An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha 

Grade Examinations

All VIDA students will be offered the opportunity to learn the CLRG Grade Exam syllabus and participate in An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha Grade Examinations .



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, recreational 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 awarded a certificate 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 (teacher’s qualification).


A dancer can undertake the Preliminary Grade exam once they can competently perform one Beginner level dance (Light Jig or Reel).


Dancers are not permitted to wear costumes, make-up or wigs for grade examinations.


For the full and official CLRG 2016 Grade Exam Syllabus please see the following link: