The Bronze Jazz exam

As well as her three ballet classes a week, my daughter does another class at the same school. We call it ‘tap’, but really it’s tap and something else – modern or jazz. I’ve never really been sure whether it’s modern or jazz or if they’re the same thing and, if not, what the difference is.

She’s done less exams with this class. She did her Grade 1 tap three years ago and her Grade 2 modern two years ago, gaining distinction in both of them. I hoped she might do her Grade 2 tap last year, but her teacher decided they wouldn’t do any more tap exams for the time being. In fact, as most of the girls in her class were quick learners, she decided to skip whatever grade they were working on at the time and move them up into a class of girls two or three years older to work on their Bronze jazz exam.

As ever with her exams, my daughter did some practise at home and she looked very good. We had a blip a few weeks ago when she injured her foot and we weren’t sure whether she would be healed in time. If necessary, she would have just dosed up on ibuprofen and got through it as best she could. But luckily she was all better.

Parents were invited to watch the last class before the exam and I’m pleased to say that she was good as ever. It doesn’t matter that half the class were a lot older than her, she still shone and she was still the best. It actually brought tears to my eyes watching her.

In the past, exams have always been on a Saturday. We’re always asked to get there half an hour earlier. The teacher checks the girls’ appearance, they do a warm-up, everyone talks as quietly as they can (to avoid disturbing the kids in the previous exam), there’s a last-minute toilet dash and a few photos.

The Bronze Jazz exam was on a Thursday evening. We arrived early as ever. But the examiner was running early. For the first time ever, the other two girls my daughter always does her exams with were there before us. There was no time for our usual photos and toilet dashes. The teacher just got the girls to pin their numbers on, they ran through their warm-up routine once and they were gone.

The Bronze Jazz syllabus is much shorter than a ballet exam. We heard the music playing and before we knew it the girls were back, red-faced and breathless.

Apparently the examiner had been very nice (they usually are, but not always) and the only thing my daughter thinks she did wrong is putting the wrong arm up at the end of a routine. You don’t get marked down for that sort of thing anyway, because it’s all about technique. The only problem is if you worry about it and then it affects your technique. Her only issue with jazz is that she has a tendency to turn her feet out, as you have to do in ballet, but they’re supposed to be parallel in jazz. Hopefully it won’t be enough to stop her getting a distinction.

Now we just have to wait for the results. The Bronze Jazz exam is with the ISTD examining board, which tends to provide results a lot quicker than the RAD, which does the ballet exams.

My fingers are firmly crossed for another distinction.

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    • Thanks very much! 🙂

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    • Thank you! I’m hoping we’ll know in the next week or so.

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  1. Wow, she is such a talented dancer, I’m not surprised you were proud to see her keeping up with the older girls. I hope she gets the results she’s hoping for.
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much, she really is amazing! Hopefully not long until we get the results. X

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  2. Everything crossed. Not that she’ll need it. She’s a wee star x

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say! X

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  3. Fingers crossed. I used to do modern dance, which was pretty much jazz. It’s always a bit of a mystery the difference between them. Ours was always normal Grades 1 etc, although I gave up after Grade 3. I was a bit rubbish – too self conscious to extend and perform, compared to ballet which was much more about technique.

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    • Thanks very much! I’m glad it’s not just me who is slightly mystified about the difference between jazz and modern. My daughter loves performing and she really shines when she dances, so it’s a great style for her, although her ballet technique is very good too!

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  4. I’ve no doubt that she’ll excel herself again! So lovely to watch them doing something that they shine at isn’t it?

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    • Thanks very much, it really is! 🙂

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  5. Best of luck and am sure she has done it – but you know there were a lot of changes and she tried her best if not.

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    • Thanks very much, that’s just what I told her! But I still think she’s got it in the bag!

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  6. A big well done to her and best of luck. I guess you find out this coming week?

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    • Thanks very much! I think we should find out this week. With ballet exams it always takes two months, but the other exams tend to only be a couple of weeks.

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