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How to Join

Whether you’re already a teacher or you’re a dancer looking for a career change, find your own level with the ISTD, wherever you are in the world.

With a wealth of training and recognised qualifications in multiple genres, a website dedicated to promoting ISTD teachers globally and DANCE, our popular magazine, we offer our members many valuable services.

Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December each year, but you can join us at any time throughout the year. Once you join, you will become a member straight away and start receiving your membership benefits immediately!

Joining us for the first time is very easy. Simply fill in the relevant enrolment form indicating the level of membership you would like to join at, and send it to:

ISTD Membership Services
Tel: +44 (0)20 7377 1577 (ext. 891 or 892)
Email: membership@istd.org

Imperial House
22-26 Paul Street
London EC2A
United Kingdom

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For active teachers aged 18 and over who hold the ISTD Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE), Certificate in Dance Education (CDE), the Associate Diploma, Associate qualification or above.

Teach dance and continue with your own training.

For any person aged 16 or over who holds an ISTD qualification Intermediate, Advanced 1, Advanced 2 (Theatre) or the student teacher qualification (Dancesport).


A person who has no ISTD qualifications, but has applied and been approved by submitting a CV and covering letter to the relevant Faculty Board, and must be working towards and ISTD qualification.

If you would like to teach the ISTD syllabi and enter candidates for exams.

This is available to any person who holds a teaching qualification with an awarding body which is approved by a UK Regulator or associated with a regulated awarding body. If the teaching qualification is from a non-regulated awarding body it will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Levels of ISTD Membership

For a full list of membership options and benefits please visit our Levels of Membership page.