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Gradings Class for Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba

Salsa Latina is a leader in the industry in Street style Latin dances styles in NZ. We are the first in New Zealand to apply Grading classes or 'Group gradings' to progress students to higher levels. 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. Since 2020 this has had a major positive impact on the classes and there has been a real shift in quality while challenging 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 New Zealand.

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 a grading from 2021.  In some cases you can be invited to a higher level, which includes Salsa Intermediate Advanced or if you are coming from another dance school which you may get an evaluation, see the FAQ section below for more on this.

Grading Benefits;

- Ensuring dancers are at the right level
- Get Direct objective Feedback from a teacher
- Progress better & more efficiently 

- Find weaknesses & strengths for improvement
- Ensuring the higher levels keep a higher standard

- Access to Platinum Cards with Free lower level classes 


When are Gradings?

For Salsa, Bachata & Kizomba beginners, 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 objective feedback on your dancing.  You'll need 60% mark or above to pass. You can see gradings dates on the timetable in "pink" see the timetable here >

When you Pass your Grading

You'll pass when you get a 60% grade, which comes with a free certificate.
When you pass the grading you can join the next level:
- Salsa Beginners 101 > Can then Join Any Salsa Imp/Int 201-208 Course

- Salsa Imp/Int 201+ > can then join Salsa Intermediate / Advanced 301+

- Kizomba Beginners 101 > Can then join Kizomba Intermediate
- Bachata Beginners 101 > Can then join Bachata Intermediate

If you Don't Pass the Grading

If your mark is less than 60%, means you didn't pass.

If you don't pass that's okay because our levels are designed to be repeated anyway as the classes are really designed to be repeated over and over. We will ask you to repeat the level or part of a level &/or get a private lesson(s) to work on your dancing to get a graded pass at a future time. It might take more than one go at this, but you will pass when you keep going at it. We are confident anyone can pass a grading! It really depends on your background and how much practice you put into dancing.

To improve; we recommend social dancing & practice and we also may recommend practicing to our online dance training videos.

Regardless if someone passes or not, It’s a good idea 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 else in the next level.


How Does a Group 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 direct feedback class. Your feedback will also be private between you and the teacher 'one on one'. 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. 

Platinum Level & Concession Cards

If your make is 74% or higher
- Once you gain a platinum level grade you then gain access to buy Platinum Concession cards.
- These are a supercharged gold cards but gives you a 2 for 1 class deal, its a FREE lower level class with your current class.

- However you must do 2 for 1 on the same day, they cannot be stored up


We want this to be free  so it helps your dancing and practice at the fundamental level. This is available for improver, Intermediate & above 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 to boost your training & practice.

Once you have done a grading you will be notified  if you can gain access to these cards & it will be on your certificate that you have attained this level. If you didn't get a platinum level grade you will have feedback on what you might need to work on to attain one..
..  More about these cards here >

Salsa Int/Adv Progression & Grading

Updated 11-7-22

There are now 2 ways you can progress to Salsa Intermediate/Advanced:
#1 - Be invited from one of our teachers, you can ask about this if you are not sure if you are ready. We recommend keep pushing in our Imp/int level which is 32 classes in total.
#2 - Private Grading (15mins) you will need a 60% pass rate. Book one via our form below. Going for a private grading has benefits, you'll get more feedback and you also can potentially gain a platinum level which has benefits of free lower level classes.

- Salsa On2 Mambo Intro: 

On this 1st week of the Salsa Int/Adv course an Intro On2 Salsa, any improver, Intermediate dance can join. We will be going over the On2 Steps and each time we teach week#1 we will go over  different aspects to dancing On2 known as "Mambo". We have previously had group gradings on this day, but no longer are doing this. However, turning up to this class will show teachers that you are potentially keen on learning Salsa On2 which is needed for Salsa Int/Adv. You can ask about progressing to Salsa Intermediate Advanced on this night and we can give you advice, you might also be  officially invited to join Intermediate Salsa.

Private Gradings

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

Who Can Attend Grading Class?

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 the same grading itself, but you are welcome to attend the session.

What Mark do I need?

For a Normal Pass for a grading to the next level 60% or 30 Stars is needed to pass 

For Platinum Level a 74% or 37 Stars is needed and no 2 stars in any area.
Note: pre August 2021 50% was required to pass a grading, however we have just shifted marking up a notch and the ratios have changed slightly, so its not any harder to pass. Also marking will not be the same if you compared over the change over.

When are Grading Classes?

These Group gradings are on week#8 of Beginners Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba.  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.

Platinum Level Benefits?

When you get a Platinum level grade 74% or higher in Salsa Beginners. you will be able to get a platinum  concession card for lower levels. This basically means you can get the lower level free while you do your actual level on the same night. So for example, you are taking Salsa Improvers you can get Salsa Beginners free on the same night. its a 2 for 1 access. You can read about this in the platinum card info here >

What if I miss a Group Grading?

If you miss a group grading you can join in another course or look for a grading class coming soon, you'll see these in pink on the timetable.  You can also choose to do a private grading which is 15mins. 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?

Courses & dance styles vary so much between dance studios. The only way to ensure you are a the right level is to asses your dancing.

You have 4 options:

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. This is the most highly recommended method.

Book in for a private grading so we can properly asses your level, you will get all the benefits available in a regular grading such as platinum gradings which give you free lower level classes. 


Wait for week#8 for grading and just just in the class, you can see grading weeks on the timetable.

Message us or Talk to a teacher and join a lower level like beginners, join in any week - you can then potentially get a invite to a higher level once we get a visual assesement we can give you the best level suggestion based on your dancing.

What if I have been away from dancing?

If you have been away from dancing or our classes before 2019, 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 and your level as a dancer. See "what if im already at a higher level" above.

Do I get the Certificate once I pass?

Only if you selected this in the grading registration yes you will be emailed with your results after the grading, this could take a couple of days. You will emailed with your certificate once you join into the next level. More details will be given on the email, so please check your spam if you are unsure if you received this or not. If after a week or 2 you haven't received it, please contact us

Special Awards & Results

There are a number of special awards which are stated on the certificate you will receive and we post dancers names on the new blog page for those that attain these awards

• Awards from gradings after 17th July 2022 are added to the blog >

• Students that have gained awards pre 17th July 2022 have been added to this page >

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Private Grading - Booking  Form

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