Ballet Exams at Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 Dance teacher Denise van Es sprays Sloane Duyzer's hair to keep it all in place during her ballet exam. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupDance teacher Denise van Es sprays Sloane Duyzer’s hair to keep it all in place during her ballet exam.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 Numbers sit on a table outside of the studio where ballet exams take place at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts. Each dancer must wear a number both on the front and back of their dance leotard. Over 100 dancers are taking part in levelled exams which wrap up Wednesday afternoon. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupNumbers sit on a table outside of the studio where ballet exams take place at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts. Each dancer must wear a number both on the front and back of their dance leotard. Over 100 dancers are taking part in levelled exams which wrap up Wednesday afternoon.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 Everybody deals with stress a little differently, Sloane Duyzer tries to make her nervous classmate Rio Banks laugh as they both wait to takes part in their primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. The girls are two of the youngest dancers of over 100 taking their levelled exams adjudicated by examiner Donna Bender from the Society for Russian Ballet. The annual exams run through until Wednesday afternoon. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupEverybody deals with stress a little differently, Sloane Duyzer tries to make her nervous classmate Rio Banks laugh as they both wait to  takes part in their primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 -Primary ballet teacher Denise Van Es watches over Sloane Duyzer, Rio Banks, and Sophia Manzie as they enter the dance studio to take part in their primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. The girls are the youngest dancers of over 100 taking their levelled exams adjudicated by examiner Donna Bender from the Society for Russian Ballet. The annual exams run through until Wednesday afternoon. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupPrimary ballet teacher Denise Van Es watches over Sloane Duyzer, Rio Banks, and Sophia Manzine as they enter the dance studio to take part in their primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 Primary ballet dancers are put through their paces as they take part in their very first ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. Donna Bender from the Society of Russian Ballet ajudicates.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupPrimary ballet dancers are put through their paces as they take part in their very first ballet exam.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 -Sophia Manzie, Rio Banks, and Sloane Duyzer take part in their primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. The girls are the youngest dancers of over 100 taking their levelled exams adjudicated by examiner Donna Bender from the Society for Russian Ballet. The annual exams run through until Wednesday afternoon. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupSophia Manzine, Rio Banks, and Sloane Duyzer line up to demonstrate their pas de couru or running step for Donna Bender an examiner from the Society of Russian Ballet during their primary ballet exam.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 -6 year old Sloane Duyzer is a study in concentration as she takes her primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. Sloane is one of over 100 dancers taking their levelled exams adjudicated by Donna Bender from the Society for Russian Ballet. The annual exams run through until Wednesday afternoon. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / Standup6 year old Sloane Duyzer displays her beautiful arm movement during her primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 Primary ballet teacher Denise Van Es goes over some basics with students Grace Greenidge, Olivia Bowker, Sena Ozer, and Reese Griffin in the hallway before they head into the dance studio to takes part in their primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. The girls are some of the youngest dancers of over 100 taking their levelled exams adjudicated by examiner Donna Bender from the Society for Russian Ballet. The annual exams run through until Wednesday afternoon. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupPrimary ballet teacher Denise van Es goes over some basics with students Grace Greenidge, Olivia Bowker, Sena Ozer, and Reese Griffin in the hallway before they head into the dance studio to takes part in their primary ballet exam.Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 Amy Greenidge helps her 6 year old daughter Grace pin her number onto her ballet leotard as she waits to takes part in her primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / Standup Amy Greenidge helps her 6 year old daughter Grace pin her number onto her ballet leotard as she waits to takes part in her primary ballet exam.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 Rio Banks demonstrates her plia during her very first ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. Donna Bender ( seen,centre reflecting in the mirror) from the Society of Russian Ballet ajudicates.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupRio Banks demonstrates her plie during her very first ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. Donna Bender (seen centre reflecting in the mirror) from the Society of Russian Ballet adjudicates.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 As the primary dancers take their exam downstairs in the main dance studio, level 6 dancers stretch and warm up in a smaller studio upstairs in preparation for their own exam. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupAs the primary dancers take their exam downstairs in the main dance studio, level VI dancers stretch to warm up in a smaller studio upstairs in preparation for their own exam.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 As the primary dancers take their exam downstairs in the main dance studio, level 6 dancers stretch and warm up in a smaller studio upstairs in preparation for their own exam. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / Standup Level VI dancers stretch and warm up in a smaller studio upstairs in preparation for their own exam.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 A student volunteer checks in with level 6 dancers as they stretch and warm up in a smaller studio upstairs in preparation for their own exam. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / Standup A student volunteer checks in with level VI dancers as they stretch and warm up in a smaller studio upstairs in preparation for their own exam.

Hamilton Ontario, April 18,2016 -Sophia Manzie takes part in their primary ballet exam at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts Monday. Sophia was one of the youngest dancers of over 100 taking their levelled exams adjudicated by examiner Donna Bender from the Society for Russian Ballet. The annual exams run through until Wednesday afternoon. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / StandupSophia Manzine shows her style during primary ballet exams at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Monday.

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