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Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps, and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.

Bursary Awards
The Bursary Awards competitors are drawn from the winners of the Janet Cram Awards upon recommendation from the Modern Theatre faculty.

Download a history of the Modern Theatre Faculty, written to mark the occasion. If you would like to find out more about ISTD history you can order your copy of 100 Years of Dance from our online shop.


 2018 Committee Elections


Attention to all Full Members/Life Members of the ISTD:
All Ballot papers have been sent as of the 20th July 2018.
If you hold the Associate and/or DDE qualification or higher in Modern Theatre and are currently a paid-up Member, then you are entitled to vote.

Anyone who has not received a ballot paper and is a full member please contact Georgia Hussey at pa@istd.org.

Recent Faculty Notices



Changes to Licentiate and Fellowship Entry and Requirements (January 2016)

COMBINATION STEPS Modern Grades 2, 3 and 4
Teachers, please note: Candidates will not be asked by examiners which two combination steps they are demonstrating. They will be asked about which music option they are using.

Grade 2 is a choice of tempo A, B or C
Grade 3 is a choice of tempo A or B
Grade 4 is a choice of the set music or suitable music of the teacher's choosing.

Candidates should be confident enough to state which of the above they are using when asked for this information in their exams. All combination steps need only be prepared to be shown from one side only and performed as a solo.

New Revised Advanced 1 Modern Important Reminder:
The revised syllabus became compulsory throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide since January 2015. This also involved the syllabus being included in Part 2 of the Licentiate Modern Examination both for vocational and graded specialisation since January 2015.

Update on Intermediate Modern Rhythm Developments & Syllabus Music for Centre Examinations (19 Oct 2015).

Update on the Intermediate Modern Examination (23 Sept 2014).

 Modern Theatre Adv 1 DVD  

Modern Theatre Advanced 1 DVD
The DVD is available to buy via the ISTD Shop.

 ISTD Syllabus Outlines   Download the Modern Theatre syllabus from the theatre dance syllabus page.

Download the Modern Theatre syllabus revisions from the theatre dance syllabus page.

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To open an account, or shop now if you already have an IDS account, call +44 (0)1626 36 3232 or visit www.ids.co.uk.

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