Irish Board of Dance Performance

About Us

What is the IBDP?

The Irish Board of Dance Performance is a new Irish-based dance examining body offering performance-based, encouraging and child-centred exams.

We believe that dance teachers want the dance exam room to be a calm and supportive space where their young dance students are encouraged to perform to the best of their ability. That they want their students to go into an exam smiling and come out beaming. And they want to be able to hold exams with the minimum of stress and hassle – in their own studio or hall, at a time that suits them, with friendly, encouraging examiners, and an easy-to-use booking and results process. In short, we are inclusive, professional, flexible, accessible, helpful and affordable.

We offer a Classical Ballet and Modern Dance syllabus for young people from age three to adult, from Preliminary to Graduate. Use the tabs above to see our syllabus requirements in detail. Use the links on the right for helpful information and resources.

Covid-19 Update

We know things are still uncertain for many teachers, but we are resuming face-to-face exams for those who can facilitate it subject to public health guidelines. If face-to-face exams aren’t possible for you, don’t worry, our Zoom or Video exams are still an option.

Massive changes have taken place and huge adjustments have been required to open speech and drama schools. With that in mind, we have decided to extend the current syllabus until 31 August 2022, and to keep all fees at current levels.