Medal tests

A wonderful way to progress with your dancing

Medal tests are a great way of providing students with a goal to work towards, increasing dance knowledge, technique and artistic quality.  Medal Tests boost students’ self-confidence and provide a structured approach to measuring progress. We prepare students of any age or level for medal tests with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing).

How to prepare

Group classes are a great way start to learn, then you agree with the teacher to prepare you in individual lessons. Your teacher will teach you the appropriate dance routines, styling and technique, make you a better dancer and dance partner and then partner you during the test, unless you take the lessons and the medal test with your dance partner.

How a medal test works

At the medal test students perform their dance routines in Latin, Ballroom, American Smooth, Salsa, Argentine Tango etc with their teacher or dance partner in front of an examiner of the ISTD who will score them appropriately. Then each student who passes will receive a certificate of achievement and medals in Under 6, Under 8, Social Dance, Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold Star, Awards etc, depending on their age and the level of syllabus they are demonstrating.


A syllabus represents a list of the common dance figures and actions of each dance, that are internationally agreed, written down in technique books and are sorted in levels from Pre-Bronze to Gold level.  

Next dates:

7th April 2022

7th July 2022

Dec 2022 tbc

We're giving our students three times a year the chance to take part in medal tests and professional exams. Dead line to apply to take part is 7 weeks before the medal test/

exam date. Contact us or your teacher.

AdobeStock_181937757 (400 x 600).jpg