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Grade Exams



Pittsburgh Halloween and Winter Feisanna

Grades 1 - 10 Offered

Friday Nights 6pm - 9:30pm on stage 4

Saturday Night Immediately following Feis Competitions

Each Feis will have a different Examiner

September Feis Judge - Lisa Petri

December Feis Judge - Patricia Kennelly

Check in at the registration area for any changes

Cost - $35 per exam for grades 1 - 3

 $50 per exam for grades 4 - 6

$70 per exam for grades 7-9

 $95 for grade 10

Mail payments with all required info;

Name, DOB, email, dance school, cell phone #, grade exams you would like to take, places and dates of any exams already passed with examiners name, day you would like to take the exam (Friday or Saturday, September or December).  Grades will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once an exam is filled, you will be offered the remaining day or refunded your fees.

Mailing Address

Kathleen Yates

Grade Exams

921 Bayridge Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15226

Make Check Payable to: "Irish Centre of Pittsburgh"

All exams must be taken in order.  If you have not taken any exams yet, you must take exam #1 first.  You may take a maximum of 3 exams.  Reports of previous examinations must be presented at every examination.


Rules & Regulations


1. Only Basic Steps may be danced in the Preliminary grade and Grades 1, 2 & 3.

2. The number of bars of music to be danced to for all Reels, Single or Hop Jigs Light Jigs, Slip Jigs, Heavy Jigs and Hornpipes is 40.

3. St. Patrick’s Day, Blackbird, Garden of Daisies, Job of Journeywork, King of the Fairies, Three Sea Captains, and Jockey to the Fair must be performed in a traditional style and manner.

4. The same set dance must not be performed in more than one of the Grades from 9 to 12 inclusive.

5. A dancer must take all grades in order, beginning with Grade 1 - the Preliminary grade is optional. However, a candidate may only attempt a maximum of 3 consecutive Grades at any one sitting.

6. Candidates must be able to adequately demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge of all ceili dances as per “Ár Rincí Céilí ” as specified in the syllabus for Grades 5 -12 inclusive.

7. Dance costumes should not be worn.

8. All candidates must produce previous reports before proceeding to higher grades. Reports must be presented at examinations.

9. Grade 11 may only be attempted by candidates at least 16 years of age.

10. Grade 12 may only be attempted by candidates at least 17 years of age.

11. A special application form and certificate/diploma will apply for Grades 11and 12.

12. All 12 Grade Examinations must be completed to be eligible to apply for the TCRG Examination effective from January 1st 2018.

13. Scrúdú Béil (Oral Irish Exam) for grades 1-4 in Ireland.

14. Dancers taking the exams must be associated with a currently registered CLRG teacher.


Mailing Address


Irish Centre of Pittsburgh