TMRF Examinations

General & Eligibility

To become a candidate in the WIDA examination process, you must first be a member of the organisation. This does not preclude anyone taking part in our open platform competitions upon meeting entry criteria that may be required. The candidate must be at least 16 years of age (on date of exam) to attempt the first part of the Ceili Dance Teacher examination (TMRF) and at least 18 years of age (on date of exam) to attempt part 4 of the TMRF and receive their TMRF certificate. Candidates can apply at www.irish.dance. The fee for each part of the examination is EUR 100 (total of EUR 400 for all four parts). The fee, once paid, is non-refundable*.

After successful completion of each TCRG or TMRF part, a candidate has a period of three years in which to attempt the next part; otherwise the previous part will expire.

Teachers who have completed the TMRF exam are still allowed to participate in any competitions.

*Fee is non-refundable unless the exam session has been cancelled by WIDA, in which case it can be deferred to a following exam session or refunded.

Syllabus

 

TMRF Part 1

A candidate will be required to teach part of two of the following ceili dances (from Ar Rince Foirne, Irish Ceili Dance Book) which will be selected during the exam session by the examiners. One ceili dance will be taught from outside of the team and one further dance as part of the team. The position within the team will be nominated by the examiners. A candidate may be required to dance the following ceili dances (dances selected are at the discretion of the examiners). The pass mark for this section is 70%.

The candidate must be able to dance and teach the following 8 dances:

  1. The Walls of Limerick
  2. The Fairy Reel
  3. Bonfire Dance
  4. The Sweets of May
  5. An Rince Mor
  6. The Siege of Carrick
  7. Rince Fada
  8. Harvesttime Jig

The candidate will also have to sit a written paper of 10 questions in relation to the above dances. A minimum pass mark of 70% is required. Successful completion of both sections (practical and written) will enable the candidate to attempt part two of the TMRF qualification.

 

TMRF Part 2

A candidate will be required to teach part of two of the following ceili dances (from Ar Rince Foirne, Irish Ceili Dance Book) which will be selected during the exam session by the examiners. One ceili dance will be taught from outside of the team and one further dance as part of the team. The position within the team will be nominated by the examiners. A candidate may be required to dance the following ceili dances (dances selected are at the discretion of the examiners). The pass mark for this section is 70%.

The candidate must be able to dance and teach the following 8 dances:

  1. The Siege of Ennis
  2. The Humours of Bandon
  3. The High Cauled Cap
  4. The Morris Reel
  5. The Cross Reel
  6. The Four-Hand Reel
  7. The Eight-Hand Reel
  8. Haymakers’ Jig

The candidate will also have to sit a written paper of 10 questions in relation to the above dances. A minimum pass mark of 70% is required. Successful completion of both sections (practical and written) will enable the candidate to attempt part three of the TMRF qualification.

 

TMRF Part 3

A candidate will be required to teach part of TWO of the following ceili dances (from Ar Rince Foirne, Irish Ceili Dance Book & the WIDA notation for the Tara Reel) which will be selected during the exam session by the examiners. One ceili dance will be taught from outside of the team and one further dance as part of the team. The position within the team will be nominated by the examiners. A candidate may be required to dance the following ceili dances (dances selected are at the discretion of the examiners). The pass mark for this section is 70%.

The candidate must be able to dance and teach the following 7 dances:

  1. Sixteen-Hand Reel
  2. Eight-Hand Jig
  3. The Gates of Derry
  4. Lannigan’s Ball
  5. The Tara Reel
  6. Haste to the Wedding
  7. The Rakes of Mallow

The candidate will also have to sit a written paper of 10 questions in relation to the above dances. A minimum pass mark of 70% is required. Successful completion of both sections (practical and written) will enable the candidate to attempt part four of the TMRF qualification.

The Tara Reel Notation (link)
The Tara Reel Videos (link)

 

TMRF Part 4

A candidate will be required to teach part of TWO of the following ceili dances (from Ar Rince Foirne, Irish Ceili Dance Book & the WIDA notation for the Tara Reel) which will be selected during the exam session by the examiners. One ceili dance will be taught from outside of the team and one further dance as part of the team. The position within the team will be nominated by the examiners. A candidate may be required to dance the following ceili dances (dances selected are at the discretion of the examiners). The pass mark for this section is 70%.

The candidate must be able to dance and teach the following 7 dances:

  1. The Bridge of Athlone
  2. The Waves of Tory
  3. Antrim Reel
  4. Glencar Reel
  5. The Three Tunes
  6. St. Patrick’s Day
  7. Trip to the Cottage
  8. Duke Reel

The candidate will also have to sit a written paper of 10 questions in relation to the above dances. A minimum pass mark of 70% is required.

 

 

Upon satisfactory and successful completion of the four parts of the Ceili Dance Teacher examination, the candidate will be awarded their TMRF certification with the World Irish Dance Association.

All candidates for the Ceili Teacher Examination are strongly encouraged to attend the figure dance workshop offered by WIDA to consolidate their skills regarding figure dancing choreography.

For more information check the Guidelines for TCRG/TMRF candidates.