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The ISTD truly represents a diverse range of dance, with 11 faculties that cover many forms of theatrical, recreational and social dance. 

The Faculty Committees are responsible for the development of their particular technique through courses and syllabi updates, as well as various competitions, scholarship awards and other activities. Faculty Committees are elected by a ballot of their members every three years.

Cecchetti Classical Ballet
Classical Greek
Classical Indian Dance
Dance, Freestyle, Rock 'n' Roll
Imperial Classical Ballet
Latin American
Modern Ballroom
Modern Theatre
National Dance

In addition, there is also the Natural Movement Group and the Dance Research Committee, which provides courses in Historical Dance. 

  1. Cecchetti Classical Ballet

    Cecchetti Classical Ballet

    The Cecchetti classical ballet technique was developed by Enrico Cecchetti in Italy. The technique was developed to prepare dancers in the technique of ballet through a series of set daily exercises that have been passed through the generations.

  2. Classical Greek

    Classical Greek

    This dance form comes from Ancient Greece and is based upon the natural movements of the body. The movements are expressive and range from lyrical to dynamic athletic sequences. Dancers perform barefoot, wearing tunics and often use props such as scarves, ribbons or bows.

  3. Classical Indian Dance

    Classical Indian Dance

    This umbrella term encompasses dance styles which originated from the continent of India. The main traditional styles we see in the United Kingdom are Bharatanatyam and Kathak, although many other styles are taught and performed.

  4. Contemporary Dance
  5. Dance Research Committee

    Dance Research Committee

    The Dance Research Committee aims to bring the History of Western European dance to life through a practical experience of dances from the 12th - 19th centuries.

  6. Disco, Freestyle & Rock 'n' Roll

    Disco, Freestyle & Rock 'n' Roll

    Disco Freestyle is a modern dance form which came about in the 1970s in America, however today it is seen all over the world on stage, in competitions and in clubs. This genre includes runs, spins, kicks and leaps, with combinations of different arm and hand gestures

  7. Imperial Classical Ballet

    Imperial Classical Ballet

    The roots of Imperial Classical Ballet stem from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today.

  8. Latin American

    Latin American

    The dance forms of Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Paso Doble, Rumba and Samba are couples dances which derived from Latin American countries. They are performed in competitions, similar to Ballroom dance, and in dance clubs and festivals. They are generally known for their fast pace and expressive rhythm.

  9. Modern Ballroom

    Modern Ballroom

    This dance style includes several techniques such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Ballroom Tango. These are all social dances which were seen throughout Western Society from around the beginning of the twentieth century. These dance techniques vary in style but are all partner dances; today they are most commonly seen at competitions, at social gatherings or on stage.

  10. Modern Theatre

    Modern Theatre

    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.

  11. National


    This genre covers a wide range of European Folk Dance including Scottish, Finnish, Danish and English to name but a few. These traditional dances were developed by communities in the corresponding country and help provide a sense of community and awareness of others.

  12. Natural Movement Group

    Natural Movement Group

    Natural Movement is a form of dance based on a comparatively simple technique using the natural actions of human movement. It relies on a sensitive understanding of music as the inspiration for physical response and creative expression. Thus the work is a particularly accessible dance experience for children, students and adults.

  13. Sequence


    This dance genre gained its name from dances arranged to fit a 16 bar section of music, which can be repeated. The main styles performed in Sequence are Classical Sequence, Modern Sequence and Latin Sequence.

  14. Tap Dance

    Tap Dance

    This has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.

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