Event Announcements > ISTD training : summer school 2006 in GERMANY

Discussion in 'Event Announcements' started by cl5814, May 13, 2006.

  1. cl5814

    cl5814 New Member


    Any of our DFers interested in attending ? Would this have any consequences on your amateur status should you complete (and pass) the exam, say on associate or higher levels ?

    2 weeks of training ? Is that enough ? 30 hours for associate level ? Luckily only 3 hours per day.
  2. NielsenE

    NielsenE Active Member

    Well I know that the US ISTD offers the professional exams to amateurs under a slightly different name
    near te very bottom of the page where it talks about student members. You might want to find out if this summer school offers the same option.

    The USISTD one appears to only be offered at Student-Teacher and Associate levels, though it sounds like you may be allowed to test at Licentiate as well after 2 years. Unlike a medal test, this is the same test that the pros take and at least the USISTD one says it would transfer to professional certification should you ever become a pro.
  3. ISTD Tutor

    ISTD Tutor New Member

    Regarding status, if someone elects to take an Associate Exam then they are considered pro. Associate & Licentiate are professional qualifications.
    It is possible to participate in the training to soak up the information and not take an examination untill later. 30 hours Ballroom & 30 hours Latin is not a lot of time, especially if you are starting at the beginning, if partly prepared then it is very helpful especially as you do do a lot of free study and practice with other pros on the course.
  4. ISTD Tutor

    ISTD Tutor New Member

    Sorry I forgot to mention, I am one of the teachers on the course:)
  5. Chris Stratton

    Chris Stratton New Member

    Actually this is determined by the competition organization(s) in the dancer's country using national rules alone.

    It doesn't matter what the ISTD considers a person; it only matters what the organizations sanctioning their competitions considers them - and the US IDSF chapter actually requires non-professional members take the licentiate exam for certain purposes such as to qualify as a judge.

    There is in fact no longer any interntionally agreed upon meaning of the word "amateur" anyway - the US is now set up to potentially send current active professional competitors to IDSF events (though it's unlikely to happen for domestic political reasons)

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