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Dance Exams

Dancers who show the potential for excellence in their jazz, tap and/or ballet classes are invited to perform set work for master dance educators and receive feedback, awards and designations. ADAPT Exams are a combination of the highest caliber dance competition and a dance class. The set work students perform in their exams is similar to their regular dance classes and includes barre work, centre exercises, across the floor exercises and combos. Most of the set work for exams is taught in advance but a small portion is taught on the spot during the exam. Just like a dance competition students receive a graded mark and feedback for their work and dancers who achieve the highest scores across Canada receive awards and medals. ADAPT Exams are used as a goal setting tool for dancers to continue working at the highest calibre and achieve their full potential just like a dance competition. Dancers who progress to the higher levels of the ADAPT Exam Program have the opportunity to receive scholarships for academic or arts related post secondary education. In the past many Canadian Adapt Exam dancers have received full ride scholarships to some of the most prestigious post secondary education institutions in North America. 

École Edward Schreyer School Students who are in grades 9-12 and are completing exam levels Pre-Intermediate 1 and above are eligible to participate in the exam extension program and receive up to 4 high school credits (maximum of 1 per school year). Students who attend high schools other than École Edward Schreyer School may be eligible as well, however, they’d need to meet with Miss Mikayla first to confirm eligibility.


Students will participate in a few different workshops and events in addition to their exam work throughout the school year to fulfill the learning outcomes of the Manitoba High School Dance Credit. Students can expect to learn how to create their own choreography, how to combine other art forms with dance, how to respond to dance performances at both professional and amateur levels, and how dance as we know it today has been formed. Students in the exam extension program can expect to spend 10-13 additional hours in the studio learning plus a minimal amount of homework and attending 1 performance.

Why ADAPT Exams?


ADAPT examinations and the examination process encourages each and every student to work harder so they may achieve their best personal potential and through ADAPT training help them to maintain that potential throughout their dance training years.


ADAPT examinations allow students to enjoy quality technical training, supporting good competitive values along with enhancing stronger performance abilities.


ADAPT examinations are a “goal” setter.  They are a memorable experience and present an opportunity for students to be critiqued and evaluated by master dance educators.

ADAPT examinations offer certification and successful candidates receive graded certificates.  High achievers also receive a special “Medal Of Merit Award”.


ADAPT examinations and training will help students to build stronger character, integrity and lasting moral values for their future.

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