Grade & Steps

Effective from January 2016

1. Grades & Steps

1.1 Teachers/Dancers must ensure that dancers are competing in the correct age group and grades.
1.2. Under 4/Tiny Tots competitions are non-graded. All other age groups are graded.
1.3. Dancers are permitted to enter only one age group for each dance in any grade.
1.4. There must be a minimum of six competitors in solo or figure competitions for the result of the grade of the winner to be affected. Feis organisers will reflect this on their result sheet.
1.5. Regrading of dancers is not permitted. If a CRDM dancer competes in another organisation’s Feiseanna and wins any dances they must move up to the next grade for those dances.
1.6. Visiting dancers are not permitted to regrade when competing in CRDM Feiseanna. Results will be obtained to verify the grades of dancers.
1.7. All dancers performing in the A grades must dance basic A steps.
1.8. All dancers performing in the B grades must dance basic B steps. However, front clicks and rocks are permitted.
1.9. The standard of steps performed in Intermediate Light Jig and Single Jig must be similar to those performed in the A & B grades.
1.10. The Lead Around of light solo dances and the Treble Jig may be performed on the right foot twice.
1.11. The Lead step of the Hornpipe, Traditional & Modern Set Dances must be performed on both the right and left feet.
1.12. All steps after the Lead around must be executed on both the right and left feet.
1.13. Traditional Set Dances must be performed in a traditional manner.
1.14. The Rally Reel shall be danced as one step down the line.
1.15. No En Pointe, toe walking movements either stationery or moving are permitted by dancers up to and including Under 11 age categories.
1.16. Dancers that are aged 11 are not permitted to execute En Pointe movements if they are competing in the Under 12 age categories.
1.17. If a dancer stops, they will receive zero marks.
1.18. If in an Open Championship a dancer does not perform a modern set dance in the opposite timing to their heavy round they will receive zero marks for that round.
1.19. Once entries have been received dancers may not change the timing of either their heavy or set dance rounds.
1.20. Dancers are to perform the following number of bars:
1.20.1. All solo dances (except A Slip Jig) 32 bars
1.20.2. A Slip Jig 24 bars
1.20.3. A, B & Intermediate Awards 32 bars
1.20.4. Preliminary Championships 32 bars
1.20.5. Open Awards Under 5 & 6 32 bars
1.20.6. Open Championships Reel & Treble Jig 40 bars Slip Jig & Hornpipe – 32 bars
1.20.7. Traditional set Dances Lead & Set (set on right foot only)
1.20.8. 2 & 3 Hand Reels 40 bars


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