The Association of American Dancing embraces the disciplines of BALLET, TAP, MODERN, ACROBATICS AND MIME.



Welcome to the Association of American Dancing


March Update


Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown on February 22nd, it must be recognised that the following dates are a guideline and could be subject to review if situations change.


MARCH 8th 

Schools to reopen but NOT dance studios.


APRIL 12th (at the earliest) 

Return to dance classes for children and young people under the age of 18 years.


MAY 17th (at the earliest) 

Return to dance classes for over 18’s and adults.
Return to Examinations and Medal Test sessions for all ages.


JUNE 21st (at the earliest)

Re-opening of all closed sectors.  Restrictions lifted on social contact and large events.


With the above dates, dance classes and Examination sessions must remain Covid-secure, adhering to current advice.


Any possible opportunities for future Association Events will be announced once details are confirmed.


Whilst the office will remain closed until the beginning of April, we are able to deal with communications received.  Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office in the usual way.


We look forward greatly to reopening and helping to get the dance world back on its feet.




We promote the aims of the Association in all forms of dance and movement and to generate, sustain and promote a widening interest and awareness amongst the public at large, but more particularly among those intending a teaching or professional career in the general disciplines of dance and movement.  Encourage by tuition and examination a rising standard of proficiency, knowledge and expertise among both teachers and performers.

What we do

The Association of American Dancing embraces the disciplines of BALLET, TAP, MODERN, ACROBATICS AND MIME. Each program of study caters for all ages from Introductory to Advanced level and Teaching qualifications for each subject. Qualification and Membership is gained through examination.
Teachers registered with another recognised Awarding Dance Society wishing to gain membership to the AAD are assessed on an individual bases, this depends upon past training, experience and the qualifications held.
Medal Tests are available covering most subjects.  These are performance based, open to AAD teachers. Annually, the Association offer CPD days for teachers and students.  Events for dancers to further develop performance skills are held at the country’s most prestigious venues.

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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.

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