The Folkestone Teeny Boppers teach to medal standards as set out and governed by the I.D.T.A (Internaional Dance Teachers Association).
a breif history ofthe I.D.T.A can be found towards the bottom of this page.
Students are examined on a yearly basis by an Independent Examiner sent from the I.D.T.A. Progression is monitored from Bronze, through Bronze 1, Silver, Gold, Gold Bar, I.D.T.A Star 1, Presidents Award, International Award 1, Supreme 1, 2 and 4.
Medal examinations are usually held in March, children work towards their medal test practising the moves set out for the medal there on. They are helped along by John, Margaret and the other enthusiastic teachers in order to achieve high standards.
Scouring for medal tests is out of a possible 100. 65 or above is a pass, 75 or above is commended, 85 to 89 is highly commended and 90 and over is with honors.
Approximately three months after the medal tests the Folkestone Teeny Boppers hold a Presentation dance where the children have mini dance competitions that are rewarded with extra awards. After the dancing children are presented with their medal and certificate of achievement.
New students passing their Bronze medal are also presented with a student Id card (pictured top right) which shows their name and I.D.T.A pin number which will stay with them throughout their medal tests.
Trophy cups are also awarded for the girl(s) and the boy(s) with the highest mark in each medal. There is usually a dance routine by the Demonstration Team to show the other children what is achievable.
Some images of presentation night can be found in the Folkestone Teeny Boppers image gallery.
A brief history of the I.D.T.A
In 1967 the IDMA and DTA merged becoming the international Dance Teachers' Association - retaining the Limited by Guarantee status of the IDMA. This merger created one of the largest dance teacher organisations in the world. Indisputably it had the largest membership of ballroom dance teachers.
The IDTA takes a prominent part in the various bodies co-ordinating dance activities in Great Britain and the world. It is a member of the British Dance Council, Sport & Recreation Alliance (formerly The Central Council of Physical Recreation), the Council for Dance Education and Training, and the Theatre Dance Council International.
The IDTA conducts examinations qualifying teachers of dancing and entry to the Association is by examination only. They are based on detailed knowledge of the dance techniques involved and on the ability to teach the various dance forms to a wide range of prospective students. The examinations are oral based and depend upon a competent range of qualified examiners. The IDTA was the first dance teachers' Association to institute rigorous examinations for prospective examiners. Even to-day, in the case of some dance teacher organisations, examiners are appointed purely by election or even by patronage.
The Association covers a wide range of dance disciplines, which divide broadly into three categories ballroom dance, theatre dance and freestyle dance, although there are, of course, substantial overlaps.