Exams Explained

It may be that you only want to dance as social hobby or you may wish to develop your interest further.

Our classes are structured to allow pupils if they wish to take annual examinations with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) / Imperial Society Teachers of Dance (ISTD) / Acrobatic Arts / Associated Board of Dance (ABD) / ICMA (Music, Speech and Drama).

The IDTA / ISTD / ABD / ICMA are supported by OFQUAL awarding body which means the graded examinations they offer are approved and monitored by OFQUAL.

Exams are a measure of your technical ability, presentation and musical awareness and are an ideal way to encourage and map your progress in your chosen performing arts style.

Exams are not compulsory but are very popular with students. Most students take part in them and enjoy the sense of achievement.

For more information of examinations and the benefits they provide please see Graded Examinations….. The definitive guide https://cdmt.org.uk/images/PDF-documents/GE_booklet_2018.pdf

To see how our classes fit with the examination syllabus please visit the Class Structure page and class timetable.



Next Examination Session:


Monday 29th April 2019 – Saturday 4th May 2019 – ShowcaseDS Class Medals Test Examination (Internal Grading and Celebrations)

Sunday 19th May 2019 – ICMA Singing Groups and Solo Singers External Exams

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July – Acrobatic Arts Class Exams

September 2019 – IDTA Class Exams

Nov / Dec 2019 – ISTD Class Exams