Medalist examinations and competitions are recommended for dancers who are looking to gain qualifications and public recognition of both their effort and skills. Medalist dancing needs between two to four hours of lessons and/or practice each week as well as commitment to entering examinations, and if interested, medal competitions.
Medalist dancing isn’t restricted to dancers who have a regular partner; exams and some competitions can be entered by partnering with a teacher.
There are a range of professional awarding associations that your school or teacher will be affiliated with including:
– International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA)
– Imperial Association of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)
– National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD)
– United Kingdom Alliance (UKA)
– Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association (NCDTA)
– Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance (SDTA)
The above list of professional examination organisations all have slightly different syllabi and rules. This page is just a rough guide, so if you’re thinking of entering for exams or competitions please consult your teacher to ensure you know which rules apply to you.
Once a dancer has taken a Medal exam they are eligible to enter their association’s Medalist competitions for their level. For example, if a student has passed their Bronze IDTA Medal they are eligible to dance in the Bronze section of an IDTA competition.