ISTD Syllabus

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The ISTD Syllabus is a list ballroom figures specified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for teaching and competition. The technique for each figure may be found in The Ballroom Technique by Alex Moore.

Slow Waltz
  1. Closed Changes
  2. Natural Turn
  3. Reverse Turn
  4. Natural Spin Turn
  5. Whisk
  6. Chasse from PP
  1. Closed Impetus
  2. Hesitation Change
  3. Outside Change
  4. Reverse Corte
  5. Back Whisk
  6. Basic Weave
  7. Double Reverse Spin
  8. Reverse Pivot
  9. Back Lock
  10. Progressive Chasse to Right
  1. Weave from PP
  2. Closed Telemark
  3. Open Telemark and Cross Hesitation
  4. Open Telemark and Wing
  5. Open Impetus and Cross Hesitation
  6. Open Impetus and Wing
  7. Outside Spin
  8. Turning Lock
Drag Hesitation*
  1. Left Whisk
  2. Contra Check
  3. Closed Wing
  4. Turning Lock to Right
  5. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot
  6. Hover Corte
Fallaway Whisk*
*Drag Hesitation and Fallaway Whisk are listed in the 'Additional Figures' section of the syllabus. This is because they are not required figures for examination.
Slow Foxtrot
  1. Feather Step
  2. Three Step
  3. Natural Turn
  4. Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
  5. Closed Impetus with Feather Finish
  1. Natural Weave
  2. Change of Direction
  3. Basic Weave
  1. Closed Telemark
  2. Open Telemark and Feather Ending
  3. Top Spin
  4. Hover Feather
  5. Hover Telemark
  6. Natural Telemark
  7. Hover Cross
  8. Open Telemark - Natural Turn -
Outside Swivel - Feather Ending
  1. Open Impetus
  2. Weave from PP
  3. Reverse Wave
  1. Natural Twist Turn
  2. Curved Feather to Back Feather
  3. Natural Zig Zag from PP
  4. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot
  5. Natural Hover Telemark
  6. Bounce Fallaway with Weave Ending
  1. Walk
  2. Progressive Side Step
  3. Progressive Link
  4. Closed Promenade
  5. Rock Turn
  6. Open Reverse Turn, Lady Outside
  7. Back Corte
  1. Open Reverse Turn, Lady in Line
  2. Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn
  3. Open Promenade
  4. LF and RF Rocks
  5. Natural Twist Turn
  6. Natural Promenade Turn
  1. Promenade Link
  2. Four Step
  3. Back Open Promenade
  4. Outside Swivels
  5. Fallaway Promenade
  6. Four Step Change
  7. Brush Tap
  1. Fallaway Four Step
  2. Oversway
  3. Basic Reverse Turn
  4. The Chase
  5. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot
  6. Five Step
  7. Contra Check
  1. Quarter Turn to Right
  2. Natural Turn
  3. Natural Turn with Hesitation
  4. Natural Pivot Turn
  5. Natural Spin Turn
  6. Progressive Chasse
  7. Chasse Reverse Turn
  8. Forward Lock
Quarter Turn to Left (Heel Pivot)*
  1. Closed Impetus
  2. Back Lock
  3. Reverse Pivot
  4. Progressive Chasse to Right
  5. Tipple Chasse to Right
  6. Running Finish
  7. Natural Turn and Back Lock
  8. Double Reverse Spin
Zig Zag, Back Lock, Running Finish*
Cross Chasse*
Change of Direction*
  1. Quick Open Reverse
  2. Fishtail
  3. Running Right Turn
  4. Four Quick Run
  5. V6
  6. Closed Telemark
  1. Cross Swivel
  2. Six Quick Run
  3. Rumba Cross
  4. Tipsy to Right and Left
  5. Hover Corte
*Quarter Turn to Left (Heel Pivot), Zig Zag, Back Lock and Running Finish, Cross Chasse and Change of Direction are listed in the 'Additional Figures' section of the syllabus.

This is because they are not required figures for examination.

Viennese Waltz
  1. Natural Turn
  2. Reverse Turn
  3. Closed Changes Forward
  4. Closed Changes Backward
  1. Reverse Fleckerl
  1. Natural Fleckerl
  2. Contra Check