Dance With Me offers students the opportunity to take accredited
medal tests through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD).
Medal tests are a great way to develop a dancer’s
style and technique and lead to a more technical understanding of the dances.
There is a progressive programme of medal tests: Social
Dance Test, Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Star, as well as various
special award tests. For each level you will be expected to dance most of the
steps specified in that level by the ISTD syllabus, and dance those steps with
the quality of proficiency and technique expected at that level. A certain
minimum number of dances is required for each different medal test and the cost
of doing a medal test varies from test to test.
For a medal test, you can dance either with a partner
or with your teacher.
During the test, you and your partner/teacher will be the
only couple in the studio, with an examiner from the ISTD watching and taking
A few weeks after your test, you
will receive a copy of the
examiner's notes plus your certificate and medal.
The best way to prepare for a medal test is through
lessons (on your own or with a partner). In this way we can
make sure that you are
dancing the correct figures for each
level, using the correct technique. If you are already attending
a group class,
you will able to use what you have learned in
class and refine it through