General Info

Exams

IMG_7956Every year exams are held for Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary, and they are usually around August/September. An Examiner comes in to examine the Students on what they have learnt from the start of the year. They are each given a ‘Report Sheet’ stating the mark and a quick comment. The marks are as follows: Pass, Pass Plus, Commended, Highly Commended, Honours, Honours with Distinction. They are then given a Certificate with their name and mark on it.

The Exams are not compulsory but because this is a major part of the year and it gives the students a sense of achievement, we do strongly encourage it. Most students are to attend Extra Lessons as necessary. Also, all levels sit a Mock Exam. This is a practice exam, where the students have a run through of all the Exercises so they know exactly what happens in the exam. This should lead to a smooth running of the actual Exam.

The students are required to wear their Dance Uniform in class and in the Exam Room.

The Exam fees are usually due in May; you are notified as soon as we are as to what the fees are each year.

More Exam Information for Dance Effects Students

Exam Uniform – to be worn in the exam room

Intro 1 / 2 / 3 Jazz

Purple and pink unitard, plain black ankle socks, hair to be in a french plait, light make up can be applied.

Intro 4 Jazz

Purple and pink unitard, plain black jazz shoes, hair to be in a french plait, light make up can be applied.

Intro 5 / Elementary 1 / 2 / 3 Jazz

Purple and black leotard, black cycle pants, plain black jazz shoes, hair to be in a french plait, light make up can be applied.

Intermediate 1 / 2 / 3 Jazz

Black DFX top and ¾ or full length bootlegs, plain black jazz shoes or foot undeez, knee pads – for Intermediate 2, hair to be in a french plait, light make up.

Advanced 1 / 2 Jazz

Black DFX singlet and DFX tights, plain black jazz shoes or foot undeez, knee pads, hair to be in a french plait, light make up.

Pre Primary & Primary Ballet

Pink leotard with attached skirt, pink ballet socks, ballet shoes with elastic, hair to be in a bun, light make up can be applied.

Grade 1-3 Ballet

Light blue leotard, pink ballet tights, ballet shoes with ribbons, hair to be in a bun, light make up can be applied.

Grade 4 & 5 Ballet

Navy leotard, pink ballet tights, ballet shoes with ribbons, hair to be in a bun, light make up can be applied.

Grade 6/Intermediate Foundation

Black leotard, pink ballet tights, ballet shoes with ribbons plus pointe shoes, hair to be in a bun, light make up can be applied.

All Hip Hop Levels

Black ¾ baggy pants, black DFX top, plain black sneakers (purchased from The Warehouse or Number 1 Shoe Warehouse) with plain black ankle socks, hair to be in a ponytail, light make up can be applied.

All Tap Levels

Black ¾ pants, black DFX top, black tap shoes with black ankle socks, hair to be in a ponytail, light make up can be applied.

General Information

For Intro 1 & 2 Jazz the teacher goes into the exam room with the students running it like a class so they are relaxed and comfortable.

Students need to practice at home putting on and taking off their jazz shoes or socks. When this happens in the exam it needs to be very quick so the examiner is not waiting for too long.

For the Jazz Exams, the hair must be in a french plait for every level. Medium length hair may have two french plaits. Short hair should be pulled back with a headband. The hair must have plenty of hair spray, gel and hair clips.

For Hip Hop Exams, the hair must be in a tidy ponytail, a light fringe is ok.

Students may wear light make-up, a little lipstick, blusher and mascara. No jewellery or earrings to be worn, no stick on tattoo’s.

Students are numbered 1-8 Front and Back, the safety pins must be on the inside of the Uniform. It is easier to attach numbers when the students have their Uniform already on. The numbers and safety pins are supplied by the Dance School.
Junior Students need to arrive at least 30 minutes before their Exam time. Senior Students need to arrive at least 50-60 minutes before their Exam time. This gives the Students and Teacher plenty of time to organise numbers, the order of the students, to make sure everybody is in the correct Uniform and that their hair is done correctly.

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