Alexandra Van Veijeren, a grade 12 pupil at St Andrew’s School for Girls, Bedfordview, was awarded her Solo Seal following her examination a month ago. The Solo Seal Award is the highest Vocational Graded examination of the Royal Academy of Dance and focuses on solo performance. It is a true test of the dancer’s abilities as it requires candidates to perform three contrasting variations, which have been selected to meet the stylistic and movement demands of today’s choreographers and directors. The examination is performed in front of an audience. In order to participate candidates must have gained distinction in their Advanced 2 Vocational Graded ballet examination.