At BDA, we teach the Cecchetti method of ballet. Examinations are an important part of serious and qualified students’ training. The exam is similar to a regular ballet class, consisting of rehearsed exercises and a dance, appropriately set for the examination level. Exams are held annually in June and are subject to an additional examination fee.
Exams provide students with a concrete goal and a valuable assessment by a professional teacher from outside BDA. The examiner awards marks supported by written comments, and students also receive a signed Cecchetti certificate. With patience and hard work, an exam is a positive and rewarding experience for all candidates.
Students attending twice-weekly classes are eligible for the examination process; however, each dancer is assessed for participation in exams on an individual basis. Our instructors carefully observe each dancer throughout the course of annual classes to determine readiness for examination. To avoid disappointment, examination expectations and decisions as to exam readiness are carefully explained to ensure transparency and to help students understand the need for preparedness prior to engaging in the examination process. If further explanation is needed, the instructor or Tania will happily provide further explanation and encouragement to a dancer or their family.
Not doing an exam one year does not hinder students from moving up a level the following year or from taking an exam in the future and is not an indication of talent.
Students selected to participate in the exam will receive invitations via email and personal phone calls will be made to those who have not been selected to participate in the exam.
If a child has been selected, we suggest that parents decide with their child whether or not they will enter into the examination.
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