Our online dance conference, Beyond Syllabus, is back by popular demand!

Among this year's faculty will be:

  • Cynthia Harvey
  • John Byrne
  • Joseph Powell Main
  • Katy Chambers

The full faculty and timetable will be announced in the following weeks, but take a look at what we have planned so far HERE!


All dance teachers from across the world are welcome to attend this conference; they do not have to be bbodance members to sign up.
All talks will be recorded to watch at a time that suits you, if you cannot attend live.

Teachers can sign up for either one or both days. The full conference is the equivalent of 12 hours of CPD.

 

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Come and experience the magic of Christmas!

This November and December, students have the opportunity to experience repertoire from ballet classic, The Nutcracker.

Join Emma Price, Artist of Birmingham Royal Ballet, in Birmingham and Fiona Brockway, former First Soloist with the Royal Ballet company, in Manchester!

The masterclasses are open to all young dancers, not just bbodance students, and places are strictly limited.

Opportunities are available for dancers aged 6-18. 

BIRMINGHAM MASTERCLASSES MANCHESTER MASTERCLASSES

Dance Days is our bbodance flagship event and is held annually at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham. Students attend three days of multi genre intensive classes culminating in a showcase for parents, guardians, and teachers in the Elmhurst Theatre. Students also have the opportunity to be selected by the faculty to receive cups and awards. Alongside the students’ classes, teachers can choose to observe classes or take part in a choice of CPD sessions.

The Dance Days Challenge is our annual competition held at our biggest event of the year in the UK – Dance Days! This year, the competition is open to all our students around the world from ages 6 - 18. Schools can choose to showcase any genre/style and group sizes can range from just 2 dancers to 20! Our esteemed judges will wittle down the entries to just 3 final groups who will compete at Dance Days 2023 in April (either by video or in person) for the ultimate prize of the Dance Days Challenge Shield.

To enter, all you need to do is submit a video of your dance (it can take place in your studio) following our video submission guidelines. You can enter more than once: however please make sure that you label each entry correctly. Winners will be announced at Dance Days 2023!

Have you taken a Dance Award exam with us from July 2022 - March 2023? Submit the same dance and your entry is free!

We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

Register to enter the Dance Days Challenge

Register for Dance days

Examiner Recruitment

At bbodance, we are committed to undertaking high-quality assessments that enable learners to trust the Graded and Vocationally Graded Examination system and Performance and Dance Awards, as well as ensure parity of qualification achievement between Awarding Bodies. As we offer bbodance Registered Teachers on-demand Examinations in multiple genres, we're currently looking to recruit new Examiners to conduct sessions across the UK.

Applicants should have:

  • A Level 5 (or above) dance teaching qualification and/or Registered Teacher Status with a Dance Teaching Society;
  • A minimum of three years of professional teaching experience;
  • An up-to-date DBS certificate, or be working to obtain one;
  • Safeguarding Training — if not, they will undergo it if their application is successful.

Applicants should also be available at weekends in order to undertake Examinations.

Once accepted, training will commence early 2023 and all trainee Examiners must be present for bbodance Examiner Training at Elmhurst Ballet School, Birmingham, on Thursday 13th April 2023. During the training process candidates will undertake a series of observations of Live and Digital Graded and Vocationally Graded Examinations and complete genre-specific training (delivered via Zoom sessions) before being formally appointed as bbodance Examiners.

If you'd like to discuss becoming an Examiner with bbodance, please contact us and we will schedule a time to discuss.

To apply, please complete the application form here by Friday 11th November 2022.

We look forward to receiving your application!

 

What Exams Do bbodance Offer?

bbodance offer multiple examination types to meet the differing needs of your students, their dance related aspirations and their learning opportunities.

We offer Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary.  Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations form part of our Regulated offering, which means they are recognised by both Ofqual and Qualifications Wales via are Awarding Organisation Status.  Graded Examinations typically attract candidates from 7+ and are an excellent way for students to progress through their dance training, with clear markers of success and evidenced achievement.

Some members will know the Graded Syllabi offered by bbodance very well, but for those who are new or returning, you can find syllabi videos and transcripts in the Members Area.  If you want to start delivering Graded or Vocational Graded classes in your school, feel free to contact us for support or CPD.

Alongside our Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in dance we offer a number of non-regulated examinations, which range from a pre-Graded exams (Intro to Dance/Pre-Syllabus, Pre-Primary and Primary), also with some more bespoke awards:

  • Performance Awards – These exams are made up of small components of bbodance Syllabi giving teachers the opportunity to choose some exercises and selected Dances that the candidates will present during their examination
  • Dance Awards - Dance Awards exams give the candidate an opportunity to perform a series of dances choreographed by their teacher. These build in length and complexity according to the Dance Award Level

Across all of these Exam types, we hope that you will find qualifications to meet your needs, exciting content to work through with your students, and robust examination processes which allow your students and parents to feel confident in the success experienced.

 

 

How To Book An Exam Session

 Registered Teachers (RTs) can enter students for examinations and have multiple options regarding examination sessions.

All Examination Centres are required to undergo a Centre Approval prior to an Examination Session being able to take place. Please contact HQ for further information regarding this.

If you have examination fees of over £600 RTs can have their own Examination Session on the dates of their choice (including midweek or an afternoon to evening where students cannot leave school. The Examination Session can be:

  • Live
  • Digital

If the RT cannot reach the minimum fee for their own session, there are still a couple of options:

  • Become a Visiting Teacher at another RT’s Live Examination Session (please contact HQ to see if any schools in your area have a Session booked)
  • Join a Digital Visiting Teacher session. bbodance will specify dates for you to record the RTs student’s exam (see the Teachers Handbook for these dates) and send to HQ via Dropbox. For the Digital Visiting Teacher Sessions, no minimum fee is required which is ideal should there only be a few students ready for exams. Please note that one Examiner will assess all students examined on each weekend

Application Forms for all sessions can be found in the Examination section of the Members Area or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

What are Credits & UCAS points?

All bbodance Level 3 Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations carry UCAS points. 

Level 3 Graded Examinations in Performing Arts carries UCAS points.  When applying to universities, conservatoires or vocational colleges it’s important to include your Graded Examination results as they are a clear indicator of your achievement.  Whether you want to go into engineering or dance, Graded Examination achievement shows your ability to study a subject at a high level; determination, dedication and resilience are qualities you need for any profession!

If you took a Grade 6, 7 or 8 Graded Examination and/or Intermediate Vocational Graded Examinations from 1st September 2010 (when the qualification was transferred to the Qualifications and Credit Framework), your achievement carries UCAS points, you can check how many and how to make use of these here.