The regulation ISTD uniform detailed below is required for all
exam candidates and should be worn for all exam coaching classes.
Barton’s t-shirts may be worn over purple catsuits for class.
Primary, Grades 1 - 3
Female: Purple lycra leotard with skirt (provided by BDDA for exams),
white ankle socks, with white low heel tap shoes, purple ribbon for hair and
in shoes instead of laces. Heel taps may be added to shoes from Grade 1.
Male: Black trousers, purple Barton’s t-shirt with black low heel tap shoes.
Heel taps may be added to shoes from Grade 1.
Grades 4 - 6
Female: Purple lycra leotard with skirt (provided by BDDA for exams), tan tights
and black Oxford style tap shoes with heel taps, purple ribbon for hair.
Male: Black dance trousers, purple Barton’s t-shirt and black tap shoes with heel
Intermediate - Advanced 2
Female: Purple velvet leotard, black dance trousers, black Oxford style
tap shoes with heel taps, purple ribbon for hair
Male: Black dance trousers, white t-shirt and black tap shoes with heel taps
Apart from being an essential skill for the professional dancer, tap dance is one
of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of recreational dance. The work of the Faculty
reflects this by providing extensive syllabi for the amateur market in addition to
the children's and professional syllabi.
Examinations in Tap The Faculty offers a series of examinations from the seven children's
Grades Primary to Grade 6, four major examinations for those wishing to pursue a
career in dance, through to professional teaching qualifications. The Grade and the
Major syllabi were revised in the 00’s to further reflect the influence of American
Tap on British Musical Theatre. There are also a series of progressive popular tap
tests, ideal for adults keen to begin tap, which develop the work for novices by
laying down the essential technical rhythmic skills.