Awarding Bodies

Awarding Bodies

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most influential dance education and professional membership organisations. The RAD set global standards for exams in classical ballet, teacher training and Continuing Professional Development for dance.

Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, today the RAD has a presence in 85 countries, with 36 offices and approximately 14,000 members worldwide. There are more than 1,000 students in the Academy’s teacher training programmes and more than a quarter of a million students are being examined on the Academy’s syllabi. RAD supports its membership through the knowledge, and expertise of highly qualified staff and through conferences, workshops, training courses and summer schools.

The Faculty of Education in RAD is dedicated to meeting the needs of current and future dance teachers by providing dance teacher education programmes and qualifications. RAD exams are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points.

The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. The Society has 11 dance faculties covering Theatre, Dancesport and Social Dance, and includes Tap and Modern Theatre.

Since 1904 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 and membership association, 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 its members through updated teaching syllabi and techniques, plus a wide variety of courses, summer schools and congresses.

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