We're making changes to membership

A new year brings with it some changes to your Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing membership

Membership year

From 2021 our new membership year will run from 1 April. No alarm bells necessary - this won’t affect your current membership. Current members will have their memberships extended for free, with renewal reminders issued in late February. Those who want to get their new year off to a fresh start can join in January to make the most of 15 months for the price of 12. 

Grades and pricing

We want to support your teaching journey, providing you with the right membership, benefits and training at each point in your career. To do this, we have made some changes to the membership grades and pricing. With these changes in place, we will be developing the benefits packages over the coming months, but our priority will be to a commitment to raising standards and the mark of quality - providing our members with the tools and resources to help you navigate compliance and safeguarding best practice and attract new students.

International and student members

As we continue to ensure our rates are fair to everybody, we’re reducing membership fees for our international members – including members located in the EU. Paper editions of our ‘Dance’ magazine will be replaced with a digital version of the magazine for international and student members. We hope our international members will take the opportunity to promote membership to their peers, introducing them to the organisation via the online CPD courses – which have been popular to members across the globe.

Membership fees in 2021

Membership fees in 2021 will be increasing by 0.7%.

Changes to membership criteria

From April 2021, only Full teaching members will be entitled to submit students into our examinations. This means we will be making some changes to the entry criteria for both Full and Affiliate membership. 

Full Membership will be available to teachers over 18 years old who hold one of the following: DDE, Certificate in Dance Education (CDE), the Associate, the Associate Diploma or above. It will also be available to qualified teachers who are actively teaching dance and entering students into exams from approved organisations, such as RAD, and have appropriate Ofqual regulated qualifications from CDMT regulated awarding bodies / or equivalent international training.

The Affiliate membership criteria will be changing. Current Affiliate members with appropriate qualifications will be able to become Full teaching members. Members who meet this criteria will be contacted by the Membership team. 

Affiliate membership will be opened to a wider audience of experienced dance teachers but members will no longer be able to enter candidates into exams. Affiliates will continue to benefit from our guidance, support and training. 

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