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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES


Medal tests are available to candidates from 8 years of age.

A CD containing all the music used in the Medal Tests is available from the Youth Co-ordinator to teachers who are preparing candidates for Medal Tests. This is funded by the Branch and is provided at no cost.

Candidates must be registered New Zealand Branch Junior Associate Members. Junior Associate Membership is available to all New Zealand dancers up to, and including, 19 years of age.

Candidates must sit New Zealand Branch medal tests in the order:

  • bronze
  • bronze bar
  • silver
  • silver bar
  • gold
  • gold bar.

It is recommended that 6 months elapse between each Medal Test.  

Candidates must come fully prepared for the Medal Test. Dances will be briefed


SYLLABUS

Medal tests include five sections: steps, formations, music, exercises, dances. Candidates must display an appropriate level of technique in all dancing sections as prescribed by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. This includes:

  • teamwork - showing consideration for other dancers and helping them where possible.
  • accurate footwork,
  • use of hands,
  • phrasing,
  • covering,
  • use of the correct steps for specific movements.

Candidates must display:

  • rhythmic dancing,
  • good deportment,
  • some knowledge of Scottish Country Dance music.

Candidates will also be evaluated on their:

  • bow and curtsey,
  • dance etiquette,
  • understanding of progression.

STANDARD OF DRESS:

Candidates are expected to dress appropriately for the Medal test. 

  • Candidates must wear dancing pumps/ghillies 
  • Girls: Skirts or dresses no longer than calf length and full enough to allow free movement.  Trousers will not be permitted.
  • Boys: Shorts or kilt worn in a tidy fashion. Long trousers will not be permitted 

For further information please contact: JAM Membership Committee - email RSCDS NZ Branch Youth Coordinator - email


Have you ever wondered what your examiner is looking for when you are dancing in your medal test?

Below are some comments examiners made when asked what they like to see in your test.

“I look for candidates who are well prepared and are obviously trying hard to incorporate everything they have been taught as far as their steps and formations are concerned.”

“When assessing medal tests, I most enjoy seeing dancers who look as if they are enjoying their dancing - smiles, a natural carriage (not stiff or tense), showing energy and joy.”

“I like to see dancers working as part of the team, being aware of and helping the other dancers.”

“I don't mark down for a single mistake in a dance - but I'm looking for whether you can recover from the mistake (which shows that you do understand the dance) and how the rest of the candidates help you out (which shows their team work and understanding of the dance).”

“Although everyone is nervous , I am looking for smiles that they are enjoying their dancing.”

“In the exercises, I like to test how you cope with formations in a different order from those in the set dances - so in preparation, you need to practise the required formations (and all the easier ones) by dancing lots of different dances.”

“At the higher levels, I'm particularly looking to see if you are dancing in time with the music - for example, skip change and pas de basque should be different in reel time compared to jig time because the musical rhythm is different.”

Many thanks to the examiners who contributed their thoughts and ideas to this.

 
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