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IDTA Syllabus Ballroom Branches

We participate in the IDTA examination system. The Ballroom branch syllabus includes Ballroom and Latin American, Freestyle and Rock’n’Roll. This is a rough guide to the syllabus:

Rosettes
A set of 12 brightly-coloured Rosettes on a yellow Banerette with certificates designed especially for under 8s. The children have to be examined on 2 dances per Rosette exam they take. Usually, a maximum of 3 Rosettes per exam session is allowed however if the dancer needs to complete their Banerette they can do more. This is at the principal’s discretion. An 8 year old may complete a Banerette but not start one. This category is open-aged for special needs candidates. Within the school, we do not put a minimum or maximum number of Rosettes a dancer must take before they move to the next group but they must be at least 8 years old.

Stardance
A set of 12 brightly-coloured stickers and badges on a stand-up plaque with certificates designed for 6-10 year olds. As we continue Rosettes through to 8 years, the majority of our Stardance candidates are 8-10 years old. As with Rosettes, candidates must perform 2 dances per Stardance exam they take. Usually, a maximum of 3 Stardance awards per exam session is allowed however if the dancer needs to complete their plaque they can do more. This is at the principal’s discretion. This category is open-aged for special needs candidates.

Social Dance Awards – Freestyle and Rock’n’Roll
Here is where it can get confusing. This set of awards is designed for anyone from 8-108! There are 4 sets of awards – Black, Blue, Purple and Red – and in each colour there is a 1 dance, 2 dance, 3 dance and 4 dance award. 4 colours with 10 dances to complete per colour equals 40 dances. With these awards we use a flexi-system allowing each individual dancer the chance to take an exam in every dance they pass at the assessment stage. There is no age limit on these awards.
Example: A dancer is assessed and passes 3 dances. We may enter them for Red 3 or Blue 1 and Red 2, or Black 2 and Purple 1 or any colour combination of 3 dances. The awards a candidate is entered for is dependent on what awards they have taken before and what they passed at the assessment stage.

At Stardance and Social Dance level, there are a set number of awards each dancer must complete before moving up to the next level (graded). For our ‘fun dancers’ that come along regularly each week but do not participate in many competitions, they must complete between 30-40 exam dances. 90% of the time this is closer to the 40. For our competition dancers, the minimum number is 24 dances. For pupils that move from Stardance to Social Dance due to age, this could be a combination of Stardance and Social Dance Awards to reach 24 dances. If a candidate is not ready to move up to the next level, we will put them through more exams at this level first.


Social Dance Awards – Ballroom and Latin American
There are 4 sets of awards – Black, Blue, Purple and Red – and in each colour there is a 1 dance, 2 dance, 3 dance and 4 dance award. 4 colours with 10 dances to complete per colour equals 40 dances. With these awards we use a flexi-system allowing each individual dancer the chance to take an exam in every dance they pass at the assessment stage. There is no age limit on these awards.
Each term, we teach a combination of Ballroom and Latin dances, usually concentrating on a maximum of 4 or 5 dances.

Every dancer must complete 40 dances before moving to our graded group. In special cases, it may be possible to attend both social dance and graded classes but this is for older girls that require more technique work.

Graded – Freestyle and Rock’n’Roll


We enter candidates for graded exams in the following order:

1-Dance
Candidates are examined on one dance only. For pairs and rock’n’roll there is one 1-dance award, for solo there are 4 awards – green, scarlet, pink and yellow.

Bronze 1 and Bronze 2
For solo, candidates are examined on two dances, for pairs and rock’n’roll just one dance.

Silver 1 and Silver 2
For solo, candidates are examined on three dances, for pairs and rock’n’roll just one dance.

Gold
For solo, candidates are examined on four dances, for pairs and rock’n’roll just one dance.

Gold Bar 1, 2, 3
For solo, candidates are examined on four dances, for pairs and rock’n’roll just one dance.

Star 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
For solo, candidates are examined on four dances, for pairs and rock’n’roll just one dance.

Presidents Award 1, 2, 3, 4
For solo, candidates are examined on four dances, for pairs and rock’n’roll just one dance.

International 1, 2, 3, 4
For solo, candidates are examined on four dances, for pairs and rock’n’roll just one dance.

At each stage a candidate must be successful before moving to the next grade. As the dancer progresses through the grades, his/her ability should improve.

There are set classes for our graded dancers. 

Thursday 6.15-7.15pm is for those dancers that are between 1-D and Gold.
Tuesday 6-7pm is for those dancers that are Gold and above (older dancers can go straight to this class if they work at weekends).

The awards for graded examinations vary in size, colour and shape.

Graded – Ballroom and Latin American

We enter candidates for graded exams in the following order:

1-Dance
There is a 1-dance exam in all of the Ballroom and Latin dances

Bronze 1
Candidates are examined on Waltz and Quickstep in Ballroom and Cha Cha and Jive in Latin

Bronze 2

Candidates are examined on Foxtrot and Tango in Ballroom and Rumba and Samba in Latin

Silver 1 and Silver 2
For both awards candidates are examined on 3 of the dances in each branch (Ballroom and Latin)

Gold
For both awards candidates are examined on 4 of the dances in each branch (Ballroom and Latin)

Gold Bar 1, 2, 3
For both awards candidates are examined on 4 of the dances in each branch (Ballroom and Latin)

Star 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
For both awards candidates are examined on 4 of the dances in each branch (Ballroom and Latin)

Presidents Awards 1, 2, 3, 4
For both awards candidates are examined on 4 of the dances in each branch (Ballroom and Latin)

International Award 1, 2, 3, 4
For both awards candidates are examined on 4 of the dances in each branch (Ballroom and Latin)

At each stage a candidate must be successful before moving to the next grade. As the dancer progresses through the grades, his/her ability should improve.

The awards for graded examinations vary in size, colour and shape.

Cheer Basics

Cheer basic awards are designed for new cheerleaders and run similar to the Social Dance Awards but with less colours. At present, we put candidates through Cheer Basics 1, 2, 3 and 4.


Graded – Cheerleading and Teams

At present we run exams in the following order:

1-Dance, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold Bar 1, 2, 3, Star 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Presidents Awards 1, 2, 3, 4 and International Award 1, 2, 3, 4. It is hoped that in the future we will follow the same system as Freestyle.

At each stage a candidate must be successful before moving to the next grade. As the dancer / cheerleader progresses through the grades, his/her ability should improve.

The awards for graded examinations vary in size, colour and shape.
 
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