DC Dance & Performing Arts offers a wide range of examinations and assessments to motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. The process of studying for an examination or assessment encourages each student to work hard to achieve their goals and strive for a personal best.

Within the dance branch of DC Dance & Performing Arts we take examinations and assessments with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the International Dance Teacher’s Association (IDTA).

Many of our Graded examinations (Level 1 upwards) are recognised by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The (QCF) is designed to provide learners, learning providers and employers with an inclusive and flexible regulated framework containing units, and qualifications that recognise the widest possible range of quality-assured learner achievements.


Dance Exams Q & A

Here are a few FAQs to help you understand a little more about our examination and assessment system:

Q. Does my child have to take an examination or assessment?
A. No, examinations and assessments are not mandatory. However they offer students reasonable goals to work towards within their classes. They are also recognised by the QCF which means that they may help your child with further education.

Q. My child wishes to take part in competitions, does he/she have to do the examinations as well?
A. Yes. In order to compete in any genre of dance, an assessment or grade must have been taken within the last year.

Q. What is a medal test?
A.  A medal test is a shorter assessment than a grade. Typically in a medal test or assessment, students will perform one or more dance routines that will be marked by the examiner. The student will receive a medal or plaque and a certificate upon successful completion of the assessment. The medal tests or assessments are not currently recognised by the QCF. Medal tests and assessments will be studied for within classes and are usually taken once or twice per year.

Q. What is a Graded examination?
A.  graded examination is a longer exam than the medal test or assessment. They involve many technical exercises which help to develop musicality, technical and performance skills. As these examinations are more technical, they can take longer to study for (see recommended study hours). Students will only be entered for graded examinations upon completing the recommended study hours and achieving the desired standard of the examination level.

Q.  What is Vocation Graded examination?
A.  Vocational examination is a development from the graded examination and involves a more in-depth study of the dance genre. Vocational graded examinations help to prepare students for a career in dance.