NZAMD Medal Awards

These entertaining awards are aimed at encouraging students to dance and, by allowing them to perform in front of a friendly audience of parents in a fun and non-judgmental atmosphere, develop confidence.

NZAMD Medal Awards are available for Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop & Contemporary plus Musical Theatre and Group Awards. They can usually be gained at three levels, Junior, Intermediate & Senior, with three categories at each level – Bronze, Silver & Gold.

There is also now a Group Medal Award and this performance may use any discipline e.g. a Hip Hop crew.

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Some costuming or ‘dress up’ is encouraged, but is optional, and make up and accessories may be used with these all adding to the sense of fun and performance. Go to our Syllabus page to download Medal Awards Candidate Entry Forms.

Students are presented with their medals by the examiner on the day of their performance.

Junior dancers begin with one dance, progressing to two dances of differing style and tempo in the Intermediate and Senior levels.


The NZAMD Musical Theatre Awards showcase dance, drama and song in Group and/or individual performances.  Candidates may sing and/or dance, but must act out their character. Both group and individual awards are available, and students may enter the Musical Theatre Award at a Bronze, Silver or Gold level in the Intermediate and Senior awards.


All conditions are as the Intermediate and Senior Awards shown above, and will also be graded in the same manner as other Intermediate and Senior Awards.


Dances can be any genre as long as applying to the style and era of the musical chosen and, when two dances are required, with contrasting styles to show the versatility of the dancer. When 2 dances are required both may be from the same musical OR two different shows and again, may be of any genre e.g one dance jazz, one dance tap.


At the beginning of their presentation the student is required to give a brief narration, explaining the storyline and style of their chosen musical(s) and how their character fits into it. 


When song and dance is chosen one verse and one chorus would usually be sufficient. Lypsync is no longer accepted.