The Sequence Faculty was formed in 1947 as the Victorian and Sequence Branch. Its aim was to encourage the dances which were popular prior to the First World War and which are now generally referred to as Old Time dances.
At this time there was a great revival in this form of dancing and the ISTD Council invited three Fellows of the Ballroom Branch who specialised in Old Time Dancing to form a committee: Cecil Ruault, Netta Brooke and Margaret Cadman. Miss Ruault was appointed Chairman, a position she held until 1980. Today Sequence dancing includes not only the authentic Old Time style, but many dances and sequences based upon Ballroom and Latin American techniques. It is probably the most popular form of social dance today, as Sequence Clubs are to be found in nearly every village and town. Two of the great attractions of this form of dance as a pastime are the friendly atmosphere which prevails and its appeal to all age groups. For those who wish to improve their standard the examination system and Medallist Competitions provide the necessary goals for which to aim.
An increasing number of schools now include Sequence on their examination days. A broad and comprehensive series of examinations caters for all ages and grades of the amateur Sequence dancer. Four styles of Sequence dance are covered by the syllabus: Old Time, Modern Sequence, Latin Sequence and Disco Sequence. Professional examinations, for those who wish to teach, commence at the Student Teacher level and progress through Associate and Licentiate to Fellow. These examinations require a detailed knowledge of Old Time technique and good dancing ability.
The Faculty committee arranges a full day's annual congress at which leading teachers lecture on a variety of subjects, frequently encouraging participation by the members present in practical sessions.
Medallist competitions are organised for adults and children and the popularity of these events has shown most encouraging growth in the past few years. The trophies at the annual Adult Day, which are held by the winners of each event for one year, are by far the best to be seen for this type of competition.