Exams and Assessments


ISTD Exams and Competitions 

Due to the current pandemic, all events, competitions and assessments are temporarily suspended.


Karen Hardy Dance Studios is affiliated with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), a leading dance examination board which is recognised around the world.


Our young and adult members can take part in ISTD Medallist Competitions throughout the year. Finalists from each category may even qualify for the ISTD Grand Finals.

ISTD dance exams for those that wish to pursue a professional dance career and teaching qualifications for those that wish to guide others. We hold these exam days at the studio, in which members perform in front of a qualified ISTD examiner.



KHS Assessments 

The Assessment Day gives members the opportunity to dance in front of Karen Hardy herself or another qualified guest to gain invaluable feedback on how they are progressing with their dancing journey. It’s a fun assessment where skills are put to the test, but it also motivates members, allowing them to see just how far they have come and what they have achieved.

We use a rating system which covers the first tier of social steps – from the ability to dance with a partner confidently, up to mastering the step patterns and essential tools necessary to become a self-assured dancer.  All members receive a certificate and lovely crystal award.



All levels are welcome to participate in either competitions or exams, speak to your KHS team for more information and for scheduling on these events.

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