Dancers always seem to talk about ‘ISTD Exams’ as if they are something I might actually want to do – so who wants to tell me what they are?
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) was founded in 1904 – and offers dancing examinations for those who wish to make dancing their profession as a performer or dance teacher, or for those who enjoy dancing purely as a leisure activity. It is a way of formalizing your hobby – and tracking your progress from an absolute beginner, through to a social dancer, bronze, silver and gold star performer. Taking exams may seem a little intimidating at first, but ultimately provides a great deal of personal satisfaction, and professional recognition of your hobby – as well as incentive to practice, practice, practice – as you join a community of like-minded dancers!
So, what happens on exam day?
Exams are held at least twice a year, and spread across a Friday and Saturday. Formally qualified dance examiners (who hold an ISTD Fellowship qualification and have passed technical assessments to be examiners), come into the Capital Dance School to assess students.
Lower levels follow a structured choreographed pattern in line with the ISTD syllabus, whilst higher levels are allowed more freedom in their choice of dance. The exam usually takes 10 minutes to complete, and you will be awarded a pass, honours, or distinction. Usually, we hold drinks after the exams are over on the Saturday evening at the King’s Head in Westmoreland Street to celebrate.
Upcoming dance exams will be held on 26th and 27th November 2015.
If you are from a smaller school, who is not able to hold exams, we are always happy to welcome you to join our exam periods at Capital Dance.
Please contact John on 07464933893 for further details.