About the International Dance Federation

The International Dance Federation (IDF) was founded in 1995 by Wilma Beeslaar after she noticed there was a demand for a dance institution in the Pretoria area which would enable dance teachers to teach to the same high standards to which she was accustomed.

IDF started only with a few teachers and dancers, but the organisation has since grown and has currently over 22 affiliated teachers with more than 1800 students, and growing in numbers each year.

The core functions of the International Dance Federation is to administer various exams, festivals and competitions and in the process maintaining a high standard for the following styles of dance:
Tap, Modern Dancing, Lyrical, Disco Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip Hop and Ballet.

IDF affiliated teachers can currently be found in Gauteng and the North West province, and the organisation has plans to expand further into other provinces within South Africa.


IDF's current syllabuses for exams cover the following dance styles:

  • Modern Dancing
  • Tap
  • Lyrical
  • Disco Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Acrobatics
These exams are done through different stages in a students dance career, in order of the following levels:
  • Tiny Babies (3 yr olds)
  • Tiny Tots (4 & 5 yr olds)
  • Pre-Primary
  • Junior & Senior Students
  • Teacher Qualification
Exams are normally held in the months of June and July.

With this training, dancers can do dancing work locally or even internationally and some become teachers building their successfull dance schools.


The Internationl Dance Federation holds one of the biggest and strongest festivals yearly in Pretoria, namely the Dance Art Festival (DAF).

The Dance Art Festival gives dancers the opportunity to compete in the following dance styles :
Modern, Tap, Lyrical, Disco, Acrobatics, Hip Hop and Ballet.

They compete in their own age groups in solos, duets, trios, quartets and group events from the age of 3 years and up.

The Dance Art Festival takes place during the months of October and November.

The fun of makeup and costumes is the dream of every little dancer and because the entry fees of the Dance Art Festival are so afffordable, each and every dancer can compete.


Workshops are held at different studios throughout the year where professional and experienced dancers teach new techniques and dance moves to attendees.

Anyone is welcome to attend, although each workshop will specify for which dance style it is and what age restrictions are.

Dates and details of the workshops will be advertised on the IDF website and emails will be sent out to all affiliated studios and dancers. So be sure not to miss the next workshop !!

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