In Term 3, students in our Middle School are invited to participate in a medal test (internal examination) for each of their classes. Medal tests are not compulsory but we strongly encourage participation as it is a wonderful experience and gives students the opportunity to feel a sense of pride in their achievements. It is also a great way to track progress and receive feedback from an external dance professional.
Medal tests will be conducted in class groups.
Medal Test Schedule (11-20 August)
A schedule will be provided in due course, but Medal Tests will be held between 11 and 20 August this year.
Important note: students who choose not to participate will not be permitted to attend their regular class if it is being run as a Medal Test. Refunds are not provided, but make up classes are available and can be used at any time during Term 3.
On the day
Students must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled medal test. This is with the exception of those scheduled for a 4.15pm weekday start, who may arrive 15 minutes prior. We need participants to arrive early so we can check uniforms and hair, place numbers on students and ensure smooth running of the timetable for all classes. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry and fees are non-refundable.
If you are unable to attend, please contact us at least 24 hours beforehand.
Students must wear their class uniform for medal tests and be groomed immaculately (parents, take note – one of the key assessment areas is presentation which includes the element of grooming!).
Ballet buns are compulsory for all ballet students and hair must be tied back neatly off the face for all other classes. We suggest ballet buns for jazz and tap students with long hair. Uniform information is available here.
Ballet teachers are able to demonstrate how to make a ballet bun for you in early Term 3, so you will have plenty of time to practice. There are also lots of tutorials available on You Tube. Simply type in ballet bun tutorial. If you need assistance on the day, we can help you. Please note, however, that you will need to bring your own equipment – hairbrush, hair elastic, bun pins, bobby pins and hairnet.
Medal Test uniform requirements
There is no specific uniform, however, black jazz shoes are required. A leotard and tights or singlet and leggings are recommended. Please ensure your child presents in a tidy fashion with hair pulled back off the face.
Ballet Grades 1 2
Class uniform (leotard and full circle skirt in ballet pink ) with pink ballet tights or socks and pink ballet shoes. Ballet bun.
Ballet Grade 3
Class uniform (leotard and full circle skirt in mulberry) with pink ballet tights or socks and pink ballet shoes. Ballet bun.
Ballet Grades 4-6
Class uniform (leotard in deep purple) with pink ballet tights and pink ballet shoes with ribbons. If you need assistance with sewing elastics or ribbons, please contact us for guidance. Ballet bun.
Black leotard of choice with pink ballet tights and optional skirt. Pink ballet shoes with ribbons. Ballet bun.
Jazz & Tap classes
Class uniform (clean, red fitted singlet or tee shirt and black fitted leggings or shorts) with black jazz shoes or black tap shoes.
Colour coordinated black. Attire must be dance appropriate (i.e. allow full range of movement). Bare feet.
Colour coordinated black. Attire must be dance appropriate (i.e. allow full range of movement). Black jazz shoes.
Hip Hop classes
Street clothing that allows full range of movement and sneakers are required. Note, uniforms and school shoes are not permitted.
Monkey Moves Acro
Colour coordinated black. Attire must be fitted to show correct alignment but stretchy to allow full range of movement. Bare feet.
Students will be assessed and graded. Our grading system has three key assessment areas, which are (1) Technique, (2) Presentation and (3) Effort. Each student will be given a final grade of ACHIEVED, ACHIEVED PLUS, MERIT, MERIT PLUS or EXCELLENCE (in outstanding cases only), which will be written on their report card and certificate presented to the student with their medal at prizegiving.
A prizegiving for all medal test participants will be held on Saturday 9 September at 2.30pm, location to be confirmed. All medal test participants are invited on stage to receive their report card, certificate and medal.
We encourage students to invite their family and friends to share in this happy occasion and don’t forget your camera! We also ask that you bring a small plate of food to share after the formalities.
Additional awards and trophies are presented to outstanding students, as selected by our examiner/s for each genre/style of dance. Awards for (1) Most Improved (2) Most Versatile and (3) The Dance Habit Award (for effort and attitude) are also presented to students in both the junior and senior school following consultation between Dance Habit teachers and the examiner/s.
Medal tests have proven to be an incredibly positive experience for school-age students and our number one reason for running them is to build happy, confident kids! Just wait until you see the pride and joy on all those faces at prizegiving (and yes, that means the mums and dads, grandmas and grandpas, too)!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding Medal Tests or prize-giving. We are looking forward to another great year of Medal Tests. Have fun everyone!