The Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing was established in Australia in 1931. It is the longest established association in the Southern Hemisphere.
The New Zealand Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing inc. gained its independence in 1974 but has retained its long standing association with the FATD Australia and is an affiliated member of ISTD (London) and Dancesport New Zealand (NZDA).
The NZFATD exists principally to provide assistance with the promotion of interest in dance. To this end the association endeavours to:
- Promote interest in the knowledge of dance in its various forms.
- Adhere to and foster through its syllabi, a comparatively uniform system of instructions built upon universally recognised technicalities of dance with which to develop the dancer in both leisure time and competitive spheres, and prepare those in pursuit of a dance teaching career.
- Award to teachers of dance, certificates of qualification based upon assessment by examination.
The New Zealand Federal Association has a variety of examinations available, from amateur medal tests and professional degrees in:
BALLROOM – LATIN AMERICAN – NEW VOGUE
CLASSICAL SEQUENCE – ROCK N ROLL