EXAMS

STREETHOUSESTUDIOS HOLD THEIR EXAMS WITH UDO – UNITED DANCE ORGANISATION: HERE’S ALL THE INFORMATION:

UDO EXAM INFORMATION
UDO STREET DANCE SYLLABUS
The syllabus is designed to enable dancers to gain accreditation, from a pre-primary level through to a teaching level. It will introduce the foundations in all styles of street dance.
• UDO lead the UK street dance industry in setting standards to validate development and progression.
• UDO assist street dancers to demonstrate a range of essential transferable skills that underpin success in education, employment, lifelong learning and personal development.
• Provide further employment opportunities to the Street dance industry e.g. examiners, teachers and performers
• Develop a stepping stone for teachers wanting to undertake the Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Street Dance by ensuring coverage of certain materials towards the qualification enabling them to have the same frame of reference as other professionals working in the dance and fitness industry.
The syllabus allows dancers from the age of 3 to sit the examinations, and work their way through the grades, to eventually gain a fully recognised teaching qualification in dance.
UDO work in partnership with ‘The Exercise Movement & Dance Partnership’ (EMPD) & Sport England.
The UDO street dance syllabus has been developed by several industry professionals, including: Lizzie Gough, Bly Richards, Mechanikool, Glen Murphy, Lee Crowley, Jimmy Williams, Calvin Francis and more.
THE EXAMINATION GRADES:
GRADE PRICES

PRE PRIMARY: 3 YEARS AND OVER = £16.00
PRIMARY: 4 YEARS AND OVER = £21.00
GRADE 1: 5 YEARS AND OVER = £26.00
GRADE 2: 7 YEARS AND OVER = £30.00
GRADE 3: 8 YEARS AND OVER = £35.00
GRADE 4: 9 YEARS AND OVER = £40.00
GRADE 5: 10 YEARS AND OVER = £45.00
GRADE 6: 11 YEARS AND OVER = £47.00
TEACHER GRADE: 16 YEARS AND OVER = £94.00

Please note the age guidelines above are only advised. A dancer is able to enter an examination at any age; however these are based on advice from industry professionals.

However the teaching exam has a minimum age of 16, and this must be adhered to.For a first exam – the highest possible entry level for a dancer is grade 2. Dancers are permitted to sit a maximum of 2 examination grades per day if they wish.

The UDO & industry professionals advise that candidates start at the lower levels, as this helps develop & enhance their knowledge of the foundations in each style, which will then help them in the later grades.

THE GRADES WILL STUDY THE FOLLOWING STYLES:
Hip Hop, Poppin’, Lockin’, Breakin, House, Choreography, with Waackin’ coming in 2013 as a new style
The candidates will learn the foundation in these styles as well as the basic movements needed to master the style. The syllabus will also help with dancer essentials such as rhythm, coordination, freestyle and confidence building.

THE GRADE CONTENT: ALL THE ELEMENTS YOU WILL BE GRADED ON

WARM UP:
In the younger grades, we have included the warm up routines for candidates to learn and perform. They will not be grades on these; they are to relax them into the examination, and to ensure that they are warmed up before they sit their examination. It will help them to understand the importance of warm up from an early age. Candidates must be able to demonstrate warm up routines unaided.
In the older grades, candidates are asked to choreograph their own warm up routine. They will be graded on these. They should include safe warm up exercises for different body parts, candidates should use the warm up routines from pre-primary – Grade 2 as a base, and a develop these as they work up the grades. This will ensure that all candidates understand the importance of warn up, and the different movements & stretches that can be used.
SET ROUTINES:
Each grade has at least 4 routines, demonstrating different styles. Candidates DO NOT need to show all the routines. Each grade requires a certain number of routines to be demonstrated. Candidates will be examined on their ability to perform the routine accurately and also their understanding of the foundations and ability to show these.
CHOREOGRAPHY:
In the younger grades, candidates are asked to show 32/64 counts of their own choreography. In the younger grades we would expect the teachers to choreograph these for the candidates, so each candidate in the examination can choose to demonstrate the same choreography. This should show one chosen style, and should be performed to a music track of their choice. Music should be age appropriate, and should not include any explicit lyrics or content. This will enable dancers to increase their dance vocabulary, and allow them to show off their skills and movement range.
FREESTYLE:
The examiner will allocate the candidate a music track and they will be asked to freestyle to the track. They will listen to a maximum of 16 counts of music before they begin their choreography. The music tracks will be familiar to them, and will be a realistic BPM (beats per minute) for their age category. In the higher grades they will be give two contrasting pieces and will need to show their versatility and choreograph skills. Freestyle is a vital element of Street dance, and will help build confidence in this field. As well as improving musicality.
NEW CHOREOGRAPHY:
In the higher grades, candidates will be taught a brand new routine. The UDO assistant will teach one of the 8 x pre choreographed routines to the candidates. This will be a 32 count routine and will include a break down and counts. They will be examined on their ability to learn new choreography. Dancer pick up speed is a vital emelnet of the commercial dance world. Dance auditions and most dance work rely on the technique, and this part of the syllabus is designed to help introduce & improve this skill.

BREAKDOWN OF EACH GRADE:
PRE PRIMARY:
Perform set warm up
Perform 2 x Set Routines (32 counts per routine)
1 x Choreographed Routine (32 counts)
PRIMARY:
Perform set warm up
Perform 2 x Set Routines (32 counts per routine)
1 x Choreographed Routine (32 counts)
GRADE 1:
Perform set warm up
Perform 2 x Set Routines (32 counts per routine)
1 x Choreographed Routine (64 counts)

GRADE 2:
Perform set warm up
Perform 3 x Set Routines (32 counts per routine)
2 x Choreographed Routine (32 counts)

GRADE 3:
Perform your own warm up – Maximum 64 counts
Perform 3 x Set Routines (64 counts per routine)
2 x Choreographed Routine (64 counts)
GRADE 4:
Perform your own warm up Maximum 64 counts
Perform 2 x Set Routines (64 counts per routine)
1 x Freestyle set (approx. 64 counts)
1 x New Choreography (32 counts)

GRADE 5:
Perform your own warm up Maximum 64 counts
Perform 3 x Set Routines (64 counts per routine)
2 x Freestyle set (approx. 32 counts)
1 x New Choreography (32 counts)

GRADE 6:
Perform your own warm up
Maximum 64 counts
Perform 4 x Set Routines (64 counts per routine)
2 x Freestyle set (approx. 32 counts)
1 x New Choreography (32 counts)

TEACHER GRADE
Conduct a basic 6 minute warm up
Teach 2 x Syllabus Routines
1x Routine from lower grade
1 x Routine from higher grade
1 x New Choreography = Teach 32 counts of own Routine
5 Minute Cool Down Own Music Perform individually Graded

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