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Legat Foundation of Russian Classical Ballet (LFRCB)

The Legat Foundation of Russian Classical Ballet is a non- profit UK based Examination Board offering both accredited graded and professional teaching examinations based on the Legat system of Russian Classical Ballet.

The first Legat syllabus for ballet examinations was compiled by Nadine Nicolaeva Legat, Barbara Vernon, Flora Fairburn and Catherine Weguelin in 1937 and subsequently updated in 2006.

The Legat system operates worldwide and demands the highest of standards both technically and artistically. The Legat Foundation are proud of their reputation as world leaders in the delivery of dance examinations operating teacher training throughout the year – please enquire for details from our Head Office.

The Legat Foundation is proud to be a Fully Accredited member of BDQT and hold the status of “Accredited Awarding Body Status”.

For enquiries regarding membership and examinations, please contact Miss Ella Morgan (Secretary) Tel: 07764 479663 Website: http://legat-russian-ballet.co.uk

Brief history of LEGAT

Nicolai Legat was born on 27th December1869 in St. Petersburg, Russia; he entered the Imperial ballet school in1880 And graduated in 1888.

Legat was premier danceur with the Imperial theatre the Mariinsky for 25 years - he and his wife, Nadine Nicolaeva Legat left Russia in 1923 and settled in London in 1930 - his studio at 46 Colet Gardens was a Mecca for dancers in London.

Ninnette de Valois even had private lessons with him.

All the great names, Margot Fonteyn, Anton Dolin, Alicia Markova etc joined his class and he was responsible for all dancers of note during the 20th Century from those who joined Diaghilev’s ballet Russe to schools and dancers worldwide to the present day.

Legat is now accepted as the great grandfather of British Ballet and his bust resides in the “Royal Ballet School” between De Valois and Margot Fonteyn.

In the 1950s Nadine Nicolaeva Legat [always known as Madame Legat] and Barbara Vernon Gregory updated the syllabus for the new school “The Federation of Russian Classical Ballet”

In 1994 John Gregory established The Legat Foundation, a charity set up to advance the education of the public in the life and teachings of Nicolai Legat and the Johansson –Legat system of classical ballet. The first Trustees were; - John Gregory, Moya Vahey Beynon, Beverley Galante, Carol de Fusco, Paula Gunawardena.

Independent Dance Training (IDT)

The Independent Dance Training (IDT) is a UK based dance examination board and teaching association. We represent dance teachers and schools from the UK and overseas.

Our Programmes of Study cover all aspects of Dance and Performing Arts. We support our members by offering: Courses & Training (both regional and head office based); Advice, and a friendly and knowledgeable ear when needed.


Email: office@independentdancetraining.co.uk

Tel: 01268 724500

Dance Teachers Federation (DTF)

Formed in 1993.

To provide a comprehensive syllabus covering the main subjects of Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Acrobatic. Carefully structured to suit the ‘once a week' pupil which so many schools have as a majority of their pupils.

Each syllabus provides a graded approach to the subject, from Pre-Primary to Grade 5.

Presented in a format that is clear and detailed, and designed to encourage young teachers with small schools.

Beyond the basic syllabus, we have a Major Examination Syllabus in all the main subjects. Designed as Teaching Examinations, they provide us with the new schools of the future.

D.T.F. hold regular "continuing professional development" (CPD) days for our examiners to ensure high standards and consistent assessment of candidates when taking examinations.

D.T.F. is a member of the Board of Dance Qualifications and Training (BDQT) and holds Full Accreditation - regular comprability studies take place across the board to ensure standards are upheld.

We are a friendly association where the first consideration has always been to the pupils of our members, their well being and safety are paramount in the way that we work.


Dance Teachers Federation

Tel: 0845 459 9364

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Contemporary Dance Association (CDA)

The CDA offers the first contemporary dance syllabus available for dance schools across the country. Contemporary dance is expanding and is becoming more popular amongst young dancers. This syllabus allows teachers to focus on the benefits, value and enjoyment of contemporary whilst allowing students to study a dance genre unlike any other.

CDA has designed a syllabus of 7 graded examinations available for dancers aged 9 years and above, specially designed along the Graham and Cunningham techniques. This syllabus is about enjoying music focusing on the sounds and use of djembe drums, and the freedom of movement helping the dancer feel space and breadth of movements. While teaching them to understand the concepts of contemporary movement such as weight, fall, momentum, and the use of gravity, the students continue to enjoy a sense of dance as they progress up through the levels.

Contact Details

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Website: www.cdancea.com

Cumann Ceilteach Rince Gaelach (CAID)

C.A.I.D was established in April 2000 by Chairperson Christina Sweetland. Christina started the organisation to provide Teachers, Children with an organisation that is about fun and enjoyment in their art of Irish Dancing.

The organisation started with 4 Irish dancing schools of which 2 schools which originally started in C.A.I.D are still very actively involved.

Now in its 14th year we now have 15 schools based across the UK.

The majority of the dancing schools are based within London and South East of England, but we do not restrict or only accept schools from this area, we have schools registered with C.A.I.D who are based across England right up to Scotland.


The Management Committee

James Syrad: Chairperson - Head of the organisation, James is responsible for making the decisions within the organisation. James works very closely with Tracey Sweetland to ensure the smooth running or the organisation and kept up to date with the day to day running

Contact Details: James Syrad
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Tracey Sweetland: Secretary - Tracey is the organisation secretary, who in the absence of Christina or James will carry out work required for the smooth running of the organisation.

Contact Details: Tracey Sweetland
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Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts (ARBTA)

Patrons: Mikhail Messerer , Olga Sabadoch and Svetlana Adyrkhaeva

We are a non-profit making organisation promoting Russian Classical Ballet and complementary Theatre Dance and Drama through affiliated schools, to encourage a wider appreciation of the arts.

We provide an infrastructure of accredited teachers, examinations and awards, providing seminars, courses and annual performance opportunities for our members.

Apart from offering ballet examinations, up to and including advanced teaching diploma and Major examinations, the Association also offers an examination systems for complimentary Jazz/Theatre Dance and Character Dance. We now have a new Tap awards syllabus and hope in the future to add a Drama award syllabus.

Courses and seminars are held throughout the year to bring and share information and skills throughout our membership.

Our new look Syllabi are now available.

For further information and prices please contact the examinations secretary.


The General Secretary (A.R.B.T.A.)
58 Vicarage Road Watford Herts WD18 0EW

01923 803 780

Web: http://www.arbta.org.uk/

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 9am to 4pm

General Secretary: Darren Hodson
Examinations Secretary: Natalie Goddard
Compliance: Leigh-Ann James 

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