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Modern Theatre

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.

Syllabus outlines

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

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

Faculty Updates

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

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

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 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 from January 2015. This also involves the syllabus being included in Part 2 of the Licentiate Modern Examination both for vocational and graded specialisation from January 2015.

IDS logoISTD uniforms for the Classical Greek, Modern Theatre, National Dance, and Tap Dance Faculties are now available for dance teachers and schools to purchase through International Dance Supplies. 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.

Parents and students can purchase the ISTD Uniform directly through www.danceandshop.com.

The ISTD celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2014

Download a fascinating new history of the Modern Theatre Faculty, written to mark the occasion.

 ISTD Modern Theatre Dance Faculty History










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.



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