BBO Dance Examinations

BBO Dance offer a range of examinations and assessments for students of all ages and abilities, in the UK and internationally. Regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and Qualifications Wales, bbodance exams are designed to support students acquire dance technique, artistry, and performance skills across a wide range of genres.

The syllabi and examinations offer a broad education in and through dance that is accessible to all children, young people, and adults, with or without prior dance experience.


Below is a list of examination we offer in bbodance and their levels. Our students take a cross section of Graded Exams (ages 7+), Performance Awards (under 7 or in Year 2 and below) and Dance Awards. If you do not take an examination on this occasion you will take a Dance Award and then continue to progress towards the examination.

Students have different reasons for learning to dance; because of that, we provide different pathways for vocational training and dance for pleasure, so that all types of students can be rewarded for their achievement and dedication.

  • For students who desire to undergo rigorous dance training and progress to higher Grades and university or Vocational study, we offer examinations certified by Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. 

    They are:

    o   Graded Examinations
    o   Vocational Graded Examinations (Intermediate Foundation +)

    To prepare students under 7 years old for Graded Examinations, we also offer Pre-Graded Exams certified by our internal board.

  • For students who wish to evidence their learning but not take on a full Graded or Vocational Graded Examination, we have designed exams certified by our internal board. They focus on artistry, musicality, and creativity.

    They are:

    o   Performance Awards 
    o   Dance Awards

Regardless of the route they take, all students are awarded for their achievements through a Certificate and, where relevant, a mark breakdown. Students gaining a Dance Award receive a badge, medal, or other tokens of success. bbodance is an inclusive organisation – our examinations and assessments are available to everyone. Students with disabilities, special needs, or learning difficulties will be given the support they need in order to succeed.

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