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Exams

 

 

Ballet Exams through:

The Royal Academy of Dance 

The RAD is an international examining body committed to improving the standard of ballet technique. Exams  will be held in the spring. Students may be eligible to take the exam if the teacher feels they are ready. Cost of exams, extra classes and mock exams are not included in your monthly fees. Please visit www.radcanada.org and/or www.rad.org.uk for more information 

 

FAQ – RAD Ballet Exams

 

What is the RAD?
RAD stands for Royal Academy of Dance. The Academy was established in 1920 in order to improve and practice the knowledge of classical ballet. The RAD is an international ballet syllabus practiced in 83 countries from all over the world including Canada, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia. Over 212,000 students take RAD exams each year!

 

Please visit www.radcanada.org or www.rad.org.uk for more information.

What are the components of the RAD Graded syllabi?
There are three basic components of each grade, they include:

 

1) Classical
The Classical work is the foundation and the most important part of the Graded Syllabi.

 

2) Free movement
The free movement section incorporates movements in common with other dance styles such as natural movement, contemporary based dance and Greek dance.

 

3) Character dance

 

Character dance is the theatrical presentation of national dance using original ethnic dance and music which has been freely adapted for the theatre. There are three styles – Hungarian, Russian and Polish – and these were selected because of their historic importance in the development of the traditional full-length classical ballets.

What are the RAD Levels?
The RAD has Graded Childrens levels Pre-Primary-Grade 5. Each level concentrates on increasing the student’s technique, musicality and artistry.

 

The RAD Higher Grades levels include Grade 6-Grade 8. The higher grades focus on the performance aspect of ballet with longer more choreographically involved exercises.

 

The Vocational Levels are Intermediate Foundation- Advanced 2. Vocational exams concentrate on a very HIGH standard of technique and performance. They are for the more serious ballet student with professional dance or teaching careers in mind.

How are students selected to participate in RAD exams?
Students are assessed in their weekly classes based on skill, attitude and concentration level. Some students may need more time exploring classical technique and their own bodies, other students are ready for the added challenge and discipline of completing an exam.
What are the benefits of completing the exam?
Students who complete exams are often more focused and goal oriented in class, this leads to increased skill level and confidence in their dancing (and in general life). Exams are also a great foundation for careers in dance related fields such as teaching.
Why can’t all students take RAD exams?
Dance exams are not for every child. A certain level of skill and technique must be mastered before successfully passing a RAD exam. Dance Explosions feels dance exams should be a positive experience, if a student has not mastered the technical aspects of the syllabus they will not be ready to complete a RAD exam. 
Is their any point to my child continuing taking dance if they are not eligible for an exam?
Of course there is! Dance is a rewarding experience for every child! The enjoyment of dance cannot be taken away from any student, whether they are ready to take an exam or not. In addition, the benefit of dancing in Dance Explosions Year-End Showcase is available to ALL of our students and is a highlight of every dancers year!
Are exams mandatory?
RAD exams are NOT mandatory. It is you and your child’s choice if they decide to take an RAD exam. Dance Explosions feels exams help the child reach a higher level of skill and performance while fostering self-esteem.
Can my child move up next year, even if they decide not to take the RAD exam?
Yes, your child can still move up to the “next level” even if they decide not to complete the exam. Dance Explosions feels all dancers should keep dancing in their peer groups, similar to their experiences in school.
What are the added costs of taking RAD exams?
Added costs include the exam fee, extra class/rehearsal fee, mock exam fee and pianist fee. The exact fees are listed with the exam permission form.
What added time commitments are involved with RAD exams?
The added time commitment for Primary-Ballet 1 students is an extra ballet class a week starting January-exam date (usually late March/early April). Added time commitments for ALL students include the extra rehearsals, mock exam and actual exam day. Exams are often held on school days, this may mean taking a day off of work and your child missing school.
How does the RAD marking system work?
Your child will receive a rating out of 10 for each section of their exam with an evaluation of technique, performance and musicality. They will then be awarded a percentage mark along with the designation of a pass (40-54%), merit (55-74%)or distinction (75-100%) award.
What will my child receive after completing the exam?
Your child will receive a certificate along with a result form listing valuable numerical comments on each section of their exam with a final mark. This impartial opinion helps establish very clear areas of improvement or validates areas in which they are excelling. Written comments are unfortunately not given to students since the RAD is an international examining body focused on universal grading (thereby avoiding language barriers).
Are exams generally a positive experience? Aren’t they stressful?
Exams are an unavoidable part of life! While the exam may be a stressful experience it is also very rewarding and every dancer leaves the room with a smile on their faces! All examiners are dance educators and all have the student’s best interest in mind!

 

 

Tap and Jazz Exams through: 

Canadian Dance Teachers Association 

The CDTA is a national examining body that aims to improve dance technique and performance.  Syllabus will be taught in class and studentís who are ready will be eligible for exams. Cost of exams, extra classes and mock exams are not included in your monthly fees. Please visit www.albertacdta.ca  All students will be considered for exams based on ability, commitment and dedication levels.  Students DO NOT need to be competitive in order to take exams.

 

FAQ – CDTA Jazz and Tap Exams

 

What is the CDTA?
CDTA stands for Canadian Dance Teachers Association.  This is a national syllabus taught in studios all over Canada.  The syllabus was created by a committee of dance educators from across the country, all with many years of teaching experience.
What divisions does the CDTA have?
The CDTA has a ballet division, stage division (encompassing tap and jazz), folk division and a ballroom division.  Although it is a national syllabus all provinces operate under separate administrative branches.  For more information on the CDTA Alberta branch please visit www.albertacdta.ca
What are the CDTA Stage Division (Tap and Jazz) levels?
The CDTA GRADED EXAMS are:

 

  • Junior levels- Pre-liminary- Grade 3.
  • Senior levels-Grade 4- Advanced

 

The above are all exam levels where students are expected to perform up to 12 exercises and a dance.  A high level of technique and performance is expected to successfully complete these exams.

 

Also included in the CDTA Stage syllabus are MEDALS:

 

  • Junior Medals – Pre-Jr Bronze- Junior Gold
  • Senior Medals- Sr. Bronze -Sr. Gold Star

 

The above medals usually include only 2-3 exercises with 1-2 dances.  The emphasis is more on performance for the medal exams, but technique must be solid.

Why is my child doing a medal instead of a grade level exam?
Your child is being asked to complete a medal instead of a grade level exam for many different reasons, they include:

 

– the class as a whole is not ready to complete the exam level since they have not mastered the required skills and technique

 

– the students are too young to complete an exam level since the CDTA advises students should attempt exams every alternate year with a medal in between each grade level.  There are exceptions to this rule.

How are students selected to participate in CDTA exams?

Students are assessed in their weekly classes based on skill, attitude and concentration level.  Some students may need more time exploring a technique and their own bodies, other students are ready for the added challenge and discipline of completing an exam.

What are the benefits of completing the exam?
Students who complete exams are often more focused and goal oriented in class, this leads to increased skill level and confidence in their dancing (and in general life).  Exams are also a great foundation for careers in dance related fields such as teaching.
Why can’t all students take CDTA exams?
Dance exams are not for every child.  A certain level of skill and technique must be mastered before successfully passing a CDTA exam.  Dance Explosions feels dance exams should be a positive experience, if a student has not mastered the technical aspects of the syllabus they will not be ready to complete a CDTA exam.
Is their any point to my child continuing taking dance if they are not eligible for an exam?
Of course there is!  Dance is a rewarding experience for every child!  The enjoyment of dance cannot be taken away from any student, whether they are ready to take an exam or not.  In addition, the benefit of dancing in Dance Explosions Year-End Showcase is available to ALL of our students and is a highlight of every dancers year!
Are exams mandatory?
CDTA exams are NOT mandatory.  It is you and your child’s choice if they decide to take a CDTA exam.  Dance Explosions feels exams help the child reach a higher level of skill and performance while fostering self-esteem.
Can my child move up next year, even if they decide not to take the CDTA exam?
Yes, your child can still move up to the “next level” even if they decide not to complete the exam.  Dance Explosions feels all dancers should keep dancing in their peer groups, similar to their experiences in school.
What are the added costs of taking CDTA exams?
Added costs include the exam fee, extra rehearsal fee and mock exam fee.  The exact fees are listed with the exam permission form.
What added time commitments are involved with CDTA exams?
The added time commitments includes 2-4 extra rehearsals,  a mock exam and the actual exam day.  Exams are often held on school days, this may mean taking a day off of work and your child missing school.
How does the CDTA marking system work?
Students are marked on each exercise they perform (from needs improvement to excellent) and are then given written comments focusing on technique and performance.  A Final mark is awarded to each student; they are in ascending order: pass, pass plus, commended, highly commended and honors.  The “honors” mark is not awarded very often and is seen as a great accomplishment.
What will my child receive after completing the exam?
Your child will receive a certificate or medal along with valuable comments and a final mark on their general technique and performance.  This impartial opinion helps establish very clear areas of improvement or validates areas in which they are excelling.
Are exams generally a positive experience? Aren’t they stressful?
Exams are an unavoidable part of life!  While the exam may be a stressful experience it is also very rewarding and every dancer leaves the room with a smile on their faces! All examiners are current or retired dance teachers and all have the student’s best interest in mind!