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

Full Syllabus Exam
($95 each)

  • Associate (Bronze)
  • Master (Silver)
  • Grand Master (Gold)
American Rhythm
American Smooth
International Latin
International Ballroom | Standard

Argentine Tango, Nightclub Two-Step, Hustle and Salsa are $50 each.

Junior Associate Exam
($75 each)

Junior Associate (Bronze) American, Junior Associate (Bronze) International, or Core 6 (Bronze I & Bronze II figures in American Style Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & EC Swing).

We do not offer Jr. Master or Jr. Grand Master.

One Dance Exam
($40 each)

This method has made certification more accessible and less overwhelming than a complete exam - "One dance at a time".

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.

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.)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

You may not skip any exam level. If you were previously certified with another organization in levels Bronze thru Gold, you cannot just take the Gold recertification with DVIDA. You must take all 3 levels. Remember, only the dancing portion is required.

Student Achievement Exams

(Contact for pricing)

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.

Costs

There are three main costs associated with taking your exams:

  1. DVIDA examination fee:
    The price varies depending on the type of exam you are taking.

  2. 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.

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. 
  2. Study from the current DVIDA manual or DVIDA Subscription. You have the option of using the DVIDA or ISTD manual for International Style Latin and/or Ballroom.
  3. Contact an examiner to schedule your test day, time and location.
  4. Send in your DVIDA Exam & Membership form. 

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.

Part  A

5 Outstanding

4 Very good

3 Passing

2 Needs Improvement

1 Not at a professional level

0 Very poorly danced

Part  B, C & D

5 Outstanding

4 Very good

3 Sufficient knowledge

2 Many errors

1 Needs major improvement

0 No understanding

High Honors: 4.4 – 5.0

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.

Professional Development

Improve your teaching method and bring fresh new ideas to the job.

Improved Image

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 info@dancevision.com for an application.