DANCECORP®

Freestyle

Freestyle is alive and well in South Africa with many qualified studios offering the SADTA Freestyle Medal Test syllabus. Foundation is introduced as early as Tiny Tots 1 with the addition of having to complete a character dance of the teachers choice. The introduction of Freestyle is seen from Pre Badge, Rock 'n' Roll from Badge 2 and Slowdance from Badge 3. Foundation is concluded at a Golden Scroll level whereby students will only have to complete Slowdance, Freestyle and Rock 'n' Roll from Blue Riband till Annual Award.

Student Dress Code

While we are not entirely strict when it comes to appearances in training, there are a few guidelines that should be followed when choosing what to wear when attending classes and private lessons.

Medal Test Syllabus

Introduced to the SADTA Syllabus in 2019, Foundation is a style of dance that draws its inspiration from other genres of dance such as Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz and many other classical performing arts.  The style, which closely resembles that of a contemporary dancer, incorporates the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with stress on the torso as seen in modern dance. Foundation employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation similar to the characteristics as is commonly seen in modern dance and in Freestyle.

Slowdance and Freestyle remain popular dance forms in South Africa. Both can be considered high energy and involve the careful sequencing of runs, spins, kicks, jumps and leaps as well as many other rhythmically diverse steps and movements inclusive of arm and hand action. Despite one style being slower than the other, both employ contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery,  and unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction. Most Importantly, both styles allow the dancer individual freedom of expression to enhance their own individual style.

Slowdance and Freestyle remain popular dance forms in South Africa. Both can be considered high energy and involve the careful sequencing of runs, spins, kicks, jumps and leaps as well as many other rhythmically diverse steps and movements inclusive of arm and hand action. Despite one style being slower than the other, both employ contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery,  and unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction. Most Importantly, both styles allow the dancer individual freedom of expression to enhance their own individual style.

A 1959 dance book describes Rock n’ Roll as performed without undue tension, the body and legs being flexible so that there may be a physical rhythmic expression of co-ordination with the beats of music. A dance that leaves much scope for personal expression and interpretation in style, movement, rhythm, and even in the manner in which the figures are constructed. Requires a level of dedication and understanding in order to sucessfull execute routines with good technique and style.

Developments Chart

Examinations to be taken in the following, strict sequential order:

LevelsRecommended Age Groups
One Dance TestsOptional – all ages
One Dance Test (Levels)Optional – all ages
Tiny Tots 1st Star Test4-7 years old
Tiny Tots 2nd Star Test4-7 years old
Tiny Tots 3rd Star Test4-7 years old
Tiny Tots 4th Star Test4-7 years old
Pre-BadgeJuveniles 12 years and under only
Badge 1Juveniles 12 years and under only
Badge 2Juveniles 12 years and under only
Badge 3Juveniles 12 years and under only
Pre-Bronze Diploma 
Bronze Bar Diploma 
Bronze Medal Diploma 
Silver Bar Diploma 
Silver Medal Diploma 
Gold Bar Diploma 
Gold Diploma 
Golden ScrollAdults 15 years and over only
Blue Ribband DiplomaAdults 16 years and over only
Emerald Star DiplomaAdults 17 years and over only
Annual AwardAdults 17 years and over only

Medal Test Procedures

Here you will find all the information needed with regards to the next scheduled Medal Test Day.

DANCECORP® Timetable can be found by clicking on the link provided:

Competitive Dancing

Dancer wishing to compete can enter into any of the following categories but must start from Beginner in Solo sections and Novice for Pairs sections:

  • Age Groups
    • Jely Tots (4&U) | Tiny Tots (5-6) | 7&U | 8-9 | 10-11 | 12-13 | 14-15 | 16-17 | 18&19 | 20&O
  • Levels
    • Medal Syllabus (at select SADTA and Private Promoter Competitions)
    • Non-Registered (at select SADTA and Private Promoter Competitions)
    • Beginner (Optional at a Championship Competition)
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Rising Star (Championship Competitions Only)
    • Championship
    • Premier Championship

Slowdance Solo

  • Age Groups
    • Jely Tots (4&U) | Tiny Tots (5-6) | 7&U | 8-9 | 10-11 | 12-13 | 14-15 | 16-17 | 18&19 | 20&O
  • Levels
    • Medal Syllabus (at select SADTA and Private Promoter Competitions)
    • Non-Registered (at select SADTA and Private Promoter Competitions)
    • Beginner (Optional at a Championship Competition)
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Rising Star (Championship Competitions Only)
    • Championship
    • Premier Championship
  • Age Groups
    • 11&U | 12/15 | 16&O
  • Levels
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Rising Star (Championship Competitions Only)
    • Championship

 

  • Age Groups
    • 11&U | 12/15 | 16&O
  • Levels
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Rising Star (Championship Competitions Only)
    • Championship
  • Age Groups
    • 12&U | 13&O
  • Levels
    • Syllabus (at select SADTA and Private Promoter Competitions)
    • Championship (at select SADTA and Private Promoter Competitions)
  • Age Groups
    • 12&U | 13&O
  • Levels
    • Syllabus (at select SADTA and Private Promoter Competitions)
    • Championship (at select SADTA and Private Promoter Competitions)

Students wishing to compete can enter into any of the following categories but must start from Beginner in Solo sections and Novice for Pairs sections: