Dang Syllabus

Musical Theatre Syllabus

The Dang Musical Theatre syllabus is based on many years of experience successfully training students for a career on the musical theatre stage.

Overview

The Dang Theatre and Dance Syllabus recognises the need for a clear pathway and internationally recognised qualifications in the performing arts industry and have developed this syllabus to equip candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the musical theatre industry.  Our Graded Examinations are awarded by RSL Awards Ltd, regulated by OFQUAL and offer UCAS Points at Level 3.

An inclusive syllabus, the assessment requirements have been designed by a team of educational and industry specialists and allow students to begin their journey on becoming a Triple Threat Performer.

This syllabus will provide young performers with the necessary skills to audition for full-time vocational training.

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Our regulated qualifications are as follows:

Solo candidates are assessed through four components:

The following non-regulated medals are available for examination

The following non-regulated medals are available for examination and provide students with performance opportunities in Solo, Duet, Trio, Quartet and Group settings. These are short examinations which assess the following components:

Outline of Examinations

Solo graded examinations

The solo graded examinations consist of a series of tasks: Solo song, acting presentation, dance arrangement and a Viva Voce.

Material

Material for the tasks will be chosen and devised by the licensed teacher/s (or the student at the higher levels) to meet the assessment criteria. All material presented must be drawn from the musical theatre canon.

Backing Tracks

Backing Tracks or an accompanist can be used at any level.

Complexity

As the grades progress the complexities of these tasks increases to build on developing not only a portfolio of material but also a wider understanding of musical theatre history, character development and a diverse range of styles that encompass the musical theatre genre.

Medal tests

The medal tests are shorter exams that offer creative opportunities for teachers and their students, helping to prepare candidates and instil confidence in preparation for the graded examinations.  They are available for Solos, Duets, Trios, Quartets and Groups and emphasise the importance of developing performance skills. The required assessment elements provide a progressive structure of tasks that include: Song into dance, Integrated Performance and Thematic Medleys.

Criteria

The criteria and detailed outline of all tasks are available in the relevant syllabus books that are available for licensed teachers to purchase.

Musical Theatre Examiners

The Dang Musical Theatre Syllabus Examiners have been appointed from a diverse range of educational and performance backgrounds in musical theatre. Examiners are required to undertake a thorough induction process, regular standardisation exercises and remain fluent with developments within the current industry.

In our inaugural year we are pleased to welcome the following examiners to our panel.

Jacqueline-Hadlow-Moore

Jacqueline has travelled the world as a professional performer, examiner and choreographer. Her wide range of accreditations include: DTLLS (BBO & Trinity College); Level 4 Diplomas in Theatre Dance in Classical Ballet & Modern Jazz (BTDA); Certificates in Dance Education in Imperial Ballet, Tap Dance, Modern Theatre and Disco Freestyle (ISTD). She holds Fellowships with ISTD, IDTA & BTDA, and is a RAD Registered teacher.

Jacqueline Hadlow-Moore
Lucy-Banfield

Lucy is Head of Vocational studies at The Urdang Academy. Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, firstly as a professional ballet dancer, then moving into Musical Theatre, Film, TV, and working commercially, Lucy has had the pleasure of working with and assisting many notable Choreographers including Susan Stroman, Carlos Acosta, Rob Ashford and Twyla Tharp.

Lucy Banfield
Angeline-Bell

Angeline has had a varied career working as a musical theatre performer. She also has over sixteen years worth of experience in teaching ballet, tap, singing and musical theatre, and has worked exclusively at vocational colleges for the past seven years. Angeline was the recipient of the 2019 Award for Best Teacher of Performing Arts at the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards.

Angeline Bell
Karen-Blackburn

Karen’s early career embraced roles touring the UK and Europe both as a dancer and choreographer, later branching into teaching, mentoring, adjudicating and examining. She is the founder and principal of her own Theatre Arts school in Hampshire and is a registered teacher for the RAD, PBT, ISTD and Rambert Grades.

Karen Blackburn
Jodie-Clark

Jodie graduated from Bird College and won the Dancing Times Choreography Award. She enjoyed a diverse performing career across many genres. Jodie teaches a range of techniques and writes, choreographs and directs performance work. She has a breadth of knowledge and experience including technical advancement, artistic development, performance projects and developing and nurturing Industry links. Jodie has successfully initiated exciting multi arts projects.

Jodie Clark
Damien-Delaney

Damien is originally from Cork, Ireland and trained professionally at London Studio Centre. Damien is a qualified teacher with the British Ballet Organisation and a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre dance at the University Chichester Conservatoire on the Musical Theatre Degree program.

Damian Delaney
Lisa-Dent

Lisa continues to perform professionally in Musical Theatre as well as teaching children of all ages and full time students at Northern Ballet School, Manchester. Lisa has created the Choreography module and is a dissertation tutor for the Degree course at The Urdang Academy, London. She has an MA in Dance, specialising in Musical Theatre from Middlesex University.

Lisa Dent
Alison-Forrester

Alison enjoys the many facets of her Dance Career; as a Lecturer, Examiner, Adjudicator, Committee member and Tap Syllabus creator. She teaches tap at Laine Theatre Arts and also enjoys teaching pre-vocational students. After many years of performing, training and studying in America Alison returned to the UK where she became involved in updating and re-choreographing the ISTD Tap Syllabi.

Alison Forrester
Brandon-Lee-Sears

Brandon trained at The Boston Conservatory and continues to perform in the West End and Internationally. ‘ There is endless potential for growth in theatre and dance, but sometimes monitoring the development of training can be messy and subjective. I'm interested in working with this project and believe it will provide an up to date and relevant process of training and examining.’

Brandon Lee Sears
Gemma-Summerscales-Heard

Gemma trained in all aspects of dance and theatre until the age of 18. During this time she modelled for various brands including Coca-Cola going on to perform as a child in UK tours and in the West End with the New Shakespeare Company. She was also invited to appear as a singer/dancer at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000.

Gemma Summerscales-Heard
Helen-Woodley

Helen enjoyed a successful career in dance and musical theatre before transitioning to teaching. Helen has been teaching for more than 30 years in both England and Italy, training pupils across several genres for exams, shows and festivals. Helen’s focus is Musical Theatre, and she specialises in vocal coaching of pre-vocational dancers for audition and entry to vocational college.

Helen Woodley
Carrie-Ellis
I am excited to become a Dang Syllabus examiner as I am very passionate about all things Musical Theatre, through my own professional background to my teaching experience. My aim is to inspire the next generation of Triple Threat performers to the highest level. This will enable them to partake on the next part of their journey to college and then into the profession.
Carrie Ellis
Rossie-Thomas

I am delighted to be part of The Dang Theatre & Dance Syllabus examining team. The work is exciting, industry relevant and is an outstanding foundation for young people interested in performing. I’m proud and excited to be part of this unique platform.

Rosie Thomas

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