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Levels of Membership

Whatever your dance genre or teaching level, find an ISTD membership category to suit you!

“Dance teachers around the world work tirelessly to inspire people of all ages, and young people in particular, with a love of dance and ambition to learn and to achieve. The ISTD is determined to support teachers in their work.” Professor Christopher Bannerman, ISTD Chair

Full Teaching Membership

Enter your students for exams and take advantage of the full range of membership benefits! 

This membership is intended for those who are actively teaching.

Members must ensure that their subscription is fully up-to-date before being allowed to enter candidates for examinations.

Who can join?

Theatre Faculty members 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.

Dancesport Faculty members aged 18 and over who hold the Dancesport Associate qualification, Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE), Certificate in Dance Education (CDE) or above.

Please note: Full Teaching or Provisional Theatre members are able to enter any genre of candidates for examination. Provisional Dancesport members may teach candidates only under the guidance of a Full Dancesport member and any candidate taught by the Provisional Dancesport member must be entered for examination by the Full Dancesport member. 

 Joint Membership For any two Full Teaching members - save money and register with one address.

The fee is one and a half times the Full Teaching subscription, but only one copy of DANCE magazine is sent to the address. 

 Provisional Membership   Provisional membership allows teachers to enter candidates for examinations, while still in training.

UK members must be working towards their Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). For International members, these members should be working towards gaining their Associate whilst under Provisional membership

Who can join?

Anyone aged 18 and over who is working towards their Full Teaching membership qualification(s). Members in this category must achieve Full Teaching membership within eight years (DDE within the EU) / five years (Associate outside the EU). Applications for Provisional membership are accepted from the following:

  • Those holding any one or more of the following ISTD qualifications: Intermediate, Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Student Teacher or Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI), or Foundation in Dance Instruction (FDI).
  • Those holding teaching qualifications with other examination boards.
  • Those with no teaching qualifications held with any examination board. In order to be granted membership in this category a CV and covering letter must be submitted for approval by the Faculty Board.
Please note: this category was formerly called Pre-Registration. Click here for more details about Provisional Membership and taking the DDI/DDE.

Life Membership  

Members who have held a Licentiate, Fellowship or Associate qualification in any ISTD Faculty and who have been an ISTD member for at least 35 years continuously may apply in writing to the Marketing & Membership Support Services Department for Life membership. Life members do not pay an annual subscription and continue to receive full benefits of their ISTD membership. A fee is required to receive of DANCE magazine.

 Non-Teaching Membership  

Taking a break from active teaching?

This is available to members who hold an Associate, Associate Diploma, DDE, CDE, Licentiate or Fellowship qualification and who are not actively teaching or entering candidates for examinations.

This category is intended for those who wish to maintain their membership status but may need to take time off from teaching, e.g. for maternity leave or anyone who is taking a sabbatical from active teaching. Please note: this category was formerly called Non-Active.

 Student Membership  

Starting out on your teacher training? Become an ISTD member and receive discounts on courses and training materials as you learn.

This is available to those who are currently not teaching, but intend upon a career in dance and who hold Intermediate, Advanced 1, Advanced 2 or the FDI or DDI qualifications with a Theatre Faculty.



2016 Membership fees

Membership Level

UK (£)

Int'l (£)

EU (€)

Full Teaching 104 115 138
Provisional 121 148 174
Joint 164 194 260
Non-Teaching 69 72 90
Life (to receive DANCE) 36 43 51
Student 44 46 56







Please Note: 

• All UK and EU members must pay the UK or EU rates
• All Non-UK & Non-EU Rate Members must pay the International sterling rate* 
* Members from South Africa who would prefer to pay in South African Rand should contact our Membership office at membership@istd.org