ISTD Syllabus


The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world's leading dance examinations board.

Formed in 1904 it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organisation that covers the
full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.

The ISTD's chief objective is "to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms".

To achieve this, the ISTD works in four main ways:

• to promote knowledge of dance

• to maintain and improve teaching standards

• to qualify, by examination, teachers of dancing in the ISTD's specialist techniques taught by our 10,000 members in schools of dancing throughout the world

• to provide, through its syllabi, techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.

Each year upwards of 250,000 people are examined, for whom we provide grade examinations and medal tests to assess their proficiency.

Because we follow the exam syllabus of the ISTD. It means all our classes have a structure, aim and goal. We strive to achieve a high standard of technique and learning and hope to produce intelligent dancers who think on their feet! The ISTD is a reputable and well known Examining Board and produces an excellent standard of dancer. Examinations are taken in Ballet, Modern and Tap at periods of around 12-18 months. Students can begin to enter from 5 years.