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Pathways to teaching the ISTD's new Contemporary syllabus

The ISTD offers a range of membership levels that give teachers access to the new Contemporary syllabus and to enter students for examinations.

Options to join for qualified dance teachers

If you hold either a full ISTD teaching qualification or an accredited Level 4 professional teaching qualification with a regulated awarding organisation such as the RAD, IDTA and BBO, you can join the ISTD as a Full or Affiliated member. To find about the specific entry criteria for each category and to sign up, please visit our Levels of ISTD Memberhsip page.

Options to join for professional dancers and experienced non-ISTD teachers

Apply for Contemporary Affiliated MembershipIf you are not qualified, but have demonstrable regular dance teaching experience, you can now join the ISTD as a Contemporary Affiliated member. Find out more about the eligibility criteria below.

To sign up, complete and return the application form, or for further questions contact our Membership Services Team at membership@istd.org or 020 7377 1577.


Contemporary Affiliated - Eligibility Criteria

All teachers must be able to demonstrate the following

All teachers must submit the following evidence

  • A minimum of two years regular dance teaching at prevocational and/or vocational level in dance schools/colleges, Centres for Advanced Training, secondary schools or colleges, universities or youth dance companies etc.
  • Copy of CV
  • Two teaching references
  • Certificate to evidence teaching qualification

In addition to the above all teachers must have completed one of the following

In addition to the above all teachers must submit one of the following
  • A three year full time BA degree, or higher qualification in dance
  • A three year Diploma course in Dance/Musical Theatre at a vocational college


  • Three years as a professional contemporary dancer
  • Proof of qualification and a copy of transcript
  • Proof of qualification and training schedule
  • Two professional references

If you do not fall into one of the above categories, please contact Chelsea Franklin cfranklin@istd.org to discuss your options.


Contemporary Affiliated - Benefits and Subscription Fees

Contemporary Affiliated members are only eligible to enter candidates for ISTD Contemporary examinations, however otherwise are entitled to the same great benefits as Affiliated members:

  • Receive DANCE Magazine three times a year -  subscription worth £24Uk/£29 International
  • Receive discounts on many of the ISTD’s Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses
  • Free registration on dance-teachers.org - the ISTD's global online directory of ISTD dance teachers
  • Receive discounts on ads in DANCE and on ISTD website
  • Receive 5% discount in the ISTD shop (applied automatically when logged into My ISTD)
  • Access to My ISTD online members' area
  • Free use of the ISTD Library
  • Ability to join the ISTD dance insurance scheme (UK)
  • Access to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Vetting Scheme
Membership fees

The Contemporary Affiliated Membership will be available from July 1st until December 31st 2019 at the half yearly rate of £64.00. There will also be a one-off admin charge of £21.00. January 1st 2020 will commence the full year rate.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact the Membership team on 020 7377 1577.


Becoming an ISTD member means you will be part of our global community, which has retained its reputation as one of the world's leaders in dance since 1904. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our Society.