Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations. RAD’s exams set standards in Classical Ballet and they are a global leader in Continuing Professional Development for dance, for students of all ages and abilities.
The RAD’s focus is on creativity and musicality, providing opportunities to progress and achieve. The exams are recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL).
Founded in 1904, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards with the widest range of genres available. From Ballet and Ballroom to Commercial Hip-Hop, ISTD covers the full spectrum of dance genres. For more than 110 years, ISTD has provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling them to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and celebrate the joy of dance.
The ISTD is regulated by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in England.
Founded in 1906, The National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) is one of the world’s leading international dance examination boards. The NATD encourages the diversity and values of individuals and their culture. It is committed to the highest standards of service, integrity and fairness. They offer a range of examinations which encourage a positive approach to achievement and strive for the development of each individual to their maximum potential.
The NATD is the only awarding organisation in the world to offer a graded syllabus in Contemporary Dance which is officially recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in England.