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.


– Most students start here. They may learn the light jig, reel, slip-jig and single jig. These dancers are performed in soft shoes. 

Primary grade

– Steps are a little more advanced. 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. 

Elementary grade

– Choreography is advanced.

Intermediate grade

– Choreography is further advanced.

Open grade

– This is the highest level of competition. 


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