This initial level qualification gives prospective dance teachers a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to teach dance in a safe environment. 

(For Theatre Dance genres, the Associate is only offered outside the UK/EU)


You need to be a minimum of 18 years to enter for this examination.

You must have passed the Intermediate for the genre in which you are taking Associate.


If you feel this is the right route for you, you will need to contact a teacher qualified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in the correct genre, who lives in your area and will prepare and train you for the examination.

If you are unable to find a suitable teacher, please contact who may be able to help you with this.

Progressing your journey

After successful completion, candidates can apply for full membership with the Society. In order to continue on your initial teaching qualification route (in Theatre Dance genres), you can progress onto the Associate Diploma.

Once you hold both the Associate and Associate Diploma you are then eligible to take your training further and move onto higher teaching qualifications (Licentiate and the Level 6 Diploma on Dance Pedagogy) with the ISTD.

To apply

You will need to contact a teacher qualified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing who lives in your area to train you for the examination.

When you are ready, your teacher will then be able to arrange your exam with our Examinations department.

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Syllabus Outlines

Our syllabi are created by internationally renowned teachers and dancers and are used to train dancers. Teachers are encouraged to keep up-to-date with the latest syllabi. This can be done through our many courses, summer schools and congresses as well as our syllabus products – books, DVDs, CDs and syllabus outlines.

Dancesport Syllabus Outlines  Theatre Syllabus Outlines