The Imperial Society of Dance Teachers and its Ballet System of Training was formed on 25th July 1904 at the Hotel Cecil in Covent Garden, London. It is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. From ballet to ballroom, it has 12 dance faculties covering theatre, dancesport and social dance. No other dance examination board offers as many genres.
For more than 110 years ISTD has provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling teachers 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 through its Ballet System of Training, to provide up-to-date techniques for our members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards. The ISTD supports its members through updated teaching syllabi and techniques, plus a wide variety of courses, summer schools and congresses.
To achieve its aims, the ISTD works in four main ways:
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing is an international dance examination board in United Kingdom with a wide range of 12 different dance faculties, including diverse genres such as Bharatanatyam, Modern Theatre Dance, Cecchetti Ballet and Ballroom. Imperial Classical Ballet is also one of the genres under the ISTD. The ISTD examinations is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession, either as a performer or dance teacher and for those pursing dance purely as a leisure activity.
The examination is externally assessed by an ISTD examiner, and successful candidates receive an internationally recognised certificate on completing the exam.
Working through the graded and professional dance levels of the syllabus ensures that the dancer has a solid foundation in the technique and artistry of the artform. This could be prove to be beneficial for those who wants to pursue a career in dance.
In order to hold an examination, the school informs the ISTD about the number of students and the levels at which they would like to enter the students for the exam. An examination schedule is prepared, fees are paid and the ISTD then appoints an external examiner to conduct the examination. The examination time can vary from 20 minutes to an hour based on the grades and level of examinations.
Students who have a sound knowledge and understanding of the entire syllabus and who are deemed prepared to execute the syllabus fully to the best of their physical and artistic capability are eligible for the examination.