ISTD South Asian Dance Faculty
Launches events in India
January 10, 2012 Mumbai
January 12, 2012 Delhi
December 5, 2011
The South Asian Dance Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is delighted to invite you to our first-ever events in India to introduce the ISTD’s internationally recognised dance qualification awards in Bharatanatyam and Kathak, and to celebrate the spread of Indian-origin dance forms to teaching studios and dance stages around the world. These are being hosted by the British Council, India, at the following locations:
Mumbai: Tuesday 10th January 2012, 5 - 7pm
at British Council, 901, Tower 1, One Indiabulls Centre, Elphinstone Rd (West), Mumbai 400013
New Delhi: Thursday 12th January 2012, 5 - 7pm
at British Council, 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110 001
Admission is free but RSVP is kindly requested. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP: Nina Rajarani Faculty Secretary on email@example.com
Event information: Gauri Sharma Tripathi at +91 9930009874
British Council general enquiries: Mumbai: +91 7926464693, Delhi: +91 1141497374
The two-hour event will focus on the content, process and global currency of the ISTD’s syllabus, examination, and qualification awards in Bharatanatyam and Kathak at grade and professional levels, following an overview of the ISTD’s activities and various faculties of dance. There will be an opportunity for questions and feedback. As we seek to include other forms, it will be an opportunity to explore possible collaborations to help develop the ISTD’s work in South Asian dance.
Paddy Hurlings (Chair Theatre Faculty Board)
Sujata Banerjee (Chair South Asian Dance Faculty)
Pushkala Gopal (Vice Chair)
Chitra Sundaram (Committee member)
Gauri Sharma Tripathi (Committee member)
Chitraleka Bolar, Urja Desai, Nina Rajarani (Secretary), Kiran Ratna, Swati Raut
The ISTD and its South Asian dance faculty
ISTD – as a Society
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards. The Society was formed in 1904 to support the dance sector and to establish a standardised examination system. Now, the ISTD has more than 7,500 members in more than 75 countries and facilitates 250,000 dance examinations globally each year. It hosts 12 different faculties covering the full spectrum of dance, from Classical Ballet and Modern to Tap and Greek, including Kathak and Bharatanatyam.
As a registered educational charity, the ISTD’s mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques for its members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards. The training of members is supported through a wide variety of courses, summer schools and congresses. The Society continues to maintain its high standard by choosing most competent examiners who are systematically trained and monitored regularly.
The examination structure of the ISTD is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession either as a performer or dance teacher, and for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity.
The South Asian dance faculty
Following a research project facilitated by Akademi (leading South Asian Dance organisation in the UK), the Faculty was set up by the ISTD in 1999 to examine in Kathak and Bharatanatyam. The UK examining started in 2001, with expansion into Europe, Canada and the US, along with ongoing enquiries from Dubai, Australasia, South Africa, India and Pakistan.
All ISTD Grades, vocational and teaching qualifications are accredited by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). Ofqual is the independent regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland, ensuring that learners get the results their work merits and that the qualifications they receive count, both now and in the future.
The syllabi of Bharatanayam and Kathak develop from Primary to Grades 1 – 6; In the Vocational strand there are four levels: Intermediate Foundation,Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. Teaching qualifications are called Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). The latest development is the higher level qualifications and the possible scope of converting ISTD qualifications into a dance degree, masters or the PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education – teacher training qualification).
Outline syllabi in Bharatanatyam and Kathak are downloadable from our mini website http://www.istd.org/south-asian/. These have been evolved over several years of research and consultancy with distinguished dance teachers throughout the UK and India. They aim to preserve and develop the rich traditions of the dance forms whilst adapting to the many different cultures and contexts in which they are now practised.
For more information on the ISTD, please visit: www.istd.org