When will my child take an exam?

When will my child take an exam?

This is a question I am asked quite frequently and unfortunately it’s not always a quick answer! Here are a few things myself and my teachers have to consider…

* Class attendance, punctuality – very simply, if children are missing from class, they are missing what has been learnt.

* Effort, focus and discipline – unfortunately, it isn’t enough to simply turn up at class, pupils need to be fully present in their classes.

* There are minimum age requirements for some grades set by the exam boards.

* There are differences and imbalances between dance genres and skill levels –e.g. Primary Tap is significantly more challenging than Primary Modern and in RAD Ballet there is a Pre Primary level before Primary which is equally or perhaps more challenging than Primary Modern!

* One class a week children will take longer to develop correct technique.

* We follow rigorous and comprehensive syllabi from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) which have lengthy requirements and systems of training. As an example the RAD recommends a child taking their Primary Ballet exam should have received 40 hours of tuition.

Please be assured that myself Sarah, Clare and Siobhan understand clearly the requirements for each grade in each dance genre and will ensure that children meet these before being put forward for an exam.