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Associated Board of Dance (ABD)

The Associated Board of Dance - ABD is an internationally recognised and accredited dance examination board.

ABD offers regulated examinations accredited by OFQUAL, Graded Qualifications Alliance (GQAL), The Board of Dance Qualifications & Training (BDQT) and British Dance Council (BDC).

We give a personal service to teachers, involving syllabi work either at our headquarters or at your studio and offer support, advice and an insight to dancers entering the profession as teachers, performers or choreographers.

ABD's aim has always been to treat you like an individual and not just a number. 

Teachers Training Courses take place around the country throughout the year - please email the office for more information.

Our syllabus has been written with great care, by leading teachers and choreographers. Examinations, medal tests and awards demand a high standard of work and are available in:


Ballet, National, Greek, Character.

Theatre Dance

Modern / Jazz, Tap, Freestyle, Soft Musical Comedy, Musical Theatre, Acrobatic and Contortion, Song and Dance, Lyrical, Cheerleading, Freestyle, Street & Hip-Hop.

Ballroom and Latin

Freestyle, Street & Hip-Hop.

Irish Dancing

Hard shoe, Light shoe and Ceili.


The ABD is a Corporate member of the British Dance Council (BDC), Graded Qualifications Alliance (GQAL), Theatre Dance Council International (TDCI), Board of Dance Qualifications & Training (BDQT) and Sports & Recreation Alliance (SARA) and is proud to be one of the leading Dance Associations within the industry.

Associated Board of Dance
Suite 222, Zellig, 
Custard Factory, 
Gibb Street, 
West Midlands 
B9 4AA

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0121 288 4166 Skype: abdltd

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

General Secretary: Darren Hodson
Examinations Secretary: Natalie Goddard
Compliance: Lynne Thomas


Association of American Dancing (AAD)

The Association of American Tap Dancing was founded by a group of British and American teachers under the direction of Judy Cholerton and Fred Astaire, with contributions from other performers such as Gene Kelly, the aim being to maintain the traditions of authentic American Tap.

A syllabus was created segmenting the work into grades to ensure the requirements of each step could easily be understood and developing levels of increasing complexity to produce an accomplished knowledgeable and polished performer. Following the success of the tap syllabus the Association, in 1936, embraced the disciplines of ballet, modern, acrobatic forms of dance to which was later added a mime syllabus.The Association of American Dancing has continued as an examination body concerned both with students seeking to become performers, and those intending a teaching career.

After the loss of the London headquarters in Buckingham Palace Gardens during the war the Association moved to Derbyshire where the work of widening and improving the examination and performing standards has continued

The Association of American Dancing
Aspenshaw Hall,Thornsett, High Peak, SK22 1AU

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.the-aad.org.uk

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