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Many studies have shown that dance and moving your body to music boosts your physical and mental well-being, and with dance being a social activity it provides an essential connection to other people.

Get your heart pumping

Regular dancing is great for maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, and can improve heart health. 

Improve your balance and strength

Dance is a great form of physical fitness for the young and old because it incorporates movements on all planes of motion and from all directions – keeping all muscles active and conditioned. 

Boost your cognitive performance

Research shows that dancing can improve the areas of the brain that control memory and skills, such as planning and organising. It's also an ideal way to look after your mental health, and great for endorphins!

Challenge your brain

Remembering steps, routines, moves and even to keep smiling, requires focus and this continually challenges your brain – giving you a mental workout as well as a physical one.

Dance is for everyone

Everyone can participate in some form of dance and movement to music. And dancing in a class, or with friends or family is great for your social and emotional well-being; reducing stress and boosting self-esteem. 


The Mark of Quality Teaching

Dancing is a great way for children (and adults) to develop self-confidence, increase fitness and physical health, improve posture and coordination, and get creative.

Qualified teachers will take the time to get to know your child, their ability, interests and ambitions in order to help your child progress and develop their dancing. Look out for the mark of quality teaching.

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Cecchetti Scholars Audition 2023

The Cecchetti Classical Ballet Scholarship Scheme offers talented young dancers outstanding training and performance opportunities. Thank you to the...

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Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Road, London, W4 1LW

Saturday 17 Jun

Online courses

Classical Indian - Licentiate essential learning

Join the Classical Indian dance faculty for this CPD course focused on Licentiate learning.

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Friday 23 Jun


Janet Cram Awards 2023

With a refreshed format combining our UK and International awards for 2023 bringing our teachers together across the globe.

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Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, IG1 1BT

Sunday 25 Jun

In studio courses

National - Grades dances revision

Join the National Faculty for this revision of grades dances.

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Preston, Lancashire

Sunday 25 Jun

In studio courses

Contemporary Intermediate Foundation - Gauteng, South Africa

Join the ISTD team in Johannesburg for 2 days of Contemporary dance training.

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JATA, 47 Main Street, Randburg, GP, 2104

Saturday 1 Jul

In studio courses

Modern Theatre - Arklow, Ireland

Join the CPD team in Arklow for two days of modern theatre training.

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Arklow Dance Studios, Knockenrahan Industrial Estate, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Y14 CY61

Saturday 1 Jul

In studio courses

Kathak - Developing your students within the grade and vocational levels

Join the Classical Indian Dance Faculty for this Kathak CPD course.

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ISTD HQ - 22/26 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4QE

Friday 7 Jul

In studio courses

Modern Theatre - Cesena, Italy

Join the Education and training team for 2 days of Modern Theatre training.

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Arte E Movimento - Non Solo Danza720 Via Ferruccio Parri, Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, 47522

Saturday 8 Jul


Street Dance Competition Day 2023

Join us and take part in Street Solos, pairs, quads and crews as well as our fun parent and...

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Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AY

Sunday 9 Jul

Online courses

Teaching dance in primary schools

Join us on this session designed to upskill dance teachers, and provide practical knowledge of working within the primary...

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Sunday 9 Jul