Caroline Coomber School of Dance
7 January 2020
New Awards at Medal Tests on Saturday 18 January
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and lots of dancing in 2020.
It’s less than two weeks until our Medal Test weekend and I’m currently putting the programme together. As usual, Lesley Gunn and her dancers will be travelling down from Thurso to take part.
Last week I spoke to Joan Martin, our examiner, and she is really looking forward to visiting us again. A wonderful lady who is a Fellow and Examiner of the UKA (our professional association) and who has just finished her two years as President of the UKA. She runs a very successful dance school in the North East of England and regularly travels and teaches abroad. It is an honour to have such an experienced and respected expert of the Ballroom Dancing world in our midst once again. Despite Joan’s status, she is the most lovely lady and puts all those doing their medal tests totally at their ease. When it comes to leading workshops, her delivery is friendly, encouraging and humorous and everyone attending soon relaxes.
There is a new award now available to Beginners: the Starter Star award. On the morning of the Medal Tests, Saturday 18 January, any Beginner has the opportunity to attend a workshop led by Joan which will cover Social Foxtrot and basic Waltz. Steps that you already know from your classes. At the end of the workshop you will take part in a group exam where Joan will assess you (you will all be dancing together the way you do in class) and will write down pointers to help you in your dancing on an assessment sheet. A few weeks later you will receive your UKA Starter Star award presented to you by a top professional couple who will be demonstrating for us at our Medal Presentation evening. This is an ideal way to get started in the medal test system or you can just treat it as a one off – just for fun. It’s an achievement to receive a UKA award as this association and their award are recognised all over the world.
The other award that I’m introducing for the first time is the 1 Dance Badge. If you feel confident in doing one particular dance, even if it’s just basic steps, why not receive recognition for it? Again it can be done along with other people in the room, just like being in a class or at a practice session.
Medal Test day is always very special. A great atmosphere and my mum on hand to ply you with tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches. Also, lots of people around you supporting and encouraging you.
After the Medal Tests, there will be a Social Dance fom 7.30pm until midnight, with Joan as guest of honour. Ballroom, Latin, Sequence and Ceilidh Dancing. All welcome, bring your own drinks and snacks.