What is the IDTA

The International Dance Teacher’s Association (IDTA) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. They offer dance exams across the spectrum from armature to professional on a global scale. They currently have thousands of members in 57 countries across the world. This is fantastic as it means that after your dance teacher training with us is complete you will have an International qualification enabling you to apply for dance jobs or set up a dance business across the world!

The IDTA have partnerships with the Royal Academy of dance (RAD) enabling you to potentially become a member of the RAD because you have a dance teacher qualification with the IDTA.

The International Dance Teacher’s Association sit on several significant government boards in the UK including  Sport & Recreation Alliance (formerly The Central Council of Physical Recreation), the Council for Dance Education and Training, and the Theatre Dance Council International. They are also a member of the British Dance Council.

They cover a wide range of dance styles and it is possible to take IDTA exams in the following genres:

  • Ballroom Branch: Ballroom, Latin and Classical Sequence;
  • Theatre Branch: Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre Craft; and
  • Freestyle Branch: Freestyle (incorporating Rock ‘n’ Roll, Street Dance, Line Dancing, Cheerleading and Belly Dancing)

Professional examinations are also available in non-core subjects:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll;
  • Cheerleading;
  • Line Dancing; and Street Dance.

Dance Teacher Diplomas are available in the following subjects:

  • Argentine Tango;
  • Salsa;
  • Belly Dancing;
  • Dance Exercise;
  • Gymnastic Dance; and
  • Anatomy & Physiology.

The University of Buckinghamshire now offer an academic degree in dance teaching in partnership with the IDTA which you are able to access through completing an IDTA dance teacher qualification if you would like to further your study in an academic environment.

The objectives of the Association are:

  1. To promote knowledge and foster the art of dance in all its forms.
  2. To consult.
  3. To maintain and improve teaching standards.
  4. To offer a comprehensive range of professional qualifications in all dance genres.
  5. To provide and maintain syllabi and technique in all dance genres to train dance for the profession. (www.IDTA.co.uk)


The History of the IDTA

The IDTA was established in 1903 by a group of dance teachers in Manchester and Salford. At the time  it was simply called the Association of Teachers of Dancing. They were pioneers and many began to follow in their footsteps and set up dance  associations in their own geographical areas.

Eventually these other associations joined forces with what is now known as the IDTA. This merger meant that by 1955 the board became the leading provider of dance exam syllabi across the world.

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