Next examination will take place on Saturday 17 June 2017
You can take exams in Latin (Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Double) and Ballroom (Slow Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz*). You can do both styles on the same day. For the exam you can dance with a teacher or a partner of your choice of same or opposite sex. You can choose from the following categories:
Social Dance Award 1, 2, 3, 4 – These tests are for new pupils, who attended few group classes or private lessons. Only three figures are required for each dance. Candidates are required to dance any one, two, three or four of the listed above dance styles accordingly.
One Dance Test – Any one dance. A minimum of four figures must be used. The standard expected is lower than of the Bronze. Only figures that suit the candidate’s ability should be used. Salsa can be taken as One Dance exam.
Bronze – Any two dances (not Viennese Waltz*). A minimum of five figures must be used in each dance. A sound presentation within the capabilities of the candidate is required. Correct footwork, poise and timing should be evident. Please note that a ‘Double’ Bronze test is also available.
Silver – Any three dances (not Viennese Waltz*, apart from Double Silver). A minimum of six figures must be used in each dance. A higher standard is expected with the emphasis on better action and style. Please note that a ‘Double’ Silver test is also available.
Gold – Four dances (not Viennese Waltz*). A selection of figures should be used and demonstrated to a higher standard of technique. Any variations used can be selected to show the character of each dance, but shouldn’t be above the ability of the candidate.
How to prepare for the exams?
If you are attending group classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays, it should be enough to give you a good base to prepare for up to Silver Level. Depending on the level you are taking, you will also need a few private lessons. You might choose one to one, with your dance partner or even a small group of students who are taking same level exam.
How much does it cost?
The fee for each test category might vary from £30 to £90, depending on the number of candidates on the day.
What does it give me?
Positive challenge and a goal to work towards in your dancing, personal satisfaction, internationally recognised certificate and a medal for each category. You also get an amateur IDTA membership, a chance to take part in competitions in the relevant category.
Please get in touch, if you require further information.
*Viennese Waltz can only be used in the Double Silver test.