Irish Dance Examinations
Dance examinations are set by An Comhdháil na Múinteoirí le Rincí Gaelacha (Congress of Irish Dance Teachers), colloquially known as An Comhdháil, is one of the largest Irish dance organisations and dates its formal existence from 1970.
An Comhdháil sets qualification and examination criteria for those seeking certification as Teachers (TCRG) and Adjudicators (ADCRG) of Irish Dancing. Examinations for these qualifications are organised on an annual basis.
There are ten grading examinations that are available to undertake once a dancer is eight years old and of the correct standard of dance. These exams serve as an alternative forum for dancers to receive feedback, separate to competitions. The exams include a dancing demonstration, questions on music, Irish and dancing theory. Completion of these exams is one of the necessary requirements for becoming a qualified Irish dance teacher.
Grading exams usually take place at the end of June, and dancers may achieve one exam per year. Dancers may undertake exams at Christmas if they have missed an examination through injury, or other unforeseen circumstances, and providing that there is sufficient demand.