Gradings & Certificates
Gradings in Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba
Salsa Latina is a leader in these Street style Latin dances styles in NZ. We are the first in New Zealand to apply 'Group gradings' to progress students. Gradings ensures better quality of dancers and its better for everyone in so many ways, as listed below. Currently in New Zealand there is only one other school in Auckland "Latinissimo" that is applying a grading system. Many agree this is a great change, that will increase the quality, challenge dancers & increase enjoyment for everyone. We hope that other dance schools follow the lead and take on the same approach to increase the standard throughout NZ.
Gradings Required for Progressing
Progressing to the next level in Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba you will need to do a group grading or private grading to join a higher level. You wont be able to join higher levels without grading from 2021.
When are Gradings?
• Beginners progressing
These gradings are at the end of the course on week#8 of the 101 level. This will be a grading/revision class, this is a fairly easy & fun class, focusing on revision of moves done at this level and this is a chance for Salsa Latina Teachers to give you direct feedback on your dancing. You'll need 50% mark or above to pass. You can see gradings dates on the timetable in "pink" see the timetable here >
Progressing to Intermediate/Adv the grading will be on week#1 of the Salsa Int/Adv start date, See Salsa Intermediate Grading with on2 intro below. You will need a 60% or above to pass to continue to Intermediate Advanced.
Benefits of Gradings Include;
- Making sure people are at the right level
- Progress better
- Find your weaknesses/strengths so you can be a better dancer
- Ensuring the higher levels keep a higher standard
- Access to Platinum Cards with Free lower level classes
When you Pass your Grading
Once you pass you will gain a certificate, which will be presented in the next level when you come to class or could be emailed to you.
When you pass the grading you can join the next level:
- Salsa Beginners 101 Can then Join Any Improvers Course
If you Don't Pass the Grading
If you don't pass we will ask you to repeat the level or get a private lesson(s) to work on your dancing to get a graded pass.
It might take more than one go at this, but you will pass, we are confident anyone can do this. It really depends on your background and how much practice you put into it.
We recommend social dancing & practice and we also may recommend practicing to our online dance training videos.
Regardless of a pass or not It’s a good thing to repeat levels because you will pick up much more on the 2nd or 3rd round.
We don't want students to rush into higher levels without having the basics mastered, as this only inhibits the learning process for everyone.
How Does the Grading Work?
The focus on this grading will consist of timing, footwork, fundamentals & partner-work. You will arrive just like a normal class, check in on a register and in class we will review some of the moves done in the level(s). While people are dancing teachers will go around and grade your dancing. This is a non-stress class. When you pass this grading, you will be contacted via email and then gain a certificate for passing the grading and then be able to progress to the following level, see diagrams below.
Higher Levels Encouraged to Join Gradings
If you progressed pre 2021 you do not need a grading to be in your current level, unless you haven't been away for 6 months. But you are encouraged to join in and do any grading. Note: Gradings are not exclusive to members of that course, anyone can join in a grading at any level. You will learn what you need to work on as a dancer and is a great way to get some feedback about your dancing so you can focus on your weaknesses. Once you pass your grading you will gain Certificate! Plus for those that pass gradings high mark of 74% or above you will gain access to Platinum cards, these give you free lower level classes. You can read more about these below.
Platinum Concession Cards
These cards are a basically a gold card on steroids. It gives you free access to lower levels while you attend your current level on that same day. We want this to be free so it helps your dancing and practice at the fundamental level. This is available for Intermediate Salsa improvers, Salsa Intermediate/Adv, Bachata Intermediate & Kizomba Intermediate dancers that pass with high marks of 74% or above in their gradings. You will be able to get a special card to access lower levels for Free to boost your training & practice. When you have gained a platinum level you cannot regrade in the group grading, but you are welcome to do private gradings to improve. Once you have done a grading you will be notified if you can gain access to these cards or you will have feedback on what you might need to work on to attain one of these.... More about these cards here >
Platinum Level / Pass
Platinum Level Pass = A Grade with 74% or Higher in Salsa Imp, Bachata or Kizomba gradings.
If you have graded with a lower than 74% you can always try a grading at a later date for a higher mark to improve your dancing, If you received a platinum level pass you can get Platinum concession cards.
Note: Gold Level Pass, this is the same as a Platinum level pass for Salsa Improvers
Salsa Intermediate Group Grading & On2 Intro
- Intermediate Grading:
Those in Improvers and above wishing to progress to Intermediate Salsa can now take this Salsa Intermediate Group grading for the Salsa Intermediate Advanced level. On the 1st Week of this course will be a Grading & On2 Intro. You will need a 60% or higher mark to pass.
- Salsa On2 Mambo Intro:
On this 1st week of the course an Intro On2 Salsa, we will be going over the On2 Steps and each time we teach week#1 we will go over different aspects to dancing On2. Depending on numbers that grade the content will vary.
- Level - who can join?:
Anyone at Improvers or Intermediate or Advanced levels can join week#1 of this class at 8:30pm Tuesdays, you will see this marked in pink on the timetable. You need to have done all 6 Improver Courses to join the Grading itself, but any imrover can come try the class out. If you pass the grading you can continue at this level for weeks#2-8. For those already at Intermediate or above this is also a chance for you to gain a grading and certificate and potential gain a Platinum Grade to gain access to the Platinum Concession Card which gives you lower levels free while doing Intermediate Adv Salsa. Plus perfect your On2 dancing aka Mambo - Note: This level is now 8 week courses
If you miss a grading or want to advance faster you might need a private grading. Please book a 15min private grading with a teacher. Use the form below to book your private grading session. You can purchase a 15min Private grading in the website or buy on the day .
Frequently Ask Questions
When do I get the Certificate once I pass?
You will be emailed with your results after the grading, this could take a couple of days. You will presented with your certificate once you join into the next level, or this can be emailed to you. More details will be given on the email, so please check your spam if you are unsure if you received this or not.
Who Can Attend Gradings?
Anyone at any level can attend a grading, and attend as many as you like. Except once you have reached platinum you can't keep re-doing them
What Mark do I need?
For Beginners grading to the next level 50% is needed to pass
For Salsa Improvers grading to the next level 60% is needed to pass
For Platinum Level a 74% is needed
When are Gradings?
Group gradings are on week#8 of Beginners Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba. For Salsa Improvers going to Intermediate this is on week#1 of the Intermediate Class. These are also highlighted in "pink" on the timetable >
What if im already an Intermediate or Improver Level?
You don't need to do a grading if you are already at that level, its only on progression from a lower level to a higher level. But we do highly encourage gradings so you can learn about what you need to work on because there is always something you can learn in fundamental levels.
If I get a Salsa Gold or Platinum Level Grade - do I get benefits?
When you get a Gold level grade 74% or higher in Salsa Beginners. From March 2021 this is a platinum pass and you will be able to get a platinum card for lower levels, you can read about this in the platinum card info here >
What if I miss a Group Grading?
If you miss a grading you can join in another course or look for a grading class coming soon, you'll see these in pink on the timetable. If want to advance faster you might need a private grading please book a 15min private lesson with a teacher.
What if im already at a higher level from another location?
Courses vary so much between studios, the only way to ensure you are a the right level is to test. You have 2 options:
Option#1: Join in beginner classes & work your way up to the next level from grading at week#8 or just join in week#8 and go for your grading.
Option#2 Book in for a private grading to join a higher level class. Sorry we don't accept drop-in's at improver or intermediate levels anymore.
What if I have been away from dancing for a few years?
We would recommend to do the lower levels again and do a grading. Please contact us if you have been away, this would depend on how long.