This is the highest teaching qualification offered by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. It builds further on the skills and experienced gained through the Licentiate qualification.  You are expected to show a depth and breadth of technical knowledge and artistry as well as a high standard of teaching.


In order to apply to take the Fellowship exam you need to have one of the following:

  • Theatre Dance: You must have passed the Licentiate in the relevant genre or completed the Level 6 DDP qualification. You need to have passed the Advanced 2 examination in the relevant genre or have been granted Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
  • Dancesport: You must have held the Licentiate in the relevant genre for a minimum of three years or have been granted Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
  • All genres: Teachers who do not hold the above qualifications but have significant teaching and/or performing experience can apply through the ISTD’s Accreditation of Experiential Learning (APEL) process to access this qualification. For more information, please visit our Accreditation of Experiential Learning (APEL) page and contact


Training will normally take place with a senior experienced examiner.

If you need to find a suitable tutor, please contact

You may also want to browse profiles at ‘Find a Dance Teacher’ to find a suitable tutor.

You can also look out for our Continual Professional Development courses run during spring and summer programmes by the Education and Training Department with our experienced lecturers and examiners.

For further guidance and information please contact

Progressing your journey

After successful completion, you can apply to train as an examiner for the relevant Faculty. The ISTD periodically advertises for Examiners and Fellowship holders are eligible to apply. 

You now hold the highest qualification of the society but if you would like to consider further study you might like to consider an MA in Professional Practice, Dance Technique Pedagogy.