Off To The Ballet

On June 11th & 12th 2014 thirty-four TDS dancers took part in their ballet exams. Exams ranged from Grade 1 to the Vocational Intermediate Level. We are very proud to announce that all dancers successfully passed their exams with the highest average The Dance Shoppe has ever received. So proud of all of you!!

Congratulations to all our candidates and special thank you to Miss Amanda and Miss Finn for all your hard work and dedication!!!!

Ballet Exam Photo 


Ballet Exams are so much more then the technical aspect of ballet. They teach good work ethic, confidence and pride. Here at The Dance Shoppe, we take our ballet seriously, as it is the foundation of all dances. When dancers are given the chance to do a ballet exam we encourage the dancers to embrace the experience. Not only does it give them purpose for their regular ballet classes but it also gives them a sense of accomplishment.


The Following information is directly from the Royal Academy of Dance Website,

“As an awarding body, the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations Board offers an internationally recognized portfolio of examinations and assessments. They are designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability, through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment.

Students may start with the Pre-School Curriculum, move up through Pre-Primary and Primary levels and then into eight Graded levels. In the Graded syllabi, students are offered alternative options of an Examination, Class Award or Presentation Class.

The Pre-School Dance Curriculum develops basic movement skills, musical awareness, expression and creativity. Themed classes encourage class participation, focus and confidence that prepare students for entry to the Pre-Primary levels. This curriculum is appropriate for students between the ages of two and a half and five years.

Graded Syllabi, Pre-Primary and Primary levels, develop students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. This strong foundation prepares students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres. These levels are appropriate for students between the ages of five and eight years.

Graded Syllabi, Grades 1 — 8 Award, provide a broad practical dance education, progressively developing the technical, musical and performance skills of the student. They incorporate Classical Ballet, Free Movement and Character. Classical ballet is the core of the syllabus. Free Movement incorporates movements in common with dance genres such as Natural Movement, Contemporary and Classical Greek. Character is the theatrical presentation of national dance using ethnic dance and music, which has been freely adapted for the theatre. Three styles have been selected for study: Hungarian, Russian and Polish. These levels are appropriate for students from the age of six years and upwards, and can provide challenging and rewarding training to the end of high school.”

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