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Examination Details

The role of the examiner is to uphold the standard and requirements of the syllabus not to necessarily please the teacher / student. The role of the candidate is to satisfy the Examiner to the best of their ability with the presentation of well executed technically correct syllabus work. The responsibility of the teacher is to ensure that the student is properly and correctly prepared for the examination in accordance with the syllabus. Failure to comply will see the results adjusted accordingly and may even result in a failure.

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The role of the examiner is to uphold the standard and requirements of the syllabus not to necessarily please the teacher / student. The role of the candidate is to satisfy the Examiner to the best of their ability with the presentation of well executed technically correct syllabus work. The responsibility of the teacher is to ensure that the student is properly and correctly prepared for the examination in accordance with the syllabus. Failure to comply will see the results adjusted accordingly and may even result in a failure.

First Aid

Candidates will be required to produce an appropriate certificate (currently in force) from a recognised body (eg. St John Ambulance). It should be noted that the currency of such certificates have a time limit. The onus rests with the holder to maintain currency of the certificate as part of the conditions for ongoing qualification recognition.

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Examination Attire/Accessories

Applicable to all Examinations

No make-up to be worn for Grades.

Make-up is acceptable for Stars and Majors

The ADA syllabus requires that all shoes be as functionally supportive as possible and from a quality, reputable brand.

Jewellery is NOT permitted to be worn in any examination with the exception of “Stars” when earrings appropriate to the costume are acceptable. Tattoos must be covered and body piercing covered or removed.

In cold conditions young candidates are permitted to wear a suitable matching “Cross-Over Top”.

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Jazz and Tap Dance

NO Dance sneakers to be worn. NO ballet shoes for Stars. Appropriate and clean footwear must be worn for all examinations.

THE STANDARD ATTIRE for both Grade and Major Examinations is leotards or tight-fitting “all-overs or tomboys”. Tights may be of any length providing that they are co-ordinated with the leotard and are complimentary to the line. Flared or neat fitting pants must stop at the ankles so feet may be seen by the examiner. One Sleeved Leotards are permissible. G String Leotards are not acceptable.

Boys are to wear suitably fitted clothes (loose clothing is not permitted). This standard attire is to be worn for all grade exams with the exception of female Primary candidates who are permitted to wear a suitable dress for Tap exams and mature age candidates who may wear trousers, track pants or teaching skirt.

Bronze Star and Silver Star candidates must be uniformly dressed in a stage costume suitable for the style of exam. Make-up and accessories must complement the outfit.

Gold Star and Bar to Gold Star candidates must be individually dressed in a stage costume suitable for the style of exam. Make-up and accessories must complement the outfit.

It is the candidates responsibility to ensure all props and costume accessories (as stated in the Stars syllabus) are easy to change into and come into the room at the start of the exam.

Stars Hip Hop – Candidates may wear “appropriate” attire – suitable shoes with a loose singlet style top and pants may be worn. The students must be able to dress quickly in the exam room and ensure that the feet can be seen.

Dance Assessment Awards – Accessories such as canes, hats, fans etc are permitted for Teacher’s choice routine only.

Classical Ballet

Female: Pre-Primary to  Grade V – Classical Leotard and Skirt (sheer, above knee in length and full enough for children to hold).  Pink ballet shoes (satin, canvas or leather) may have elastic across shoes or ribbons, ankle socks (Pre-primary & Primary) or ballet tights (Grade 1 – V) are to be worn. Flowers or ribbons in hair. Props, character shoes and skirts must come into the room with the candidate.

Male: Pre-Primary to Grade V – T shirt and tights (black or grey). Socks and ballet shoes with elastic across shoes.

Female: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bar to Gold Star – Classical leotard, Classical skirts are allowable but not compulsory, (sheer fabric is preferred) tights to be worn. Pink ballet shoes (satin, canvas or leather) may have ribbons or elastic. Flowers or ribbons in hair. Hair style to be of classical style with hair off the face.

MALE: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bar to Gold Star – T Shirt & tights (black or grey). Socks and ballet shoes with elastic across shoes.

Degrees of Passes

Applicable to Grade Exams, Bronze Star & Silver Star

Pass not awarded, Pass, Credit, Commended, Highly Commended, Honours, Honours Plus: (Pre-Primary – Pass, Merit).

Applicable to Gold Star & Major Examinations

Pass not awarded, Pass, Credit, Commended, Highly Commended, Honours, Honours with Distinction.

Fees, Exam Time Lengths and Age Limits

The following downloadable PDFs contain the latest fees and examination lengths details, as well as the minimum age limits for each grade.

Exam Disclaimer

BE AWARE that the payment of examination fees to the Association by the student/candidate, or upon their behalf, notwithstanding that such remittance is via the teacher/studio (who acts in the role of a trustee), constitutes a contractual arrangement for service between the student/candidate and the ADA Association. As such the report / result / award, remain the property of the ADA until received by the student/candidate, consequently the teacher/studio has no entitlement to the withholding of same.

Results/reports/awards that are the subject of non-issue to student/candidates are to be returned forthwith to the Association accompanied by relative contact details.