Loud ‘n’ Proud – Distinction!

This autumn has been all about the grade 1 dance exams for my daughter – first grade 1 tap and then grade 1 ballet, which is next week. It has meant a fair few extra lessons – so many in fact that she’s had to drop her contemporary classes for the term, something she’s NOT happy about.

I know what a good dancer my daughter is and she’s also highly competitive, motivated and determined to do her best. So we set some targets together, just for her. As ballet is her stronger style it has to be a distinction. Any less and she would have let herself down. Her ballet is beautiful and breathtaking. Her tap is good too, but it is the weakest of the four styles she does, perhaps not surprising as she has only been doing it for a year. So we decided that should be a merit.

The rest of her class did their primary exam last year. They may also have done their pre-primary before that, I’m not sure if that exists in tap. But they’ve been tap dancing a lot longer than her.

When I watched their class just before the exam, I could see how good she was. The sound she made with her shoes was much louder and clearer than the others (this is very important in tap), her moves were sharp, her head was up and she was smiling. She was very good.

I wondered if maybe she could make it to distinction after all. But I didn’t dare mention it to her, because once said it can never be un-said. If my daughter thought she was capable of distinction and didn’t achieve it, she would beat herself up. She doesn’t like failure. (‘Failure’ in this case being a higher exam grading than most people would get anyway, but all things are relative.)

So I kept it to myself. I would be very proud of her for getting a merit in her grade 1, only a year after taking up tap dance.

I thought the result would take about a month to come through, as it did with her primary ballet exam two years ago. I also thought it would come via a certificate or a notice up on the wall at her dance class. So I was very surprised when I got an email – and a lot sooner than I’d anticipated too.

‘I’m very pleased to tell you that X has passed her tap exam with distinction.’

Distinction! For tap!

Distinction means ‘Reflects a high to very high standard of achievement’.

I can’t tell you how proud I am, but needless to say it involved my eyes filling up a little bit.

My amazing little girl has done it again.

Daughter, Dance, Tap dance, Loud 'n' Proud

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ah well done to her! This takes me back as my eldest did ballet for about 5 years and always got distinctions in exams. Her downfall was being too skittish. Don’t think she could have taken it any further as she was always wanting to move on to the nxt thing – hasn’t changed one bit! Bet your girl is chuffed to pieces x

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    • Thanks very much! She really is chuffed to bits! (So am I!) It’s a shame that your daughter didn’t carry on. x

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  2. Massive well done to her, that’s quite an achievement!
    I can’t find the badge code to add the badge? xx

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    • Thanks very much! (I’m a bit of a div and I don’t actually have the code on here!) x

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  3. Oh wow, congratulations! Well done to your little girl. That’s definitely a #loudnproud moment. I find it so cute to see little girls do a tap-dance! 🙂

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    • Thanks very much! It really is very cute. 🙂

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  4. That’s absolutely brilliant Sarah! Well done to your daughter, she is a talented, and determined, girl xx

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    • Thanks very much, she definitely is! x

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 x

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    • Thanks very much! She is very determined 🙂 x

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    • Thanks very much, she certainly is! (So am I!)

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  5. Ahhh congrats to your girl Sarah, sounds like she has a lot of talent in those legs of hers 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, she certainly has! 🙂

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  6. That’s just amazing, well done to her to have such a talent. It’s a wonderful thing to have such focus in your life

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    • Thanks very much. It certainly is! I really hope she hangs onto it as she gets older. I’m pretty sure that she will.

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  7. Brilliant! What a fantastic achievement! Now … what’s next on the hit-list? 🙂

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 Next it’s the ballet exam – where she will be aiming to get a distinction, but with higher percentage than the tap exam!

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