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Levels of Membership

Find your own level

Whatever your dance style or teaching level, find an ISTD membership category to suit you.

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Full Teaching Membership  

Enter your students for ISTD exams, vote in elections, advertise your credentials and take advantage of our full range of benefits!

This membership category is intended for those who are actively teaching dance.

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

 

Who can join as a Full Teaching member?

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 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.

Full Teaching benefits

  • Apply for Full Teaching membershipEnter students for ISTD examinations
  • Receive DANCE magazine
  • Ability to use the ISTD logo
  • Ability to use your ISTD designation (i.e. Jane Smith LISTD)
  • Discounts on courses
  • Discounts on ads in DANCE and on ISTD website
  • 5% discount in the ISTD shop
  • Free use of the ISTD Library
  • Free registration on dance-teachers.org
  • Access to My ISTD online members' area
  • Ability to join the ISTD dance insurance scheme (UK)
  • Access to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Vetting Scheme
  • Full voting rights (except those holding just an Associate qualification)

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Joint Membership  

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

Both Joint members continue to receive the same benefits as Full Teaching members, but only one copy of DANCE magazine is sent to the address. 

Please contact the Membership Services Team to apply for Joint Membership. Please note, both members must have previously been Full Teaching members.

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Provisional Membership

Provisional membership is for those who are working towards a full ISTD teaching qualification.

Members within the UK must be working towards their Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE).

International members should be working towards gaining their Associate whilst under Provisional membership.

Who can join as a Provisional member?

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

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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

Provisional benefits

Apply for Provisional membership
  • Receive DANCE magazine
  • Discounts on courses
  • Discounts on ads in DANCE and on ISTD website
  • 5% discount in the ISTD shop
  • Free use of the ISTD Library
  • Access to My ISTD online members' area
  • Ability to join the ISTD dance insurance scheme (UK)
  • Access to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Vetting Scheme

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Affiliated Membership 

Affiliated membership means we recognise your teaching qualification gained through another regulated awarding Organisation and you can enter candidates for exams.

Who can join as an affiliated member?

  • 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.

Please note: Affiliate Members carry no rights of designation but are entitled to enter candidates for any examinations conducted by the Society.

Affiliated benefitsApply for Affiliated membership

  • Receive DANCE magazine
  • Discounts on courses
  • Discounts on ads in DANCE and on ISTD website
  • 5% discount in the ISTD shop
  • Free use of the ISTD Library
  • Access to My ISTD online members' area
  • Ability to join the ISTD dance insurance scheme (UK)
  • Access to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Vetting Scheme

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Life Membership

Life members no longer pay a subscription and still receive the full benefits of membership.

Who can become a Life member?

Members who have held a Licentiate, Fellowship or Associate qualification in any ISTD Faculty, and who have been an ISTD member for at least 40 years* continuously, may apply in writing to the Membership Services team for Life membership. An annual fee is required to continue to receive DANCE magazine.

*as of 1 Jan 2017.

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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. Please contact the Membership Support Services team to change to Non Teaching membership.

Non Teaching benefits

  • Receive DANCE magazine
  • Discounts on courses
  • Discounts on ads in DANCE and on ISTD website
  • 5% discount in the ISTD shop
  • Access to My ISTD online members' area
  • Ability to join the ISTD dance insurance scheme (UK)
  • Access to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Vetting Scheme
  • Free use of the ISTD Library

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Student Membership

For young dancers who would like to join the Society and feel part of the ISTD dance community

Who can join as a Student member? 

Anyone who has taken an exam in ISTD.

Student benefits

  • Apply for Student membershipReceive DANCE magazine
  • 5% discount in the ISTD shop
  • Free use of the ISTD Library

 

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Contact Us  

ISTD Membership Support Services

Tel: +44 (0)20 7377 1577
Email: membership@istd.org

Imperial House
22/26 Paul Street
London EC2A 4QE
United Kingdom