This was the moment that we'd been working for after enduring 12 years of RAD training and completing every exam along away, it was this last exam that meant the most to us.
To be examined for your Solo Seal you must pass your Advanced 2 exam, which we both completed in 2014. On the examination day we were both nervously waiting in the wings to perform 3 dances for an audience, a judge and an examiner. To receive your Solo Seal you must fit a very specific criteria which is extremely hard to achieve.
We went for this examination just 2 weeks before leaving for our very successful Europe trip. Seven weeks had passed and we still hadn't received any results. At this point we were extremely nervous expecting the worst. Everyday we would ask our teachers if there was any mail, and like a broken record it was "not yet", or "still nothing."
Finally two months after completing the exam we received our results. Miss Sonja handed us our papers and we both read in silence, walked over to our bags and didn't say a word. "So did you get it?" they asked, we both nodded almost in a trance. "I didn't want to say anything just in case!" Maddie screamed, and we both hugged like we'd won the 50 million dollar lotto!
We are both so proud, relieved and excited to have been successful in receiving our Solo Seal Awards. We are grateful to our teachers, Miss Marie, Miss Sonja and Miss Viktoria for preparing us for this examination and supporting us immensely throughout the whole experience. What a dream it is to accomplish such a high achievement.