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ISTD Modern

The ISTD created their syllabus in 1932 and are continually changing and updating their syllabus. Through their carefully planned and well-tried examination syllabus, which combines modern dance, jazz and other dance styles, young people are trained to become disciplined and versatile dancers. Modern offers students the fast paced, energetic and fun style of dance that develops strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination with free work. Classes are offered from age 5yrs and enter examinations from Grade 1 upwards.

The examination structure of the ISTD 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 pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity. The teaching qualifications are structured to give the new teacher the best possible foundation from which to work, with a particular emphasis on safe dance practice and the needs of the growing child. Students work their way up through the ISTD grades to Grade 6, at which point those that are capable will move on to Vocational examinations: Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. All titles awarded by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing are internationally recognized.

Who is it for?
  • Children ages 7 years and up
  • Children with or without prior experience
  • Children showing a keen interest in the dance
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Ready to participate and listen to a teacher

If your student decides they would like to participate in the ISTD examinations, they will be expected to maintain and follow through on certain requirements, including but not limited to:

  • Continued consistent attendance in their classical ballet class
  • Participation in the mock (practice) ISTD examinations
  • Possible private or small group lessons should the teachers feel extra practice is needed

Modern Jazz
Jazz dance, although it often has a formal choreographic basis, is strongly emotional and improvisational. The way a jazz dancer reacts to the music or to the narrative in one performance will likely be different from her reaction in another, simply because her emotional response, which arises at the moment, will never be quite the same twice.
Modern Lyrical
Lyrical dancers often perform to music with lyrics. The lyrics of the chosen song serve as inspiration for the dancers' movements and expressions. Music used for lyrical dance is typically emotionally charged and expressive. The musical genres used in lyrical dance include pop, rock, blues, hip-hop, ethnic and world music and different forms of "downtown" contemporary music, such as minimalism.
Modern Theatre
Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps, and turns which all need strength and flexibility.
Grades / LevelsEntry Prerequisites
Grade 17 to 8 years
Grade 28 to 10 years
Grade 311 to 13 years
Grade 413 & above
Grade 514 & above
Grade 6Completed Grade 5
Jazz Awards Bronze13 & above
Jazz Awards Silver13 & above
Jazz Awards Gold13 & above
Int-FoundCompleted Grade 6
IntermediateCompleted Inter-Found
Adv-FoundCompleted Intermediate
Advanced 1Completed Adv-Found
Advanced 2Completed Advanced 1

Graded Examinations
The aim of Graded Examinations is to provide an assessment scheme for dance, which gives the basis for the measurement of the individual candidate's progress and development, whether the candidate is pursuing dance as a leisure activity or as preparation for a professional career as a dance teacher or performer. There are six practical examination grades, numbered from 1 to 6, in order to indicate the increasing order of difficulty (6 represents the highest level of attainment).

Jazz Awards
Jazz dance is taught using the ISTD Jazz awards syllabus, bronze, silver and gold. This class is designed to build on the technique learned in Modern Theatre dance, developing the dancers' sense of performance. These classes are fun and energetic and are suitable for dancers extending their modern technique as well as newcomers and late starters. The awards are levelled as bronze, silver and gold and students who show enthusiasm and good progression with technique are offered the chance to take exams for these awards. Exams are not compulsory but silver and gold can only be taken after passing the bronze jazz award or Intermediate modern. The aims of the jazz awards are:

  • To learn and develop jazz dance techniques
  • To improve co-ordination, balance, flexibility and strength
  • To promote awareness of the body in space
  • To develop a range of different styles and performance skills
  • To develop musicality and rhythm
  • To gain confidence through performance and have fun

Vocational Examinations
The Vocational Graded Examinations in Modern Theatre, from Intermediate Foundation through to Advanced 2, develop the candidate's expertise in such a way as to provide the basis for either professional employment as a dancer or further training as a dance teacher.