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The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance

ISTD LogoThe Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) has been providing dance education since 1904 and is one of the worlds leading Dance Examination Boards. It is also a registered charity and an accredited awarding board.

The Examination structure of The ISTD is designed to cater for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession, either as a performer or as a teacher, and those persuing dance for fun. It has supported the training of many dance professionals throughout the world.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance achieved Government recognition in 2000 through The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and was further recognised to operate in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) in 2010 by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (ofqual).

The ISTD Grade Examinations from Grade 1 to Grade 5 are equivalent to GCSE’s and Grade 6 and above are equivalent to AS/A Levels and are eligible for UCAS points which support university applications.

Exams are not compulsory but can be useful as a sense of achievement and as a celebration of months of hard work. Children who choose not to take exams will still progress with the students who do.

Primarily, dancing is fun and no pressure will be placed on a student to enter The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance examinations.

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