What is involved in participating in an Exam/Class Award with Wellington Ballet?

What are class awards and exams?

Learning and presenting their work really helps students progress with their ballet. Royal Academy of Dance, DanceNZMade Class Awards & Exams give students a goal to reach for and a sense of achievement throughout the preparation and on the day. Entering for a class award or exam is optional but highly recommended.

Class Award (RAD only): The teacher guides the class on the exam day. Students perform their exercises and one dance for the examiner. The marking is on an Occasionally-Generally-Frequently scale and a certificate and badge are awarded. This is a newer option introduced by the RAD.

Exam: Students present their exercises and two dances, without their teacher present. They receive a mark out of 100. Pass (40-54), Merit (55-74), Distinction (75-100). A certificate and badge are awarded.

Exams

Pre–Primary – No exam

Primary

Children at this level will sit a Class Award they will be expected to learn the Royal Academy set exercises and dances.  They will enter the exam with me and no parents will be allowed to watch.  They will need to attend 4 extra lessons a during term 3.  An exam fee is paid to the RAD and there will be a charge for extra lessons.  The exam venue will be Khandallah Bowling Club.

Grade 1 – Grade 5

Children will be expected to learn the Royal Academy of Dance set exercises and dances. They will enter the exam in groups of 4.  Nobody is permitted to watch the examination.  They will be graded out of 100 for their effort and awarded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.  They will be expected to do two lessons a week during the whole year.  An exam fee is paid to the RAD and there will be a charge for the pianist. The exam venue will be the Khandallah Bowling Club.

Intermediate Foundation (2 year study period) & Intermediate (1 Year)

Children will be expected to learn the Royal Academy of Dance set exercises and dances. They will enter the exam in groups of 4.  Nobody is permitted to watch the examination.  They will be graded out of 100 for their effort and awarded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.  They must do 2 lessons per week.  There may be  holiday lessons. An exam fee is paid to the RAD and there will be a charge for the pianist.

Advanced Foundation

Children will be expected to learn the Royal Academy of Dance set exercises and dances. They will enter the exam in groups of 4.  Nobody is permitted to watch the examination.  They will be graded out of 100 for their effort and awarded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.  They must do 2 lessons per week.  There may be  holiday lessons. An exam fee is paid to the RAD and there will be a charge for the pianist.

Jazz/Contemporary

Examinations take place in Term 3.    Sometimes there are extra rehearsals for these.  An examiner comes from DanceNZmade.  They receive a mark out of 100.  An exam fee is paid to DanceNZmade.

Exam Dates 2020

They will be around this date so please mark your diaries.

Intermediate Foundation/Intermediates/Advanced

24th August – 25th September

12th October – 05th November

Grades Primary – Grade 5

24th August – 25th September

Jazz/Contemporary Exams

Some time a the end of Term 3

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