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.
    • Candidate may choose to be examined as a Leader or Follower.
  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. (does not apply to Student Teacher level.

* Reference Books
The Ballroom Technique ISTD
The Viennese Waltz – Harry Smith-Hampshire
Social Rhythm – Teach Yourself Ballroom Dancing (if not available use the list below)

Rhythm dancing figures (Social Foxtrot) Slow or Quick

  1. Quarter Turn Right and Left
  2. Natural Rock turn (Pivot)
  3. Reverse Pivot Turn
  4. Back Corte
  5. Side Step
  6. Promenade Walk and Chasse
  7. Additional Figures may be used

Length of Examinations
Student Teacher 1 hour; Associate 1 ½ hours; Licentiate 2 hours; Fellow 2 ¼ hours

 

STUDENT TEACHER SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with a partner to music the required dances using the Student Teacher figures.
The required dances are: Waltz; Tango; Foxtrot; Quickstep and Slow Rhythm
The candidate may choose to demonstrate in the role of their choice as a Leader or Follower.

Theory (Oral Examination)
Candidates will be expected to briefly show an understanding of the technical terminology used in the technique charts and at this level is confined to:

  1. Feet Positions
  2. Alignment/Direction
  3. Amount of Turn
  4. Rise and Fall
  5. Footwork
  6. CBM
  7. CBMP
  8. Sway

Candidates are expected to give a brief description of the:

  1. Forward and Backward Walks
  2. The Hold
  3. Time signature and tempo of each dance
  4. One precede or follow to each specified figure

The technical analysis and solo demonstration of the specified figures as Leader or Follower is confined to:

  1. Feet Positions
  2. Alignment/direction
  3. Amount of Turn
  4. Rise and Fall
  5. Footwork
  6. Timing
  7. Counting in beats and bars

Specified Figures: Student Teacher

 

ASSOCIATE SYLLABUS 

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with a partner to music the required dances using the Student Teacher and Associate figures.
The required dances are: Waltz; Tango; Foxtrot; Quickstep and Slow or Quick Rhythm.
The candidate may choose to demonstrate in the role of their choice as a Leader or Follower.
Candidates must also demonstrate with or without a partner to music the required dances in the opposite role.

Candidates are required to dance solo to music, Leader or Followers steps as requested, an amalgamation of two or three of the specified figures of the examiners choice in any of the four dances.
Candidates will be expected to start an imaginary class to music, the dance will be the examiners choice.

Theory (Oral Examination)
Candidates will be expected to show technical knowledge of the specified figures for the Associate level.

To show class teaching methods in Waltz and Slow or Quick Rhythm dancing.

To understand technical terminology, demonstrate balance and deportment and be able to apply the following basic principles to each specified figure. :

  1. Time signature and Tempo
  2. Counting in slows and quicks
  3. Counting in beats and beats and bars
  4. Hold
  5. Feet Positions
  6. Alignment or Direction
  7. Amount of Turn
  8. Rise and Fall
  9. Footwork
  10. Sway
  11. CBM
  12. CBMP
  13. Describe the Forward and Backward Walks/ Heel turn/ Heel Pull
  14. Description of figures
  15. Two precedes and follows to each specified figure

Specified figures:  Basic Figures (including Student Teacher and Associate)

 

LICENTIATE SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with a partner to music the required dances using the Basic and Standard figures.
The required dances are: Waltz; Tango; Foxtrot; Viennese Waltz; Quickstep.
The candidate may choose to demonstrate in the role of their choice as a Leader or Follower.
Candidates must also demonstrate with or without a partner to music the required dances in the opposite role.

A higher standard of dancing is expected at this level.
Candidates must dance solo to music, as Leader or Follower, an amalgamation of two or three of the specified figures of the examiners choice in any of the five dances.
To start an imaginary class to music, the dance/s will be of the examiners choice.

Theory (Oral Examination)
To show technical knowledge of the specified figures. .
To show practical teaching methods (“how to teach”) any of the required figures, or parts of figures, in any of dances and to be able to show how to correct common faults.
To show an understanding of how to train a student for a Medal Tests.

To show an understanding of the technical terms, show balance and deportment, and apply the following basic principles to each specified figure as requested.

  1. Time signature and Tempo
  2. Counting in slows and quicks and Counting in beats and beats and bars
  3. Hold
  4. Feet Positions
  5. Alignment or Direction
  6. Amount of Turn
  7. Rise and Fall
  8. Footwork
  9. Sway
  10. CBM
  11. CBMP
  12. Forward and Backward Walks/ Heel Pull/ Heel Turn
  13. Description of Figures
  14. Three Precedes and Follows

Specified figures:  Basic and Standard Figures.

 

FELLOWSHIP SYLLABUS 

Note:   Candidate must have held the Licentiate qualification for a minimum of three years.

Practical Demonstration 
Candidates must demonstrate with a partner to music the required dances using a selection of figures to include Basic, Standard and Named Variations.
The required dances are: Waltz; Tango; Foxtrot; Viennese Waltz; Quickstep
The candidate may choose to demonstrate in the role of their choice as a Leader or Follower.
Candidates must also demonstrate with or without a partner to music the required dances in the opposite role.

The presentation and level of dancing must be of a high quality.

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.
To show how to correct common faults.
To show how syllabus figures can be developed.

A comprehensive understanding of the technique and the application of technique is expected at this level.

Specified Figures: 
Basic, Standard and Named Variations