Ballroom medal tests are graded exams where the student is partnered by their teacher or an advanced student.
Penrith Ballroom Dance follows the Australian National Dance Association (ANDA) medal program. This program offers all styles ie Modern Standard, Latin American and New Vogue, and all grades from Elementary up to Oscar to all ages – junior and senior.
Adults wishing to take medals would require private lessons, starting with at least one half-hour lesson per week.
Our Monday afternoon children’s classes follow the medal program. Private lessons are also available to children if preferred.
Penrith Ballroom Dance generally holds medal tests twice a year, in June and December.
What Our Dancers Say About Us
I have wanted to learn Ballroom Dancing all of my life, but somehow the years raced past and life got in the way.
At long last I am delighted to be in the U3A beginner’s Class and would like to say a big “thank you” to Therese Walz for your patience, your sense of humour and your dedication to teaching us how to dance well! Read more...
TheU3A Ballroom Dancing Classes held at the Penrith Ballroom Dancing Studio most capably taught by Therese Walz might also be described as wellbeing classes for seniors as they incorporate many of the skills and activities recommended to improve and maintain the mental, Social and physical aspects of Senior citizens lives. Read more...
Therese, you are a wonderful teacher, you explain things very clearly, take time to help anyone who is struggling, you have a lot of patience and are able to communicate well with both adults and children alike.
As a lot of parents do, we wanted to provide the opportunity for our children to dance from an early age to develop their sense of rhythm and also confidence. Their first dance studio offered jazz ballet, tap and traditional ballet. This was nice at the start but after a couple of years, their routines were becoming a bit inappropriate for their age, Read more...
Eric and Aizeret Lee
When we started with Penrith Ballroom Dance, all we had was a vague idea that we wanted to do more than just move randomly in time with the music and we had looked enviously at those couples who could actually dance. Neither of us had the slightest idea of how to dance, we both had 'two left feet' and we were very nervous at appearing foolish and uncoordinated. Read more...
John and Margaret Boyter
In my experience, learning to dance at Penrith Ballroom Dance has been fantastic. I first joined the studio when I was 12 years old and took part in the children's beginners class. I worked hard and enjoyed every moment of it, progressing through the years and the medals. Read more...
Before starting our lessons with Penrith Ballroom Dance in late 2005 we were apprehensive and somewhat nervous. We did not know the difference between a rumba, samba or cha cha cha. Even foxtrot, waltz and quickstep were just names of dances we had seen in crosswords. However, at our first lesson we were warmly welcomed and found how easy it was Read more...
Neil and Anne Ratcliff
My fiance loves to dance, whereas I could not, and she wanted to dance at our wedding, not just stand there and sway.
Before we started our lessons I didn't think it would be possible for me to learn to dance, until I met the principal of Penrith Ballroom Dance. I said to my fiance that she doesn't know how lucky she was to find a teacher like Therese. Read more...
Jim Mueller, December 2007