COVID-Safe Dance Examinations

The Chelmsford Dance Centre holds three examination centres per year in conjunction with the National Association of Teacher of Dancing, CDC is also a major Exam Centre for the association in the South East.


The National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) has a series of medal examinations aimed at all ages. These tests are relatively inexpensive and non-time consuming. Each candidate dances their examination dance/s with one of the teaching staff in front of an examiner for approximately three minutes. The examiner will mark a report form giving helpful and encouraging advice on how the pupil can develop further.  This report form together with your certificate and medal will be sent ti the studio a few weeks afterwards.


All candidates will be required to take the pre-test in front of our principal who himself is both an examiner and Director of the NATD so that helpful comments and advice can be offered prior to the main examination to enable high-quality preparation, to hopefully help you to achieve a better result in the main examination. There is no charge for this pre-test.


Examination sessions and Pre-Tests are usually held on a Sunday morning.

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Your Exam
Sunday 24 October
Sunday 21 November

Save The Dates for your next exams!

Sunday 20 March 2022 (Pre-Test Sunday 27 February 2022)

Sunday 12 June 2022 (Pre-Test Sunday 15 May 2022)

Sunday 6 November 2022 (Pre-Test Sunday 9 October 2022)

Extra Precautions to keep you safe

Exams will be run in fairly the same format as before, however, to make sure we remain COVID-19 safe a few things will change.

  • All entry forms to be returned by email, not to the studio. For under 8 years if you are not sure of the dance please leave that part of the form blank. Over 8 years should be able to tell you what dance they are working on, but again, any problems just leave it blank.


  • On the day of the pre-test and examination, please call us to let us know you have arrived and are waiting in the carpark.


  • We will then call you to tell you to come into the studio


  • Where absolutely necessary 1 parent will be able to come into the studio


  • Temperatures will be taken on arrival


  • Pupils will dance solo, but where required and especially for younger children, a teacher will dance alongside at a safe distance.


  • Parents will be asked to wait outside and we will have a limited number of staff and children in the building at any one time.


  • Please note due to these restrictions it is very important that you or your child is ready to dance at their allotted time. Shoes will be able to be changed in the studio


  • Pre-test and Examination times will be emailed and on our website


  • Any outstanding exam fees will be collected following the pre-test via the easy and stress free online system that we use for classes and private lessons. No payments will be taken at the studio.