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The Tap Faculty is delighted to announce a new event for 2022, celebrating tap dance.

ISTD members and students are invited to join us live, in person, for a full day of dance featuring; workshops for students and teachers led by industry experts and faculty members, plus in the afternoon/evening, both our UK and international members can enter their students in a showcase of performance as we host the Bursary Awards Selection Event for Tap, where students could gain automatic entry into the 2023 Theatre Bursary Awards final and potentially win funding to aid their training.

Find out more about our guest lecturers here.

Schedule of the day (provisional)

Arrival and registration

Workshop 1
10:30 - 11:30

15-minute break

Workshop 2
11:45 - 12:45

45-minute hour lunch break

Junior Bursary
13:30 - 16:00

15-minute break

Senior Bursary
16:15 – 18:45


Learn something new and test your Tap skills in two, one-hour workshops and there’s even the opportunity for students to win a scholarship to the Bird College 2023 Summer School (subject to the minimum age requirement of the course, a theatre token would be offered as a replacement if the minimum age requirement is not met).


Students: Students will be split into two groups, depending on their current working level (which must be stipulated on the booking form). Student groups will be determined once ticket sales have closed and teachers will be notified in advance. All workshop participants must be studying at Grade 3 level and above.

Teachers: There will be one group of teachers.

Theatre Bursary Awards, Selection Event

Get ready to perform! This event is designed to select talented young dancers from across the globe to represent the Tap Faculty at the prestigious Theatre Bursary Awards in 2023. A Junior and a Senior competitor will be chosen for automatic entry, and a Junior and Senior Runner up will also be selected in case the winning competitors are unavailable to perform, some Special Commendations may also be awarded.

Teachers will need to prepare pupils' solos in advance, these solos will then be viewed and adjudicated by industry professionals on the day of the event.

In the case of live attendees to the Bursary Event, all dance music must be uploaded, to a secure Dropbox, no later than 23:00 (GMT) on Monday 24 October.

In the case of digital/international entries to the Bursary Event, pre-recorded videos must be uploaded by 23:00 GMT on Monday 24 October, to a secure Dropbox, for viewing and adjudication.


Winners will be announced after each section on the day of the event. If a winning competitor is a digital/international entry the teacher will be informed as soon as possible via email.

The adjudicator's and organiser's decisions are final and no correspondence regarding their decision will be permitted.

Each competitor will receive a digital certificate of participation.

Winning competitors put forward to take part in the Theatre Bursary Awards will then have a chance to win funding which will support their dance training.

Thanks to sponsorship from IDS and Dance Direct, winners, runners up and commendation nominees for the Tap Bursary Selection Event will receive prizes in the form of credit to spend online. Teachers of the winning candidates will additionally receive online credit.


Entry/Eligibility: Tap Bursary Selection

The selection process is divided into two age group sections:

Juniors: 11yrs to 14yrs on 1 September 2022

Seniors: 15yrs to 18yrs on 1 September 2022

Competitor's dances must not exceed two minutes in duration.

Participants should wear smart class wear when performing their solos.

If performing in person on the day of the event, dance music must be uploaded, to a secure Dropbox, no later than 23:00 (GMT) on Monday 24 October.

Teachers should upload music to the ISTD secure Dropbox via the link provided in the ticket confirmation.



Online/Digital Entries (International)

Please refer to all entry conditions above and additionally below:

Video submissions must be uploaded by 23:00 (GMT) on Monday 24 October to a secure Dropbox via the link provided in the ticket confirmation.

Teachers should ensure their competitors are fully warmed up before recording the video/s so as to perform in a safe manner, which will not cause injury, ensuring the area chosen to dance in is suitable and clear from any obstructions.

Competitors' bodies and feet must be clearly visible on the recording throughout and video and audio quality should remain clear and consistent, with the taps being audible throughout.

Teachers should upload videos to the ISTD secure Dropbox via the link provided. Once the footage is transferred, this should be deleted from the teacher’s device and not stored.

Video submissions must be clearly labelled as below:




Our Sponsors/Adjudicators

Bird College is supporting our student workshops by offering select attendees a place at their 2023 Summer School sessions.

We are also thrilled to have IDS and Dance Direct sponsor our Bursary Awards Selection Event for another year. Winners, Runners-up, Special Commendations will receive prizes in the form of online credit to spend on the IDS / Dance Direct website.

Ticket information



Bursary Awards, Tap Selection Event:

In-person entry fee is £20

International digital entries £15

Spectator tickets £10

Tickets will be available until 10 October 2022. Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Health and Safety

  • Please ensure students and teachers have plenty of bottled water and food
  • Please ensure students and teachers bring prescribed medication with them
  • Please ensure the organisers are made aware of attendees' medical conditions

Terms and conditions

All competitors MUST be entered by an ISTD teacher (not parents/guardians) and have been trained at the ISTD School entering them, for a minimum of 6 months unless written permission is given by the previous principal.

There is no maximum competitor entry limit per teacher.

Anyone competing in this online event does so at their own risk. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing will not accept any responsibility for any injury howsoever caused.

A media consent form will be circulated to those who have booked tickets. Written consent must be obtained for participants/competitors from parents/carers/guardians before taking part in the event/submitting recorded footage.

By entering student videos, you have agreed on the student's behalf, that if they are selected as a winner or for any commendation, their name and footage of them dancing may be published on the Society website and other media channels.

Upon submission of your application on the competitor’s behalf you are agreeing to the criteria set above and to adhere to health and safety regulations and the competitor's rules.

Winning and commendation video footage may be kept and used by the Society for any promotional purposes for up to two years, all other video entries will be deleted within 10 working days of winners and commendations being announced.

No refunds are payable once an entry has been made and payment received.

The Adjudicators’ decision is final, individual feedback will not be provided.

The integrity of the teacher is relied upon to ensure that the rules are followed by all participants to enable the smooth running of the event.

*This event relies on a certain number of entries being received. If insufficient entries are received the competition may not be viable and in this case, entry fees will be returned. Competitors must be made aware of this by their teacher in advance. If the competition cannot take place teachers will be advised by email.

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