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Welcome to the ABD website

A Not-For-Profit organisation

The Associated Board of Dance Ltd (by guarantee)
ABD is a dance examination board that offers regulated examinations in dance core subjects which are accredited by GQAL & OFQUAL and offers accredited technical examinations and medal tests in all forms of dance.

ABD operates internationally – 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.

Our syllabi has been written by teams of experts in their particular field and our examinations demand a high standard of work which have gained a reputation and respect within the dance industry for quality.

ABD are corporate members of 'The British Dance Council' (BDC), The Theatre Dance Council International (TDCI) and also fully accredited members of the "Board of Dance Qualifications & Training" (BDQT) - comparability studies are regularly held with other recognised dance awarding organisations to ensure quality is maintained across the board.

ABD offers examinations and medal tests in the following:

Ballet, National, Greek, Character.

Theatre Dance 
Modern / Jazz, Tap, Freestyle, Soft Musical Comedy, Acrobatic and Contortion, 
Song and Dance, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Cheerleading.

ABD's Contemporary Syllabus was launched in 2018


ABD's Commercial Syllabus is written and demonstrated by Josh Wharmby (E-Learning)

Ballroom and Latin American
Classical Sequence & Old Time

Street & Hip-Hop, Rock 'n' Roll, Salsa and Argentine Tango

Irish Dancing
Hard shoe, Light shoe and Ceili.

Speech and Drama

Cyprus Ballet Students - We are so proud of them !

A selection of images from our Cypriot members students:

A great attendance at our Scholarships




It's never been easier to join the ABD

Why not become part of the fastest growing dance examination board in the UK.

We have a vibrant young membership and offer great teacher support and training courses throughout the country, as well as festivals, competitions and opportunities to perform in a professional environment.

If you are qualified with another association, you can transfer your qualifications to ABD without taking an examination. 

You can apply for your full membership here: Membership Application


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(formerly CRB) Check ?? 

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DVD's & CD's

DVDs and CDs available in all core subjects through your teacher.

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