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What’s the deal with grades exams?

What’s the deal with grades exams?

As of January 1, 2018, the CLRG requires candidates who want to take the TCRG exam to first complete grades 1-12 before even applying to go further. There are pros and cons to this decision – and just as many opinions to go around! But mostly this has left a lot of dancers and aspiring teachers confused and asking, “What’s the plan now?!” So I’m here to tell you what the deal is with these grades exams! **First of all,…

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TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG EXAM: MUSIC SECTION

TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG EXAM: MUSIC SECTION

Ah, the music section of the TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG exams. This is one that, in my experience, people either love it or hate it (and if they love it, they’ll often come to hate it by the time they’ve heard the same sets for the 40th time!). It may feel as though you’ve been listening to Irish set and ceili music since you were a beginner, but this exam section is a bit more complicated when you have to pick out all…

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TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG Exam: Written Section

TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG Exam: Written Section

The written section of the exam was, for me, the section that I was the most nervous about. After 16 years, I knew I could dance, and I already had plenty of assistant teaching experience. But with 30 ceilis to learn and be able to write about, the book can seem really overwhelming! That’s why I sat down with my best friend- and organizational guru- to bring you some tips and tricks on how to study for the written portion…

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I retired from Irish dance…now what?!

I retired from Irish dance…now what?!

I recently officially ‘retired’ from competitive Irish dance. That’s a tough sentence to write, even despite knowing it was the right decision. After spending almost 16 years of my life focused on competition and the dance world, to step back now begs the question, “now what?” How do you know when to retire? Before making the decision to stop competing and pursue the next step (for me, it was going to be the TCRG certification), I spent a lot of…

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Where to start on your TCRG exam

Where to start on your TCRG exam

Congratulations, you made it in! You’ve been accepted into an exam for your TCRG certification! This is the first step on a long but worthwhile journey; only now the reality sets in- where do you begin? Now the studying really has to start (if it hasn’t already). But fear not! Take a deep breath (I’ll wait)…now, read on to see the Happy Dancer’s top tips for beginning to study for your TCRG exam: (or, if you haven’t been accepted into…

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