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Dance Proms – Creating a Legacy

In 2011 three of the world’s leading dance examination boards, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) joined forces with the Royal Albert Hall to launch Dance Proms. Following in the distinguished tradition of the Music for Youth Schools Proms, this unique and exciting collaborative project aimed to create a national festival of dance that celebrated dance in all its forms.

The first ever Dance Proms involved 450 young people performing in front of an audience of 3,000 and was a huge success with performers and audience alike.

Dance Proms begins as an online virtual Dance Festival, engaging with dance teachers and their students, aged between 5 and 21 years, from around world to create original dance pieces using any style of dance in their own schools or studios, and then video their pieces and upload them to our central and secure website.

Technology is used to bring teachers, students and the public together, encouraging the sharing of ideas and experience and the opportunity to interact with respected dance professionals and high-profile names in the industry. It also allows the wider public to engage with and shape the project by offering an online public voting element.

Whilst technology is used to extend and deepen the experience of all involved, there is no substitute for the live performance experience and so a variety of acts are then selected by a respected panel of professionals to be included in the Dance Proms performance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.