Next Medal Examination Day : Sunday, May 15 2016
To establish and reward recognised standards of dancing within the studio and throughout the dance community.
The purpose of the JRDA Medal Awards Program is to establish and reward recognized standards of dancing at various levels for amateur dancers throughout all disciplines within the Studio and throughout the dance community. Each candidate starts at the Copper level, and continues through Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold I, Gold II and Gold III. Each level is progressively more difficult to achieve both in the difficulty of the figures being executed, but also in the level of basic technical ability.
Why do we recommend this?
The Medal Awards program is an excellent way for students to set and achieve a high standard in their dancing. It is a stepwise measurement of progress and a strong motivator for improvement.
By achieving a medal award, you will gain the satisfaction and knowledge that your dancing has reached a recognised level as determined by professionals. You are now ready to strive for the next level.
For those students who do not have a regular dance partner, there is no better way to determine your dancing proficiency. Because a medal award is an evaluation of an individual dancer, and not a couple, it is an excellent goal for self improvement.
What dances do I do? Medals can be achieved in any of the following categories.
- Salsa: Salsa (Linear), Merengue, Bachata, Cuban Salsa
- Argentine Tango: Argentine Tango, Milonga
- Samba de Gafiera
- West Coast Swing
- Samba No Pe
How many dances do I have to do?
This depends on the Style you are being examined in. For example, for a Copper Medal in Salsa, you are required to dance both a set syllabus of figures in Salsa as well as the Merengue. West Coast Swing on the other hand only requires the dancer to demonstrate knowledge in the one style.
What does it cost?
The fees for the evaluations and the minimum number of dances for each level are as follows:
$75 per examination. Each style category requires a separate examination.
These fees are per person, and are to cover all costs, including examiner fees, studio space rental, fees for the instructor that you will be dancing the exam with, as well as the cost of the medal itself.
What will I get when I pass?
- An objective Evaluation and helpful Critique of your dancing from a Principal JRDA examiner.
- A JRDA Medal engraved with the your name Dance Style Level and standard attained (Pass, Commended, Highly Commended, or Honours)
- Official recognition on our JRDA Hall of Honoured Students.
- And most of all… the satisfaction of reaching your goal!
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Can I skip a level and dance Bronze without doing Copper first?
No, but you can register and dance two levels on the same test date. For example, dance Copper and then the Bronze test later on in the day. This would not be our recommendation, but it is possible.
Are there other people going to be watching me being tested?
No. The only people in the room will be you and your dance partner, the examiner, the D.J. and possibly your teacher.
What should I wear for the evaluation?
Ladies – please wear a skirt or dress (no slacks), and high-heeled dance shoes are preferable to flat practice shoes. Gentlemen – dress slacks, shirt and tie. A vest or cardigan sweater is probably better than a jacket since the shoulders usually ride up in a jacket when your arms are up.
Will there be any place to warm-up on the day of my evaluation?
Yes, you are welcome to use any free room on the day of the exam.
Can I choose my own music?
Yes. Please let us know ahead of time so that the D.J. is prepared.
When should I arrive? Is there anything else I need to do on that day?
You should be ready 1/2 hour before your test time. Your coach will help you to fill out your evaluation sheet, (name, dances, etc.) prior to your test. You will give the sheet to your examiner prior to your dancing.
How long will I have to dance?
Approximately 1 1/2—2 minutes maximum per person, per dance. If you and your partner are both being evaluated you will have to dance each dance twice so that the examiner can fairly access each of you.
If I start off time can I stop and start again?
Yes, you can certainly start your routine again if you have made a mistake.
Do I have to take Private Lessons?
No, but it is highly recommended if you are expecting more than just a passing grade. One-on-one instruction is the fastest way to improve your dancing. On average, it takes 4 months of training for a Copper test, 6 months for Bronze, 1 year each for Silver and Gold.
Your instructor will… * Put together proper syllabus routines for each dance of your medal test. * Instruct you on the correct technique and styling for every dance variation. * Set up and explain to you the schedule of training and practice exercises. * Clarify for you as to the expectations of the examiner. * Advise you on the procedures on medal test day. * Teach you at the pace that is most comfortable for you. * Dance your routine with you for your medal test if you do not have a regular partner.
Am I competing against other students?
Not at all. Your examiner will be evaluating your dancing based on a standard. You will be given one of the following grades: Pass, Credit, Distinction, High Distinction. The grades are not posted and the evaluation for will be given back to you the next day.
How do I get involved?
Contact any one of JRDA instructors, or our receptionist (at firstname.lastname@example.org) for the next medal test date. JRDA Medal Tests are held at JRDA Studio HQ three times per year. You will be advised of the registration procedure which must be done at least one month prior to the exam date.