Welcome to our Medal Test and Exam page. Our next sessions with the UKA had been scheduled for March, however, this will not be possible in the current times. We are re-arranging dates for May/June. There is still no news on other exam board dates at this time.
We will be hosting our next medal sessions. Either in person at the studio with an examiner, or on Zoom, or we will be sending video entries into be marked. We will assess the guidance near to the time, but either way assessments will be going ahead.
Please ask your teacher for the password for the Members Area for more information about exams and awards.
The Dance Centre Academy directors and staff are members of different associations, which are all recognised dance examination boards.
* United Kingdom Alliance of Dance Teachers.
* International Dance Teachers Association
* Royal Academy of Dance.
* Council for Dance Education & Training.
The tests and examinations conducted by the various organisations, they are all corporate members of the British Dance Council and are very similar in structure and standard. There are variations in the activities organised for teachers to help their students enjoy the world
The Benefits Of Informal Assessments For Your Children.
Students that have completed badges and awards when they are younger are more confident about being assessed by external examiners. If they go onto to sit more advanced examinations, students are more confident about the processes.
The Benefits Of Accredited Examinations.
LAMDA and the RAD is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales (QiW), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).
About Medal Tests.
Medal tests are an informal way of showing students have understood what has been taught in classes. The tests show how the students are progressing through the syllabus and give them something extra to work towards. The awards develop through to higher levels and can progress onto formal qualifications. We encourage all students to take part even if they are relatively new to classes. We have found that it helps build confidence and helps students to focus on targets in class and they improve their skills.
* Everyone can have a go!
* Suitable for children or adults.
* Individual or as a couple.
When you first start learning to dance, the idea of taking any form of test is not exactly top of your list. Although we encourage members of our classes to take tests and examinations as a matter of course, it always remains an option. Please have a go if you would like to but never feel pressured that you have to take any form of exams. We will only enter students if we feel they are ready, and completely confident with what they must do.
Sometimes if you are taking higher-level exams or tests extra lessons may be needed on occasion or regular extra sessions for quite some time before the test.
There are many different awards throughout the dance styles. Please ask your teacher for advice about the level you will need to work towards, and what would be required from you within your chosen subject.
Medal tests can be taken in many styles of dancing:
* Ballroom & Latin.
* Sequence & Old Time.
* Rock N Roll.
* Argentine Tango.
* Ballet & Tap.
* Jazz, Freestyle & Contempory.
* Street Dance.
* Cheer Dance & Cheerleading.
* Musical Theatre & Drama.
* Music Theory.
* You don’t need a partner. Tests can be taken dancing on your own, with your teacher, or with some friends from your dance class.
Exam Booking & Fees
Fees must be paid when you book your exam appointment at the studio in advance of the day.
We will be appointed a regional examiner from the Association. All examiners are also teachers, and are very friendly, and encouraging towards the students. Their aim with us is to help the students achieve and develop in their dancing. The examiner will give the teacher’s feedback on any areas that need improvement or advice, and positive feedback. They will also report back to head office about our dance school, presentation, behaviour, standard etc. Due to the current Covid restrictions exams are also taking place on Zoom or we can submit video entries for students.