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.
– 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.
– Choreography is advanced.
– Choreography is further advanced.
– This is the highest level of competition.