The Imperial Society of Teachers and Dancing
At the Heights Ballet & Theatre School we hold annual exam sessions for all our pupils. The examination structure of the ISTD is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession, either as a performer or dance teacher, or for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world's leading dance examinations board. Formed in 1904, it is to this day a registered educational charity. It is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.
All teachers at the Heights are fully qualified teachers of the ISTD. We are currently the only ISTD School in Sheffield.
Class Examinations may be taken in: -
Cecchetti Classical Ballet : Pre Primary, Primary, Standard 1 - Standard 7.
Modern Theatre: Primary
Tap: Pre Primary, Primary
This is a great way to introduce children to dance exams. The class is conducted by the teacher in the presence of the Examiner with a group of up to 6 candidates. This system is designed for those pupils who attend a weekly class only.
Grade Examinations may be taken in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre & Tap. Grades 1-6 are accredited by Ofqual, but prior to Grade 1 Primary should be taken.
The Vocational Grades are accredited by Ofqual and include Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. These examinations form a cohesive bridge between the work covered in the Grades and the work of the professional examinations.
If any ISTD student has taken their Grade 6 and/or Intermediate they can receive the following UCAS points. The number of points they can get depends on how well they did in their examination (i.e. Distinction, Merit or Pass).