American Jazz Dance Affiliation

Examination Information

1.Entry Closing Dates

Jazz Examination Entries close Friday 9th June.

Advanced Examination Entries close Friday 23rd June.

Tap Examination Entries close Friday 23rd June.

2.Starting Dates

Jazz Examinations scheduled from 5th August.

Advanced Examinations scheduled for early September.

Tap Examinations to be discussed.

NB. If you want early Examinations or dates different to the normal dates for your area please notify us by the end of March. Contact Sharyn for Jazz and Sharon for Tap.

3. Online Entries

It is very important that entries for examinations are submitted before the closing date. The examination dates are only determined once all the entries have been received. There are no late entries.

As the entries are now done online it is important that you carefully enter the correct spelling of your student’s names as this will carry right through to the Certificate List.

NB. It is not permitted to substitute one examination entrant for another.

Online Process 

  1. Enter the student’s names, age and examination into the online entry form. This will automatically calculate the fees that are due. Submit the form. You will receive a confirmation email of your examination entries and fees. Pay the fees to AJDA.
  2. The examiner’s mark sheets and student report sheets will be posted to you. The mark sheets must be completed with the candidate’s names and ages written down the right hand side.  Very carefully check each candidate’s number against the name and number on this form.
  3. There will no longer be certificate sheets in your pack. The examiner will take care of this now.
  4. If you have Intermediate candidates that are entering for assessment please inform us when you enter them. This will ensure that you have the appropriate report sheets sent to you.
  5. If a student is unable to sit their examination a refund is only considered on receipt of a Medical Certificate.

The Examiner’s Requirements

  1. Contact the examiner prior to your examinations to discuss their food requirements.
  2. Inform the examiner what arrangements you have in place for transporting her from Hotel to examination venue.
  3. It is important to provide the examiner with a sturdy table and a comfortable chair of suitable height.
  4. A heater must be supplied.
  5. Always put a glass of water on the table.
  6. Mirrors must be covered.
  7. All music operators must be out of sight of the students during examinations.

Protocol for Students

  1. Students must wear a very clear number on front and back.
  2. The students are to be numbered in height order. The shortest person is number one.
  3. When standing at the barre, in the centre of the room or the corner, the lowest number is always on the examiner’s left when she is facing the students.
  4. It is advisable to have mock examinations so the students are aware of where to stand for each exercise. This saves confusion for the students and also saves time for the examiner.
  5. Students should enter the room in order and run into places in front of the examiner.
  6. All students should answer the examiner’s greeting with a clear “Good morning/afternoon Mrs/Miss….” etc.
  7. During the examination students should be courteous at all times – no talking or bad behaviour.
  8. Students should move quickly to the starting place of each exercise.
  9. Students will be asked to do some of their work in twos or threes or by rows in their examination. Please ensure they have practiced in small groups.
  10. At the end of the examination students are expected to show respect and thank the examiner in an appropriate way.

Examination Clothing, Hair & Makeup

  1. All leotards and tops should be appropriate to the age of the student. Remember it is an examination not a competition and therefore the clothing should not look like a costume.
  2. Hair must be tied up and back off the face. No pony-tails.
  3. Light makeup is permitted for Senior Levels.
  4. No jewellery to be worn.

Introductory Levels One, Two, Three, Four & Five

Girls

  • Leotards can be any style provided they are appropriate for the age of the student (sleeveless, cap-sleeve or long-sleeved). No T-Shirts to be worn over the leotard.
  • Tights – short, long or ¾ length.
  • Jazz shoes or ballet shoes. Dance slippers may be worn for the Introductory Levels One & Two.

Boys

  • Shorts, tights or jazz pants (long or ¾ length).
  • Tight fitting top.
  • Jazz shoes.

Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced Levels

Girls

  • Jazz pants or tights – full or ¾ length.
  • Tops – all tops must be tight fitting. No loose T-Shirts.
  • Jazz shoes. Foot thongs may be used for Advanced Levels. NB. No boots or sneakers.

Boys

  • Jazz pants (long or ¾ length).
  • Tight fitting top.
  • Jazz shoes.

 

Examination Information

These ages are a guide only. Use your discretion. Please do not enter older students in Introductory Levels One, Two or Three as they are only designed for 5 – 8 year olds.

Introductory Level One                  minimum age is 5

The teacher must go into the examination room with the students. Maximum number – 8

Introductory Level Two                  6 or 7 year olds

The teacher may go into the examination room if needed. Maximum number – 8

Introductory Level Three              7 or 8 year olds

Maximum number – 8

Introductory Level Four                 8 or 9 year olds

Maximum number – 8

Introductory Level Five                  9 or 10 year olds

Maximum number – 8

Elementary Level One                     10 or 11 year olds (suitable for Adults)

Maximum number – 8

Elementary Level Two                     11 or 12 year olds (suitable for Adults)

Maximum number – 6

Elementary level Three                   12 or 13 year olds (suitable for Adults)

Maximum number – 6

Intermediate Level One                 13 or 14 year olds (suitable for Adults)

Maximum number – 6

Intermediate Level Two                 14 or 15 year olds (suitable for Adults)

Maximum number – 6

Intermediate Level Three              15 & over

Maximum number – 6

Advanced Levels                               16 & over

Maximum number – 6

All Advanced students must have sat and passed the full Intermediate Level Three examination (not an assessment) before entering an Advanced Examination.

Junior & Intermediate Teaching Certificate    minimum age 16 years

All candidates must have sat and passed the Intermediate Level Three Examination.

Examination Results

An examiner’s decision is final and correspondence will not be entered into regarding any result.

Examination Marks

Pass – 50-54

Pass Plus   –  55-59

Commended  –  60-69

Highly Commended   – 70-79

Honours  –  80-89

Honours with Distinction  –  90-100

Assessment Marks

Pass   –   40-49

Credit  –  50-54

Merit  –  55 +

Assessment candidates do not get their marks.

Assessments only used for Intermediate Levels.

Music

Always take care when choosing music that the content is suitable for the age group. Many good songs have inappropriate lyrics. Listen carefully to them before you use them in class.

Some of the amalgamations and dances in the Intermediate Levels have set music. This music is available from the Directors. 

Advanced Levels One & Two have set music that must be used.

Affiliation Awards

At the end of each year the “Top Mark” student for every level is recognized with a monetary award.

The Advanced examiner is also asked to select “The Most Promising Student” from the Advanced Levels One & Two. This is the Mary Evers Memorial Award. It is to be used to further their dance education.

 

“When you start dancing and you feel cool, you feel like the whole world belongs to you.”

ESTHER BOATENG February 28, 2017