Dance students pass exams despite challenges of lockdowns

Dance students pass exams despite challenges of lockdowns

by Henry James (April 2021)

STUDENTS at a dance school, Starmakers Theatre School, on Long Lane in Aintree – including one who had her leg amputated due to bone cancer - have all recently passed exams at the higher accreditation mark with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

For the past 12 months the children have spent the majority of the time learning over Zoom.

Despite all the challenges this has bought they’ve all continued to work hard and stay focussed.

In February and March of this year, during lockdown, they had two Remote exam sessions

The children had to come into the studio either individually or in groups of two and film their exam to submit it to the exam board.

Even though they learnt the majority of the work over zoom all of their students passed, and not only did they get 100% pass rate, not one of them only gained pass they were all given the higher accreditation of either a merit or distinction.

Catherine Parker, principal at Starmakers Theatre School said: “These levels are really hard to achieve in a normal situation with in studio, face to face learning and an examiner being present in the room but to achieve it with all remote learning and having to give their best performance on the day with only a camera to perform to is outstanding.

“The children were aged 8-18 and took exams ranging from Grade 1 up to Intermediate Foundation.

“I am so proud of them and really think their achievements should be acknowledged.

“We were due to do our first school show the week we went into the first national lockdown in March 2020 and the children were so disappointed that this got cancelled, but they’ve still continued to work hard, and this has been reflected in their results.

“Now we are back open we are more determined than ever to keep going and achieving new goals and as soon as we are allowed our show will go ahead, and the students will be back on stage performing and competing.”

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