Imperial Society of Teachers of DancING (ISTD)

A brand new exciting department has been added to our School!

ISTDThe ISTD is one of the world's leading dance examination boards. Students progress through the grades from Primary to Advance 2, developing skills and understanding of dance by gaining strong technique and the ability to communicate through dance in an expressive and artistic way.

The graded examinations build up progressively ensuring that steps and skills learnt at lower levels prepare for the more complex movements as the children progress to higher grades. Studying all three genres- Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance and Tap dance allows the children to develop a broad base of dance skills.

The examination structure of the ISTD is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress onto a career in dance either as a performer or dance teacher, or for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity.

The ISTD dance examinations are accredited on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and count as UCAS points needed when applying for University places.




 message from Jade

  • Dear Friends,

    Jade EganI started teaching the timetabled ISTD classes here at Footsteps in September 2013. We are having an absolute ball and I have seen significant improvement from all my students and I couldn't be prouder to say that I have trained them.

    I am hoping to see many new faces at these classes in the very near future. If you are interested in pursuing any of the current ISTD classes or would like to show your interest in Modern Theatre Dance, Tap or a Ballet Grade that is not yet timetabled, please can you notify me with your interest on my email:

    Many Thanks for your time

    Jade Egan
  • Current Timetable -




    4:00: 4:45pm  Primary Ballet

    4:45-5:45pm   Grade 3 Modern

    5:45-6:45pm   Grade 5 Modern




    3:45-4:30pm   Grade 1 Tap

    4:30-5:15pm   Grade 3 Tap

    5:15-6:00pm   Grade 2 Ballet




    3:45-4:30pm   Grade 1 Ballet

    4:30-5:30pm   Grade 4 Ballet

    5:30-6:30pm   Grade 5 Ballet

    6:30-7:30pm   Grade Intermediate Ballet

    7:30-8:30pm   Grade Inter Foundation Modern

ISTD Grade General Qualifications UCAS Credits Awarded
Grade 1, 2 & 3 GCSE Grades D-G 7 Credits
Grade 4 & 5 GCSE Grades A*-C 10 Credits
Grade 6 AS Level 13 Credits
Intermediate A2 Level 28 Credits
Advance 1 & 2 Level 5 33 - 38 Credits