National Dance covers a wide range of traditional folk dances from
countries all over the world. These dances were developed by the people and
represent the traditions, customs and history of the country.
dances were originally performed by the whole community and therefore encourage
dancers to mix and socialise with everyone.
ISTD Exam Classes
The Primary syllabus begins by teaching 4-5 year olds about musicality
and a sense of rhythm. It focuses on using simple steps and using the space
around them to show different styles of folk dance. Even at this young age it
encourages them to learn about the countries they are studying.
From Grades 1 – 6 the syllabus teaches a wide range of folk dances
styles, focusing on European countries. As students move through the grades,
they learn the different techniques required by each style, and a variety of steps,
holds and floor patterns. They develop spatial awareness as a solo dancer, as
well as performing with a partner and within a group.
The origins of each dance affects the style it is performed in, whether
it was traditionally created to be performed at weddings, celebrations, courts,
funerals or as a professional performance and these styles help to develop
students expression in their dancing.
Students are also encouraged to become aware of the variety of music and
instruments chosen to accompany different styles of folk dance especially as
rhythms become more complicated. As the students accumulate an understanding
about many different countries, they are then encouraged to look further into
these cultures and appreciate how various countries have been influenced by
others, either by geographical influences or similarities in culture affecting
their national dancing.