A.D.A.P.T. Jazz Exams

I wanted to get our Jazz exam information out so that everyone can make informed decisions before the release of next week’s release of the private lesson schedule.

Jazz exams have been a part of VanDance on and off over the years.  Both C.D.T.A. exams and A.D.A.P.T. jazz exams have been a focus here at the studio.  It has been difficult to continue the program as we haven’t had a fully accredited A.D.A.P.T. instructor since Miss Lynn was here at the studio.


I feel that this year, even more than others, there are many of our students looking for ways to improved in their dance skills.  Exams are always a good way to do this.  When one is committed and sets goals for themselves, improvement occurs.

Jazz exams are a way for those serious jazz students to better their technique and jazz skills while being graded by an A.D.A.P.T. examiner who examines all over Canada!  It pushes the student towards achieving a high standard of technique in another form of dance.  I am a firm believer in the exam process and am happy to once again have an instructor on staff who will be able to add to our existing jazz program!

The A.D.A.P.T. program (Foley syllabus) is a very strong, high standard, Canada wide training technique.  Not everyone is qualified to offer these exams.  This is a program that is very well recognized and looks good on a dance resume for those students going on to dance or teach.


Introducing Miss Amara Thrall A.D.A.P.T. Instructor

Miss Amara was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta where her love for dancing began at age three. Over her career as a dance student she has completed all graded levels of RAD ballet, Al Gilbert tap and ADAPT jazz exams but her passion for dancing didn’t stop there. After doing some travelling, Amara decided she needed to share her passion and love for the art of dance with others. At that time she began the ADAPT Jazz and Tap teacher training and certification process.  In July 2017 Amara completed her certification and is now a qualified ADAPT Tap and Jazz syllabus instructor. She is extremely excited to be joining the Van Dance team as she works to educate and inspire young dancers with her knowledge and passion, as well as put her qualifications to wonderful use by guiding dancers through the ADAPT Jazz examination process.

When we asked Miss Amara “Why Dance Exams?”  She replied:

“A goal to work toward.

A lot of young dancers struggle with keeping interest in their dancing careers because they cannot see the progress that they are making. Exams offer a goal to work towards each year that keep the dancers on a constant, achievable growth curve with constant feedback. Exams give the dancers a focus and goal.

Competitions offer some feedback to dancers but are more in the moment and are comparing one dancer to the next where as the exams show the dancers (and parents) a way of being critiqued at a level of standard across Canada that has been set over many years. They are a great way to keep track of a dancers progress and development at a measurable level”.

We are excited to hold jazz exam classes on Friday afternoons starting Oct 14.

The cost will be the same as any additional class $37.00/month There is no dance for festival, year end or costume fee, this is a technique class

working towards exams.  The program will run mid Oct-June shooting for exams in June. (8 months)

As we will definitely miss a couple of Friday classes due to festival and start mid Oct, we will bill for 7 months for the program. (271.95 with gst)


Those of you who are already in the jazz exam program and wish to take part, please bring in your last certificate when you register.  Those who are new to the program, you must complete Jr3 before moving on to Intermediate levels…there are no other prerequisites in the syllabus. You can do this Jr 3 in the same season as your Intermediate 1, 2, 3 or Adv 1, 2, 3.

We will offer a variety of levels to start and then split off into actual Exam levels after Christmas for more focused work on the specific grades but Everyone needs to have, Junior, Intermediate and Advanced basics first.

To start:

  • Friday at 1:15- Pre Junior
  • Friday at 2:00-Jr (all older students who don’t hold this certificate should take this grade in addition to advanced classes before Christmas to learn terms and work needed for this prerequist grade))
  • Friday at 3:00-Intermediate Levels (4 and under who hold Junior 3 certificate)
  • Friday at 4:00-Advanced Levels (5’s, 6’s, 7’s who hold Jr 3 certificate)

Some moving of levels may occur after first few weeks depending on ability and level of students but everyone needs to achieve Jr 3 this is non-negotiable.

You may add on this class with Erica at any time before the start date.

We need to know if there is enough interest for Jazz exams.




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