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100 Years of Dance

Since we all have more time to be in our homes due to our current world health situation, I thought I’d remind you about the ISTD. They published an outstanding book about dance and now is a good time to catch up on our reading and still stay connected to our beloved dance!

Sometime ago, I wrote a blog about the ISTD. Here is a link of the blog I wrote on 5/21/17, explaining more about this organization. Below is a recap of the essential work this highly regarded organization is known for.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. From Ballet to Ballroom, they have 11 dance faculties covering Theatre, Dancesport and Social Dance.

Since 1904, they have provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling teachers to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and spread the joy of dance. In September 1907 the first issue of “Dance Journal” (now known as DANCE magazine) was published.

I thought I would update you about an auspicious occasion that took place regarding the ISTD. 2004 marked the centenary of the ISTD and a book was published which looks back over the 100 years of the organization and celebrates its magnificent history.

100 Years of Dance takes you on a journey through each decade of the ISTD’s life, from its inception to the present day, highlighting significant moments, interesting facts and a few humorous anecdotes that have taken place over the last century.

Chronologically organized, with a wide range of wonderful archive photographs used throughout, this extensive coffee table book is the ultimate record of the development of the ISTD, from its humble beginnings at the start of the 20th century to becoming one of the leading dance examination boards of today.

As a registered educational charity and membership association, the ISTD’s mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques for their members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards. They support their members through updated teaching syllabi and techniques, plus a wide variety of courses, summer schools, and congresses.

Whether you are planning to open a new studio, become a qualified dance teacher, enter candidates for examinations, or run an event in your region, they are there to support you to achieve your goals.

ISTD Headquarters

Imperial House

22/26 Paul Street



Phone: +44 (0)20 7377 1577

***We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

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Thought Of The Week:

Allowing, not forcing, is the way of the truth – Joseph Rain

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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