Was your munchkin born to move? Check out our guide to the best kids’ dance classes in Singapore, mama!
Wriggling, jiggling, bopping, popping, jumping and jiving – it’s just the average day in the life of our littlies! Why not channel those moves and grooves into some of Singapore’s top dance classes? Whether it’s pirouetting in a ballet class, or bouncing around in a hip hop class, here’s our guide to children’s dance classes in Singapore.
Two acronyms to keep an eye out for: RAD (The Royal Academy of Dance, from the UK) and CSTD (The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing, from Australia). These two prestigious systems are known and respected around the world, and many of Singapore’s top dance schools offer one or both of their curricula.
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Conveniently located in City Square Mall, this relatively new studio has quickly gained traction with a wide variety of classes for both kids and adults covering Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary, all taught from the CSTD syllabus by a talented team of internationally-experienced, highly qualified and friendly teachers. We particularly love their Melody Bear Preschool Class for toddlers 2-4 (so cute!). Impressively, Stepping Out has a 100% exam pass rate for all of their students across all dance genres.
If you ever wondered whether it’s possible to sign up for ballet tuition for your kiddos, it is! Artistry En Pointe offers Ballet Tuition with expert coaching by Miss Ching Ching Teo, the first Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examiner in Singapore. Appointed in 2008, Miss Teo has travelled to Brazil, Spain, Japan & Australia etc as a Ballet Examiner, and has also tutored teacher-training courses (RAD CBTS ISP). You can trust Miss Teo who is known for her pedagogical approach that includes an eye for detail and sense of humour (no intimidating teachers here!), that encourage development of sound technique, musicality and self-confidence. Her rap sheet is incredibly impressive too – her students have achieved 100% passes with many awarded Distinctions, for the RAD Ballet examinations.
Private lessons, holiday courses and mock exams are also available, for beginners through to pre-professional dancers and trainee ballet teachers.
Centre Stage has everything from ‘Ballet Tots Mummy & Me’ classes for 2- and 3-year-olds, all the way up to Tap classes for mamas who want to get their wiggles out! The school also offers the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus for Ballet, along with classes in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary Dance, Musical Theatre Dance and Hip Hop. All full-time teachers have real-world performance and theatre experience; Ballet Mistress Liliana Durlai has been a professional ballet dancer on some of Europe’s biggest stages. Other stuff we love: two spacious locations in the East and West, and ampler performance opportunities throughtout the year – most recently The Nutcracker onstage at Marina Bay Sands!
Centre Stage Main Portsdown Road Centre, Block 15 Woking Road, Singapore 138694, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6732 7211
Centre Stage East Coast Centre, 5000G Marine Parade Road 01-32 Laguna Park, 449290, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6449 6211
This is a dance school that’s all about FUN and learning some groovy dance moves! Catering to kiddos from 2.5 up to 12 (as well as teens), Dancematazz offers Jazz, Bollywood and other Music & Movement classes, and is the exclusive provider of kids’ dance classes to Singapore Sports Hub (with a swanky dance studio at the Stadium to match!). They even do private group classes and dance-themed birthday parties, mama!
Dancematazz Studios, Singapore Sports Hub Gym, Level 2 OCBC Arena, Singapore, Tel: (+65) 9362 5861 (Divya Kalia), www.sportshub.com.sg/venues/pages/kids-dance-class.aspx, www.facebook.com/dancematazzinternational
Accepting students aged 3 and up, Elevate’s teachers are well-trained in respected international syllabi for the likes of Ballet (RAD), Modern Jazz (CSTD), and Modern Theatre (ISTD). The school also offers a wide range of other classes, including Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop/Street. Students get a truly holistic dance education through stage exposure, local excursions, and overseas immersion programmes, all the while developing a great sense of discipline, artistic appreciation and resilience!
Perhaps Singapore’s most longstanding dance school (they’ve been around since 1972!), Kavanagh Dance also happens to specialise in an Early Childhood Education curriculum. The school creates a safe, non-threatening environment for littlies that focuses on enjoyment, encouragement, education and expression. Of course they also cover all the main dance curricula, including Classical Ballet, Theatrical, Modern Jazz, Tap and Contemporary Dance, allowing more advanced students the opportunity to take part in exams, summer programmes and various competitions.
Founded by lead professor Bertrand Barena – who comes from the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet School – Luminous has quickly found its footing since opening in 2016 with classes in not just Ballet, but also Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and even Yoga and Karate. Classes for littlies start from the age of 3, while advanced and elite students have the opportunity to perform both in Singapore and abroad under the tutelage of performance/technique teacher Miss Fabian – they recently placed 1st in the Le Chausson D’or Paris 2017 competition! LDA is Singapore’s first CID-UNESCO appointed dance school.
Luminous Dance Academy, 56 Tanglin Road #02-01 Singapore 247964, Tel: (+65) 6235 3087, www.luminousdance.com
With dance classes and holiday workshops for kiddos from age 4 to 16, kiddos hone advanced skills and techniques in singing, dancing and acting taught by professional working artists. Along the way they also develop important life skills like creativity, self confidence, empathy and interpersonal communication – all while having tons of fun, of course! The end-of-year performance is always a huge hit with students and parents alike.
This studio has caring, knowledgeable teachers covering all manner of disciplines, including Ballet, Jazz and Tap along with Musical Theatre and even Acrobatics. Kiddos learn to be respectful, to dance with confidence, the importance of commitment and organization, and above all else develop a love of dance. Classes start with the parent accompanied “You & Me” at age 2, moving into the adorably named “Twinkle Toes” at age 3 to cover a variety of dance styles.
Tanglin Arts Studio, Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park, Singapore, 299814, Tel: (+65) 8123 6770, www.tanglinartsdancestudio.com
All That Jazz founder Vicky Ward has trained all over the world and is a fully qualified teacher by the Imperial Society Teacher’s of Dancing (ISTD, UK) for Ballet and Jazz. “Mommy & Me” classes start at age 2, with a wide variety of classes on offer for kids 4-18. Students are prepared for year-end exams (though these aren’t mandatory) based on technique, artistry, coordination, style, musicality, strength and memory. Other offerings include Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theatre.
All That Jazz, Forum Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, #02-05/06/07, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6262 0109, www.allthatjazz.com.sg
Attitude’s been around for over 15 years, with a primary focus on classical Ballet through the RAD and CSTD syllabi. Other classes include Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern Dance. Their impressive facility in Bukit Timah features six dance studios, a Pilates and Gyrotonics studio, a cafe, a merchandise store with dance gear, and even an on-site seamstress to help with all costuming needs!
Attitude Arts, No 1, Jalan Anak Bukit, Bukit Timah Plaza, Unit 01-29 & 15, Singapore 588996, Tel: (+65) 6467 9738, www.attitudearts.com
Catch the beat and sign your mini groovers up for a dance class with a difference at Beat Street! Fun-filled Acro Hip Hop classes teach little ones the basics of tumbling with a bit of hip hop thrown in, while Kids Hip Hop and Jazz classes improve hand eye coordination, rhythm and music association. Kiddos will even learn all the moves from Footloose and Fame. I’m gonna live forever…
Beat Street, 116B Neil Road, China Town, Singapore 088853, Tel: (+65) 9176 7577, www.beatstreet.sg
Offering a wide range of classical ballet classes for children, teens and even adults, all classes are taught by highly trained professionals (rest assured you’ll be getting the best tutelage here mama!) in a fun and safe environment. They also offer lessons in Chinese Dance, Jazz Ballet, and Tap, with a very special pre-teen ballet class for 9-12 year olds with no prior ballet experience. Starting from pre-primary, mini dancers also have the chance to take RAD exams at the end of each course.
City Ballet Academy
260 Upper Bukit Timah Road,#02-01, Singapore 588190
22 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore 23885
Tel: (+65) 6336 1387, www.cityballetacademy.com
Baby does ballet? Absolutely! At Cheng Ballet Academy littlies can start their ballet training from as young as 3 years of age, with fun-filled baby ballet classes that teach the basics of dance in a supportive environment. There are also plenty of classes for older ballerinas looking for a well-balanced ballet programme with a prestigious competition record, as well as training for adults too!
Cheng Ballet Academy, 204 Bukit Timah Road, #03-00 Boon Liew Building, Singapore 229863, Tel: (+65) 9092 1103, www.chengballet.org
With classes in locations stretching from Jurong to Seletar, these guys have dance classes in S’pore totally covered! From 3 years of age, toddlers can join their preschool ballet class and learn the foundations of ballet, while older ones can sign up for tap, jazz, hip hop or even salsa classes! The school offers both RAD and CSTD examinations.
Dancepointe, Jurong, Sengkang, Choa Chu Kang, Sembawang, Serangoon, Seletar (see website for full details!), Tel: (+65) 6853 3638 (Head Office), www.dancepointe.com.sg
Tucked away in River Valley, Principal Melissa Erez has been teaching wee ones to enjoy dance for over 10 years. Ballet, jazz, tap and even acrobatics classes teach children confidence, poise, fitness, self-discipline and coordination in a relaxed environment. They even offer Mummy and Baby ballet classes for tinies from 2 years of age – it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your tinies – with a progression all the way up to CSTD exams.
Jazz Cats, 491B River Valley Road, #02-02 Valley Point Office Tower, Singapore 248371, Tel: (+65) 6732 4078, www.jazzcatsltd.com
If your littlies want nothing more than to become the next prima ballerina, we suggest you tutu your way over to Singapore Ballet Academy – with over 50 years of experience under their highly qualified belts, you can expect a rigorous dance education for your little ones here. With a varied ballet programme starting from 4 years, students are taught within the widely recognized RAD syllabus.
Singapore Ballet Academy, 51 Waterloo Street #04-01/02/03, Singapore 187969, Tel: (+65) 6337 9125, www.singaporeballetacademy.com.sg
With four locations around the island, the Ballet School offers specialised classical Ballet training including full qualifications and RAD exams. Their 100m main studio is one of the largest in Singapore. Classes for tinies start from the age of 3.5.
The Ballet School of Singapore, www.theballetschool.com.sg
Brought to you in partnership with Stepping Out, Artistry En Pointe, Dancematazz, Elevate Dance Academie, Kavanagh Dance, Luminous Dance Academy, SingTheatre Academy and Tanglin Arts