What is ISTD?
Founded in 1904, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards with the widest range of genres available. From ballet to ballroom, ISTD covers the full spectrum of dance genres:
Cecchetti Classical Ballet – Classical Greek – Classical Indian Dance – Imperial Ballet – Modern Theatre – National Dance – Tap Dance – Club Dance – Disco / Freestyle / Rock ‘n’ Roll (DFR) including Commercial Hip Hop – Latin American – Modern Ballroom – Sequence.
For more than 110 years, ISTD has provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling them to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and celebrate the joy of dance.
The ISTD’s Mission
As a registered educational institution, the ISTD’s mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques for our members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards.
We support and train teachers and members through a wide variety of courses, summer schools, congresses and updated teaching syllabi.
- Global regconition – the ISTD provides an internationally accredited, formal assessment every year on a global basis.
- Choice and flexibility – the ISTD offers the widest range of examinations across 12 different dance genres in the world.
- Syllabi with the latest techniques – the syllabi of ISTD is constantly updated. We publish numerous books of value to teachers and students in all faculties of the ISTD.