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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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UK regional update meetings

Join your local UK ISTD Regional Representative for our new termly member update meetings. These meetings will give you...

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Sunday 11 Dec


Medallist Series 2022/23

Members who are currently entering pupils for ISTD Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence medals are eligible to take part...

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Sunday 15 Jan


Theatre Bursary Awards Performance

Join our Theatre Faculties for a performance that celebrates the exceptional talent of young ISTD dancers with special guest...

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Kenneth More Theatre Oakfield Road Ilford IG1 1BT

Sunday 19 Feb

In studio courses

Modern Theatre Intensive Training - Sydney, Australia

Join the Education and Training team for an intensive 5-day Modern Theatre CPD event in Sydney, Australia.

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North Balgowlah School of Dance,10 Bardoo Avenue, North Balgowlah NSW 2093

Wednesday 12 Apr