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Why Exams Work

With the ever-evolving standards for dance, incorporating education has become a necessity. More than ever, there is an expectation of increased flexibility, strength, and impactful tricks from today’s dancers. Developing beautiful elements within a dance studio setting can be challenging for an instructor. To accomplish technique, students must build upon learned progressions to increase the difficulty of the syllabus with moves they are hoping to master. Effective dance instructors rely on standardized testing to ensure their students have mastered one level before they progress to the next one. Here are the top three reasons why teaching a syllabus that features examinations at every level can promote success.

Independent Results – Examiners will analyze students according to a set global standard. The dance instructor can be confident that the independent results a dancer receives is measured against a transparent set of expectations. They can then determine if that dancer is ready to safely move up to the next level, allowing for objective development of progression.

Constructive Correction – An examiner brings a fresh set of eyes to critique the dancer. This expert assessment, within a structured environment of mutual respect, will bring to light the dancer’s strengths and where challenges lie. Constructive correction brings a wealth of important lessons including the ability to handle criticism, manage pressure, and how to turn correction into accomplishment.

Goal Setting – A clearly defined set of skills for a dancer to accomplish is where exams make sense to the student. Goal setting happens when the dancer is placed in an appropriate level with room and encouragement to advance. They are provided with expectations that are specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-bound. These are the key ingredients to goal attainment and enable the dancer to push their skills to the next level.

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