Rince Tua Nua Grade Exams
- Grade exams cost $25 each, payable to RTN by a dancer's teacher.
- Grade exams are only open to RTN member schools.
- Dancers who make major mistakes or cannot complete a dance will not pass that grade, regardless of score.
- Dancers will receive a sash & a patch when they successfully complete grade one and a patch for every other grade.
- Dancers who complete all 8 grade levels will received a certificate of completion and will only have to dance their open champion set dances and slip jigs for their TCRG certfication.
- Dancers born in 2007 or later must complete all of their grade exams in order to sit their TCRGs.
- All dances must be performed to complete a grade; dancers may not skip any dances (ex. boys must do slip jigs).
- Dancer may take a maximum of 2 grade exams at a time.
High Honors: 91 points or more
- Solos - perform 2 steps of each of the dances on the list for that grade
- Trad Sets - perform the entire dance
- Ceili Dances - perform the entire dance
- Scoring: 80 points (Grades 1-4: 20 points per dance, Grades 5-8: 16 points per dance)
- Identify the music used for the dances in that grade
- Scoring - 5 points for the whole section
- Candidates must answer three randomly selected questions in that grade
- Scoring - 15 points (5 points per question)
- Answer the questions in that grade
- Scoring - 2 points each (extra credit)
- *There can be many ways to pronounce words/phrases in Gaelic, we are giving only one option; other turns of phrase or pronunciations are not incorrect.
High Honors: 91 points or more
Digital Grade Exams
- Videos links, written exams and teacher answer keys must be scanned and submitted to RTN via email; all entries from a school must be submitted at the same time. Teachers must submit the payment to RTN for all entries in one payment.
- Videos must be filmed showing date and time stamps running continuously. A dancer must be completely visible in the video. All submissions for a dancer must be filmed on the same night. (It does not have to be filmed during the month of submission.)
- Ceili dances - must have the full complement of dancers in the set (can be mixed ages & levels; not all have to be taking that grade exam and those not doing the exam do not have to dance full out). If only 1-2 people are doing the exam, they must say the movements/figures while doing the dance.
- Gaelic questions must be answered orally, on the video. Music, theory & extra credit history questions are to be submitted in writing (unless only one student is sitting the exam, in which case they should be videoed throughout).
- If more than one dancer is sitting an exam, have them wear competitor numbers whenever they are on film. Make sure the numbers are large and dark and easy to read on video. Write the dancer's number on their written answer sheet.
- Our current (2018-2019) Champions & Prizewinners may submit their grade exams digitally. Material for these dancers does not have to be filmed all in one night & there is no limit on the number of levels they can submit at one time.
- Only if an examiner is not available to travel to your area will a school be allowed to submit grades digitally. Contact RTN directly to schedule exams. We encourage schools in the same geographical area to offer do their grades on the same day. Students must make the effort to attend scheduled grade exams. A student not being able to attend a live exam will not give them the ability to submit digital exams (they must wait for the next exam they can attend).