Contemporary dance emerged in the 1950’s, after the modern movement and post-modern movement, combining elements of modern dance and classical ballet. The National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) founded 1906 is the only awarding organisation to offer a graded syllabus in Contemporary dance which is officially recognised in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation – OFQUAL. The NATD syllabus (grades 1-6) relates to the work of three pioneering choreographers of our time, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. It employs contact work between dancers, release technique, fall and recovery, floorwork and improvisation, creative freedom and provides an excellent basic knowledge for pupils, that can take them confidently as dancers to a degree level standard, or support their understanding of choreography required in today’s dance work place. We believe that teachers have the responsibility to enable students to appreciate and understand this art form alongside their traditional classical studies and other modern styles, whilst enriching their experiences as practitioners of dance and contributing greatly to their understanding of the performing arts in the 20th century.

Quote from Mr. Kevin Page – CEO of NATD:

“The NATD is delighted to be working with the Asia Music & Performing Arts (AMPA Education) a well-established organisation who inspires young people to achieve their dreams through Dance and the Arts. Contemporary dance allows everyone to express themselves in a truly natural and creative way providing every dancer with a strong sense of commitment and passion in the world of dance.”