Grade Exams at the 2019 North Jersey Championships
Grade Exams will be held in conjunction with the 2019 North Jersey Championships on Saturday, October 5th in the afternoon and Sunday, October 6th 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: TBD
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 currently closed) must be postmarked by September 27, 2019; 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.
GRADES 11 & 12 ARE NOW CLOSED
Applications for Grades 11 & 12 are closed due to large number of candidates who've applied. Any potential candidate for Grades 1-10 should not wait until the last minute as there will be a cap put on the exams.
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 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. Reports must be presented at examinations