Looking to immerse your child in Chinese culture the FUN way? The Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre has tons of Chinese dance programmes – everything from parent-child classes to graded dance lessons for older kids!
Dancing is a great way to get off screens! In addition to health benefits for kids – think improved coordination, stamina, muscle tone, posture and better cognitive and memory skills – dance is also just plain fun. And if your child is already asking for dance lessons, then Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT) may have a suitable programme just for them with their range of classes for different ages and interests!
A programme for everyone
A mainstay in Singapore’s cultural arts scene since 1989, the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre is a proponent of Chinese dance training and aims to inspire, nurture and connect the community through dance. They take pride in their education initiatives and provide a versatile spread of Chinese dance programmes at two locations at East Coast and at Toa Payoh. Whether your little one is interested in learning the fundamentals of Chinese folk dance, enjoys dance as a relaxing, after-school activity or simply wants to gain more exposure to Chinese dance in Singapore, there’s something here to please. Better still, SCDT also offers classes for adults, so you can get a feel of their approach to teaching.
Dance-loving tots are welcome to try the SCDT’s First Step programme (ages 4.5-6), which will train them in rudimentary Chinese dance techniques and improve their musicality and temperament. Your little one won’t need prior experience to join, but a trial class is advised so the instructors can observe if your child is able to follow the class. Got a sporty tot at home? They’ll love the Martial Dance programme (ages 6-12), which blends Chinese dance methods and Chinese martial arts, allowing them to punch, jump and strike to rhythmic music. When your child wants to learn Chinese dance seriously, then consider the Chinese Folk Dance Graded Examination Syllabus Programme (ages 6-18) and get them accredited. Compiled by renowned professionals from China, this programme exposes them to the cultures and dances of 56 ethnic groups in China.
Bond through dance
Looking for something fun to do together with your child? Then you’re going to love SCDT’s parent-child classes. These sessions are all about having fun together, and you’ll both learn basic dance steps and terminology through songs, stories and play. Not only is this a fun way to learn, but your child will also develop better body movement and control and an interest in music. The parent-child classes are suitable for kids aged 3 to 4.5 years old.
Perform locally & abroad
Got a kiddo that loves performing? The SCDT Performance Troupe gives kids an opportunity to participate in various performances, competitions and cultural exchanges (both locally and abroad!). Kids will attend pre-professional training with dance professionals in preparation for these performances. Younger kids can join the Children Performance Troupe (ages 9 – 12) while the older ones can join the Junior Performance Troupe (ages 13 – 18). Find more info on the audition here.
Why choose the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre?
Your child will be in the best hands at the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre as all of SCDT’s dance classes are conducted by trainers who are qualified in Chinese dance instruction – they are certified by an official accreditation centre from China (as well as being certified in CPR and AED skills, too). This makes SCDT a safe and enjoyable space for your child to learn more about Chinese cultural art forms while having a good time!
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Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT),
5 Sennett Road, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Cultural Academy Singapore 466781,
397, Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association Singapore 319639,
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