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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. This is a highly energetic dance style.

Click here to download our Modern Theatre syllabus outlines.

For an update on the Intermediate Modern Examination please click here

COMBINATION STEPS Modern Grades 2, 3 and 4
Teachers please note:

Candidates will not be asked by examiners which two combination steps they are demonstrating. They will be asked about which music option they are using.

Grade 2 is a choice of tempo A, B or C
Grade 3 is a choice of tempo A or B
Grade 4 is a choice of the set music or suitable music of the teacher's choosing.

Candidates should be confident enough to state which of the above they are using when asked this information in their exams. 

All combination steps need only be prepared to be shown from one side only and performed as a solo.

 Boys' Modern Theatre Associate was phased out in January 2014. The new revised Advanced 1 Modern will not become compulsory throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide until January 2015.

During the ‘optional period’ between January 2013 and January 2015, male candidates may present the current Advanced 1 boys floor sequence instead of the new floor sequence. 

IDS logoISTD uniforms for the Classical Greek, Modern Theatre, National Dance, and Tap Dance Faculties are now available for dance teachers and schools to purchase through International Dance Supplies. To open an account, or shop now if you already have an IDS account, call +44 (0)1626 36 3232 or visit www.ids.co.uk.

Parents and students can purchase the ISTD Uniform directly through www.danceandshop.com.

The ISTD celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2014

Please click here to download a fascinating new history of the Modern Theatre Dance Faculty, written to mark the occasion.

 ISTD Modern Theatre Dance Faculty History










If you would like to find out more about ISTD history please click here to order your copy of 100 Years of Dance.



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