The United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing conducts examinations in order to improve dance standards. By providing a graduated series of goals for the amateur and professional dancer their instructor or trainer will be able to determine if the dancer has mastered skill levels before introducing a higher level.
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From the standpoint of the individual teacher, or studio owner, there are a number of specific reasons for holding exams:
- Examinations offer a perfect goal-directed program, which will keep students interested in their dancing and working to develop a lifetime hobby. Working toward a specific exam provides an excellent motive to maintain a student’s active involvement with lessons.
- The examination experience, the written critique, the certificate, the medal, all combine to give an amateur or professional concrete recognition of the accomplishment which he/she would otherwise miss by merely coming in for a weekly lesson. Sometimes a good student will become discouraged because their perception is that they are not improving. The steady measurement of progress with the Medal Test Program will remedy this problem.
Now available for Student Teacher through Fellow degree levels.
- For Latin and Rhythm, you must start with Rumba. For Standard and Smooth, you must start with Waltz. For all standard exams, the Rhythm portion is done within the Waltz module. You may not take all modules for a given style within one exam session.
- Candidates will receive their Results after each module is finished, although no averaging of grades is done until the final module is taken. Candidates will not receive their certificates until after all modules within their level and style are complete, at which time they may advertise their credentials. (Certificates will be signed by the Examiner who conducted the most exams, or the most recent exam if they are equal in number. Fellowship exam certificates will have 2 signatures.)
- There is a 5 year time limit to finish all the modules within one level and style.
- The over-all exam duration requirements are longer when done this way:
Teacher Student/Associate IB and AB: Waltz: 45 minutes. All subsequent dances 30 minutes each.
Total: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Licentiate IB and AB: Waltz: 50 minutes. All subsequent dances 35 minutes each. Total: 2 hours and 35 minutes
Fellow IB and AB: Waltz: 55 minutes. All subsequent dances 40 minutes each. Total: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Student Teacher/Associate IL and AR: Rumba: 45 minutes. All subsequent dances 30 minutes each. Total: 2 and hours and 45 minutes
Licentiate IL and AR: Rumba: 50 minutes. All subsequent dances 35 minutes each. Total: 3 hours and 10 minutes
Fellow IL and AR: Rumba: 55 minutes. All subsequent dances 40 minutes each. Total: 3 hours and 35 minutes
- For Fellowship examinations, at least 2 Examiners must be used by the time the modules are complete. (One Examiner cannot examine more than 2 dances for Standard and Smooth, or more than 3 dances for Latin and Rhythm.)
- Candidates are not required to dance all dances for each Examiner, just the one(s) being examined in the current module.
- If you are taking them modularly, and you don’t pass one, you may retake it. (If you are taking the entire exam at once and you don’t pass one section, you still have to retake the whole exam.)
- The USISTD fee is $30/dance. The Examiners fee is $100/hour as usual.
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Student Medal Test
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Examinations provide a useful teaching tool. Students who commit to the scrutiny of an Examiner will work harder to eliminate faults and to master problem areas in their dancing. Examinations under the auspices of the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing will add prestige to and help develop the image of the sponsoring studio, signifying a school that trains its teachers and students to a high standard. To be a part of such a studio gives the student an additional sense of pride and loyalty.
The following documents would be helpful in your preparation: