Membership to the association is by examination; however, a working teacher may join as an affiliate member by applying to the secretary and completing the prescribed form. Intensive courses are available for any working teacher/student who wishes to take a professional examination with the association.
Whilst holding an affiliate membership you can enjoy limited benefits of the association such as “Scholarships, Festivals, Open Days and Days of Dance” – it is expected that an affiliate member will take a professional examination within 12 months of joining and therefore become an Associate member – if for any reason an affiliate member does not take a professional examination within twelve months of joining, their membership may be terminated at the discretion of the Board; an affiliate member may enter students for examinations and medal tests within their twelve month membership.
Please note: It is a requirement of your membership to book at least one examination or medal session per year.
Student membership is available to any student who has passed grade 5 in any subject. Only an Affiliate, Associate, Licentiate or Fellow member may enter pupils for examinations and medal tests.
If you are already a member of another recognised dance association, you may join us without taking a professional examination by providing proof of such membership i.e. certificates, membership card, report sheet to the secretary; if you have completed and passed a minimum two year full-time recognised dance course/degree in Theatre dance core subjects at a recognised University/College, you may apply for membership by providing the secretary with a copy of the certificate/report sheet – such membership is at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
A.B.D. recognises Awarding Bodies belonging to the British Dance Council (BDC), Board of Dance Qualifications & Training (BDQT), Theatre Dance Council (TDCI) and Council for Dance Education & Training (CDET).
Teachers over the age of 25 years may take a professional examination and use a Student they have trained, for demonstration purposes ONLY.
The Board may grant an honorary membership, degree or examination-ship but reserve the right to rescind any of the above at their discretion- THE BOARDS DECISION IS FINAL.