Why Should a Dancer Take a Dance Exam

Students Age 6+ Are Eligible for BATD Dance Exams

One of our goals at KaliAndrews Dance Company is to inspire all of our students to develop the passion that we have for performing arts! We aim to provide a solid dance foundation and our weekly lesson plans are structured to suit all kinds of students and capabilities.

Instructors commence examination training in our classrooms starting in September. All dancers will learn the syllabus as part of our curriculum, regardless of their intention to take the exam. Examinations are available for all Acro, Ballet, Jazz and Tap students (with the exception of Open classes). Not sure what a dance exam is? Check out this previous post.

But Why Should My Child Take The Exam??

While exams are not mandatory for recreational students, they are HIGHLY recommended as the exam process assists with proper development, which will allow a student to move up safely to the next grade level.

The syllabus for each grade level is designed specifically for enhancing the dancer’s development at a safe pace in order to prevent injuries and to form proper dance technique. Forcing flexibility and/or strength components before the dancer’s body is ready is known to cause long term effects.

There are a number of additional contributing factors to consider such as maturity level, comprehension capabilities, attention span, motor skills and coordination. Dancers who move up before they’re ready risk delays with progression, which can turn a positive experience into a negative one. We aim to focus on each student’s growth by ensuring proper placement, but a positive experience is key!

Reminder for Grades 3 to Advanced Courses

While the exam is not mandatory, students in Grade 3 and above who haven’t completed the exam will be required to complete an assessment next fall to ensure they meet the technical requirements and prerequisites to ensure they’re being placed properly (and safely).

What Will My Child Receive After Taking the Exam?

Each candidate will receive copy of the examiner’s notes and comments. The dancers will later receive certificate and a medal or trophy as symbol of their accomplishment. Students taking exams in Grade 3 and higher are eligible to be nominated for the BATD Scholarship Competitions, which are held annually in Toronto.

Professional Teaching Degree

Dancers progressing through each exam level and into the higher grades will be eligible to complete their Professional Degree, which will provide them with teacher qualifications recognized worldwide.