What is RAD?

With over 13,000 members' spread across 79 countries, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world.

The Academy's patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Adademy of Dance Membership supports the advancement of dance and includes professional dancers, students, teachers, benefactors and friends.

The Royal Academy of Dance was established in 1920, it's main aim was to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the UK, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students.

The RAD is recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), which have accredited the Academy's Graded and Vocational Examinations. This places these qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).


What is ISTD?

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world's leading dance examinations board.

Formed in 1904 it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.

The ISTD's chief objective is "to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms".

To achieve this, the ISTD works in four main ways:

  • to promote knowledge of dance.
  • to maintain and improve teaching standards.
  • to qualify, by examination, teachers of dancing in the ISTD's specialist techniques taught by our 10,000 members in schools of dancing throughout the world.
  • to provide, through its syllabi, techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.

 Each year upwards of 250,000 people are examined, for whom we provide grade examinations and medal tests to assess their proficiency.