Starting Out

There are five grades for students wanting to dance competitively. Dancers may win their way out of a grade or may be moved up by their teacher once they feel they have reached a level of competence.

Beginners

– Most students start here. They may learn the light jig, reel, slip-jig and single jig. These dancers are performed in soft shoes. Dancers are only permitted to wear a school costume or leotard and skirt. Make-up, tanning and wigs are not allowed in competitions.

Primary grade

– Steps are a little more advances. There are rules pertaining to moves that can be performed in this grade and music speeds. Heavy shoes are introduced for the jig and hornpipe. Dancers are only permitted to wear a school costume or leotard and skirt. Make-up, tanning and wigs are not allowed in competitions.

Elementary grade

– Choreography is advanced and there are no rules pertaining to steps. Costumes, tanning and wigs are permitted.

Intermediate grade

– Choreography is further advanced and there are no rules pertaining to steps. Costumes, tanning and wigs are permitted.

Open grade

– This is the highest level of competition. There are no rules pertaining to steps. Costumes, tanning and wigs are permitted.