Got an aspiring Misty Copeland or Channing Tatum at home? Whether your child is into ballet, jazz, hip hop or the cha-cha, unleash their talent with our guide to all the different dance classes for kids in Singapore!
If your little one loves grooving to the beat, then odds are, they’ll thrive in a dance class. And whether it’s pirouetting in a ballet class, bouncing around in a hip hop class or doing a Latin cha-cha, you’re sure to find a dance class that your little one will love. Check out our list of dance classes for kids in Singapore – some even offer dance classes for toddlers as young as 18 months!
Tip: 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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The Dance Place
Classes on offer: Ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop and K-pop dance classes plus options such as Flexibility & Movement, musical theatre, Song & Dance, Performance Skills, street dance and tap & more.
The Dance Place offers dance classes for kids aged 1.5 and above that will surely make them fall in love with dance! And while their list of dance lessons are extensive, what the school is really known for is their amazing teachers. Two of their founders, Emma Hudson and Emmanuelle Grizo, have extensive international teaching and performing experience, and parents often rave about the team of teachers on social media. What your child truly gets from lessons at The Dance Place isn’t just a world-class education. They are also given a warm, comfortable and nurturing space to expand their talents, master the right techniques and develop their passion, all while finding joy in movement. Their teachers understand that each child learns differently, which is why they use different teaching approaches to adapt to each child’s learning style, level and development. This truly gives students the best environment possible, so they may thrive and grow into accomplished dancers. The studio space is also beautifully and professionally designed, and each year, there’s an annual recital held to showcase students’ progress and development.
Call to sign up for a free trial class!
The Dance Place, 583 Orchard Road, #08-02/03 Forum, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6970 5262 or (+65) 8339 9664, www.thedanceplace.net
Tanglin Arts Studio
Classes on offer: baby ballet, classical ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre & more
Tanglin Arts Studio is known for its inclusive dance classes for kids aged 18 months and above. Their main focus in each class is to instil a passion and love for dance through expression, creativity and technique. All the teachers are fully qualified, have long-term experience teaching students of all ages and continue training in their respective fields. 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. An annual show is organised to showcase the students’ progress and hard work over the year, too. Tanglin Arts Studio also offers classes for adults.
Tanglin Arts Studio, Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814, Tel: (+65) 8123 6770, www.tanglinartsstudio.com
The Charlotte Marn School of Dance
Classes on offer: Ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, acro dance & progressive ballet technique/dance conditioning
The Charlotte Marn School of Dance (CMSD) was founded in 2016 by dance teacher Charlotte Marn, a trained Pilates instructor whose training has shaped how dance conditioning is incorporated into all the dance school’s programmes. Taking in students as young as age 3.5 years, little dancers here can start with the ultra-fun Dance Tots introduction to a multi-genre dance programme. Charlotte Marn students are strong, healthy dancers with good dance foundations and technique – all of which are put on display at the yearly recital and dance competitions. Their dance classes in Singapore are suitable for kids up to age 16, and they are one of the first schools on the red dot to offer the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum and Examinations. CMSD also offers CSTD, RAD and Acrobatic Arts syllabus and examinations, with ample stage performance opportunities at the yearly recital and dance competitions.
Use promo code SASSY22 to receive a complete set of dance uniforms worth more than $100 when you sign up for their 2022 class
The Charlotte Marn School of Dance, 1 Coleman Street, #B1-19, The Adelphi, Singapore 179803, Tel: (+65) 9012 3403, www.charlottemarn.com
All That Jazz Dance Academy
Classes on offer: Ballet, jazz, tap, street dance, lyrical, modern contemporary & musical theatre
All That Jazz Dance Academy is one of Singapore’s top dance schools dedicated to providing students with a high standard of artistic dance education to inspire and foster excellence in the arts. They run a wide variety of popular dance classes for kids of all ages and their classes are suitable for both recreational students as well as those pursuing more comprehensive formal dance training and performance opportunities.
New students to the academy can enjoy a special first trial class offer at $30 (+GST).
All That Jazz, multiple locations, Tel: (+65) 6910 5889, www.allthatjazz.com.sg
Dancer’s Dream Studio
Classes on offer: Latin American ballroom dancing (Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Rumba, Samba & Paso Doble)
Dancer’s Dream Studio focuses on a balance between skills and play-based learning. In addition to syllabus figures that dancers have to learn, dance-related games and creative ideation is encouraged and introduced within dance routines. Dancer’s Dream Studio offers all dancers multiple platforms to showcase their talent even if they have no prior experience performing in front of an audience. They are very active in participating in public and private performances, and take part in local and international competitions, both physical and online, and media exposure. Dance classes for kids here include the DDS Latin Dance for Kids Programme, which has a 10-week per term progressive syllabus, and by-invitation-only exam classes where students sit for the prestigious United Kingdom Alliance (UKA) Medal tests in the Latin American Ballroom Dancing genre.
Dancer’s Dream Studio, 81 Loewen Road, #01-01, Singapore 249701, www.dancersdreamstudio.com
Elevate Dance Academie
Classes on offer: Classical ballet (RAD), modern theatre (ISTD) & jazz (in-house + CSTD)
Established in 2017, Elevate Dance Academie is an award-winning boutique dance school in Singapore that inculcates highly versatile and disciplined young children in an impartial and positive environment. Their primary focus is to provide quality dance education and coaching in three main genres of dance, and instil versatility with a comprehensive and interesting mix of dance classes for kids. 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. It’s no surprise then 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!
Elevate Dance Academie, 27 West Coast Highway, #02-01/24 Westway Mall, Singapore 117867, Tel: (+65) 8111 3601, www.elevatedance.com.sg
MADDspace – School of Music, Art, Drama & Dance
Classes on offer: Hip Hop, K-Pop, ballet, jazz, contemporary dance & more
Dance classes in MADDspace are best known for being fun, combining crazy concepts and outstanding choreography. Their Crews have clinched top 3 positions in international dance competitions, such as Get The Beat, Born To Perform, and B-Dazzled. They offer recreational classes for those who are just starting off and more serious exam- or performance-based classes focused on the CSTD (Australia) syllabus for those who want to take it a notch up. Rated highly by parents and students on Google, they split their classes according to age groups and ability, which helps to maximise learning amongst their students. Parents also get weekly video updates via Whatsapp, and students often get performing opportunities to film music videos and perform at events.
Whatsapp 8829 0800 to sign up for a free trial!
MADDSpace, multiple locations, Tel: +65 6980 6884 or (+65) 8829 0800 (Whatsapp), www.maddspace.com.sg/classes
Classes on offer: M.Y Dance, M.Y Budding Actors, M.Y Musicians and M.Y Keyboard
Metropolitan Young Men’s Christian Association of Singapore (MYMCA) leads positive community transformation with a special focus on children and youths. Activities on offer here include various dance classes for children aged 3 to 10 such as Hip-Hop, ballet and Jazz. Its ballet lessons follow the RAD syllabus, certified by the Royal Academy of Dance. Dance instructors at MYMCA are highly qualified and have excellent instructor-children engagement. Instructors typically begin lessons with mini-games, which act as a warm-up and help elevate interest. This is followed by dance choreography, which is taught in a fun and enjoyable manner to keep children engaged throughout the lesson. The lesson then ends with a cool-down session.
Metropolitan YMCA, 60 Stevens Road, Singapore 257854, Tel: (+65) 6839 8344, www.mymcacee.weebly.com/upcoming-programmes.html
One Dance Asia
Classes on offer: Baby Ballet, RAD Ballet, CSTD Jazz, Teens Contemporary Dance, Private Coaching (DSA & Competition)
Kickstart your child’s dance journey with One Dance Asia‘s Baby Ballet for tots aged 2.5 – 4 yrs old! Let your little ones dress up in tutus and transform into fairies, princesses and everything magical while doing ballet. One Dance Asia is all about creating confident and happy dancers, while instilling correct technique and nurturing a passion for dance from the start. These baby ballet classes are designed to be effective for little ones’ cognitive and physical development and will help your child develop their creativity, expressiveness, listening skills and musicality awareness. Watch your child interact with others, learn to take instruction, make new friends and discover new ways to communicate and create. The team at One Dance Asia can’t wait to welcome you to their magical world of ballet! Baby ballet starts at $250/term (before discount).
New sign-ups enjoy 10% off course fees for the first term (WhatsApp +65 80513772 for a trial arrangement). Promo is only valid for new students, is not stackable with other discounts and ends 31 December 2023.
One Dance Asia, Two locations: YMCA, 1 Orchard Road, #01-01, Singapore 238824 & at 19 Jalan Masjid, #01-01, Singapore 418945, www.instagram.com/onedanceasia.ballet
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre
Classes on offer: Parent-child Dance, First Step, Chinese Folk Dance Graded Examination Syllabus & Kung Fu Dance
Let your child experience Chinese ethnic traditional arts at the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT), a proponent of Chinese dance training since 1989. The kids dance classes on offer here are suitable for children as young as age 3 – they can enrol in the Parent-child dance classes, where tots and parents bond over simple, themed activities that ignite imagination and creativity. Little ones will learn basic dance steps and terminology through songs, stories and play. The First Step class (ages 4.5 to 6) is a lively one, where children learn the rudiments of Chinese dance through stories, songs and dance props, improving their musicality, flexibility, posture and developing social skills. For students aged 6 to 18 who are serious about pursuing Chinese Folk Dance, they can sign up for the Chinese Folk Dance Graded Examination Syllabus. In addition to emphasising joy in learning, students will be exposed to cultures from China’s 56 ethnic groups, all while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation through simple but fun-filled folk dances. The syllabus has 12 examinable grades, and qualified students will be recommended to participate in the annual dance accreditation by CFDGE Centre, China. Alternatively, sign up your martial arts-loving kid for the Kung-fu Dance programme. Suitable for kids aged 6 to 12, this class combines Chinese dance and martial arts, and teaches the basic aspects of Chinese martial arts (basic punches, kicks, jumps and somersaults). Students will learn to strike formidable poses and move with the rhythm of the music.
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre, Two locations: Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Cultural Academy Block A & Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association, Tel: (+65) 6589 9501 or (+65) 8752 9501 (Whatsapp/Telegram), www.scdt.com.sg
Attitude Performing Arts)
Classes on offer: Ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop & contemporary
Attitude Performing Arts has been around for over 15 years, with a primary focus on classical Ballet through the RAD and CSTD syllabi. Dance classes for kids start from age 3 and takes place at their impressive facility in Bukit Timah. While the mini-me is at dance class, you can join in on their fitness classes or sit down with a book and coffee at the in-house cafe.
Attitude Arts, www.attitudearts.com
Artistry En Pointe
Classes on offer: Ballet
Artistry En Pointe offers ballet classes for kids with expert coaching by Ms. Ching Ching Teo, the first Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examiner in Singapore. Ms. 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 dance classes, holiday courses and mock exams are available for beginners through to pre-professional dancers and trainee ballet teachers.
Artistry En Pointe, www.facebook.com/artistry.enpointe
The Ballet School Singapore
Classes on offer: Ballet
The Ballet School 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.
The Ballet School Singapore, www.theballetschool.com.sg
Classes on offer: Ballet, contemporary, boys’ dance, jazz, hip hop, tap, musical theatre
Centre Stage aims to instil a love of all arts with a truly holistic approach from baby and toddler classes onwards. 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, www.centre-stage.com
Cheng Ballet Academy
Classes on offer: Ballet
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!
Cheng Ballet Academy, www.chengballet.org
City Ballet Academy
Classes on offer: Ballet, Chinese dance, jazz, contemporary & tap
City Ballet Academy offers a wide range of classical ballet classes for kids, teens and even adults, all taught by highly trained professionals in a fun and safe environment.
City Ballet Academy, www.cityballetacademy.com
Classes on offer: Bollywood, jazz, Music & Movement & more
This is a dance school in Singapore 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 has a wide range of dance classes for kids, and even does private group classes and dance-themed birthday parties!
Dancematazz Studios, www.facebook.com/dancematazzinternational
Classes on offer: Classical Ballet, jazz, street dance, hip hop, k-Pop & contemporary
Calling all k-Pop lovers! Dancepointe Academy offers k-Pop dance classes for kids, alongside an array of exciting dance programmes for little ones. Suitable for kids aged 3 and above, your child will get to build a proper foundation in their dance of choice. DancePointe also offers both RAD and CSTD examinations.
Classes on offer: Tiny Tots Theatrical, pre-classical ballet, classical ballet, modern jazz,
Perhaps Singapore’s most longstanding dance school (they’ve been around since 1972!), Kavanagh Dance creates a safe, 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, allowing more advanced students the opportunity to take part in exams, summer programmes and various competitions.
Kavanagh Dance, www.kavanaghdance.com.sg
Performers Ballet Academy
Classes on offer: Ballet
Offering dance classes for kids aged 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.
Performers Ballet Academy, www.performersballetacademy.com.sg
Singapore Ballet Academy
Classes on offer: Ballet
Singapore Ballet Academy has more than 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 age 4 and students are taught within the widely recognized RAD syllabus.
Singapore Ballet Academy, www.singaporeballetacademy.com.sg
Classes on offer: Musical theatre
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. 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.
Stepping Out Studios
Classes on offer: Ballet, jazz, acrobatics, contemporary, hip hop & more
Stepping Out Studios has been providing dance classes for kids in Singapore since 2010., with just the right balance of fun and quality education. Classes are 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.
Stepping Out Studios, www.steppingoutstudios.com.sg
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