Ballet Distinction: Loud ‘n’ Proud

Back in autumn, my daughter did her Grade 1 exams in both ballet and tap and I set her the achievable targets of a merit in tap and a distinction in ballet. The tap results came through in just a week and I was very proud when she got a distinction, despite having only been doing tap for a year. Her mark was 83%, which my daughter considered ‘scraping’ a distinction, despite the pass mark for distinction being 80%.

And then we waited for her ballet results. We waited and we waited and we waited. Christmas came and went, and still no results. It was two months before we heard that she’d passed the exam with distinction, but we had to wait a further two weeks to find out her actual mark. I think anyone who has seen my daughter dance would say that, while she’s certainly very good at tap, she’s better at ballet. So we had high hopes for that mark.

The marks are awarded out of 10 for 10 different parts of the exam – different exercises and routines, plus marks for performance etc (head up and smile!). I told my daughter that 90% was an unrealistic expectation – 9 out of 10 across 10 categories was pretty unlikely. So she set her sights on 87% – again, a very high mark, but better than her tap mark, so it made sense.

When the mark finally came through, she was disappointed. It was ‘only’ 81%. Lower than her tap mark. But comparing the two is comparing apples with pears. They are from different exam boards, for starters. And if you look closely at the criteria for a distinction in ballet, it is 75%, rather than 80%. So my daughter didn’t ‘scrape’ this one (and I don’t think she scraped the tap one either, that’s just her view!). She actually came out a whole 6% above the pass mark for distinction, compared to 3% for tap. Knowing that made her feel more positive.

I’m proud of my daughter for achieving her distinction, I’m proud of her for not ‘scraping’ it, but, most of all, I’m proud of her for wanting to better herself and for never accepting that things are good enough. She got the distinction she expected, but she always wants to take things further and achieve to the very best of her abilities.

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  1. That’s absolutely amazing, well done to her. I’m sure a distinction is not given out that easily so she must have been very good, definitely not scraping the barrel!

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    • Thank you! She always pushes herself so hard and always believes she can do better, but I think she did very well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you! I really am ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  2. Well done to her. It is good that she wants to better herself, but sad that such a high mark isn’t deemed as good enough.

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    • Thank you! She wasn’t disappointed in herself, but she still felt she could have done better! I admire her determination.

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  3. Ah I’ve been waiting for this one. I knew it! Well done to your girl, she’s a marvel. x x

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    • Thanks very much! I’ve been waiting for it too! Was starting to wonder if we’d ever get the result! x

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  4. You must be so very proud, she is clearly a very talented dancer. Two distinctions is amazing and I hope in time she is happy with the percentage marks she received.

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    • Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚ She is a talented dancer, and she knows it, which means she always wants to push herself to the next level and achieve ever more.

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  5. Well done her. And RAD is by far the best to be getting distinction in (weird, when I did it, it was called honours!). Love reading about your daughter’s dancing progress – makes up for me having a boy who’ll never do ballet (and unlikely to do any other kind of dance if his dad has anything to do with it (I live in hope that he’ll want to be cool and learn to at least twirl a girl properly round a dance floor!)

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    • Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚ Good to hear that from someone who knows all about ballet and RAD. I still feel like I’m learning! It’s funny how dads don’t want their boys to dance. I think my younger son could be a good dancer, but that’s not going to happen! (I guess he doesn’t have much time for it anyway, with football, rugby and Scouts!)

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  6. I would be proud too Sarah, although I am entirely uneducated in the art of ballet! #loudnproud

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    • Thanks very much! I come from a position of being uneducated in ballet, especially as my daughter started relatively late in ballet terms (6 rather than 3 or 4), but I feel I’m getting there slowly!

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  7. Oh I’m pleased for her. At least she has a good attitude with grades – just wants to be the best. That will always make her do well xx

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    • Thanks very much. She has incredible drive and determination in everything she does. I’m sure she will go far with that attitude. x

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  8. Ho wonderful, your daughter is such a credit to you. I can’t even imagine the hard work and dedication that tap and ballet require!

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    • Thanks very much, that’s such a lovely thing to say ๐Ÿ™‚ She seems to have a natural talent for them, but is also a quick learner, who listens carefully to watch the teacher says and takes it on board.

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  9. Well done to your daughter for achieving distinctions in ballet and tap – she’s obviously very talented. My daughters did ballet up to Grade 6 (RAD) and only gave up when they were going to uni. Here’s hoping your daughter has many more years of ballet and tap ahead of her.

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    • Wow, that’s impressive that your daughters did it for so long. I really hope my daughter does too as it gives her so much pleasure and she’s obviously got a taler for it. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Massive well done to her. I know how proud I feel just when Bunny gets a gym certificate and they don’t come with marks. You must be beaming. xx

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    • Thanks very much, I certainly am! x

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    • Thanks very much. She always wants to do better! I just don’t like her to feel disappointed in herself as it’s a fine line.

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    • Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. That’s great news, Sarah – both her achievement and her determination are things to be proud of.

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    • Thank you! That’s just what I thought – her determination takes her a long way and she’s the same in every aspect of her life.

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    • Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s got an amazing attitude! x

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  12. Oh bless her, she has her mother’s determination to succeed doesn’t she? Well done her and you should be proud, it is such an amazing achievement.

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    • Thanks very much, I think she’s way more determined than me! She gets her competitive nature from her Daddy!

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    • Thanks very much, I’m very proud of her. x

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  13. That is just ace, you must be so very proud of her. What an amazing achievement. Sorry to be so elusive at the moment, work is bonkers at the moment and the 4 hour commute isn’t helping x

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    • Thanks very much, I’m very proud! You must be exhausted! I’m not surprised you’re quiet with that kind of commute. I’ve found myself reading and commenting on less blogs too lately with so much work on.

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  14. Congratulations to her! That’s amazing. I did ballet as a child up until I was 17 and RAD is the hardest syllabus to do, most ballet schools now do ISTD which is relatively easier. Same stuff, just not as picky. RAD is what the Royal Ballet do so she must’ve done brilliantly to get a distinction! I bow down ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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    • Thanks very much! I had no idea there was more than one syllabus. I’m even more proud of her now I know this! x

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  15. My daughter just got 87% in grade 1. We didn’t set her a target or push her. I said… “Just do your best chick”

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    • Very well done to her! That’s an amazing mark! We don’t push my daughter – it’s just an achievable target for herself – and she surprised us with her distinction for tap!

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