THE GWT EXAM process

Where Learning Meets Celebration


 ●  Steven McRae (Skimbleshanks in “Cats” the movie)  ●  Bayley Graham (winner of TVNZs “60 Seconds”)  ●  Steven McRae (Skimbleshanks in “Cats” the movie)  ●  Bayley Graham (winner of TVNZs “60 Seconds”)  ●  Steven McRae (Skimbleshanks in “Cats” the movie)  ●  Bayley Graham (winner of TVNZs “60 Seconds”)

Celebrating Achievement

At Glenn Wood Tap, we believe that examinations should be more than just a test of skill; they should be a celebration of progress and a rewarding experience. Our examination process is not compulsory, but a highlight of the GWT Syllabus, designed to be as enjoyable as it is educational.

The GWT Exam Experience

All GWT examiners are professionals in tap dance – with extensive experience as performers and entertainers, studio teachers and owners.

Each exam is fun and our examiners are very warm and welcoming. We interact with students during the exam, ensuring each student can show their full potential, providing students with the encouragement and enthusiasm to continue learning.

A Positive and
Rewarding Approach

Our exams are more than just assessments; they are celebrations of progress and skill.


Helping the students perform at their best

confidence boosting

By creating an exam of peers and mentors

love for the tap

Creating a warm, friendly environment, allowing each student to showcase their full potential.

Exam Testimonials

MICHELLE HEINE Legs Performing Arts
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After growing up in a syllabus then teaching it for over 15 years, it was a huge decision to change to another syllabus. But changing to Glenn Wood Tap was the best decision I have made. The exam procedure is such a breath of fresh air and students feel calm, relaxed and happy. And it just so happens, we have produced incredible tappers along the way! Forever grateful!!
KYLIE BANNISTERElite Dance Academy
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I have been teaching GWT Syllabus since 2007 and I love it! The syllabus is great. It’s so varied with barre work, combinations, corner work and routines – giving dancers plenty to work on and achieve. My students love doing GWT tap exams. The examiners are always friendly and positive, making the students want to come back year after year.
KATE VALDEZCaper School of Performing Arts
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We love the Glenn Wood Tap syllabus and it has been an integral part of our tap training since 2005. The Syllabus was so easy to implement and our students have responded very well to how the technical components of tap dancing are broken down in a way that is easy to learn, then it is all put together in exciting combinations of choreography that enables our students musicality and performance quality to shine. Each year our students look forward to their tap exam which is seen as a milestone and celebration at our studio. However we also use the syllabus for students not participating in tap exams as it ensures they receive structured progression in tap. GWT inspires a love of tap dancing in our students that is a gift they can keep for life. We would recommend GWT to any studio owner wanting to reinvigorate tap at their studio or who are interested in ensuring their students receive the best training in this genre.
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to Tap Dance? Well you can now learn how to Tap with the man who TAUGHT ME how to Tap from the age of 7! .
Glenn Wood can honestly get ANYONE Tapping and he has developed a system of training over the past decades that is suitable for people of ALL AGES..... Whether you are alone at home and want to develop a new skill, or a teacher who wants to further your own abilities, Check out Glenn’s work!
Carol KnoxMarlborough Tap Studio N.Z
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All my students love GWT exams. They are very relaxed and every student is made to feel confident and stress free. All candidates are addressed by their first name, they sit and watch other members of their group perform and applaud each other for their hard work.
The syllabus is challenging, both musically and technically. As a non-tapper, I work very hard to learn from the videos and teach from easily explained notes. When I have a query about syllabus or music, I always get a very quick response! As a “mature” teacher, I am so proud to be part of Glenn Wood Tap where I always feel accepted and encouraged.
JessicaSBDS Dance and Cheer
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From the first time walking into the exam room as a 5 year old to sitting my level 13 exam, every examiner has been warm, encouraging and have gone on to be some of my biggest supporters in the industry. Whilst my time with GWT may have given me some cool new tap steps to show off or a multitude of certificates, the syllabus is really so much more than that. Learning the GWT Syllabus and participating in exams gives young dancers confidence that translates into all aspects of life, from walking into a job interview, heading off to university, going for an audition or teaching a class of their own, GWT students have the confidence to hold their head high and make their mark on the world, both in dance and in life.