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Salsa 101 Grading Awards & Results 07-Nov-23

☆ Grading Results for Tuesday 07 November 2023

Congratulations to all Beginner Salsa students who took on the challenge of the Beginners 101 Grading in order to advance to the next level. It was a 90% pass rate for this group of new dancers passing this grading and going to the next level(s) next week - Well done! It's fantastic to announce that 10 of those Salsa dance students have achieved a high-level "platinum grade" - an incredible achievement!

☆ Special Awards

Congratulations to these Students;

Anne-Jan Veendijk - Most Improved Award

Brooke Amer - Sabor Award

Stephen Topliss - Best Lead Award

Lexy Patrylak - Best Follow Award

Manuela Garcia Moraes - Highest Grade Award


All students who participated in the grading will have now received information containing their results. If you haven't received your email and certificate yet, please ensure your spam filter is working correctly and contact us as soon as possible.


Certificates: For those wanting a printed certificate of their acheivement, please mention this at reception next time you come to class there should be some available free of charge.


Member Awards

- Automatic Badge Awards are attached to member profiles, its free to join & its free and takes seconds to log-in www.salsalatina.nz/members

- Awards for 5 star inc: Connection, Lead & Follow, Shines & Timing - Platinum Badge Awards (Diamonds)


To continue improving, we recommend a combination of practice, online classes, private lessons, group classes, and social dancing. This is especially true for Beginner lessons, which are designed to be repeated. No matter your level, there are always areas for improvement and practice through training. The exciting part is that there is always room for growth, and we want to support you in your dance journey by helping you reach your maximum potential. It's always beneficial to receive feedback on areas that need work to improve. We recommend the Ultimate Training Program >



☆ Gradings for Progression

Gradings are also designed to help improve you fundamental level, so If you didn't get a platinum grade on the first attempt this is actually normal for most 90% of people. You can always improve your fundamentals in beginner classes or get help in the areas of weakness with private lessons and then resit a future grading.


In order to advance to higher levels in Salsa, & Bachata , a graded pass is mandatory. Salsa Latina is a pioneer in the 'Street Latin' dance industry in New Zealand and has introduced "Group gradings" as a means of elevating students to higher levels. This approach has resulted in several benefits, including the assurance that dancers are at the appropriate level, identifying areas of weakness and strength for improvement, and maintaining a higher standard in the higher levels. Since 2020, this approach has had a significant positive impact on classes, improving the quality while challenging dancers and increasing enjoyment for everyone. We encourage other dance schools to follow our lead and adopt the same approach to raise the standard throughout New Zealand. For more information on gradings, please refer to the link provided. ....see more information on gradings here >




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