The C.S.T.D. is one of the great International Dance Societies proudly serving Dance for over 82 years providing examinations in all major dance disciplines from Tinies to Teacher qualifications throughout Australia & the Asian Pacific region. The Society had its beginnings in 1933 with the formation of the National Examination System and the Victorian Society of Dancing. Established in 1931 and 1933 respectively, the two organisations were founded to establish Examination Standards and to raise the standard of dance in Australia. The later amalgamation of the two societies into the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing consolidated the work of the two organisations into one democratic society which today occupies a unique position amongst the dance societies of the world, catering for all major forms of dance. Examinations are held throughout Australia and the Asian Pacific Region in the various syllabi. The national operations of the Society are managed by an Executive Committee elected annually by the membership. The real estate assets of the Society are administered by the Board of Trustees.
Dance is our business. The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing is one of the world’s great international dance societies proudly serving dance for nearly 80 years. Teachers who have a full teachers’ diploma use the letters CSTD together with the distinguishing letters for the syllabus, eg. CSTD/cb (classical ballet). Affiliate membership is available to teachers of dancing, professional dancers and student dance teachers who do not hold the Society’s teaching qualification. Competitions, Festivals, Championships and other member activities are programmed each year to meet the needs of members in each state.
BETTY TILLEY, 1934-2009 First CSTD Asia-Pacific Director
CSTD East Malaysia began with an arranged meeting in 1999 between Examiner Betty Tilley and Mary Chan & January Chan, owners of The Dance Aacademy Kuching (TDAK). Betty from CSTD offered dance exams to TDAK’s teachers and she wasted no time in organising workshops for the team at TDAK to assist them in expanding their dance horizons to being certified Ballet instructors which was a big part of the CSTD. She became the Organiser for CSTD Malaysia, Singapore and later to India. Jazz Ballet & Tap soon followed and introductory courses were held at TDAK which was the first school to hold CSTD examinations in year 2000 in East Malaysia.