The British Theatre Dance Association was established in 1972 by its President Ann Oliver MBE as a Midlands based Association which has subsequently spread throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

So why is BTDA so successful?

  • It has a dedicated staff that recognises the need to treat everyone as an individual and strives to provide an efficient and personal service.
  • It is quick to respond to teachers and candidates needs, within the constraints of regulation.
  • It offers a variety of programmes over a comprehensive range of dance disciplines, thereby making dance accessible to all regardless of age or gender.  Candidates have the opportunity to master skills, achieve and progress whether they are 3 or 33.

In 2013 BTDA created a new subsidiary company called the Graded Qualifications Alliance (GQAL) with the purposes of offering performance based qualifications to a broader market not necessarily based around dance, the Graded Qualifications Alliance (GQAL) is now the awarding organisation for all regulated qualifications based on programmes devised by BTDA.

"To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?"