Certify with DVIDA®
Having a fully certified staff for your studio should be a top priority – With DVIDA®, be confident that your staff is well informed, professional and aware of the newest developments in ballroom.
Types of Exams
- Associate (Bronze)
- Master (Silver)
- Grand Master (Gold)
International Ballroom | Standard
Argentine Tango, Nightclub Two-Step, Hustle and Salsa are $50 each.
International Ballroom | Standard
Core 6 (American Style Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & EC Swing).
We do not offer Jr. Master or Jr. Grand Master.
Recertification Exams ($75 each)
A candidate may receive certification from the Dance Vision International Dance Association using certification credentials from any N.D.C.A. Member Organization, or any internationally recognized professional organization by meeting the Recertification Requirements below:
(The test is approximately one hour per exam.)
- A copy of your previous exam papers (showing scores) must accompany this request and be submitted to DVIDA along with the Examination Application and all applicable fees.
- You must take and pass the dance portion (Part A) of the DVIDA exam in the same style and level of your existing certification. You will not be responsible for answering any questions on the theory of the dances.
You may be awarded an Associate (Bronze), Master (Silver), or Grand Master (Gold) American Style Professional Degree.
Example: For a Smooth Recertification Exam, you will be required to dance all of the figures in the appropriate level(s) of the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and Viennese Waltz with a partner, first as the Leader and then as the Follower. In addition, you will be asked to dance a Solo Amalgamation of three (3) to four (4) figures of the Examiner’s choice, to music to one of the four dances.
Student Achievement Exams
A thriving Student Achievement Program can be the cornerstone of your ballroom dance studio.
These exams are a wonderful opportunity for your students and instructors to push their dancing to new heights.
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.
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.
3. ProDVIDA membership fee:
The membership fee is $60 and renews annually. ProDVIDA is a Professional Teachers organization and a member of the NDCA.
Preparing For Your Exam
1. Decide which exam you will be taking, and study from the current DVIDA manual or Dance Vision Subscription. (You have the option of using the DVIDA or ISTD manual for International Style Latin and/or Ballroom.)
Since 1992, Dance Vision has been the world leader in production of DanceSport instructional videos, Featuring over 5,000 videos in every style & level, including our premier product, the DVIDA® Syllabi. Purchase a subscription at DanceVision.com
DVIDA manuals are accepted by the NDCA (National Dance Council of America). DVIDA manuals are used for ProDVIDA certification exams and Student DVIDA medal exams. All DVIDA Manuals can be purchased from DanceVision.com
2. Contact an examiner to schedule your test day, time and location. This must be done before purchasing an exam on our website.
3. Once exam has been taken, EXAMINERS must send in your DVIDA Exam(s) & Membership form to the DVIDA office:
It is the responsibility of Examiners to send exams to the DVIDA office within 7 days of testing.
DVIDA Step Lists
Exam Structure & Grading
Part A (worth 35%):
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 35%) 2 PARTS: Dance Specific Teaching Questions and Theory (Element) Questions.
The candidate will answer 2 dance specific questions then 6 element questions (Amount of Turn, Footwork, Timing, Positions, etc.) about the figures in each of the dances. The candidate will be asked 3 element question from the 1st half and 3 element questions from the 2nd half of the syllabus.
All of the questions in this section will be derived from the information in the DVIDA® Syllabus Manual. To view the list of questions, please click here.
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.
To view the list of questions, please click here.
Part D (worth 10%):
The candidate will receive a score for his or her Overall Presentation, which will encompass the candidate’s grooming and attire, their vocal projection, their rapport and personality, and their posture and poise. throughout Parts A, B, and C.
There are no additional questions for Part D.
4 Very good
2 Needs Improvement
1 Not at a professional level
0 Very poorly danced
Part B, C & D
4 Very good
3 Sufficient knowledge
2 Many errors
1 Needs major improvement
0 No understanding
Honors: 3.8 – 4.39
Pass: 3.0- 3.79
Fail: 0 – 2.99
DVIDA Continuing Education Program
Learning should be a lifelong process. DVIDA is excited to announce that we are now offering recognition to ProDVIDA members that seek out professional development at DVIDA approved events.
ProDVIDA members that attend an approved event will receive a Continuing Education Certificate as recognition. Member must be in good standing prior to the event. Click to Renew membership
Why is continuing education important?
Through continuing education, career-minded individuals can gain new insight and become more proficient at their jobs.
Learn New Skills
Improve your skills and gain new ones.
Improve your teaching method and bring fresh new ideas to the job.
Standout amongst the rest. As the job market becomes increasingly more competitive, the importance of continuing education gets higher and higher.
If you are interested in our Continuing Education Program, please email email@example.com for an application.