Proficiency levels for various countries


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thinkingsam, am I correct in remembering you are in Singapore?

If so, I am not sure how the comps work in that country. Perhaps some of our other members might know?
thinkingsam, am I correct in remembering you are in Singapore?

If so, I am not sure how the comps work in that country. Perhaps some of our other members might know?
Sam as Latingal said it depends on the country and the dancesport rules for that country. In Australia we start off at level 1 (bronze or beginner) up to level 5 (open). We have to win 5 elevation points per level to progress up through the levels. Only about a third of the competitions here are what are called 'elevating' so you may win an event but because its not elevating you won't get a point towards getting to your next level. You would need to read up on the rules for Singapore :) mummsie
Okay so if you have finished your gold medal are you good enough to do a level 1 ?

I was told you only deserve to compete through the levels when you are very very good open dancer.

Otherwise stick to the medallist comps.
(Sorry to dig up an old thread, but a search for my question found this :))

Please don't apologize - its great practise here to build on old threads - often they have a lot of useful info already (if anyone actually reads them I'm not sure - but certainly some of the original posters will :)). I think we've had some other threads too but they may not have had 'ranking' in the titles.
Ah. Thanks for the help! So the Singapore Dancesport Federation organizes "ranking championships", and they choose international representatives based on this ranking. And I assume that this system has nothing to do with other privately-organized competitions in the country.

My next question is: are the competition systems in various countries linked? For example, if I compete at the bronze level in country A, am I forced to compete at the same level in country B?

Thanks for the help, everyone :)
Welcome thinkingsam.

If you want to know more about the system in Singapore then your best bet is to contact Shawn Tay. Tell him that Chen Ming Hsiang's friend and teacher referred you. He will be able to give you all the information you need. Shawn is very high both in IDSF and IPSDSC in Asia. If you encounter any problems finding him let me know and I will find his information for you.

Oh, I always thought the rules were consistent internationally? For example if a competition is labelled "dancesport" it means it uses the same system as other dancesport competitions?
I think the consistency is that proficiency-unlimited competition is offered for the same age groupings.

Usually it's only the proficiency unlimited (what we'd call champ in the US) division that sees people traveling more than to a neighboring country, and people are usually in a position to know or find out what the rules "next door" would be if they want to go there to enter a lower division.

I guess one exception to this would be the rising-star events that have been added to some competitions with international draw, but as I understand it eligibility for that is based on how you have done at that particular competition in the past, rather than on results at other competitions.


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correct me if im wrong if anyone alse here is from the Philippines

Grade A B C D E are all open syllabus levels
D - CR or SJ
E - One dance of either C, S, R or J

then there's syllabus thats everything :)
various levels for competition dance

I'm trying to find out if there is a uniform system of class for the world. For example in US there is the bronze/silver/gold.....Japan has A/B/C classes.....I thought there was an Italian class....something like C1/C2 etc. Can anyone provide an equivalent class rating for the diferent countries?
thanks in advance.
I don't think class system translations really have much meaning, since classification at levels where people tend to stay local is very much based on local standards and perception. For example, you tend not to be able to use proficiency levels to draw any comparisons between intermediate dancers on US east and west coasts and that's supposedly the same system.


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advanced? or social?...just a clue...and I hope not since clearly the two aren neccesarliy at odds...but is just a guess...truly I have no clue


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Can anyone tell me what these classes stand for. In standard? Which is higher and what form of ranking is this?
Its used in lots of european countries.

A is kind of the highest class

but S is the one higher than A :)

Think A translates to champ here, S is like top champ couples. Just from talking to ppl.

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