Medals Testing typically occurs in January each year.
What is Medals Testing? A dancer is compared to a set standard and granted an achievement award based on his/her performance. There are three organizations that offer medal testing. The British Association of teachers of Dancing (BATD), the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance (SDTA) and the United Kingdom Alliance (UKA). As an example the system of the BATD will be used most dance teachers in the central Interior are BATD teachers). For a dancer, the level in medal testing of BATD are: First Steps Pre-Bronze, Bronze Silver, Pre-Gold Blue Riband Medallion British Award Premier Award Annual Award. Highland and National dances are tested separately. There are separate categories for the Jig and Hornpipe. In each of the categories, specific steps are tested. In each level, the dancer may be awarded a Pass, Pass Plus, Commended or Highly Commended. Achievement in the bronze, silver and gold levels are necessary for anyone wishing to advance to the Teaching levels. The Teaching levels include student teacher, associate member, member and fellow. A Dancer may also take exams in Theory at various levels, Highland theory includes Primary, Grade 1 through 5 and Elementary levels. National theory include Grade 1 through 5 and Elementary levels. The awards includes Honors as well as those listed for the Highalnd and National exams. Dancers who receive Honors on their theory exam are eligible to be nominated for the BATD Scholarship Weekend held each fall.
Medals Tests are great feedback from a judge AND a certificate and medal from Scotland if you meet the standard!