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Why Should a Dancer Take a Dance Exam

Why Should a Dancer Take a Dance Exam?

Students Age 6+ Are Eligible for BATD Dance Exams

One of our goals at KaliAndrews Dance Company is to inspire all of our students to develop the passion that we have for performing arts! We aim to provide a solid dance foundation and our weekly lesson plans are structured to suit all kinds of students and capabilities.

Instructors have already commenced examination training in our weekly classes. All dancers will learn the syllabus as part of our curriculum, regardless of their intention to take the exam. Examinations are available for all Acro, Ballet, Jazz and Tap students (with the exception of Open classes). Not sure what a dance exam is? Check out this previous post.

But Why Should My Child Take The Exam??

While exams are not mandatory for recreational students, they are HIGHLY recommended as the exam process assists with proper development, which will allow a student to move up safely to the next grade level.

The syllabus for each grade level is designed specifically for enhancing the dancer’s development at a safe pace in order to prevent injuries and to form proper dance technique. Forcing flexibility and/or strength components before the dancer’s body is ready is known to cause long term effects.

There are a number of additional contributing factors to consider such as maturity level, comprehension capabilities, attention span, motor skills and coordination. Dancers who move up before they’re ready risk delays with progression, which can turn a positive experience into a negative one. We aim to focus on each student’s growth by ensuring proper placement, but a positive experience is key!

Reminder for Grades 3 to Advanced Courses

While the exam is not mandatory, students in Grade 3 and above who haven’t completed the exam will be required to complete an assessment next fall to ensure they meet the technical requirements and prerequisites to ensure they’re being placed properly (and safely).

What Will My Child Receive After Taking the Exam?

Each candidate will receive copy of the examiner’s notes and comments. The dancers will later receive certificate and a medal or trophy as symbol of their accomplishment. Students taking exams in Grade 3 and higher are eligible to be nominated for the BATD Scholarship Competitions, which are held annually in Toronto.

Professional Teaching Degree

Dancers progressing through each exam level and into the higher grades will be eligible to complete their Professional Degree, which will provide them with teacher qualifications recognized worldwide.

Wait… What Exactly IS a Dance Exam??

KADC Dancers Perform for Thousands at WE Day Ottawa

KADC Dancers Perform at WE Day Ottawa

Our dancers took the stage in front of a stadium of 16,000 inspirational youth and world-renowned speakers!

On November 9th, KaliAndrews Dance Company was invited to perform at the 2016 WE Day celebration at the Canadian Tire Centre. Our dancers took the stage in front of a stadium of 16,000 inspirational youth and world-renowned speakers including Justin Trudeau and Rick Hansen, as well as performers like Headley, Classified, Serena Ryder and more.

It was such an incredible experience for our dancers to be introduced to the crowd by award-winning choreographer, dancer and singer Paula Abdul. KADC dancers performed their very own unique choreography set to Justin Bieber’s song Children and led the stadium in learning the WE Day Dance.


WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. WE Schools is the yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change.

WE Day is a powerful, life-changing event that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change. The event brings together world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers with tens of thousands of young people to celebrate their contributions and kick-start another year of change.

It was an honour to perform at such an inspirational event, and the dancers at KaliAndrews Dance Company are so thrilled and grateful to have been a part of WE Day!

KaliAndrews Dance Company Opens North Dundas Location

KaliAndrews Dance Co. Opens in North Dundas

12820 County Rd 43, Chesterville, ON K0C 1H0

KaliAndrews Dance Company, one of the most unique dance schools in the Ottawa area, is bringing their one-of-a-kind style to Winchester / Chesterville this season. Studio directors Kali Wegg and Lyndon Andrews will be taking over the Academy of Dance and Fitness in the North Dundas community.

KaliAndrews Dance Company offers a wide variety of traditional dance styles such as Ballet and Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap and Limbering. The studio also specializes in circus-based dance styles such as Acrobatic Dance, Stunting, Tumbling, Contortion and Aerial Arts. Situated in Ottawa’s south east end, KADC has been training students in recreational, competitive and professional capacities for several years.

Now, the KADC team is thrilled to bring their distinct style to the Township of North Dundas and to begin working with the community’s talented young dancers.

It is important to Kali and Lyndon that the traditions of The Academy of Dance and Fitness continue, so they are looking forward to chatting with the dancers and parents to hear all about what the community is made of.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Dance Classes

Getting the Most Out of Your Dance Classes

One of our goals at KaliAndrews Dance Company is to inspire all of our students to develop the passion that we have for performing arts!

Students always have the opportunity to learn and grow within our programs, but we encourage each participant to speak up if they ever feel that something they are learning is either too hard, or not challenging enough. All of our teachers are here to provide help whenever needed and we always encourage your feedback within the classes!

We aim to provide a solid dance foundation and our weekly lesson plans are structured to suit all kinds of students and capabilities. When instructors do not receive feedback within classes, we tend to base our future lesson plans on the overall progression of each class as a whole.

If a student feels that something is too hard, we want them to feel comfortable enough to ask for help, ask to be spotted, or ask to be shown a modified position in order to progress properly.

Alternately, if a student feels "bored" or not challenged, we encourage this feedback as well. In this case the instructor can give the student a more challenging variation of the position, exercise or trick.

Please know that students are always welcome to talk to their instructors as this helps them get the most out of their experience with KADC.

What if a Dancer Doesn't Like the Class?

In the event that a dancer feels their course is not a good fit for them, we will be happy to switch the dancer to another course of equal value at absolutely no cost. If the dancer chooses to withdraw completely, tuition fees will be credited to your account. Credits do not expire and can be used toward any future classes. However, please be advised that tuition fees are non-refundable and all withdrawals must be submitted via email to info@kaliandrews.com.

Other Resources

For those interested in learning more about our school, how we teach and the services we provide, here are some links to additional information:

Acro vs Gymnastics – Is There a Difference?

Acro vs Gymnastics – Is There a Difference?

By Melissa Klassen of the Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus

This a question we encounter often and the answer is: YES there is a difference, a very BIG difference!

Have you ever watched a gymnastics floor routine in person or on television? Those hard-hitting, advanced tumbling lines, executed with power and precision, and “sticking the landing” to perfection? Or how about the execution of a forward-flipping, blind tumbling pass, executed fearlessly down a 4” wide balance beam? Gymnasts are trained to be highly competitive, disciplined, and meticulous athletes, where every fall, wobble, or off-step is a deduction to their overall score and can be the difference between winning and losing.

AcroDance is an art form specifically for dancers. Acro has softer, more lyrical looking lines, with the emphasis being on lengthening “through” the tricks and holding pretty balances with interesting variations. In Acro, we teach our students to dance into and out of Acro tricks, with minimal obvious “prep” before and after a trick. Despite being technically difficult to execute, acrobatic tricks are meant to blend in seamlessly with dance steps, providing an extra level of excitement and flair to dance choreography.

In short, Gymnastics is a sport, AcroDance is an art form.

Gymnasts train on a spring-floor, with actual springs built into the mats (think 2”/4” springs under 1” of plywood, with 2” of carpet bonded foam layer overtop). This allows the gymnast to get a lot of height in their tricks, and is a forgiving surface on which to repeatedly practice advanced tumbling passes over and over, day after day.

Dancers perform acrobatic tricks on a hard stage, and must train the body to be able to withstand the impact of the hard floor. Dancers don’t get the “rebound” action out of a hard floor like gymnasts do out of a spring-floor. Therefore, dancers must train to get the necessary lift from their bodies to safely make their tricks look light and effortless. Emphasis on a strong ‘hub” (hips, glutes, core), and full extension through the body up into the air, is a must for an acrobat to be able to perform tricks that flow effortlessly through their dance.

Yes, AcroDancers do tumble, but where a gymnast may perform a run into a round-off, back handspring, full-twisting back lay-out, an AcroDancer may perform a softer, more graceful line, such as: fouette turn, swinging directly into a cartwheel, back handspring (full) split-out, finishing into a needle position, and rolling up to stand. Two very impressive passes, with two very distinguished and distinct “looks”.

A specific example of the difference between “gymnastic technique” and “acro technique” is that in gymnastics, several tricks are performed in a “hollow-body” position (think: laying down on the back in a “banana” position with the arms lengthened overhead and slightly upward, and the legs off of the ground also lengthening outward and upward off of the ground, with the chin tucked, and pulling in through the core), and Acro is performed in an “open-body” position (think of a handstand, where the dancer is lengthening out of the shoulders, the back in an arced, but not arched, position, looking in front of the finger tips with an open neck, and lengthening “over the top” with the toes).

The specific training that is required to look and perform like an AcroDancer will serve your students well in their overall dance training. A well-developed AcroDance conditioning program will create stronger and more flexible dancers, which will transfer over into other dance forms.

A dance schedule that includes true AcroDance classes will create stronger, safer, and more diverse dancers, which will, in turn, create more impressive, exciting, and artistic dancing.

Studio Profile

One of the most unique dance studios and schools in Ottawa, Ontario! We offer a wide variety of lessons in traditional dance styles such as Ballet and Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. We also specialize in circus-based dance styles such as Acrobatic Dance, Stunting, Tumbling, Contortion and Aerial Arts.

Get In Touch

KaliAndrews Dance Company wants to hear from you!

2664 Lancaster Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1B 4T7
Email: info@kaliandrews.com
Hours: Mon-Thurs 4-8 PM and Fri 4-7 PM