The ISTD's chief objective is 'to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms'.
To achieve this, the ISTD works in four main ways:
- to promote knowledge of the dance
- to maintain and improve teaching standards
- to qualify, by examination, teachers of dancing in the ISTD's specialist techniques taught by our 10,000 members in schools of dancing throughout the world
- to provide, through its syllabi, techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession. To this end, the ISTD's syllabi are kept up-to-date and teachers are encouraged to learn the new material.
The ISTD also provides a wide number of courses, summer schools and congresses to assist teachers, publishes numerous books of value to teachers and students in all Faculties of the ISTD and co-operates with the general publishers of others. ISTD publications, tapes and videos are available from our shop. In addition, our magazine DANCE is sent to members to keep them informed of all activities and events, including syllabus updates.