NZAMD Medal Tests


What is a Medal Test?

We currently offer Medal Tests through the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance: NZAMD Medal Tests

  • Medal Tests are a performance based assessment where students have the opportunity to perform a dance they learn during class time.
  • Medal Awards, particularly at Junior levels, are aimed at encouraging students to dance, allowing them to perform in front of a small audience, in a fun and non-judgemental atmosphere. They are also a good stepping stone towards examinations.
  • Performance is important at all levels.
  • Students will also be provided a costume for their medal tests, but please be aware that their class uniform may also be required.
  • Make up and accessories may also be used. These can add to the sense of fun and performance intended with these Medal Awards.
  • Students receive their medal, along with a report card, during their Medal Test session.
  • Junior level students perform with a partner. Intermediate and senior level students perform solo.
  • Awards can be gained at three levels (junior, intermediate and senior) with each having three categories – Bronze, Silver and Gold.
  • Students may sit more than one Medal Award per session.


All Medal Tests are optional.

2019 Medal Test Details

Dates: Thursday August 15th - Sunday August 18th

Examiner: Mrs Rhondda McGlinchy

  • We will try our best to hold medal tests at our Papanui Studio for Papanui, Ferrymead and Sumner students on Sunday August 18th however some students may be scheduled for another date
  • We will try our best to hold medal tests at Ladbrooks Hall for our Ladbrooks, Lincoln and Oaklands students on Saturday August 17th however some students may be scheduled for another date

Entries Due:  now closed

Practice Day Timetable: TBC

  • An extra practice for medal tests will be held the week before
    • Ladbrooks, Lincoln and Halswell students will most likely have their practice at Ladbrooks Hall on Saturday August 10th
    • Papanui, Sumner and Ferrymead students will most likely have their practice at our Papanui studio on Sunday August 11th

Medal Test Timetable: TBC

Conditions of Entry
  • If this is your child’s first year entering a medal test, their class teacher will have indicated the appropriate level to enter on the indication sheets handed out towards the end of term one.
  • If your child has previously sat a medal test, they will progress onto the next level. Some children who have completed their junior medals may not be old enough to progress onto intermediate levels. Ballet students must be in at least Grade 4 and jazz students in at least Grade 3 to sit their intermediate bronze medal. Hip Hop and Contemporary students may enter intermediate levels at their teachers discretion.


Conditions of Entry:

  • Attend required weekly lessons during terms 1, 2 and 3:
    • Students sitting a Junior – Intermediate Bronze medals need to attend one exam class per week to learn their dance
    • Students sitting an Intermediate Silver medal or higher need to attend one exam lesson to learn 1st dance but will need to attend a second lesson to learn the 2nd dance. (please check with your teacher) This requires two lessons per week of the same discipline.
  • Students must reach required standard – teachers will advise.
  • All students entering NZAMD medals will be required to attend a mock Medal Test session (to be held one weekend before Medal Test Day)
  • Please do not enter the medal test unless you can be available on all the above dates.
  • No refunds will be given for change of mind or if you cannot attend your medal time.
  • If a student does not attend sufficient lessons in the lead up to the medal test, they will not being permitted to participate (no refunds).
  • If due to sickness of injury you cannot attend your medal test, or sufficient number of lessons in preparation for the medal test, a credit with NZAMD may be organised if a medical certificate is provided.
  • No entries will be accepted if any term fees or other payments are outstanding.
  • No entries will be accepted without the completed entry form and full payment or entry fees.
Medal Test Progressions

Progression for all styles (ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary)

  • Junior Bronze
  • Junior Silver
  • Junior Gold
  • Intermediate Bronze
  • Intermediate Silver
  • Intermediate Gold
  • Senior Bronze
  • Senior Silver
  • Senior Gold

Junior Levels

  • Junior medals are aimed for those in beginner classes (school aged) and above
  • Students perform ONE dance
  • Students dance with a partner
  • These medals are not graded, however students do receive a comment card

Intermediate and Senior Levels

  • These level medals are performed solo and are graded, therefore we ask students are in the following classes before entering
    • Jazz - Grade 3
    • Ballet - Grade 4
    • Hip Hop and Contemporary - at teacher discretion
  • Students must meet the technical requirements in order to be eligible for these levels - your teacher will advise
  • At these levels students must perform:
    • Intermediate Bronze - ONE dance
    • Intermediate Silver and above - TWO dances