The examination structure of the ISTD is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress into making dance their profession (either as a performer or dance teacher), and for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity.

The teaching qualifications are structured to give the new teacher the best possible foundation from which to work, with a particular emphasis on safe dance practice and the needs of the growing child.


  • Class exams: providing an assessment scheme for dance. This gives a teacher a base line to measure a candidate’s progress and development.
  • Graded exams: where the aim is to build up progressively, ensuring that steps and skills learned at lower levels to prepare for more complex movements as the candidate progresses. Structured program and syllabus work ensure progressive development for those keen to improve their technique.
  • Vocational graded exams: aiming to form a cohesive bridge between the work covered in the grades and the work of professional examinations.  These exams develop the candidate’s expertise to provide the basis for either professional employment as a dancer, or further training as a dance teacher.
  • Medal exams: promoting an appreciation and enjoyment of dance and tracking progress in through both understanding and performance.
  • Professional exams: focused on delivering ISTD Associate, Licentiate or Fellowship teaching qualifications which provide prospective dance teachers a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to teach dance in a safe environment.
  • Candidates are examined individually by one examiner recruited and trained by the ISTD. Assessment is carried out by means of a practical demonstration of the knowledge, understanding and skills required. Assessment will be made based on the examination marking scheme.
  • Examination Center: AMPA Education is the first Vietnamese Assessment Center to offer examinations and certifications as offered by ISTD.

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