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Ballroom is an acquired and sophisticated style that has lived since medieval times and still remains a popular couples dance form with thanks to shows such Strictly Come Dancing. Ballroom is commonly known for crossing the generation gap with students of all ages participating well into senior and master categories, enjoyed socially and competitively!
It is also known as Slow Waltz or English Waltz depending on locality.
The waltz provides the origin of modern ballroom dance in that moved it away from a group sequence of movement to the independent movement of an individual couple, Originating in southern Germany in the 17th century, the popularity of the Waltz dance grew with the music of Johann Strauss and exploded to great popularity in the 20th century. It is the “backbone dance” of the ballroom and is the basis for many dances. A truly romantic dance, the Waltz is comprised of soft, round, flowing movements.
The Waltz is a smooth dance that travels around the line of dance. Characterized by its “rise and fall” action, the Waltz includes a step, slide, and step in 3/4 time. Dancers should move their shoulders smoothly, parallel with the floor instead of up and down. Dancers must strive to lengthen each step. On the first beat of the music, a step is taken forward on the heel, then onto the ball of the foot with a gradual rise to the toes, continuing on to the second and third beats of the music. At the end of the third beat, the heel is lowered to the floor to the starting position.
28 bars per minute, 3/4 time. Basic Rhythm is 123 123 (strong accent on 1).
Medal Test Syllabus Development Chart
Examinations to be taken in the following, strict sequential order:
|Levels||Recommended Age Groups|
|One Dance Tests||Optional – all ages|
|Level 1,2,3,4||Optional – all ages|
|Tiny Tots 1st Star Test||4-7 years old|
|Tiny Tots 2nd Star Test||4-7 years old|
|Tiny Tots 3rd Star Test||4-7 years old|
|Tiny Tots 4th Star Test||4-7 years old|
|Pre-Badge||Juveniles 12 years and under only|
|Badge 1||Juveniles 12 years and under only|
|Badge 2||Juveniles 12 years and under only|
|Badge 3||Juveniles 12 years and under only|
|Bronze Bar Diploma|
|Bronze Medal Diploma|
|Silver Bar Diploma|
|Silver Medal Diploma|
|Gold Bar Diploma|
|Golden Scroll||Adults 15 years and over only|
|Blue Ribband Diploma||Adults 16 years and over only|
|Emerald Star Diploma||Adults 17 years and over only|
|Annual Award||Adults 17 years and over only|
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Dancer wishing to compete can enter into any of the following categories:
- Age Groups
Juvenile U12 | Junior U16 | Youth U21 | Adult 21&O | Senior 35&O | Masters 45&O | Professional 21&O
- Beginner (level 1) 2 Dance WQ
- Bronze (Level 2) 3 Dance WTQ
- Silver (Level 3) 4 Dance WTFQ
- Gold (Level 4) 5 Dance WTVFQ
- Novice 4 Dance WTFQ
- Pre-Championship 5 Dance WTVFQ
- Championship 5 Dance WTVFQ
- Professional 5 Dance WTVFQ
Registration forms for competitions can be found by clicking on the following link: