Kathak Dance Examinations







Certification & Accreditation in Kathak dance


You will be asked to verbally answer questions about your piece and the history of the dance form. You will be required to learn terminology and recite all the rhythm compositions learnt. You will also need to submit a theory folder.


The dance piece you have learnt in class will be assessed. You will be marked on your technique (sound of footwork, spins, clarity of hand movements), along with command over rhythm and performance skills, such as confidence and enjoyment.

Creative Exercise

You will be asked to devise your own dance steps using a phrase, pattern or theme given by the examiner. In early grades this is rhythmic and in later grades it is expressional. You will be assessed for your creativity and imagination.


Exams are done in small groups and are always held at the DNC Dance & Yoga Studio in Berkshire. Internationally recognised certificates are issued by the exam board within 8 weeks following the exam. External students learning from other teachers are also welcome to apply.

Kathak Exams at DNC

DNC hosts regular Kathak exams at the studio for students above the age of 9 to take grades in dance, assessed by an external examiner of the ISTD (International society for teachers of dance).

DNC is proud to be affiliated with ISTD, since 2009. Over the last decade, we have seen numerous students go through the grades, from Primary level, upto Grade 6. Many of which have used the qualification towards UCAS points to get into their chosen University.

Kathak students study both theory & practical elements of the dance form, which we teach in classes. They are also required to do their own practice at home, alongside research and self-study. The older the student the more is expected from them. We recommend between 12-24 months to prepare for each grade.