Exams

How I.D.A exams work

I.D.A. seeks to move conservatory classical ballet training in accordance with other dance forms by remaining relevant to the contemporary age, and supporting dancer’s technique in relation with the demands of their other stylistic classes (jazz/contemporary etc…) Dance health is a priority in the syllabus training design by demanding the importance of healthy movement pathways within the dancer’s own (mechanical abilities) physical limitations (the mechanics they were born with) while still honouring the capabilities of all body types and facilities.

Inclusivity is important to I.D.A.; ensuring that all dancers have an opportunity to exploretheir own love and experience in ballet. The examination process supports this goal of allowing all dancers to have the opportunity for a successful evaluation process, within the constraints of their training abilities. There are 3 rubrics of evaluation for 3 different streams of dance training (recreational, competitive, professional). This syllabus seeks to support dancers to whichever capacity they choose to dance. The main difference between these streams is that pointe work is mandatory if being examined under the professional stream.

This syllabus was developed to train strong healthy artists while allowing students to be examined based on their individual potential. This acknowledgement of individual capability is indicated by the teacher by designating the specific evaluation they are entered in for examination. Numbered 1-3, these streams allow dancers equal opportunity to learn and benefit from the same material without the pressure of being judged through the same lens.

Exams are held at the certified teacher’s school/studio for the comfort and convenience of all participants. Exams are encouraged to span between 2-4 days based on student enrolment.

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I.D.A. Exams 

Formal exams are prepared by their teachers.

Students Receive 

  • Medal for competition of exam on day of
  • Certificate of completion with final mark 
  • Evaluation form with examiners feedback and overall mark
I.D.A. Class Examination

Class examinations are an opportunity to set goals for students that may not be ready for an exam in a small group setting but are working on the curriculum and the teacher wishes to put their class through the examination process. The teacher receives feedback from the examiner.

Students Receive

  • Medal for completion of exam on day of
  • Certificate of completion 
  • Teacher receives examiner feedback at the end of the exam period 

***If a teacher wishes to enroll a single student outside of an official exam date, then the student will take their exam at I.D.A. in Mississauga, Ontario. As this syllabus continues to grow, our goal is to have a “home school” in each province or country where single examinations can also take place.

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Meet Our Examiners

Emma Wilkinson

Head Examiner

Anna Elena

Examiner

Giorgio Galli

Examiner

Martha Hart

Examiner

Arielle Miralles

Examiner

Sarah Kirkness

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