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Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance

Our commitment to the dancers is to provide the highest standard of instruction enabling them to achieve a high level of dance while maintaining a fun and energetic atmosphere.

Medal Test Information 

Exams are held once or twice per dance year.  The exams are usually in November and February or March.

Every WSHD dancer is to have a hard copy of this Syllabus in their dance bags.  Please contact Wendy if you do not have one or if you need a replacement.

 

SDTA Dance Star Tests  (Teacher leads these exams)

 

Dance Star 1

1.        Bow

2.        Hands taken from 1st position to 3rd position and back into 1st position

3.        Point close from 1st position to 4th position

4.        Toe-Heel movement (with or without elevation)

5.        Jumps in 1st position and 4 claps.   Repeat

 

Dance Star 2

1.        Jumps in 1st position

2.        Changes in 3rd position

3.        Point close from 1st position to 4th position

4.        Spring points in 4th position

5.        Toe-Heel movement (with or without elevation)

6.        Single High Cuts

7.        Pas de Basques

                 Teacher to select five from 2nd Test.

 

Dance Star 3

1.        16 Pas De Basque to music

2.        High Cuts single)

3.        Pas de Basque over 1st Sword

4.        Open Pad Se Basque over 2nd and 4th Sword

5.        Hop point in 2nd position, Hop point in 3rd position,

     Hop point  in 4th position, Hop point in 3rd position

6.        Spring points over 2nd Sword (with or without turning)

                 Teacher to select five from 3rd Test.

 

Dance Star 4

1.        16 Pas de Basque and High cuts to music.

2.        8 shedding or 1st Step Highland Fling

3.        Shedding RF 4 Toe-Heels 4 Claps (toe-heels with or without elevation)

4.        Shedding Turns (one foot only)

5.        Point close 1st position to 2nd position

6.        Arms to 1st to 2nd position back to 1st position

                 Teacher will select five movements from 3rd and 4th test.

 

Dance Star 5

                 Teacher to select 3 movements from 3rd Test and 3 movements from 4th Test.   

 

SDTA Preparatory and Preliminary Tests

 

Preparatory Test

Demonstrate without music:    

Spring Points, Single High Cuts, Toe and Heel, Pas de Basque

Movements of elevation in 1st position (jumps)

 

Preliminary Test

6 pas de Basque and 4 single High Cuts repeated 4 times to music

Highland Fling – 1st, 3rd and 8th

Each step to be demonstrated separately without music

 

Alternative Preliminary Test

6 pas de Basque and 4 single High Cuts repeated 4 times to music

Sword Dance (2 steps) – 1st, 2nd or 4th

Each step to be demonstrated separately without music            

 

SDTA Highland Medal Test

 

Pre-Bronze Medal Test (only one of the following dances)

Highland Fling - 4 steps

Sword - 2 slow steps and 1 quick step

 

Bronze Medal Test

Highland Fling - 4 steps

Sword - 2 slow steps and 1 quick step

 

Pre-Silver Medal Test

Highland Fling - 4 steps

Sword - 2 slow steps and 1 quick step

Basic Movements - Brushes, Shuffles, Hop Brush Beat Beat

 

Silver Medal Test

Highland Fling - 4 steps

Sword - 2 slow steps and 1 quick step

Seann Triubhas - 3 slow steps and 1 quick step

 

Pre-Gold Medal Test

Highland Fling - 4 steps

Sword - 2 slow steps and 1 quick step

Seann Triubhas - 3 slow steps and 1 quick step

Basic Movements - Backsteps, Spring Point Turn, Shakes (from 2nd step ST), Shake, shake, down

 

Gold Medal Test

Highland Fling - 6 steps

Sword - 3 slow steps to include 4th step (pointing) and 8th step (crossing and pointing quick step)

Seann Triubhas - 4 slow steps and 2 quick steps

Demonstrate - Strathspey Movement (dancing in a line)

 

Scottish Award Medal Test

Highland Fling - 6 steps

Sword - 3 slow steps to include 3rd step (toe heel) and 8th step (crossing and pointing quick step)

Seann Triubhas - 4 slow steps and 2 quick steps

Half Tulloch - 4 parts OR Strathspey & Highland Reel (2 & 2)

 

Scottish Award 2 Medal Test

Highland Fling - 6 steps

Sword - 3 slow steps to include 5th step (diagonal points) and 8th step (crossing & pointing quick step)

Seann Triubhas - 4 slow steps to include 2nd step (side travel) and 2 quick steps

Strathspey & Reel of Tulloch - 2 Strathspey and 4 parts Reel

 

Scottish Award 3 Medal Test

Highland Fling - 4 steps to include the 5th (second back-stepping) and 7th alt (double shake and rock)

Sword - 3 slow steps to include 6th (reverse points) and 7th (open Pas de basque quick step)

Seann Triubhas - 4 slow to include 6th alt (leap and shedding) and 8th (side heel and toes) and 2 quick steps

Strathspey and Highland Reel –  Quick time to include 6th (balance and round-the-leg) and last (high cutting) steps

 

Scottish Award 4 Medal Test

Highland Fling - 4 steps to include the 5th alt (second back-stepping Alt. Method) step

Sword - 2 slow and 2 quick steps

Seann Triubhas - 4 slow steps to include 6th (leap and High cut) step and the 7th alt (high cut in front and balance with shuffles) and travel step

                        2 quick steps, 14th (heel-and-toe, shedding and back-stepping) and 11th (toe-and-heel and rock) step

Reel of Tulloch - Complete.  The 2nd (shake and travel), 7th (back-step and travel), 8th (assemble and travel) and last (high cutting) step

                                                                                              

Scottish Award 5 Medal Test

Highland Fling - 1st, 5th (second back-stepping), 6th (cross-over), and 8th (last shedding).

Sword - 1st, 2nd (open Pas de basque), 3rd (toe heel – finish with high cuts), 8th step (crossing and pointing quick step)

Seann Triubhas - 1st alt (with pas de basque), 3rd (diagonal travel), 4th alt (backward travel alternate method woth travel), 7th (high

                        cut in front and balance, danced on the spot), 13th (heel-and-toe and shedding), 15th (back stepping)

Strathspey/Highland Reel - Strathspey – Quick Time to include 4 setting steps, 2nd (shake and travel), 7th (back-step and travel), 10th (shuffle) and last (high cutting)

 

STDA National Medal Tests

 

Pre-Bronze – One Dance tests

The Scottish Lilt - 4 steps

Flora MacDonald’s Fancy - 4 steps

 

Bronze

The Scottish Lilt - 4 steps

Flora MacDonald’s Fancy - 4 steps

 

Silver

The Scottish Lilt - 4 steps

Flora MacDonald’s Fancy - 4 steps

Wilt Thou go to Barracks, Johnny  - 4 steps

 

Gold

Flora MacDonald’s Fancy

  1st, 3rd  (diagonal travel), 5th (hop brush beat beat) and 6th (last step)

Wilt Thou go to Barracks, Johnny

  1st, 3rd (pointing & backstep), 5th (high cut action - start with LF), 8th (last step)

Highland Laddie

  1st, 3rd (shuffling), 4th (twist heel/toe travel), 6th (last step)

 

Scottish Award

Highland Laddie

  1st, 2nd (toe, 2nd change), 5th (brush & travel), 6th (last step)

Blue Bonnets

  1st, 2nd (retire skip), 5th (high cut in front), 6th (last step)

Scotch Measure

  1st, 2nd (brush/assemble), 5th (reverse pas de basque), 6th (last step)

 

Scottish Award 2

Blue Bonnets

  1st, 3rd (assemble & travel), 4th (skating - slide & glide), 6th (last step)

Scotch Measure

  1st, 3rd (break sandwich - plie & turn), 4th (salad step -skip change of step), 6th (last step)

Village Maid

  1st, 2nd (Russian Bouree-4 times), 5th (Seven-step slide travel), 6th (last step)

 

Scottish Award 3

Village Maid

  1st, 3rd (hop & travel), 4th (salad step - hop & bourree), 6th (last step)

Earl of Errol

  1st, 2nd  (double treble with travel), 3rd hop & travel), 6th (last step)

Hebridean Laddie

  1st, 2nd (assemble step close), 3rd (hop point beat beat), 8th (last step)

             

Scottish Award 4 (Dancers wear Kilt for this exam and Arms as for Highlands)

Earl of Errol

  1st, 2nd  (double treble with travel), 3rd hop & travel), 6th (last step)

Tribute to JL McKenzie

  1st, 2nd (pas de basque/balance), 3rd (assemble/change),  6th (last step)

Hebridean Laddie

  1st, 5th (diagonal travel),  6th (ronde),  8th (last step)

 

Scottish Award 5 (Dancers wear Kilt for this exam and Arms as for Highlands)

Earl of Errol

  1st, 4th, 5th, 6th (last step with leaps)

Tribute to JL McKenzie

  1st, 4th (diagonal travel), 5th (side travel),  6th (last step)

Hebridean Laddie

  1st, 2nd (assemble step close),  7th (heel beat),  8th (last step)