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Outstanding performance celebrated

The National Conservatoire of Performing Arts (NCPA) celebrated its students’ 100% pass rate in international ballet, modern dance and music examination. 127 students received their certificates in a short award ceremony that took place at the Theatre des Palmes, last Friday.


Students and teachers of the dance school in a souvenir photo.

 The National Conservatoire of Performing Arts (NCPA) is celebrating its students on Friday they achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in the international dance and music examination. 76 students from the School of Dance passed the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) and 51 students from the School of Music qualified for the Associated Board of the Royal Society of Music (ABRSM). The two international institutions graded students on their performances based on their training acquired during their weekly training sessions at the NCPA.

Jade Woodcock, who is 12, achieved the highest mark of 96 per cent in modern dance and 92% in ballet. Anything above 75 per cent is a distinction.

The director of NCPA Pierre Joseph, principal secretary of Culture, Benjamine Rose, the head of the music school, Jerry Souris and the head of the dance school, Daniella Rose praised the children for their “outstanding” results.

Mr. Joseph said: “Every year we give the certificates to both dance and music students, but the results of ISTD and ABRSM of 2014 have been excellent. We are extremely proud of all our students and their achievements.


Students show off their training.

It’s a superb set of results.” Explaining the difference between the two examinations, Mr. Joseph said that, “dance is only practical – whether it is modern dance or ballet- whereas in music, the certificate holders get a certificate in music theory and also a certificate in their specialist subject area. For instance, one guitar student might have a grade 3 practical and grade 2 music theories.”

“Every year we have an examiner coming for both music and dance and we try to coincide this in June and July so that those months become our exam period and students break off in August.

This is followed by our school concert in December. For 2015, we are very happy as we have a large group in the lower grade, which comprises pre-primary, primary, ballet, grade 1 and grade 2. This is very encouraging because the same students will be heading to grade 3, 4 and 5 and this is where teachers work the hardest on each child. It is similar for music as we have a large group of students for theory holders in grade 1 and grade 2 and they will be progressing into grade 3 and 4 music,” added the director of NCPA.

certificate TODAY in Seychelles spoke to the head of dance school, Daniella Rose who said that “we the teachers, were over the moon and are extremely proud of all our students and their achievements.” “Last year batch was exceptional and it is the first time we had a student scoring 96 per cent. We are very proud of each student, for their hard work and dedication,” added Ms. Rose. “The staff and management of the school did a great job as it is not an easy task. I personally congratulate the teachers for their hard work and thank the parents for their support to the school of dance,” concluded the head of dance school.

For her part, the principal secretary of culture, Benjamine Rose said that it is the only school in Seychelles that allows students to sit for the international examination. “The ministry pays for the certification of one dance teacher who becomes the license holder and he or she ensures that there is always an ABRSM and ISTD representative present during the examination period,” said Ms. Rose.

The ceremony also saw short performances by dance and music students who gave their parents as well as delegates, a taste of what they had done in the examinations.

For 2015, there will be 55 candidates from the dance school appearing for the ISTD examination while 42 candidates will appear for ABRSM. At the school of dance, students learn ballet, modern, contemporary and traditional dance while at the music school, students learn a variety of music instruments such as guitar, piano, vocal, violin and drums.

Courtesy of TODAY newspaper.

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