Theatre Dance Qualifications outside the EU

If you are interested in completing your initial dance teacher training and you live outside the European Union, the ISTD offers the Associate and Associate Diploma route.  These qualifications are recognised internationally throughout the dance teaching world and aim to develop the practical teaching skills required to become a fully rounded dance teacher.

Further details on the qualifications are as follows.  Please note, this is only a brief outline and there are some requirements not listed below. For further details please contact the International Examinations Department at nonukenquiries@istd.org

 

Associate 

  •    Key Objective:

This qualification gives prospective dance teachers a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to teach dance in a safe environment.

  •     Entry Requirements:

You must be 18 or above and fulfil any other conditions of entry as specified in the syllabus outline.

  •     What happens next?

You may apply for Auxiliary membership of the ISTD. 

After becoming a member, you are eligible to enter candidates for any ISTD examinations, in both Theatre Dance and Dancesport genres.

You must also complete the Associate Diploma within three years of achieving the Associate. 

 

Associate Diploma

  •     Key Objective:
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This qualification builds on the skills gained in the Associate and gives dance teachers further insight into the teaching of dance in their chosen genre.

The examination consists of a teaching assessment class during which you will be assessed on your knowledge of the syllabus as well as your teaching ability.

  •    Entry Requirements:

You must be 21 or above, hold the Associate qualification in the relevant genre, have completed three years of responsible teaching in that genre, and fulfil any other conditions of entry specified in the syllabus outline.

  •     What happens next?

You may apply for Full Membership of the Society.

After becoming a member, you are eligible to enter candidates for any ISTD examinations, in both Theatre Dance and Dancesport genres and to vote on Society business.

You can apply to progress onto the ISTD’s selection of advanced dance teaching qualifications – click here for more information.