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.
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.
Primary 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.
Sophia 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.
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. 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.
Rio 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.
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