Examinations are available with the National Association of Teachers of Dancing who demand one of the highest standards of any society in the United Kingdom, of which our Principal is also an Examiner.

 

The development of a medallist starts with a simple Popular Social Dance Test. Generally, this level is achievable after about 3 months of dance experience and is the first rung on the Medallist ladder.

 

For the Under 8’s there are the fabulous “Rainbow” awards which work as a great incentive at this important age.

 

We feel that being involved in the Medal Exams is an integral part of the development of good dancing, as it sets a benchmark for both the teacher and the pupil and ensures that enjoyable choreography is balanced with good sound technique.  As our Principal always says “it is easier to dance well than badly!”

 

Examination sessions are held 3 times a year and we currently enjoy an unbroken 28-year record of a 100% pass rate.

 

Under 8 Years

 

Rainbow Award Violet

Rainbow Award Indigo

Rainbow Award Blue

Rainbow Award Green

Rainbow Award Yellow

Rainbow Award Orange

Rainbow Award Red

 

Rainbow Sun

Pot of Gold

 

Juvenile, Junior, Adult

 

 Popular Social Dance Tests

PSDT1 - (CCC)

PSDT2 - (W, J)

Pre-Bronze 1 - (W & CCC)

 

Bronze Ballroom 1 (W, Q)

Bronze Latin 1 (CCC, J)

Bronze Ballroom 2 (F, T)

Bronze Latin 2 (R, S)

Bronze One Dance Test (PD)

Bronze One Dance Test (VW)

 

Silver Ballroom (W, F, Q)

Silver Latin (CCC, R, J)

 

Gold Ballroom (W, T, F, Q)

Gold Latin (CCC, S, R, J)

 

Gold Cross Ballroom (W, T, F, Q)

Gold Cross Latin (CCC, S, R, J)

 

Gold Bar Ballroom (W, T, F, Q)

Gold Bar Latin (CCC, S, R, J)

 

National Award Ballroom (W, T, F, Q)

National Award Latin (CCC, S, R, J)

 

President’s Award Ballroom (W, T, F, Q, VW)

Presidents Award Latin (CCC, S, R, J, PD)

 

Professional Teacher’s Qualifications

 

Professional Preliminary Student Ballroom

Professional Preliminary Student Latin

 

Professional Anatomy Module

Professional Student Ballroom

Professional Student Latin

 

Associate Ballroom

Associate Latin

 

Licentiate Ballroom

Licentiate Latin

 

Fellowship Ballroom

Fellowship Latin

All About Exams

Our principal Phil Meacham has not only attained the highest qualifications possible in Ballroom and Latin American dance in the United Kingdom, but is also an Examiner working under the auspices of the British Dance Council.  We are therefore best placed to guide you through the examination process and able to give you the greatest chance of an outstanding result for your dance examinations.

As a guide, below is a list of criteria we aim at for anyone taking an examination.

What Do I Need To Pass My Examination?

RAINBOWS

Candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Good knowledge of the routine

  • Dance on time

  • Show correct footwork

  • Correct posture

  • Curtsey when presented to the examiner

  • Appropriate Examination Dress:

 

Juvenile Girls - either a BDC Juvenile dress or party dress, white ankle socks

Juvenile Boys – Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie.

 

PSDT (Popular Social Dance Test) & Pre-Bronze

Candidate should be able to demonstrate:-

  • Know the routine well

  • Dance on time

  • Show correct footwork in Ballroom, Leg and Ankle Action in Latin

  • Start to use Rise and Fall Correct posture, with correct head positioning

  • Appropriate Examination Dress:

 

Juvenile Girls - either a BDC Juvenile dress or party dress, white ankle socks

Juvenile Boys – Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie.

 

Ladies: Dress, or skirt and top or proper ballroom/Latin outfit (tights must be worn - Red or Flesh coloured fishnets or flesh coloured tights.No black tights or leggings

Gents Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie shirt or proper ballroom/Latin outfit,

 

Ladies Hair to be tied back in a bun. If the hair is not long enough then must be neat and tidy

 

BRONZE

Candidate should be able to demonstrate:-

  • Know the routine well

  • Dance on time

  • Show correct footwork in Ballroom, Leg and Ankle Action in Latin

  • Start to use Rise and Fall

  • Correct posture, with correct head positioning

  • Appropriate Examination Dress:

 

Juvenile Girls - either a BDC Juvenile dress or party dress, white ankle socks

Juvenile Boys – Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie.

 

Ladies: Dress, or skirt and top or proper ballroom/Latin outfit (tights must be worn - Red or Flesh coloured fishnets or flesh coloured tights.No black tights or leggings

 

Gents Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie shirt or proper ballroom/Latin outfit,

 

Ladies Hair to be tied back in a bun. If the hair is not long enough then must be neat and tidy

Ballroom or Latin shoes must be worn

 

SILVER

Candidate should be able to demonstrate:-

  • Know the routine well

  • Dance on time

  • Show correct footwork in Ballroom, Leg and Ankle Action in Latin

  • Use Rise and Fall

  • Show correct CBM and CBMP

  • Correct posture, with correct head positioning

  • Appropriate Examination Dress:

 

Juvenile Girls - either a BDC Juvenile dress or party dress, white ankle socks

Juvenile Boys – Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie.

 

Ladies: Dress, or skirt and top or proper ballroom/Latin outfit (tights must be worn - Red or Flesh coloured fishnets or flesh coloured tights.No black tights or leggings

 

Gents Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie shirt or proper ballroom/Latin outfit,

 

Ladies Hair to be tied back in a bun. If hair is not long enough then must be neat and tidy

  • Ballroom or Latin shoes must be worn

 

GOLD & ABOVE

Candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Know the routine well

  • Dance on time

  • Show correct footwork in Ballroom, Leg and Ankle Action in Latin

  • Use correct  Rise and Fall throughout

  • Use correct CBM and CBMP throughout

  • Use sway

  • Correct posture, with correct head positioning

  • Appropriate Examination Dress:

 

Juvenile Girls - either a BDC Juvenile dress or party dress, white ankle socks

Juvenile Boys – Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie.

 

Ladies:Dress, or skirt and top or proper ballroom/Latin outfit (tights must be worn - Red or Flesh coloured fishnets or flesh coloured tights.No black tights or leggings

 

Gents Black Trousers, Black Socks, white shirt and Tie or Bow Tie shirt or proper ballroom/Latin outfit,

 

Ladies Hair to be tied back in a bun. If hair is not long enough then must be neat and tidy

Ballroom or Latin shoes must be worn

Chelmsford Dance Centre Limited

3 The Old Coachworks, 38 Church Street, Great Baddow

Chelmsford Essex CM2 7HY

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