Students have different reasons for learning to dance; because of that, we provide different pathways for vocational training and dance for pleasure, so that all types of students can be rewarded for their achievement and dedication.

  • For students who desire to undergo rigorous dance training and progress to higher Grades and university or Vocational study, we offer examinations certified by Ofqual and Qualifications Wales.

    They are:

    o   Graded Examinations
    o   Vocational Graded Examinations

    To prepare students under 7 years old for Graded Examinations, we also offer Pre-Graded Exams certified by our internal board.

  • For students who wish to evidence their learning but not take on a full Graded or Vocational Graded Examination, we have designed exams certified by our internal board. They focus on artistry, musicality, and creativity.

    They are:

    o   Performance Awards
    o   Freestyle Dance Awards


Regardless of the route they take, all students are awarded for their achievements through a Certificate and, where relevant, a mark breakdown. Students gaining a Freestyle Dance Award receive a badge, medal, or other tokens of success. bbodance is an inclusive organisation – our examinations and assessments are available to everyone. Students with disabilities, special needs, or learning difficulties will be given the support they need in order to succeed.

 

  1. Exams are reliable

    Exam results indicate the standard achieved by students within a nationally recognised and bbodance framework.

    •  Exams are an important part of the learning process;
    •  Exams structure the learning process in a progressive way;
    •  Exams provide a robust measure of achievement of technical, musical, and performance skills from beginner to professional level;
    •  Exams provide the highest quality of constructive feedback, supported by a rigorous Quality Assurance Framework;
    •  Exams help teachers monitor the progress of individual students.


  2. Exams help students

    •  Exams are open to all;
    •  Exams enable students to optimise opportunities to realise their potential;
    •  Exams help students develop self-confidence;
    •  Exams help students develop artistry and musicality;
    •  Exams are excellent audition practice;
    •  Exams are excellent preparation for a professional dance career;
    •  Exam certification acknowledges achievement, which is important for those who wish to pursue a career in dance;
    •  For Level 3, Exams carry UCAS points;
    •  Exams help students’ CVs look great! They show potential employers that students are creative, goal-oriented, willing to learn, and committed to achieving difficult tasks.


  3. Many students enjoy Exams

    Many students love to be challenged, achieve, and progress, and take great pride in Exam success.

    •  Exams reward achievement;
    •  Exams can motivate further learning;
    •  Exams are something to celebrate!

These awards provide an opportunity, incentive and encouragement for all those who enjoy dance as a leisure activity. Students perform a series of dances choreographed by their teachers which build in length and complexity, culminating in the presentation of solos. The students may perform dances of different genres and styles (Classical, Tap, Modern including lyrical, Disco, Character, National and Song and Dance) within one Award but styles must not be missed within a single dance.

 

Nursery Awards
Nursery Rhyme - Present a nursery rhyme
Nursery Character - Presents a short story

Medal Awards
Bronze 1 - Present 1 Bronze Medal dance
Bronze 2 - Present 1 new Bronze Medal dance
Bronze 3 - Present 1 new Bronze Medal dance
Bronze 4 - Present 1 new Bronze Medal dance
Silver - Present Bronze 4 & 1 Silver Medal dance
Gold - Present Bronze 4, Silver + 1 Gold Medal dance

Bar Awards
Bronze - Present 2 new Bronze Bar dances
Silver - Present 2 Bronze & 1 new Silver dance
Gold - Present 1 Bronze, 1 Silver & 1 new Gold dance

Star Awards
Bronze - Present 2 new Bronze Star dances
Silver - Present 2 Bronze & 1 new Silver dance
Gold - Present 1 Bronze, 1 Silver & 1 new Gold Dance

Shield Awards
Bronze - Present 1 new slow & 1 new quick tempo dance
Silver - Present 2 Bronze & 1 new free-tempo Silver dance
Gold - Present 1 Bronze, 1 Silver& 1 new free-tempo Gold dance

Cup Awards
Cup A - All new: 1 slow, 1 quick & 1 free-tempo dances
Cup B - All new: 1 slow, 1 quick & 1 free-tempo dances

Trophy Award - All new: 1 slow, 1 quick, 1 free-tempo & 1 mixed tempo dance

 

 

These awards are designed to be a level of attainment for students who enjoy their dance but do not wish to undergo the demands and commitment needed for Pre-Graded, Graded or Vocational Graded Examinations. Alternatively, they can be a helpful preparation for students who are working towards an Examination.

Performance Awards are available across genres as follows:

Ballet

Tap

Modern

Jazz

Pre-Syllabus

Pre-Syllabus

-

-

Pre-Primary

Pre-Primary

-

-

Primary

Primary

Primary

Primary

Grade 1

Grade 1

Grade 1

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 2

Grade 2

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 3

Grade 3

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 5

Grade 5

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 6

Grade 6

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 7

Grade 7

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 8

-

-

Intermediate Foundation

Intermediate Foundation

Intermediate Foundation

Intermediate Foundation

Intermediate

Intermediate

Intermediate

Intermediate

Advanced 1

Advanced 1

Advanced 1

Advanced 1

Advanced 2

Advanced 2

Advanced 2

Advanced 2

 

 

 

 

bbodance is an Awarding Organisation able to offer qualifications which are recognised by Ofqual. These examinations follow the traditional system of dance training (Grades) and are simultaneously aligned with the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Graded/Vocational Graded 

RQF (Ofqual)

Grade 1

1

Grade 2

1

Grade 3

1

Grade 4

2

Grade 5

2

Grades 6-8

3

Intermediate Foundation

2

Intermediate

3

Advanced 1

4

Advanced 2

4

 

The above are available in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre or Contemporary (subject to demand). 

Examination Fees 2018/2019