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What is ISTD

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations board. From Ballet to Ballroom, ISTD covers the full spectrum of genres and for more than 100 years ISTD has provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling them to enter their students for examinations, develop 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 our members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards. ISTD supports and trains it's members through a wide variety of courses, summer schools and congresses, updated teaching syllabi and techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.

Many ISTD members are leading figures in the dance industry around the world, from esteemed West End choreographers and legendary teachers, to up-and-coming stars of the future.

The ISTD at a glance...

250,000 dance examinations globally each year

Multiple styles of dance with 12 different faculties

Dance courses, teacher training and qualifications

Publications, CDs and DVDs available

Syllabi with the latest techniques

7,500+ members in more than 75 countries around the world

What ISTD Members Have to Say

“Having been a member since 1955 I have always enjoyed the diversity and professionalism of the Society.”

“I believe we have a very forward thinking Society who have done a lot towards promoting dance and training good teachers.”

“The ISTD keep up to date with their policies and keep us informed regularly of any changes to syllabus etc. The Faculties are always willing to help.”  

“It is very inspiring that the ISTD is still strong and vibrant; still encompassing all forms of dance, with the individual faculties conveying their enthusiasm and achievements in the magazine...Sincere good wishes for the future of the ISTD.”

“I am proud to be a member of this Society.” 

“The best dance organization in the world...ISTD is the best in the business... No other dance organization has as great a reputation as ISTD.”

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