What Are Amateur Medal Tests?

Amateur Medal Tests are a great way for beginners or more accomplished dancers to mark their progress in Ballroom Dancing. Medal tests provide a measure of achievement for students and are suitable for anyone aiming to enter the dance profession or those who wish to receive a certificate of achievement. 

Why Medal Tests?

Medal test provides a real measure of achievement and a detailed breakdown of their result. It is also an opportunity for aspiring dancers to perform and express themselves while benchmarking their progress. Medal test certification is also used in applications to universities and other institutions.


If you are looking for professional dance instructors to provide guidance to meet the standard and quality of dance to be examined, we offer both group and private lessons to help you prepare for your exams.

All group lesson routines at Crystal Ballroom are prepared by our professional instructors and meets the syllabus standard. Please contact us for further details or if you have any other questions.

How Does It Work?

With the help from professional dance instructors, the candidate will have prepared a routine of figures based on the CDS syllabus and suitable for each level of the test. 

A candidate may dance with a professional teacher or another candidate. If dancing with a professional teacher, only the candidate’s dancing will be assessed. If dancing with another candidate, only one candidate will be assessed at a time, so the couple will have to perform the dance twice.

The candidate’s partner may be of any gender. Candidates are normally expected to dance in their own gender i.e. male as lead, female as follow, candidates will be assessed as to their choice of either lead or follow which they will be required to maintain throughout the entire test.

Which Technique Books Are Used?

The techniques are referenced in the International Standard Ballroom Technique book, International Latin American books, and Viennese Waltz by Harry Smith Hampshire.

Application For Examination

CDS Medal Test is offered at Crystal Ballroom twice a year, and registration forms are available on our website.

Available Medal Test Dance Styles 

International Style – Standard Ballroom:

  • Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep

International Style – Latin Ballroom:

  • Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, Cha Cha, and Jive

Available Medal Test Levels 

  • Pre-Bronze (Both single dance & multiple dances)
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Gold Star