some excellent points, tip_toes. where to begin?!?
<P>i completely agree with you, about this certificate thing - and the leveling effect it can have: everyone is OK! no matter what! real-life however (i.e jobs, etc) WILL sort the wheat from the chaff, and then how will these kids cope?<P>it's a worry as to the way we're sending the world!<P>re my own syllabus use - i am presently teaching 3 different ones in different settings.<P>i am a senior examiner for the AICD (Australian Institute of Classical Dance) which has two different exam streams. i am also teaching RAD elementary.<P>one is more traditional, called the Borovansky Ballet Examinations, after xenia borovansky who started it. her husband edouard, was the founder of the first australian ballet company, which preceded today's australian ballet company. as they were russian, the syllabus is older-style russian-based, but xenia adapted it to australian situation. of course it has been repeatedly updated since then (that was in the 1950's). <P>the other is the AICD Assessment stream, which is a new concept i think in ballet exams. it provides a guideline of steps for the teacher, as to what is considered appropriate at each level, then it is up to the teacher to devise the syllabus, completely as they see fit, with their own music, and varying from the guidelines if thought appropriate. <P>this is of course MUCH more of a challenge and time-consuming for the teacher as you have to find your own music (most of us can't afford pianists) and continually appraise and adjust your own work. <P>it IS of course, also more creative and can be more satisfying - it really depends on the individual teacher, as to whether they have the time & inclination to put in to doing it...<P>so far, this approach has not been taken up by many people, for the above reasons - the time and creativity issues.<P>as i mentioned somewhere else, when i do THAT, i feel very satisfied, but find it terribly time-consuming....and when i do the other (the set syllabus) i get REALLY frustrated by how often the students have to do things they're not ready to do, and then of course how BADLY they do them, but frankly, it's much EASIER!!!!<P>then too, when you get a good syllabus like the RAD one, it's a delight and an education in itself, to see how beautifully crafted the exercises and the progressions are, and how well a really good syllabus works (the same would hold true of the vaganova system, when applied to the right students - of which there are very few in this world!)