Step Ahead Scores High in Latest Examination Results
The new marking scheme for National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) exams proves that the standard remains high at Step Ahead dance school.
At Step Ahead we prepare our dancers with weeks of training in syllabus work, performance and confidence. It is important for the dancers to go into their exams feeling nervous enough to try hard, but confident enough about their work to perform well and above all, enjoy it. Exam sessions are hard work but worthwhile. The dancers move their way up through the grades, receiving fantastic results and progressing onto more exciting work.
Our girls did very well in the April 2008 exams, with forty one of the candidates achieving a merit in tap, ballet or modern. The NATD examiner was Ms Margaret Lapham.
A ‘Merit’ (60-79%) is awarded to those displaying ‘Secure and precise technique and knowledge of the syllabus in many of the sections’, and ‘expression and communication’ during the performance.
We also had some ‘Distinction’ marks awarded during the same exam session. Distinction is awarded to a highly developed musicality, appropriate expression in performance and a personal interpretation which is in accordance with the style. These are things developed with age and experience, which makes it all the more impressive that many of the younger dancers were awarded the mark (80-100%). Among them were eight year old dancers Hannah Hepburn, Bethany Moore, Lauren Ferguson, Katie Roberts and Lauren Myers, who all received distinction for their preliminary modern exam.