Exams at Lakes Theatre Arts are encouraged but NOT compulsory.

Exams are offered in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Drama, Musical Theatre, Acro and HipHop. Street classes do not have exams.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Ballet, Modern Jazz & Tap

The ISTD are one of the world's leading dance examination boards.

Since 1904 they have provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling teachers to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and spread the joy of dance.

The ISTD’s mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques and to maintain and improve teaching standards. 

Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) HipHop, Contemporary & Musical Theatre

Founded in 1991 ATOD are leaders in the field of dance education. With the highest integrity they deliver quality, innovative training systems and services. They inspire and provide opportunities for our dance community to achieve their full artistic potential.

Speech New Zealand - Drama

Speech New Zealand began life in 1964 with the mission to provide examinations to New Zealanders and to acknowledge the importance of New Zealand literature.

Acrobatic Arts - Acro

The Acrobatic Arts program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling.  Simple thoughtful progressions take the dancer from log rolls and summersaults to the tumbling effortlessly across the stage.