Latin American Syllabus

LATIN AMERICAN SYLLABUS

The professional examinations are in three sections.

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.
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.*

Teaching Ability
The candidate’s ability to teach is assessed during the examination.

*Reference Books
ISTD Latin American Rumba; Samba; Cha Cha; Paso Doble and Jive

Length of Examinations
Student Teacher 1 ¼ hours
Associate 1 ¾ hours
Licentiate (Member) 2 hours
Fellow 2 ¼ hours

STUDENT TEACHER SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with music the required dances dancing as their own gender.
The required dances are: Samba; Cha Cha; Rumba; Paso Doble and Jive.
The demonstration is restricted to the Student Teacher figures.

Candidates must also dance as the opposite gender, with or without a partner, to music the required dances.

Theory (Oral Examination)
Candidates will be expected to understand technical terms and general principles used in the technical charts and must be able to give a simple description of:
1. Time signature, Accent, Beat value, and Tempo of each dance including counting in Beats.
2. Basic Movements and actions used in each dance.
3. Holds and Body Positions.

Technical analysis and solo demonstration as man or lady is confined to:

1. Foot positions
3. Alignment (where applicable)
4. Amount of Turn.
5. Footwork.
6. The count
7. One precede and follow is required.

Specified Figures
Student Teacher figures

ASSOCIATE SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with music the required dances dancing as their own gender.
The required dances are: Samba; Cha Cha; Rumba; Paso Doble and Jive.
The demonstration is restricted to the Student Teacher and Associate figures.

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 two o three of the specified figures of the examiner’s choice in any of the five dances.

To start an imaginary class to music. The dance or dances to be the examiner’s choice.

Theory (Oral Examination)
The examination is based on the technical knowledge and general principles of any figure up to and including the specified figures of each dance.

Questions are based on the application of the following principles to the specified figures in each dance.
1. Time signature, Accent, Beat value, and Tempo of each dance including counting in Beats and Beats and Bars.
2. Body positions and Holds (including the use of arms)
3. Alignment (where applicable)
4. Amount of turn
5. Footwork including “transfer and replace” and Cuban Cross.

6. Leads.
7. Description of figures.
8. 2 Precedes and Follows

Candidates will be expected to answer simple questions on Class Teaching methods in any of the dances.

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: Samba; Cha Cha; Rumba; Paso Doble and Jive.

The demonstration is restricted to the Student Teacher, Associate and Licentiate 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 any specified figures of the examiner’s choice in any of the five dances.

To start and imaginary class to music. The dance or dances to be of the examiner’s choice.

Theory
Questions will be on any of the technical requirements and general principles of any figure up to and including the specified figures of each dance as well as the precedes and follows. A minimum of 2 precedes and follows is expected.

To explain the development of rhythm in the Latin dances.

To show practical methods of teaching any dance or specified figure selected from the syllabus by the examiner.

To have knowledge of training students for medal tests.

Specified Figures
Up to and including Licentiate Figures

FELLOWSHIP SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration
Candidates must demonstrate with music the required dances dancing as their own gender.
The required dances are: Samba; Cha Cha; Rumba; Paso Doble and Jive.
The demonstration must include Fellowship level figures.

A higher standard of dancing and presentation 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 any of the specified figures of the examiner’s choice in any of the five dances.

Theory (Oral Examination)
Questions will be on any of the technical requirements and general principles of any figure up to and including the specified figures of each dance including the precedes and follows. A minimum of 2 precedes and follows is expected.

To show practical methods of teaching any dance or specified figure selected from the syllabus by the examiner.

To show a knowledge of training students for medal tests and professional examinations.

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

Specified Figures
Up to and including Fellow Figures