea Captains, and Jockey to the Fair must be performed in a traditional style and manner.
- The same set dance must not be performed in more than one of the Grades from 9 to 12 inclusive.
- A dancer must take all grades in order, beginning with Grade 1 – the Preliminary grade is optional. However, a candidate may only attempt a maximum of 3 consecutive Grades at any one sitting.
- Candidates must be able to adequately demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge of all ceili dances as per “Ár Rincí Céilí ” as specified in the syllabus for Grades 5 -12 inclusive.
- Dance costumes should not be worn.
- All candidates must produce previous reports before proceeding to higher grades. Please bring to the exam.
Grades and Required Dances
Grade 1 – Easy Reel and Light Jig
Easy Reel 122-124 Light Jig 116
Grade 2- Easy Slip Jig and Easy Single Jig
Basic Slip Jig 124 Basic Single Jig 124
Grade 3 – Primary Reel and Basic Heavy Jig
Primary Reel 116-118 Basic Heavy Jig 96
Grade 4 – Primary Slip Jig and St. Patrick’s Day (Traditional)
Primary Slip Jig 120 St Patrick’s Day 94
Grade 5 – Advanced Reel (Intermediate/ Primary/Open) (Traditional) Hornpipe and Walls of Limerick
Advanced Reel (Intermediate/Primary/Open) 113 Basic Hornpipe 144
Walls of Limerick
Grade 6 – Advanced Slip Jig (Intermediate/Primary/Open) Blackbird (Traditional) and Siege of Ennis
Advanced Slip Jig (Intermediate/ Primary/Open) 113 The Blackbird 144 Siege of Ennis
Grade 7 – Advanced Heavy Jig Garden of Daisies (Traditional) and Four Hand Reel
Advanced Heavy Jig 73 Garden of Daisies 138 Four Hand Reel
Grade 8 – Advanced Hornpipe Job of Journeywork (Traditional) and Humours of Bandon
Advanced Hornpipe 113 Job of Journeywork 138 Humours of Bandon
Grade 9 –
Two modern set dances, one in 6/8 time and the other in 2/4 or 4/4 time and the High Cauled Cap
Grade 10 – Two modern set dances, one in 6/8 time and the other in 2/4 or 4/4 time (different from those in Grade 9) and the Eight Hand Jig
St Patrick’s Day, Blackbird, Job of Journeywork Garden of Daisies, King of the Fairies, Three Sea Captains and Jockey to the Fair must be performed in a traditional manner.
40 bars of music must be danced to for all Reels, Single or Hop Jigs, Light Jigs, Slip Jigs, Heavy Jigs and Hornpipes.
Music Speeds as per CLRG Rules.
Grade Examination Rules:
- A dancer may only take 3 grades at any one exam.
- A three month period must elapse before the next grade is attempted.
- Grade exams must be examined by at least 4 examiners up to grade 10 plus two different full examiners for grades 11 and 12.
- A choice of examiners by the teacher is allowed up to grade 6, using a minimum of 2 examiners through these grades.
- The same examiner may not examine in the same class for a period of 3 years.
- From grade 7-10 the examiner is appointed by the Udarás from the rotation list.
- A dancer would be permitted to retake any grade for a better score upon submission of a specific written request to the Udarás Scrúdaithe, with the understanding that the second result would replace the earlier one and that the dancer would be required to pay the usual fee for the grade being taken.
- All 12 Grade exams must be completed to be eligible to apply for the TCRG examination effective from January 1st 2018.
- All candidates must produce previous reports before proceeding to higher grades. Please bring to exam.
*Please note: the grade exam is a closed exam. Parents are not permitted to watch during the examination. The grade examiner and a member of the SRS staff will be in the room with the dancers during the exam.
Grades One, Two, and Three are $25 each
Grades Four, Five and Six are $35 each
Grades Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten are $45 each
Fees need to be paid in cash at the grade exams. We will not accept checks.
Grade One: 10:00 AM
Grade Two: 11:30 AM
Grade Three: 1:00 PM
Grade Four: 2:00 PM
Grade Five 2:30 PM
Grade Six: 3:00 PM
Grade Seven: 3:30 PM
Grade Eight: 3:30 PM
Grade Nine: 4:00 PM
Grade Ten: 4:30 PM
Please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled to take your grade exam. We will need to check you in, and make sure our paperwork is correct.
Thanks, and see you soon
Robert Haley TCRG