The Grade Exam program is a non-competitive series of competency/proficiency tests offered by CLRG, the Irish dancing commission. Grade exams are available to dancers of all ages. Grade exams are not competitions, costumes and wigs are not permitted. Dancers appear before the examiner one at a time.
Beginning January, 2018, a person must have passed Grades 1 – 12 before they may apply for the examination to be certified as an Irish Dancing Teacher, a TCRG.
The CLRG’s Grade Exam Syllabus 2016 describes what each level of grade exams entails.
In North America, grade exams are often offered during the weekend of a feis. The following feiseanna in the Southern Region have scheduled grade exams in 2015:
|Exam Date||Exam Location||Examiner||Grades||Contact Info|
|Sunday, July 3, 2016||
North American Irish Dance Championships
There are a number of ADCRGs in North America who have also been trained as grade examiners. Their certification is designated as ADCRG-BG. The organizers of grade exams limited to Preliminary through Grade 6 may select any person certified as ADCRG-BG to conduct grade exams. If the exam will offer grades higher than 6, the Examination Authority at CLRG will appoint an examiner. The following IDTANA-SR members are grade examiners.
|Russell Beaton||SDCRG Examiner||Frederick, MD|
|Terry Gillian||ADCRG Examiner||Tampa, FL||Email
|Anne Hall||ADCRG Grade Examiner||Denver, CO||Email
|Pat Hall||ADCRG Grade Examiner||Fresno, CA||Email
|Bill Maple||ADCRG Grade Examiner||McLean, VA|
|Judy McCafferty||SDCRG Examiner||Maumelle, AR||Email
|P.J. McCafferty||ADCRG Grade Examiner||Maumelle, AR||Email
|Mary McGinty||ADCRG Grade Examiner||Germantown, TN||Email
|Philip Owen||ADCRG Grade Examiner||Tampa, FL||Email
|Myra Watters||ADCRG Grade Examiner||Orlando, FL|