CDTA Information

2018 Dance Exam Dates will be posted here when available.

Canadian Dance Teachers Association Tap and Jazz Exams (CDTA)

Exams are a positive learning experience for all students and are highly recommended. The students will work hard and at the end feel a real sense of accomplishment. We have been and will continue to work on some exam work during class time, but since we only see our stage students once per week we cannot accomplish all that we need to for exams in just once lesson per week. The junior graded exam students will have extra exam classes outside of their regular class time. All exam classes will take place on either Friday night or Saturday during the day.

Exam Information

Dress code for Graded Exams:

**New Bodysuit requirement for September 2017 – Solid Black spaghetti strap bodysuit

The dress code for exams is black bodysuit and tights, appropriate dance shoes and hair in a bun with a left side part, absolutely no make-up, jewelry of any kind, or underwear.

Jazz Exam Details

The junior levels are Pre-Primary, Primary, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 and Grade 4.   These exams do not need to be done in consecutive order but we certainly do recommend them, as the students will learn the proper progressions and technique.

The senior levels are Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced.  These exams do need to be done in consecutive order and will earn students some high school credits.

The grades are very demanding and have many ballet aspects to them. Students must be taking 2 ballet classes per week in order to take these exams. These exams consist of barre exercises, centre floor exercises, combinations across the floor and traveling, as well as terminologies.

Tap Exam Details

The junior levels are Pre-Primary, Primary, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 and Grade 4. These exams do not need to be done in consecutive order but we certainly do recommend them, as the students will learn the proper progressions and technique.

The senior levels are Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced.  These exams do need to be done in consecutive order and will earn students some high school credits.

These exams consist of combinations that are to be demonstrated and counted, terminologies that need to be demonstrated and explained as well as the history of certain steps.

Each student will receive notes with the exercises, histories (tap) and definitions (tap) on the exam work that they are taking as well as a music cd to practice with. If the students are successful they will receive a certificate and notes from the Examiner approximately 6 weeks after the exams have taken place.

All exams require the following:

  • Mandatory mock exam
  • Potential extra exam classes within the exam groups
  • Proper exam attire – Please see our dress code!

The final costs billed to the parents will include the following:

  • Wages for teacher on mock exam day
  • Wages for teacher on exam day
  • Small administration fee for extras such as janitorial services the night prior, office staff for entering exam paperwork
  • Cost of the Exam