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 to promote the knowledge of dance and to maintain and improve it's teaching standards. They provide, through its syllabi, techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession and to qualify, by examination.
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, and can start from as young as 5yrs old. The exams allow for personal progression through the grades starting at Primary and working up to Advanced 2.
After they have completed these exams, should they wish, the students can then continue into further education to become a qualified ISTD Dance teacher by following the DDI & DDE teachers courses that are available at many of the approved dance centre's in the UK.
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!
Many people don't realise that the ISTD exams are accredited on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The level of qualifications is shown in the table below: