Adapt Jazz Exams – What to Expect

Welcome to ADAPT Jazz Exams!

As we start the exam season off I wanted to give a slight outline as to what to expect this year. Many of you have not done Jazz exams before so I hope this helps!

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This year we have a great group of dancers with a lot of pure talent. That being said, not all of the dancers in the classes will necessarily be at the exact same level. Because of that we will be starting off training as a group and as exams grow closer we will split into smaller groups if need be. This is all dependent of course on how well
each dancer knows the syllabus as well as how much improvement there is in each dancer. As we move closer to exams I will be looking very closely at which level of
exam is achievable by each student and will determine what exam they will take. I want all my students to succeed so therefore I will not suggest an exam that is out of reach for the dancer. At this point I am expecting that the classes will be examined in groups of 4 to 6 which is the ideal examination size.

For students taking their Fall Exams we will have a few extra revision classes and mock exams prior to the exam dates. Those dates have not been set quite yet due to waiting for a set exam date. As soon as those dates are available we will book those extra practices.

There will also be two viewing days to help the dancers perform in front of others prior to examinations I hope everyone can make it to help everybody feel more comfortable as well as note the improvement that the dancers have been working so hard to achieve.

This year there will be a mandatory dress code for all Jazz Exam classes. What this dress code includes is:

  • Tights (black or beige)
  • Bodysuit (any colour, one colour will be set for exam day)
  • Black or Beige Jazz Shoes (colour will be set for each exam group closer to the time of exam)
  • Form fitting shorts or leggings will be permitted but may be asked to be removed if they block any view of the dancers form
  • Hair must be tied up and out of the dancers way

If dancers come to class unprepared they will be asked to go change before participating in class. The dress code is for the dancers benefit and nothing else. Unless I can
see the students movements and form I cannot properly and effectively correct them to improve their overall ability and performance. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

That just about does it for a basic outline however if anyone has any questions please feel free to email me at amara.thrall@vandance.ca .
Let’s have a great year!!
– Miss Amara

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