All students have the opportunity to take ISTD examinations if they wish & all are invited to take part in our school show that takes place biennially at the Festival Hall, Petersfield. The show is so much fun & everyone has their chance to shine.
We offer some of our talented students the opportunity to perform & compete at competitions around the country. We belong to the All England Dance Association which organises local dance festivals where students compete in a variety of dance genres. Marks are awarded & students achieving high marks are invited to enter the Regional Finals & from there some get to compete at National level in London for the finals. We also enter the Marjorie Davies Tap Awards, a very prestigious competition held in London & the ISTD Ballet Awards. We have had finalists at both & awards won.
We also have students that have represented England & won medals at the Dance World Cup & the Tap World Championships.
Children’s examinations have been devised to give them a sense of achievement. This is for children who dance for fun & children who may wish to make dance a career. Grades from Pre-Primary upward progressively develop children’s technical ability, giving them a sense of dance combined with a sense of natural grace & poise, also appreciation of dance & it’s relationship to music.
At PAD we encourage our students to take examinations provided by the ‘Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing’ (ISTD)
The child’s teacher decides when a child is ready for an exam. This is usually after four or five terms of study. It is essential to have a good knowledge & understanding of the syllabus & additional coaching classes are provided before the examination to ensure the child is confident. We are aware that for various reasons some children are unable to take examinations & these children are moved up to the next grade when appropriate. Pupils can take exams from age 5+.