Dance examinations give dancers the opportunity to learn a challenging dance syllabus, to master it, and then show the fruits of their hard work in their examination.
Examinations document each dancers’ progress as a way to build confidence in the dancers’ ability. The examination will test the syllabus that is designed to cater equally for the ‘once a week’ child and the child who will go on to make dance his/her profession, either as a performer or as a teacher.
The work progresses through each level, building on the lessons previously learned as well as adding new skills such as musicality, artistry and technical execution.
Passing through the grades is a deeply gratifying thing for young dancers when the results of hard work are recognized by the establishment.
As a teacher, there is no doubt that preparing for dance examinations develop strong dancers. Not only are they forced to work hard to achieve well, but they develop dedication and respect to themselves and their work – a required quality in society.
Gauteng Dance Studios is following the syllabus of the Independent Dance Federation (SA) in all styles.
IDF is the only registered federation in South Africa with a lyrical syllabus. IDF also stays with times and therefore re-evaluate and revise their syllabus work on a yearly base. This makes IDF students advanced in all styles.
Gauteng Dance Studios start the year in January with basic warm-up and technique classes and from February until May all students learn the syllabus on a weekly basis. All dance exams are done in May & June.
A dance festival is an organized event where dance performance is celebrated. Dance festivals may include competitions for individual dancers or teams. Dance Festivals focus on the performance of specific dance styles. Competitors perform dances in any of several permitted dance styles such as Acrobatic Dance, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Modern, and Tap before a common group of judges.
Prizes, such as trophies, money, or scholarships to dance training camps, may be given out for the best dancer or dance team. Dance festivals build teamwork in a dance studio and improve a dancer’s self-confidence to perform in front of an audience.
Gauteng Dance Studios compete yearly at the Stage Quest (stagequest.co.za) in all disciplines the festival is hosting. Students practise from June until October for this event that is held in Pretoria.
Beginner dancers compete in group routines while the more advanced dancers also compete in solo, duets, trios and group categories. Choreography to suit each dancer individually for solo sections is done and interesting new ideas for groups make Gauteng Dance Studios yearly the best youth dance studio at this event.
Our dressmakers work hard with designs on exquisite costumes for each and every child to make this event an unforgettable memory.
Each year the studio puts on a studio show where the dancers can showcase their dance skills for friends and family.
This is an exciting experience for all concerned from the very youngest to the most advanced as every single dancer is allowed to express their creativity and made to feel so very special.
Costumes and makeup play an important role in the show and this is the most exciting part for the dancers participating in shows.
The use of lights and special effects (smoke machines) makes every show an unforgettable experience.