Latin American Syllabus

GENERAL INFORMATION 

The Professional examinations are in 3 sections

  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
ISTD Latin American Rumba; Samba; Cha Cha; Paso Doble and Jive

Length of Examinations
Student Teacher 1 ¼ hours
Associate 1 ¾ 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: Rumba; Samba; Cha Cha; Paso Doble and Jive.
  • 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. Basic Action
  2. Holds
  3. Time signature; Tempo and Rhythm of each dance
  4. One precede and follow to each figure

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

  1. Foot Positions
  2. Alignment where applicable
  3. Amount of Turn
  4. Footwork
  5. Timing
  6. Counting in beats and beats and bars

Specified figures: Student Teacher

 

ASSOCIATE SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration

  • Candidates must demonstrate with a partner to music the required dances using a selection of Student Teacher and Associate figures.
  • The required dances are: Rumba; Samba; Cha Cha; Paso Doble and Jive
  • The candidate may choose to demonstrate in the role of their choice as a Leader or Follower and must dance to music the opposite role (leader or follower) with or without a partner.
  • Start an imaginary class to music. The dance or dances will be of the examiners choice.
  • 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 or all of the five dances.

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.  Apply the following principles to the specified figures in each dance.

  1. Basic Action; Body positions and Holds
  2. Time Signature, Tempo, Rhythm and Counting in beats and beats and bars
  3. Foot Positions; Alignment (where applicable)
  4. Amount of turn; Footwork; Leads (where applicable)
  5. Two precedes and follows to each specified figure

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

Specified Figures
Student Teacher and Associate

 

LICENTIATE SYLLABUS

Practical Demonstration

  • Candidates must demonstrate with a partner to music the required dances using a selection of Student Teacher and Associate figures. The required dances are: Rumba; Samba; Cha Cha; Paso Doble and Jive
  • The candidate may choose to demonstrate in the role of their choice as a Leader or Follower and must dance to music the opposite role (leader or follower) with or without a partner.
  • Start an imaginary class to music. The dance or dances will be of the examiners choice.
  • 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 or all of the five dances.

Theory
Show technical knowledge of the specified figures.  Questions will be based on the application of any of the technical requirements and general principles of any figure up to and including the specified figures of each dance.  Three precedes and follows is expected (minimum of 2)

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

Candidates are expected to have an understanding of training students for the Medak Test program.

Specified Figures
Up to and including Licentiate Figures

 

FELLOWSHIP SYLLABUS

Candidates for Fellowship 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 the specified figures. The demonstration must include Fellowship figures. The required dances are: Rumba; Samba; Cha Cha; Paso Doble and Jive
  • The candidate may choose to demonstrate in the role of their choice as a Leader or Follower and must dance to music the opposite role (leader or follower) with or without a partner.
  • The presentation of dancing and the depth of knowledge for this examination is expected to be of a high level.
  • 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 or all of the five dances.

Theory (Oral Examination)

Questions will be based on any of the technical requirements and general principles of any figure up to and including the Fellowship figures and any Developments. A minimum of 3 or 4 precedes and follows is expected, where applicable.  A full description of any figure may be requested.

To provide suggestions on how common faults may be corrected.

To show practical methods of teaching any specified figure in any dance selected from the syllabus by the examiner and provide suggestions on how to syllabus figures can be developed.

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

Specified Figures
Up to and including Fellow Figures