ISTD Contemporary Dance Examinations!

KDA is proud to be offering classes in the brand new Contemporary Dance Syllabus released by the ISTD to all Year 7 Students & above!

Contemporary Dance stems from the core, or torso, of the body and uses elements of contract, release, spiral, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. This evolving style has fast become one of the most dominant genres for dancers throughout the world.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing contemporary dance exams are recognised internationally for their quality and excellence. The ISTD have developed three levels of the syllabus:
Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced 1.
Students must have reached 13 years of age to enter the first level at Intermediate Foundation.

The idea of the new syllabus is to bridge the gap for dancers wishing to audition / apply for Dance courses at University level, often students have not had the Contemporary Dance experience they need.
Each level builds on the next, maintaining the idea of a spiral curriculum, building on what has come before.

Created by Dr Ross McKim, the well-known dancer, choreographer, philosopher, and Artistic Director of the Rambert School (from 1985–2015), the Contemporary dance syllabus is informed by Eastern concepts of subtle energy and draws influence from choreographers Graham, Hawkins and Cohan. This syllabus aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of Contemporary dance technique and performance by approaching different movement themes at each level, specially created solos and the inclusion of structured improvisation to enable students to explore, develop and create their own movement vocabulary.