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Inspirational Spaces to Dance

Do you have a space that inspires you to dance? The ISTD Challenge is an exciting site-sensitive performance opportunity to promote creativity and individuality.

Please note the ISTD Challenge is not currently open for entries.

What is the ISTD Challenge?

Soloists, partners, trios, or quartets, can take on the challenge and enjoy finding ways to adapt or create a dance by weaving choreography into a completely different space than you might normally choose to use.

This space should inspire and be the perfect location to create a performance that truly communicates a love of dance in any style or genre.

Designed to take place in your everyday settings, the Challenge provides the opportunity to:

  • Be creative in the spaces you have
  • Improve on your performance skills and confidence
  • Be part of something exclusive
  • Share your love of dance with others
  • Support other young people to achieve their dance ambitions.

Teachers will register and pay on behalf of the entrant.

Watch our highlights

We wanted to celebrate some of the best entries we have received since the launch of the ISTD Challenge. Check out our highlight reels below.

Congratulations to all who have entered and taken on the Challenge, our final highlights reel will be coming soon!



Challenge your creativity

Split into three tasks released throughout 2021, dancers could choose to take part in an individual task (A) or enter all three parts (A)(B)(C) to complete the full challenge. We celebrated some of the most exciting and innovative performances via celebratory highlight films throughout the year.

Task A: ‘Dance Inside’

e.g. Kitchen, bathroom, living room, home studio

Where better to dance than at home? The theme of our first task is Dance Inside. Whether your new inspirational dance space is in your kitchen, living room, or home studio, test your creativity in an indoor location of your choosing.

Task B: ‘Dance Outside’ 

e.g. The beach, a garden, your local park, urban space

Time to get creative in the great outdoors! Our second creative task, Dance Outside, invites you to adapt or create a dance inspired by and including an outdoor location of your choosing.

Task C: 'Dance with a prop or object'

e.g. an umbrella in an outside space or a hoover in an inside space

What better inspiration for a dance than a prop or object? Our final creative task Dance with an object or prop is now open for submissions! Adapt or create your own dance inspired and influenced by your chosen prop or object.

Dancers had to enter all three tasks to complete the entire Challenge.

Looking for some inspiration?

We have pulled together a collection of videos into one handy YouTube Playlist to get you inspired. Check it out here.

Here are a few highlights:

ISTD Challenge - FAQs

Find documentation and guidance, including our helpful webinars and FAQs, by clicking below. You'll also find e-flyers and downloadable assets to post on your social media channels, too.

Browse resources    FAQs


COVID has resulted in financial hardship for many

As an educational charity, we want to ensure that every child and young person can enjoy the benefits of learning and progressing in dance. We are proud to be donating 10% of each Challenge entry fee and t-shirt purchase to a dedicated bursary fund, to give crucial support to dancers on low incomes with the cost of their dance examination fees.