Originally Posted by FedoraGirl812
I live in mid america too and I know that it's technically the hardest region in the world in terms of moving up. They're really strict and you have to stay in all the levels for at least 1 year (but if you move a dance up in the middle your teacher can change it after September 1st). Like no one can be in advance beginner for a feis and then all-novice next feis.
I used to dance in the Mid-America region for three years, and I agree that it is difficult to move up. There are so many good dancers, even in the lower levels!
But, there's not actually a Mid-America (or NAFC or CLRG) rule that says that you have to stay in each level for one year, and I've never heard of the September 1st rule....but if it's a really new rule then I stand corrected!
I was only in Beginner 1 for one feis and only in Beginner 2 for like 3 or 4 feises. I didn't have to stay in either of those for a year....so I don't know what rule you're talking about.
There are "rules" for moving up out of each level, e.g. you have to place 1st to move from novice to prizewinner. However, teacher discretion can override these in every level except for prelims to opens, where you have to get two firsts.
Originally Posted by Sweetpea
I know this wasn't the question, but just for interest's sake: In South Africa the teacher's opinion doesn't come into it - If you come first in a dance and there are five or more competitors in the section, you grade to the next level. But sometimes a judge might feel you were not up to scratch even if you came first, and they will announce "There is no grading".
Wow, that would be kind of embarrassing...but it does make sense