Ballroom Syllabus

GENERAL INFORMATION 

  1.  Demonstration
    • The demonstration to music is the first requirement and candidates must pass this section in order to continue with the examination. A “classic” demonstration is expected.
  2. Theory
    • Questions are confined to the level of the examination and progress from Student Teacher to Associate, Licentiate and Fellow.The technique and theory is based on the Reference Books.*
  3. Teaching Ability
    • The candidate’s ability to teach is assessed during the examination.

* Reference Books
The Ballroom Technique ISTD
The Viennese Waltz – Harry Smith-Hampshire
Social Rhythm – Teach Yourself Ballroom Dancing – ISTD and Alex Moore

Length of Examinations
Student Teacher (Affiliate Member) 1 hour
Associate 1 ½ hours
Licentiate (Member) 2 hours
Fellow 2 ¼ hours

STUDENT TEACHER SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with music in their own gender the required dances. The required dances are: Waltz; Tango; Foxtrot; Quickstep and Slow Rhythm
The demonstration is restricted to the Student Teacher figures.
Candidates must also demonstrate with music as the opposite gender, with or without a partner, the required dances.

Theory (Oral Examination)
Candidates will be expected to explain the technical terminology and general principles used in the technique charts and must be able to give a simple description of:
1. Forward and Backward Walks
2. Holds
3. Time and Tempo of each dance.
Technical analysis at this level is confined to:
1. One precede and follow for each figure.
2. Feet Positions.
3. Alignment/Direction.
4. Amount of Turn.
5. Rise and Fall.
6. Footwork.
7. Timing and counting in beats.

Specified Figures
Student Teacher figures

ASSOCIATE SYLLABUS 

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with music in their own gender the required dances.
The required dances are: Waltz; Tango; Foxtrot; Quickstep and Slow Rhythm.
The demonstration is restricted to the Student Teacher and Associate figures.
Candidates must also demonstrate with music as the opposite gender, with or without a partner, the required dances.
Are required to dance solo to music, as man or lady, a short amalgamation of the specified figures of the examiner’s choice in any of the four standard dances.
Candidates will be expected to answer simple questions on “class teaching methods” of any dance in the syllabus.

Theory (Oral Examination)
Candidates will be expected to understand the technical terminology and general principles used in the technique charts and how the principles relate to the specified figures. Questions may be on any of the following:

1. Feet Positions
2. Alignment/Direction.
3. Amount of Turn.
4. Rise and Fall.
5, Footwork; CBM and Sway.
6. Timing and beat value
7. Counting in Beats and Beats and Bars.
8. Time and Tempo of each dance.

In addition the following is required:

1. Describe the Forward and Backward Walks.
2. Give a simple description of any figure.
3. Two Precedes and Follows to each figure.

Specified Figures
Student Teacher and Associate

LICENTIATE (MEMBER) SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with music the required dances dancing as their own gender.
The required dances are: Waltz; Tango; Viennese Waltz; Foxtrot and Quickstep.
The demonstration is restricted to the Basic and Standard Figures.
A higher standard of dancing is expected at this level.
Candidates must also dance as the opposite gender, with or without a partner, to music the required dances.
Candidates must dance solo to music, as man or lady, an amalgamation of the specified figures of the examiner’s choice in any of the five dances.

Theory (Oral Examination)
Questions may be asked on any of the fundamental principles and technical requirements of any figure from Basic figures and up to and including the Standard Figures in the required dances.
To show practical teaching methods (“how to teach”) any of the required figures, or parts of figures, in any of dance.
To show how to train a student for a Medal Test at various levels.
To show the application of the Forward and Backward Walks.

Specified Figures
Basic and Standard Figures.

FELLOWSHIP SYLLABUS 

Practical Demonstration 
Candidates must demonstrate with music the required dances dancing as their own gender.
The required dances are: Waltz; Tango; Viennese Waltz; Foxtrot; Quickstep.
The demonstration must include the Named Variations.
Candidates must also dance as the opposite gender, with or without a partner, to music the required dances.
A higher standard of dancing and presentation is expected at this level.

Theory (Oral Examination)
Questions will be on any of the general principles and the technical requirements of any figure up to and including the Named Variations.
To show practical methods of the application of the technical principles in teaching any dance or specified figure selected from the syllabus by the examiner.
A comprehensive understanding of the technique and the application of technique is expected at this level.

Specified Figures 
Up to and including the Named Variations.