Examinations

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Harlesden
Saturday 5th April - in-class ballet and tap exams for Pre-primary and Primary

The opportunity is there for all to take exams, but these are not mandatory and any child who finds exams distressing is welcome to study dance and drama purely for enjoyment and will be moved up in accordance with their personal growth.

See the News page for the Royal Academy of Dance exam results

Examination Procedure
Your child's progress will be assessed by our qualified teachers. When they feel that your child has achieved the level required, you will be advised that they are about to be entered for an exam. Extra classes are run in preparation for examinations. Your child will be required to attend these coaching sessions in addition to normal lessons as these are essential to put the finishing polish on your child’s dance presentation.
A separate fee will be charged for these.

Uniform for exams

Ballet Pre-primary and Primary
Pink short sleeved leotard
Pink skirt wraparound skirt
Pink ballet socks
Pink ballet shoes, clean with elastic sewn on
Hair tied back from face, preferably in a ballet bun (see below for a link to a video showing how to do a bun)
No underwear, no jewellery, no make up or nail varnish

Ballet Grade 1 and 2
Pink sleeveless leotard (if you have not yet grown out of your short sleeved leotard, this will do)
Also some bigger girls may wear the mulberry leotard for Grade 2
Pink ballet tights or socks (the whole group must be the same)
Pink ballet shoes - clean, with elastic on
Hair in a bun or if too short, tied back from face
Character skirt
Character shoes
No underwear, no jewellery, no make up or nail varnish

Ballet Grade 3, 4 and 5
Mulberry  leotard sleeveless
Pink ballet tights
Pink ballet shoes, clean with ribbons
Hair in a bun or if too short, tied back from face
Character skirt
Character shoes
No underwear, no jewellery, no make up or nail varnish

Tap
Pink short sleeved leotard (up to Grade 2), mulberry sleeveless leotard (Grade 3 and 4), navy sleeveless leotard (Grade5)
Black jazz pants
Pink ballet socks
Black or white tap shoes
Hair in french plait or similar, or if too short, tied back from face
No underwear, no jewellery, no make up or nail varnish

Hair for examinations

Ballet bun - The link below is for a video that includes instructions for a ballet bun for short and long hair.

French braid - a video with instructions