10 Tips for Your First Ballet Exam

Andie Rowe
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Be prepared

be nervous!

If you plan on passing your exam, you have to prepare both your body and your mind. We’ve put together a list of 10 tips to help you prepare both.

…………Practice Good Posture

Good posture is extremely important not only for an overall healthy life, but also for you to be able to dance well. But what is the best posture?

The first step to good posture is to understand that your balance is located in your hips. When you have good balance, everything else starts falling into place. You also want your spine to be aligned with your hips, sitting straight and tall.

To do this, while dancing, you want to tilt your head slightly upwards, the way a ballerina does. This will help to line up your back and your hips. At the same time, you want to keep your shoulders back and your chest out. You should always keep your eyes forward and enable yourself to see where you’re going.

………Stay Healthy

It’s important to stay as healthy as possible before your exam. This can be achieved a few different ways.

What You’ll Need

Drawing with India ink, colored pencils, or glitter pens (optional).

Tissue Paper

Cardstock, white or colored.


Red, blue, or black ink pad.

Start an Exam Journal

The first thing to do is to keep an exam journal. This should include a checklist for all the required stuff for your exams. Some of them are obvious like a pen and pencil. Other tips to include are:


If you want to achieve a strong performance on the day of your ballet exam, it’s important that you practice on a regular basis. While it’s easy to assume that your instructor has shown you everything that you need to know, it’s still important that you practice. The only way that you’re going to be able to achieve the best outcome possible is if you put in the extra time and hard work needed to perfect your craft. This is something your classmates aren’t going to be doing, which means you’ll be in a very good position to succeed when the day of the performance comes. This is the key to nailing a ballet exam.

Take Advice From Your Classmates and Teachers

Any advice you are given, no matter how ridiculous it may have sounded when you first heard it, is worth listening to, and you should definitely consider it. This is hard because we often think that we know better than everyone else and that all the advice we were given is a load of rubbish. However, if you don’t listen to advice then you really have no one else except yourself to blame if you don’t get enough from a class.

As you’re beginning your ballet journey, some of the things that you learn are the most basic principles that are drilled into you in your classes. For example, if you’re told to stop bouncing, put your heels down, or have good feet, it’s best to listen to them. We have really been given sound and simple advice here, and we need to listen to it and concentrate on it.

It’s not just the teachers with whom you should take advice. Your classmates can suggest things to do.

Take Your Mock Exam Seriously

Take your mock exams very seriously and take time to find out what your strengths and weaknesses are. Even as you’re going through the exam, take notes of things that work well for you and things that don’t quite work. This will help you when you get to the real exam, especially if you’re already in the exam hall.

The amount of time you’re going to be in the exam hall will be the most stressful phase for you. So, it’s important that you’re mentally prepared.

When you go in for your exam, you’re already limiting yourself down to a small room with a handful of other people without a huge amount of people around you. When you’re jumping into a dance exam, you’re expected to meet new women every few minutes, and you’re also expected to give and receive more than one dance. Not to mention your ability to be able to compare your dance with another woman’s. Finding yourself in a room surrounded by your friends, family, mentors, and even your competitors can make you uneasy.

Getting the Right Nutrients

For a ballet dancer, ballet exam day is the ultimate test of your hard work and dedication. You’ve worked hard, eaten well, and constantly kept up with your ballet training for many months to get to this day and earning a higher grade gives you increased responsibility and potentially more dancing.

As the title suggests, this article walk you through the key steps you need to take before and during your ballet exams to ensure you have a positive and successful experience. I’ve given some special tips below to help you keep healthy as you go into the exam, get the most from the experience, and recover fast.

Getting a good ballet dancer body takes a lot of work, and I count nutrients as one of the most important parts of your diet when you want to become a great dancer. By the time you’re an adult, you’ve already put in many hours of ballet training, but the combination of adequate rest, a balanced diet and ballet training will make you a much stronger dancer and give you the energy to put in 10 hours a day, if you had to.


The warm-up is a very important part of your first ballet exam. It’s a way for the examiner to get to know you and see how hard you are working. It’s also a way for you to show that you know what you are doing.

It’s best to start with a basic plière, but make the movements big and exaggerated. You want to show off some of your technical skill, so keep the feet together and pointed where appropriate. Work on your turnout to show off how flexible you are.

Go on to doing some port de bras with the jumps and turns. When doing your turnout, make sure the movement is done with the hip bone, not the knees. You should be twisting on your hip and not bending and extending your knees. Don’t worry if you lose your balance, just try again.

Your Appearance

Dress in your ballet tunic, or at least a top that is as close as you can get. Have you ever noticed that the girls who step onto the floor for their first exam don’t always wear a white t-shirt, while the more experienced girls seem to wear only white tops? This is no accident! The white top has long been a symbol of a dancer’s dedication and makes a bold statement to the examiners. Wear a pink tutu, when you pass your exam and you will have a very pretty going-out outfit!

How to Put Your Hair in a Bun for the Exam

If your instructor allows it, make sure your hair is up in a secure bun. This will show your instructor that you are serious about the class. Taking ballet classes and passing the exams are both part of the process of learning to be a dancer. Everyone starts out when they are young, and the steps toward becoming a professional dancer can be quite a challenge, but this should not stop you if you really want to dance.

The earlier you start, the better. It is better to start learning the basic techniques and movements when your body is still flexible and you have years left to train, rather than starting to learn them later when your body is no longer as mobile. If you read through this article, you will discover some tips for passing your exam. In addition, you will learn the basic movements and how to perfect them through practice.

A ballet exam is something everyone who takes ballet classes must go through. The exam is there to make sure you understand the basics and will give you a pass as long as you know what to do. It is very important and you will need to master everything handled during the exam. Here are some of the steps to take to get you ready for your exam.

Start Your Day With a Good Breakfast

When I have exams in the early morning, I’m always running a little late. As in, I’m not as quick to wake up as I am for a 9:15am exam. I’ll tell you what I do that helps me get out the door faster to get to my exam on time… I wake up a few minutes before my alarm goes off, and I eat a good breakfast. This way, I know I have time to get to my exam, and I also have a good amount of energy for the day.

Don’t Sleep in!

Even when you sleep in, you’re not going to have enough time to eat and study. You were probably worried that you would waste time in the morning if you didn’t start your exam prep the night before, but nope! If you get up earlier, you can get to eat, study, and relax before your exam. This is super important because it’s so hard to relax in the morning when you’re in a rush. Getting up early gives you sometime to relax and take deep breaths before you have to concentrate.

During the Exam

Before your exam you should take a look at the musicality of the work you are going to perform. You should think about how the music affects the movement of the work. You can also get a better idea of the physical aspects of the steps. Listen to your favorite recording of the music without looking at the score. This will help you focus on the essence of the dance.

You should also make sure you are familiar with all of the steps in the steps in the piece you are going to perform. Try to be confident and have a strong character during the exam.

Before you begin you should do some physical warm up. You can contract your breathing and aim to relax your muscles gradually. You can also get a sense of calmness by inhaling masculine smells, such as camphor and eucalyptus.

Clenching and releasing your fists can help to create heat and energy in your body. You can also make a fist and relax it, and then make the other hand into a fist and relax it. This is one way to bring balance to your internal energy.