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Preparing For Your Exams

Unlike an end of year production, dance exams add extra pressure on the dancers no matter their level of passion for what they are doing. Although they are a slightly daunting task they are beneficial to the dancer, and can provide a goal point for the dancer to mark their ongoing progress.

When preparing for your exams it is important to remember to trust what your teacher is telling you. They have the experience and knowledge to be able to inform you of how you are travelling in your preparations, use their feedback and corrections to improve your ability.

Set yourself a goal or goals, this will allow you to focus and truely prepare for your exams. This way throughout your training classes you will have a clear picture in your mind of what you want to achieve in the exam, therefore when you head into your exam you will be more than ready to enter that examination room to show off all of the hard work that you have put in!

 In your exams it is important to not dwell on a missed pirouette or mistake, instead finish off that exercise to the best of your ability. Don't linger on the mistakes, instead use it to spur you on for the next exercises, and simply make each one better than the last.

Presentation on exam day is also essential, make sure that you have a fresh pair of stockings, clean shoes and have the ballet bun set to perfection. Making sure you have everything you need for your exam the night before will also take away some of the day of pressures. Create a checklist for yourself, include the tights that you require for the day, shoes including pointe shoes, food and water and hair products.
Good luck to all of our gorgeous customers sitting exams this year!! Feel confident in your ability, you have put in the hard work. Don't forget, when you hear that bell ring, take a deep breath, centre yourself and gather your thoughts, and more importantly enjoy yourself!
And of course practice, practice, practice!!
Happy Dancing!


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