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 pass not awarded.
It is highly recommended that Candidates hold a First Aid Certificate 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.
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”.
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 leotard or tight-fitting unitard. 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).
PRE-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY TAP (GIRLS ONLY) are permitted to wear a suitable dress.
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 compliment the outfit.
GOLD STAR AND BAR TO GOLD STAR Candidates may be individually dressed in a stage costume suitable for the style of exam. Make-up and accessories must complement the outfit.
All Stars Candidates must be suitable attires for all examinations in a manner that is not too revealing of their body.
STARS HIP HOP Candidates may wear “appropriate” attire – suitable shoes with a loose singlet style top and hip hop style pants may be worn. The students must be able to dress quickly in the exam room and ensure that the feet can be seen.
It is the Candidate’s 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.
PRE-PRIMARY TO GRADE FIVE (GIRLS) – Classical Leotard and Skirt (sheer, above knee in length and full enough for children to hold – Pre-Primary and Primary). Pink ballet shoes (satin, canvas or leather) may have elastic across shoes or ribbons. Ankle socks (Pre-Primary and Primary) or ballet tights (Grade One to Grade Five) are to be worn. Flowers or ribbons in hair. Props, character shoes and skirts must come into the room with the Candidate.
PRE-PRIMARY TO GRADE FIVE (BOYS) – T-shirt and shorts or tights (black, navy or grey). Socks and ballet shoes with elastic across shoes.
BRONZE STAR TO BAR TO GOLD STAR (FEMALE) – Classical leotard, Classical skirts are allowable but not compulsory, (sheer fabric is preferred) ballet 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.
BRONZE STAR TO BAR TO GOLD STAR (MALE) – T Shirt and shorts or tights (black, navy or grey). Socks and ballet shoes with elastic across shoes.
Class Performance Awards (CPA)
Please refer to Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet attire above.
GIRLS – A suitable leotard, preferably a high neck. May wear tight fitting shorts. Jazz tights and jazz shoes. Hair in low bun.
BOYS – T-shirt, may wear bike pants with loose fitting shorts over. Socks and jazz shoes.
GIRLS – A suitable leotard and tights or unitard. Bare foot, socks or foot undies may be worn. Hair in low bun.
BOYS – T-shirt, may wear bike pants with loose fitting shorts over. Bare foot, socks or foot undies may be worn.
Degrees of Passes
Applicable to Grade Exams (Primary to Grade 5), Bronze Star and Silver Star
Pass not awarded, Pass, Credit, Commended, Highly Commended, Honours, Honours Plus.
Applicable to Gold Star and Major Examinations
Pass not awarded, Pass, Credit, Commended, Highly Commended, Honours, Honours with Distinction.
Applicable to Class Performance Awards
Pass not awarded, Pass, Commendable, High Achievement, Outstanding.
Applicable to AcroDance Examinations
Pass not awarded, Progressing, Achieved, Skilled, Exemplary.
Applicable to Contemporary Examinations
Pass not awarded, Pass, Commended, Highly Commended, Honours.
Exam Time Lengths, Age Limits and Procedure
The following downloadable PDFs contain the latest fees and examination lengths details, as well as the minimum age limits for each grade.
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.