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Grade Exams

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.

CLRG’s Grade Exam Page has detailed information about the rules and process for taking and hosting grade exams.  In North America, grade exams are often offered during the weekend of a feis.

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 - Southern Region members are grade examiners





Russell Beaton

SDCRG Examiner

Frederick, MD

Anne Hall

ADCRG Grade Examiner

Denver, CO


Pat Hall

ADCRG Grade Examiner

Fresno, CA


Bill Maple

SDCRG Examiner

McLean, VA

Judy McCafferty

SDCRG Examiner

Maumelle, AR


PJ McCafferty

ADCRG Grade Examiner

Maumelle, AR


Mary McGinty

ADCRG Grade Examiner

Germantown, TN


Myra Watters

ADCRG Grade Examiner

Orlando, FL

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