The Elite Award System at Swish Dance Centre Explained
The Award system is a series of progressively more difficult dance tests that are examined by an independent examiner. Each level of Award is progressively of a higher standard than the previous level. Awards should be taken in the order: Crystal, Crystal Classic, Crystal Elite, Bronze, Bronze Classic, Bronze Elite, Silver, Silver Classic, Sliver Elite, Gold, Gold Classic, Gold Elite, Premier, Premier Classic, Premier Elite, Oscar, Oscar Classic, Oscar Elite, Showcases and Mickey Powell 10 Dance Award.
Proficiency Awards are one dance awards for any dance in any style and a great way to see if this is the path for you.
Crystal Dance Awards are based on a two dance Award in any style and or could be a combination of styles. They are available in three distinct levels Crystal, Crystal Classic and Crystal Elite (basic, intermediate and advanced). The grading at Crystal Award level comes with a written report and in each case a Crystal Award is presented when 2 dances have been successfully undertaken and passed.
Bronze, Bronze Classic, Bronze Elite in each dance style, or combination of styles, comprises of 3 dances usually (but not always) performed in the same test. Silver, Silver Classic and Sliver Elite each have 4 dances in each award. Gold, Gold Classic, Gold Elite, Premier, Premier Classic, Premier Elite, Oscar, Oscar Classic, Oscar Elite and all of the Showcases are made up of 5 dances for each style and can be danced as single dance tests. For the Mickey Powell 10 Dance Award the candidate must dance 5 dances of each of two styles in the one session (10 dances in total). Partners for the test may be either a Professional or Amateur dancers enabling the examiner to watch only one of the participants in the dance. Dance Costumes are not to be worn for medal tests below Gold level but may be worn for dance medals from Gold upwards.
To explain the differences at each level we will need to explain in sections.
Firstly in New Vogue there is a ranked list of 42 dances published by the Australian Dancing Society (ADS) from which the teacher will select the dances. For Crystal they must select 2 dances from the first 8 on the list, Crystal Classic must comprise of 2 different dances from the first 8 on the list and Crystal Elite should be 2 others within the same group. At the same time, over these three awards, a candidate covers dances of different timing (waltz, march, tango etc.).
Bronze is 3 dances from number 1 to 19 from the list that have not been previously dances and Bronze Classic is 3 different dances selected from dance 1 to dance 19, as is Bronze Elite. Ensuring the “Bronzes” cover each of the different timings. Silver is 4 dances from number 1 to 23 from the list and Silver Classic and Silver Elite each has 4 different dances selected from dance 1 to dance 23, again with the “Silvers” covering the different timings. Gold, Gold Classic, Gold Elite, Premier, Premier Classic, Premier Elite, Oscar, Oscar Classic, Oscar Elite and all of the Showcases are each of 5 dances selected progressively down the ADS list. As a candidate “The List” is exactly that, just a list of names, the teacher will always select dances that fit the criteria, are suitable for the student, are of the correct degree of difficulty and cover the widest range for the student to gain maximum skills in the dance style.
In Standard Ballroom and Latin American similar systems exist. Each of these styles has 5 possible dances for Crystal, Crystal Classic, Crystal Elite, Bronze, Bronze Classic, Bronze Elite, Silver, Silver Classic, Sliver Elite, Gold, Gold Classic, Gold Elite, Premier, Premier Classic, Premier Elite, Oscar, Oscar Classic, Oscar Elite and Showcases. For the “Crystals” 2 dances must be covered in each award. The “Bronzes”, 3 dances must be covered in each Award but the 5 basic dances must be covered over the three awards. For the “Silvers”, 4 of the dances must be danced in each award. The Australian Dancing Society has again made ranking lists of specified figures for each dance and makes additional figures available at each award level. The teacher must select figures from the correct area of the list and make a dance routine for the candidate that suits their ability and strengths.
The information that the examiner gives on the report is a great basis for the start of the next award and should always be taken as constructive criticism and assistance for developing dance skills for the future. All dance tests are marked by the following scale:
Below 59% Fail
60% – 69% Commended Pass
70% – 79% Highly Commended Pass
80% – 89% Distinction
90% – 95% High Distinction
95% – 100% Honours
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