The roots of Imperial Classical Ballet stem from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today. Focusing on encouraging a sound basic technique and an understanding of musical interpretation it provides the essentials of a pure classical training.

Modern Theatre/Jazz Dance​

Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style rooted in musical theatre, which originated in America. It is often seen in musical productions and is known for its dynamic theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Modern Theatre also incorporates jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance styles into its examination syllabus. Modern Theatre Dance defies a single permanent definition. This is largely due to its ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance. This is a highly energetic dance style.


Contemporary dance encourages creativity and confidence through a free dynamic way of moving. You learn floor work, partner work, improvisation, and choreography techniques in a dancer-led class for students who think outside the box. There is a big focus on individuality and expression, and it combines different elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.