Was your munchkin born to move? Check out our guide to the best dance classes for kids and toddlers in Singapore, including ballet, jazz & tap!
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 for kids? Whether it’s pirouetting in a ballet class, bouncing around in a hip hop class, or doing a Latin cha-cha, here’s our guide to children’s dance classes in Singapore. A number of schools even offer dance classes for toddlers from as young as 18 months!
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, Stepping Out Studios has been providing dance classes in Singapore since 2010., with just the right balance of fun and quality education. They offer a wide variety of classes for both kids and adults covering Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary, all taught by a talented team of internationally experienced, highly qualified and friendly teachers. We particularly love their Melody Bear Preschool Class for toddlers 18 months to 4 years of age (so cute!), which provides an excellent introduction to the concepts of ballet, tap, music and movement. At the other end of the spectrum, their talented competition team has won competitions in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Australia, and their most experienced dancers have excellent exam results to show for it!
NB: While we’re all staying home during circuit breaker measures, Stepping Out has stepped up to offer online dance classes for both kids and adults! Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip Hop classes are all available (for all ages), and priced at $15 per class. Click here to book!
Sassy Mamas can pay just $5 for a trial Melody Bear preschool class for ages 18 mos – 4yrs (U.P. $23.54)! Book online here and enter promo code SASSY!
The Dance Place offers classes that will surely make you ‘Fall in Love with Dance’! Located in Orchard and founded by instructors of various dance backgrounds, their classes range from ballet to jazz, contemporary, street dance, performance skills, flexibility & movement, floor barre, musical theatre and other adult fitness classes. The Dance Place accepts students ages 3 years old and up. You can sign up for a free trial class to check out what’s best for you or your bub (and ensure your little one is placed in the correct class and level), then pay for a one-time registration fee of just $35 if you choose to sign up for future classes with no deposit required!
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The Dance Place, 583 Orchard Road, #08-02 Forum, Singapore 238884 www.thedanceplace.net
All That Jazz is one of Singapore’s top dance schools, with a wide variety of popular dance programs for kids of all ages, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Classes are suitable both for recreational students and more comprehensive, formal dance training and performance opportunities. At every level, it’s all about providing students with a high standard of artistic dance education to inspire and foster excellence in the arts. We love that All That Jazz also has four convenient locations, all handily located around the Orchard area. Wanna give it a try? New students can enjoy a special first trial class for just $30++. Click here to sign up!
All That Jazz
Forum Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, #02-05/06/07, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6262 0109
10 Winstedt Road, #01-05/06/07/08, Singapore 227977, Tel: (+65) 6262 1570
Core Collective Dempsey, 27A-30B/C Loewen Road, Singapore 248839, Tel: (+65) 6262 1570
8 Claymore Hill, #01-03/4, Singapore 229572, Tel: (+65) 6262 0109
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, and instruction starts from age 3. 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!
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Centre Stage aims to instill a love of all arts with a truly holistic approach from baby and toddler classes onwards. So while the Dance department 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, students also have the opportunity to add in Musical Theatre or Singing and Acting classes to complement their dance training. 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. We also love the ample performance opportunities throughout the year – including the annual Dance Show and Ballet Performance, as well as the famous Christmas Pantomime!
Centre Stage, Block 15 Woking Road, Singapore 138694, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6732 7211
The Charlotte Marn School of Dance takes in students from as young as 3.5 years old in their fun Dance Babes and Tots introduction to multi-genre dance program. On the other end of the spectrum, CMSD also offers Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acro Dance and Progressive Ballet Technique/Dance Conditioning for kids up to 16 years old. The school offers CSTD, RAD and Acrobatic Arts syllabus and examinations, with ample stage performance opportunities at the yearly recital and dance competitions.
New students can get 20% off your first term fees when you quote Sassy20! Terms and conditions apply.
The Charlotte Marn School of Dance, 1 Coleman Street, #B1-19 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803, Tel: (+65) 9012 3403, [email protected], www.charlottemarn.com, www.facebook.com/charlottemarnschoolofdance, @charlottemarnschoolofdance
With classes in locations stretching from Jurong to Tampines, 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.
Locations: Alexandra, Bishan, Buangkok, Bukit Panjang, Downtown East, JCube, Jurong West, Punggol, Safra Jurong, Sengkang, Sembawang, Seletar, Taman Jurong, Tampines, Yio Chu Kang, Khatib-Yishun
Dancepointe Academy, Tel: (+65) 6853 3638 (Head Office), www.dancepointe.com.sg
Started in 2017, DDS aims to bring Latin Ballroom Dance to kids and adults in Singapore in a healthy, holistic and safe learning environment. To date, they’ve taught dancers as young as 2 and as old as 80+! Dancer’s Dream offers a wide variety of classes, including dance examinations and private coaching, along with plenty of fun and lively kids’ classes. Kiddos learn the techniques, musicality and history of the five different dance styles in Latin Ballroom – Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Rumba, Samba, and Paso Doble. The holistic curriculum focuses on a balance between skills and play-based learning, and along the way kiddos play dance-based games and creative ideation is encouraged within dance routines. And of course parents can look forward to lots of performances and competition opportunities throughout the year! Kids’ classes are divided into four age groups (2.5 to 4.5, 5 to 7, 7 to 10 and 9 to 14).
Dancer’s Dream Studio
8D Dempsey Road, #03-06, Singapore 249672
200 Turf Club Road, #03-12 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994
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 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! No wonder that Elevate counts many former students among its success stories, with some who’ve gone on to dance professionally, be accepted into prestigious dance programmes, or even become dance educators themselves!
Refer or bring a friend along and you’ll both get $30 off fees upon signing up!
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 with a Tiny Tots program that focuses on enjoyment, encouragement, education and expression. Of course they also cover all the main dance curricula, including Classical Ballet, Theatrical, Modern Jazz, and Hip Hop, allowing more advanced students the opportunity to take part in exams, summer programmes and various competitions. We love that Kavanagh has three convenient locations, too!
KD @ En Motion Studio, 03-05/05A Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
KD @ Toa Payoh South Community Club, 1999 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319258
KD @ Kovan, Shine Eduhub, 15 Flower Road, Singapore 540404
email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 8101 5270
From its convenient location right on Orchard Road, MADDspace offers instruction in kid-friendly disciplines like Street Dance, Hip Hop, Jazz and K-Pop, in addition to Ballet! Considered one of the top performing arts schools in Singapore, it provides kids and teens with a wide array of music, arts, drama and dance classes, with an aim toward promoting self-confidence, discipline, humility and mutual respect amongst all students. MADDspace also offers a one-of-a-kind Direct Schools Admission (DSA) Dance Programme that prepares students to apply to top performing arts schools to pursue their dreams. From basic foundation classes to exams and competitive dance crews, students also receive multiple performing and competitive opportunities throughout the year. Instruction is available for kids from the age of 3.5 all the way up to 18.
MADDSpace, Orchard *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, #02-27 and #05-01, Singapore 237978, and recreational club THE CHEVRONS, 48 Boon Lay Way, #01-17, Singapore 609961, Tel (+65) 6802 4072, email [email protected] or visit www.maddspace.com.sg
Offering classes for children ages 3 and up (along with adult classes), Performers Ballet Academy is an international Ballet school in Singapore that sees dance as a way of life for its students. The Performers Ballet programme is based on a mixture of Russian (Vaganova), French, Italian and English styles, all taught by professional, international teachers in hopes of preparing students for international exposure. The programme closely monitors each student to ensure a high standard in dance training to achieve age-appropriate expectations and meet worldwide recognized criteria. With the help of its professional team of instructors, aims to help all of its students maximise their artistic and physical potential.
Sassy Mama readers can sign up for a free trial class. See contact details below and click here for full terms and conditions.
Performers Ballet Academy, 318 Tanglin Road, #01-55 Phoenix Park, Singapore 247979, www.performersballetacademy.com.sg
At Sing’Theatre Academy, kiddos aged 4 to 18 are taught singing, dancing and acting skills by musical theatre professionals. Along the way they also develop important life skills such as creativity, self-confidence, empathy and interpersonal communication — while having tons of fun, of course! Students have a chance to showcase their skills at the end-of-semester performance in June, which is always a huge hit with children and parents alike.
Let your child experience one of Singapore’s ethnic traditional arts at the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre, which has been a proponent of Chinese dance training since its inception in 1989. Classes are suitable for children aged 3 and above, and the dance theatre also stages professional dance performances. The Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre takes pride in their education initiative, providing plenty of support and guidance for children who want to learn about Chinese dance. Each year, they hold auditions for aspiring dancers, and those who are successful will get to join the theatre’s Performance Troupe. Here, teachers will nurture each child’s potential and motivate them to reach their dreams
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre, multiple locations, www.scdt.com.sg
This studio has caring, knowledgeable teachers covering all manner of disciplines, including Classical Ballet (and babyballet!), Jazz Tap, Hip Hop and even Acrobatics. Kiddos learn to be respectful, to dance with confidence, the importance of commitment and organization, and above all else develop a lifelong love of dance. Teamwork and self-confidence are the names of the game, and the dynamic, international atmosphere creates a welcoming space for Singaporean and expat dancers alike. Classes start with the parent-accompanied babyballet at 18 months before progressing to “Movers” at age 3, and a free trial is available to see if it suits your kiddo!
Tanglin Arts Studio, Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park, Singapore, 299814, Tel: (+65) 8123 6770, www.tanglinartsdancestudio.com
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 at locations around Singapore including Singapore Sports Hub, Holland Village and the Heritage District. They even do private group classes and dance-themed birthday parties, mama!
Dancematazz Studios, Tel: (+65) 9362 5861 (Divya Kalia), www.facebook.com/dancematazzinternational
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Artistry En Pointe offers Ballet tuition with expert coaching by Miss Ching Ching Teo, the first Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examiner in Singapore. Miss Teo is known for her pedagogical approach that includes an eye for detail and a sense of humour; her students have achieved 100% passes with many awarded Distinctions, for the RAD Ballet examinations, too! Private lessons, holiday courses and mock exams are available for beginners through to pre-professional dancers and trainee ballet teachers.
Tel: (+65) 8533 0872, [email protected]
The Ballet School of Singapore has four locations around the island and offers specialised classical Ballet training including full qualifications and RAD exams. Their 100sqm main studio on the West Coast is one of the largest ballet studios in Singapore.
Tel: (+65) 6779 3833
Cheng Ballet Academy offers 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!
204 Bukit Timah Road, #03-00 Boon Liew Building, Singapore 229863, Tel: (+65) 9092 1103
City Ballet Academy offers a wide range of classical ballet classes for children, teens and even adults, all taught by highly trained professionals in a fun and safe environment. City Ballet also offers 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.
60A Orchard Road, #B1-01/02/03, Singapore 238890
22 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore 238885, Tel: (+65) 6336 1387
Singapore Ballet Academy has over 50 years of experience under their highly qualified belts, so you can expect a rigorous dance education for your little ones here. The ballet programme starts at 4 years of age, and students are taught within the widely recognized RAD syllabus.
51 Waterloo Street #04-01/02/03, Singapore 187969, Tel: (+65) 6337 9125
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