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The Medal Test is a performance based award system offered by The British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA) which is an internationally recognised and accredited organisation.


Candidates perform in front of a BTDA dance examiner and a small audience of family and friends and if they are successful, they receive their award, certificate and, in all cases, a report sheet with comments from the examiner. There are 15 levels for a candidate to progress through, starting with a bronze medal all the way to a third cup, with different graded levels of merit for each award. The medal tests are an excellent way to gain stage experience, confidence and performance skills.


The Medal Test classes take place on Saturday mornings at The Sports Centre and at St Luke’s Hall, Overton on Friday evenings.   It is a one hour class with tuition in solo, duet, trio or group routines in different dance disciplines.  Every child is given a CD with their music for each routine for practice and their performance and they should bring them for all Medal Test classes and extra practices.


Parents are expected to pay for all costumes and make-up that their child requires for every routine performed. The costumes can be worn on more than one occasion and, If it is appropriate, it may be possible to use some of the costumes that the children already have from the Danceforce shows. Parents may if they wish, limit the number of routines and medal tests that their child takes part in.


We hold the medal tests twice a year during the school holidays. Parents are invoiced for the medal test entrance fee and there is a small admission fee for spectators.


To qualify for the classes the children must also take the graded ballet, tap or modern/jazz dance classes at either the Lynden School of Dance or at The Sports Centre Dance Academy. To apply for the Medal Test classes please complete and return the application form.


To download a document containing details of BTDA Medal Tests, please follow the link.