Impact Dance exams
Examinations are the means by which a student is allowed the opportunity to be compared to national and in some cases, international dance standards. i.e. A grade 1 Ballet exam with a mark of pass would be valid in Toronto or even Paris. Qualified examiners are sent out and the students are tested on their knowledge, understanding and demonstration of the set syllabus.
There are various examination syllabi available. At Impact Dance Company we utilize the following :
The Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.) Saskatchewan Branch Tap Syllabus. Students are examined in sets of 2 or 3. Proper exam attire must be strictly adhered to.
The Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.) Saskatchewan Branch Jazz Syllabus. Students are examined in sets of 2 or 3. Proper exam attire must be strictly adhered to.
The Royal Academy of Dancing (R.A.D.) Children's Ballet Syllabus based in London, England in which the students are examined in pairs with the exception of Pre-Primary. Proper exam attire and etiquette must be strictly adhered to.
The Royal Academy of Dancing (R.A.D.) Major Ballet syllabus in which the students are examined in sets of 3 to 5. Proper exam attire and etiquette must be strictly adhered to.
Examinations are not necessarily for all children. Some children lack the drive, determination, or physical ability to be exam material, as well, may even be emotionally unable to take exams. Students who enter must be prepared to work extra hours, both at the studio as well as at home, so their knowledge, understanding and demonstration of the syllabus are on par or beyond the standard expected.
All of the examination syllabi are of a very high standard. The R.A.D. requires a 93% pass rate or the accreditation of the studio could be removed. It is because of these high standards that the Director reserves the right to select which students will be permitted to enter into examinations.
Exams provide the yardstick for a student to measure their level of accomplishment against standards which have evolved from a generation of dance research and knowledge. The exam programs give a student attainable goals via a graduated program, which could culminate to a standard even the student couldn't initially foresee.