Grade Exams at the 2017 North Jersey Championships
Grade Exams will be held in conjunction with the 2017 North Jersey Championships on Saturday, September 30th in the afternoon and Sunday, October 1st at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY.
Permission: Please consult your TCRG for information and permission to participate in the Grade Exams before applying. Dancers who have successfully completed prior grades must be prepared to present those certificates at the exam. A minimum of three months is required between Grade Exam attempts.
Levels: After the optional Preliminary Grade, there are 12 additional grades. Dancers can attempt three grades at a time. Grades Preliminary through 12 will be available at the event.
Age: There is no age limit on grade exams; adults may participate.
Grades 1-10: Michael Kenny, T.C.R.G.; A.D.C.R.G.; BG-Grade Examiner
Grades 11-12: TBD
Registering: Use the Application button below to download the application form. All applications (with the exception of Grades 11 and 12 which are due August 6) must be postmarked by September 15, 2017; there is no online registration. Checks must be made payable to James Early. Dancers need not be competing at the feis to participate in the Grade Exams.
For Grades 11 and 12, applications must be in by August 6, 2017. Any candidate that completed Grade 11 in New Orleans will be permitted to apply & complete Grade 12 at the above venue. If one needs an application please download from the school website & send to James Early.
Attire: Candidates should wear a top and skirt, shorts or long pants suitable for dancing. Dancers are recommended NOT to wear a dancing costume. However, give that the exams are being held the day of the feis, examiners will be advised that dancers may be wearing wigs.
What is the Grade Exam?
The purpose of the An Coimisiun le Rince Grade Exams 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 or 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. Up to three grades may be attempted at one time. 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 for a candidate to be eligible to apply for the TCRG Examination effective from January 1, 2018; all candidates must produce previous certificates before proceeding to higher grades.