The IDTA Associate is the first level of the Association’s professional dance teaching qualifications and prepares the candidate to teach dance in their chosen genre. The examination can be taken as a whole or in a modular format over a period of time.

Which dance genres does this qualification apply to?

The Theatre Branch: Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre Craft

How will you be assessed?

The qualification is a practical examination conducted by an IDTA appointed Examiner. Candidates are required to produce a portfolio for the IDTA Examiner to review in advance of the examination. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate and discuss with the Examiner all aspects of the syllabus. Technical aspects of the examination are from the Intermediate Performers Award. Candidates are also required to teach a small class of pupils so the Examiner may observe their teaching skills.


Depending on age and experience, candidates may be required to hold an Intermediate Performers Award and/or Pre-Associate Part 1 & 2 qualifications, plus hold an Anatomy & Physiology Diploma. Minimum age is 18 years old. Full details are given in the appropriate "Technique of Theatre Dance Book" available from the IDTA Shop.

Future progression

Higher level professional teaching qualifications are available at Licentiate and Fellowship level.


Candidates for IDTA dance teaching qualifications are required to apply using the IDTA Professional Application Form and pay the examination fee in advance. Training fees are set by the teacher.

Membership status

Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatre Craft are the "core-subject" genres which form the IDTA's Theatre Branch. Candidates who successfully pass the Associate qualification are invited to be members of the IDTA, on payment of an annual subscription. Members holding this qualification may enter candidates for examinations in the Theatre Branch dance genres and are termed "full members" which entitles them to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Examination Syllabi, technical information and resources

The syllabi and technique for the Associate qualifications are listed in the appropriate "Technique of Theatre Dance Book". The candidate will require a copy of the "Theatre Dance Syllabus, Grades and Medals" and also access to the set music CDs for the appropriate genre and level of examination. DVDs are also available and may be of assistance. Visit the IDTA Shop for available resources.