ISTD aims to educate by providing a progressive awareness of the culture and technique of Classical Ballet through a graded program of training and assessment.

ISTD provides a structured examination system that can be followed by students who are studying Classical Ballet primarily as a recreational pursuit. However, this does not preclude the student who wishes to progress to vocational training in Classical Ballet and other theatrical dance forms.

Out of all the dance genres, Classical Ballet is the founding figure for dance posture. Correct posture plays an important role in the ISTD curriculum to assist students in achieving their learning objectives while preventing injuries and allowing the spine to be in the correct alignment. Students will develop this understanding through specific postural exercises which will bring awareness and comprehension.