ISTD Modern and Tap

Established in 1904, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. As a registered educational charity and membership association, the ISTD’s mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques for its’ members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards.

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.

Tap dance has evolved as an American dance form and is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound.

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