ISTD Modern

Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.

Our classes begin at the Grade 2 and continue through to the Advanced Levels, including preparatory classes for those heading towards a professional career in dance.  For our younger students, we offer our Tiny Tots and Littlies Ballet programs which incorporate contemporary movement alongside ballet.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world’s leading dance examinations board. Formed in 1904 it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.



Each year, The Perth School of Ballet offers exams. These exams are not compulsory but are usually recommended for students demonstrating a certain level of aptitude in their classes.

Exam dates will be available during Term 2. Information regarding exams will also be available at that time.

ISTD Exams are held late in Term 3. Again, students with strong technique in Modern dance will be invited to participate in these exams by their teacher. Candidates will be required to do 2 to 3 extra classes (usually on Sunday) just prior to the exams.

The Perth School of Ballet hold internal exams for any students who wish to participate. Exams are held in our dance studio and students are examined by a guest teacher. This exam gives students a good indication of their progress in their grade syllabus. Dates for these exams are usually just prior or just after the corresponding ISTD exams.


Minimum Modern Class Recommendations

Grade 2 1 class per week
Grade 3 and above 2 classes per week

Class Levels

Grade 2 6 – 8 years
Grade 3 7 – 9 years
Grade 4 8 – 10 years
Bronze Jazz 9 – 11 years
Grade 5 10 – 13 years
Grade 6 12 – 14 years
Intermediate 14 years and above
Advanced 1 15 years and above
Advanced 2 15 years and above
Dance is the hidden language of the soul. – Martha Graham