The Modern exam: Distinction!

When my daughter started practising for her Grade 2 Modern exam way back in the summer (yes, she really is that dedicated), I thought she was good. Very good. Now I don’t know much about modern. In fact, I know so little I didn’t even realise she DID modern, but I think I’m pretty good at recognising beautiful dancing. And that was beautiful dancing.

She practised all through the summer and into the autumn (apart from when we didn’t have anything to play the CD on). She had extra exam practise lessons with her class. As she always does with dance, she took it very seriously.

She told me she thought she’d get a merit. I’m not sure if she was being modest, because there was no way she was a merit.

That girl had ‘distinction’ written all over her and I told her so.

I watched a class and I thought she was top of the class, equal with another girl. When I watched again three weeks later, she was better than the other girl.

And then panto rehearsals started. We literally didn’t have space in our lives or brains for anything but the panto, but somehow my daughter had to do her exam after a three hour rehearsal.

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And she smashed it. As I knew she would.

Her teacher emailed a week later to say she’d got distinction. I was very proud, but not surprised. (Huge credit to her teacher – three other girls got distinctions and even the girls who didn’t look that great got merits.)

But that wasn’t enough for my daughter. She needed more. She needed to know how good a distinction she’d got.

A really flipping good one, as it happens.

She got a massive 88%, scoring 36 out of 40 in one category and never scoring below eight out of 10 in any section. She got got nine out of 10 for most things and even got a 10 for her ‘use of space’.

The threshold for distinction is 80%, so she was a whole eight per cent above that. She is VERY happy with that as it makes it her ‘best ever distinction’. My highly competitive daughter was slightly disappointed to only ‘scrape’ a distinction by three per cent in her Grade 1 Tap exam. She made the grade by six per cent in her Grade 1 Ballet exam.

So this is her ‘best ever distinction’. In a style of dance I didn’t even realise she did.

As she was a late starter, she’s only actually done three dance exams in her life. Three exams, three distinctions. That’s not bad going!

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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    • Thanks very much, she really is!

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    • Thanks very much, she’s done brilliantly. x

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  1. Well done her! She’s doing brilliantly. Such a beautiful talent to have, being able to dance. #SSAmazingAchievements

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    • Thanks very much, it is a wonderful talent to have 🙂

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  2. Wow huge well done to your daughter, and even more so after doing the exam after a 3 hour Panto rehearsal. She is extremely dedicated and no wonder you are really proud of her xx

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    • Thanks very much, she really is incredibly dedicated. x

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  3. 88% is fantastic, a big well done to her. Definitely a loud and proud moment!

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    • Thanks very much. It was an amazing result – her best so far. It really took us by surprise!

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  4. That is absolutely outstanding, what a clever and talented young lady she is well done her! Thank you for linking up with #LoudnProud

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    • Thanks very much, she did brilliantly 🙂

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  5. She’s taken on so much in the last few months and done so well. Congratulations to her.

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    • Thanks very much, she really has done brilliantly 🙂

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  6. That’s brilliant. A big well done to her! My daughter loved ballet when we wee in London, sadly we haven’t found a decent ballet school since and she really misses it…

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    • That’s a shame you couldn’t find a ballet school. My daughter absolutely loves her dancing and really thrives on it.

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  7. That is fantastic, what a talented daughter you have!

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    • Thanks very much, I like to think so! 🙂

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  8. How amazing is that!

    You must be so proud that you could burst when you think about how well she did x x

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  9. Wow that is amazing. She does like to push herself and reminds me of my niece, who is 17 now and wants to work for NASA! I can’t want to see what her results are in her next exam.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

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