About Student ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Are You Helping Your Students Be The Best That They Can Be?

A thriving student achievement program can be the cornerstone of your ballroom dance studio.

DVIDA Student Achievement Exams are a wonderful opportunity for your students and instructors to push their dancing to new heights.

Preparing for the exams provides a structure and focus to private lessons, a sense of community among candidates, and increases the level of seriousness, dedication, and professionalism of your instructors.

In these exams, students dance a routine of syllabus figures with their instructors and are “graded” on their performance by a DVIDA® examiner.

If students successfully complete their routine, they are awarded a certificate and are eligible to move up to the next level of achievement testing.

Student Achievement Exams are available in:

Amercan Style - Smooth & Rhythm

Smooth

Waltz
Foxtrot
Tango
Viennese Waltz

Rhythm

Cha Cha
Rumba
Samba
EC Swing
Bolero
Mambo
Merengue
WC Swing

Bronze I, II, III, Full Bronze 
Silver I, II, III, Full Silver 
Intermediate and Full Gold

International Style - Standard & Latin

Standard

Waltz 
Tango
Foxtrot
Viennese Waltz
Quickstep

Latin

Cha Cha
Rumba
Samba
Paso Doble
Jive

Preliminary, Intermediate and Full Bronze 
Intermediate and Full Silver 
Intermediate and Full Gold

Nightclub Two-Step

Bronze I, II, III, Full Bronze 

Salsa

Bronze I, II, III, Full Bronze

Argentine Tango

Bronze I, II, III, Full Bronze 
Silver I, II, III, Full Silver 
Intermediate and Full Gold
Platinum

Contact us for more information & to set up your Student Achievement Exams

Frequently Asked Questions

Exams must be given by a DVIDA® examiner. This ensures an objective standard of fairness and rigor on all student examinations. A list of examiners and their contact information is located on the ProDVIDA® website under the Examiner Directory. If this is your first round of achievement examinations, it is a good idea to schedule the exams at least six months in advance.

Once you have contacted a DVIDA® Examiner and have scheduled your examinations, you should contact DVIDA® with the list of the candidate’s names and the types (styles and levels) of examinations being administered. This will enable the DVIDA® staff to determine the total cost of your examinations and also to prepare your certificates.

Students may dance any dance at any level they choose; For example, if they want to dance just one dance at Full Bronze, they may do so. Or they can dance one dance at Full Bronze, and another at Bronze II. Or they may want to dance just one dance at a Bronze III level, etc.

Here are some specific ideas for running a successful advertising campaign:

  • Create signs in your studio with sayings such as “Ask about our Student Achievement Exams,” or “We offer Student Achievement Exams,” or “Become Certified in our Student Achievement Program.”
  • Always display a sign that gives the date of the next Testing Day. Do this even before you have signed up anyone. The date will create excitement and “urgency”.
  • Have a form or signup sheet for people interested and be sure to contact them and have the Dance Director enroll them in the program
  • Create a special one-hour free workshop in your calendar and website titled “Learn about our Student Achievement Program”.
  • Put up a sample certificate (DVIDA® can provide you with this) and a sign that says “Envision your name here!”
  • It can be helpful to approach students directly on their private lessons. You can commend their achievement and ask them if they would be interested in having their dancing evaluated by a well-known dance figure.

DVIDA® will mail the official certificates and the original exam forms to your studio after it has received the examiner’s student evaluation forms and all payments.

Consider your student as the examiner will. Here are some of the categories the examiner will consider. Be sure that your student is dancing well in all of the following areas.

Posture: long, stretched, upright spine, engaged abdominals, head held high and slightly left (for Smooth dances).

Frame: follower offset slightly to the right, energy in the connection, leader’s frame unbroken and held high from elbow to elbow, shoulder blades pulled down.

Footwork: heel leads on forward steps and toe releases on back steps (for Smooth dances), feet in contact with floor (for Tango — staccato placement), feet well-articulated.

Musicality and Timing: starts on phrase, stays on time, movement expresses, and interprets the music

Lead/Follow: leader leads with whole body and not just arms, partners are in synchronization with each other.

Knowledge of Routine: routine is correct and performed confidently.

Knowledge of Figures and Technique: proper alignment and amount of turn, proper foot positions, especially closing the feet, proper dance position, and proper technique (CBM, sway, rise & fall).

Movement Quality: Smooth: strong, powerful movement across the floor; Rhythm: Rhythmic body action, isolations and correct hip action.

Pizazz and Performance Quality: exuding enthusiasm to the audience.

Entrance and Exit: strong presentation, graceful lead into dance position, graceful under arm turn and bow, graceful exit.