Students Excel in State Dance Association Exams

At Showtime HMS Performing Arts, we are proud to announce that our Grade 5 Jazz and Grades 4 & 5 Ballet students recently took their State Dance Association exams, and we couldn't be prouder of their achievements! All of our students performed beautifully and passed their exams, which is a testament to their hard work and dedication.

Our jazz and ballet exam classes are designed to help our students improve their dance skills, strength, and flexibility. We work on a range of technical exercises, and each exercise is developed to help our students improve their dance technique. In addition to learning the theory of their chosen dance style, students also learn correct terminology and anatomy. The exams themselves require students to perform multiple different dances, which showcase their versatility as dancers.

We are thrilled to report that all of our Grade 5 Jazz and Grades 4 & 5 Ballet students passed their State Dance Association exams with flying colours. We are incredibly proud of their hard work and dedication, and we believe that their achievements reflect the quality of education that we provide at Showtime HMS Performing Arts. Our students put in countless hours of practice to perfect their skills, and it is truly inspiring to see their efforts pay off.

We are also excited to announce that our Jazz grades 2 & 4 students will take their exams later this year. We have no doubt that they will do just as well as their peers and continue to make us proud.

At Showtime HMS Performing Arts, we believe that it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our students. All students who receive a mark of 75% (Highly Commended/Honours/Honours with Distinction) and above are awarded a small gift at our end of year concert to acknowledge their hard work and achievements.

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State Dance Association Exams

Last year Covid-19 lockdowns had a big impact on our exam classes. With the exception of grade 5 jazz, many of our students chose to hold off on taking their full exam. Instead they took a smaller performance exam and continued to work on their technique ready for this year.

Our jazz and ballet exam classes work on a range of technical exercises to improve their dancing. Each exercise is developed to help improve their dance skills, strength and flexibility. They must learn theory about the styles of dance they are doing, correct terminology and anatomy. Some of the exams include performing multiple different dances to show versatility.

In 2021 all of our exam students participated in their full exam. We are so pleased to announce everyone passed with many students receiving grades in the top 15%! For the remainder of the year they will work on preparing a routine for our end of year concert and then next year move up to the next grade.

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SDA Competition

This year the State Dance Association introduced a new competition for dancers all over Australia enabling them to submit videos of their routines in order to compete. We then all logged in to Zoom at the same time to watch all the other competitors and see the judges decision. Students spent time in the studio rehearsing and filming their routines with upmost professionalism. Our competitors made us extremely proud with their efforts in this new experience and achieved magnificent results!


Havana and Isabelle: Jazz duo, 1st Place

Braydee Audrain: Contemporary solo, 3rd Place

Havana Diaz: Contemporary solo, Honourable Mention

Isabelle Portier: Jazz solo, Honourable Mention

State Dance Association Exams

For the past two years our students here at Showtime have been given the opportunity to participate in jazz and ballet exam classes. Each year in October the exam class students undertake a practical exam at the Showtime studio in front of an external examiner.

Due to the unexpected closure of our studio in March and the continued disruptions throughout the year, we made the decision to replace the full examination with a performance exam. The performance exam consisted of each exam class demonstrating the skills and technique they learnt throughout the year in a dance presented to the examiner. This gave the students the opportunity to express their development and showcase that they are on the way to completing the full exam in 2021.

Our older students in the Jazz grade 5 class were the exception and managed to complete the full exam in an incredibly unpredictable year and received amazing results. All of our students passed and we congratulate many who did their first ever exam!

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State Dance Association Exams

At the beginning of 2019 Showtime HMS  had introduced both ballet and jazz State Dance Association exam classes into the timetable. These exam classes included new material and techniques being taught in preparation to the students’ exams in term 4.

The exam classes required attention, dedication and practice. In class the students learnt a number of exercises, theory, correct terminology and short dances which they had to memorise completely for the exam. Students who were in these exam classes weren’t forced into participating in the exam, so if they felt that they weren’t ready they can remain in the same grade and participate in the exam the following year.

However, those students who were ready to complete their exams had mock exams which helped prepare the students for the real event which was just a few weeks after the mock exams. These mock exams helped students understand how the exam would work and outlined exactly what they knew and what needed some improvement in class before the actual exams.

Mock exams were spread over a few days and were held on Monday 2nd, Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th of September.

The actual State Dance Association examinations were run over two days, Friday 18th and Saturday the 19th of October where they were assessed by an SDA examiner.

A huge congratulations to all student who participated because not only did all our students pass, but everyone received a result of commended (65%) or above.

If you are interested in your child participating in exam classes read more here.