There are three main costs associated with taking your exams
DVIDA examination fee: The price varies depending on the type of exam you are taking.
Examiner expenses: You will pay the examiner hourly for their time. Each examiner has their own hourly rate, and you will pay them directly. Additionally, you are responsible for any travel, accommodation and meal costs if the examiner does not live locally. In this case, it is a good idea to amortize these expenses by organizing a day of examinations that includes other professional examinations and/or student medal exams.
ProDVIDA membership fee: The membership fee is $60. ProDVIDA is a Professional Teachers organization and a member of the NDCA.
Types of exams
Full Syllabus Exam ($95) – Associate (Bronze), Master (Silver), or Grand Master (Gold).in the American or International Style. Argentine Tango, Nightclub Two-Step, Hustle and Salsa are $50.
Junior Associate Exam ($75) – American, International, or Core 6 (Bronze I & Bronze II figures in American Style Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & EC Swing).
One Dance Exam ($40) - This method has made certification more accessible and less overwhelming than a complete exam. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for each dance exam you pass. You will have up to two years to complete all of the dances within a particular level. When you complete the final dance, you will be awarded your Professional Certificate for the level you tested in.
*The One Dance Rhythm examination will be administered two dances at a time. Candidate may elect to do only one dance on each exam. Pricing is the same for one or two dances.
There are four parts to the exam
Part A (worth 40%): Candidates will demonstrate the figures from each dance, in routines that they will dance with a partner, to music. They will dance through these routines twice, once as leader, and once as follower. They will then be asked to dance a SOLO amalgamation to music as either leader or follower.
Part B (worth 30%): The candidate will answer theoretical questions (Amount of Turn, Footwork, Timing, Positions, etc.) about the figures in each of the dances. The candidate will be asked one theoretical question for each numbered syllabus figure. All of the questions in this section will be derived from the information in the DVIDA® Syllabus Manual.
Part C (worth 20%): The candidate will answer several general teaching questions. For example: Please show how you would start your (DVIDA will choose one dance) class to the following music. Please include what you would say to a new class that has never started to music before.
Part D (worth 10%): The candidate will receive a score for his or her Overall Presentation, which will encompass the candidate’s poise, demeanor, vocal projection, and clarity throughout Parts A, B, and C. There are no additional questions for Part D.
The Jr Assoc Core 6 Exam is given as an example, however, the exams for the higher-level American Styles and International Style, use the same format.