Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Organisations London
Tel: 020 7377 1577

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards. From Ballet to Ballroom, they cover the full spectrum of genres and since 1904 they have provided training for dance teachers and examiners, developed new techniques and spread the joy of dance.

As a registered educational charity, 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 their members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards. The ISTD support and train their 7,500+ members in over 50 countries around the world through a wide variety of courses, summer schools and congresses, updated teaching syllabi and techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.

More than 250,000 ISTD dance examinations are taken globally each year and genres of dance include: Ballet (Cecchetti and Imperial), Classical Greek Dance, Club Dance (Argentine Tango, Salsa, Lindy Hop, Milonga, Mambo and West Coast Swing), Country/Western, Disco/ Freestyle, Latin American (Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive, and Cha Cha Cha), Modern Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, and Rhythm), Modern Theatre (including Jazz), National Dance, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sequence (Classical, Modern and Latin), South Asian Dance (Kathak and Bharatanatyam) and Tap Dance.

  • 250,000 dance examinations globally each year
  • Multiple styles of dance with 12 different faculties
  • Dance courses, teacher training and qualifications
  • DANCE Magazine, CDs and DVDs
  • Syllabi with the latest techniques
  • ISTD2 Dance Studios in central London
  • Comprehensive library with over 5,000 volumes
  • Member discounts, including Fitness First & Travelodge
  • 7,500+ members in more than 50 countries around the world

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