Which syllabus do you offer?
We offer Classical Ballet and Modern Jazz programs from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD).
Which is better, CSTD or RAD?
Both are very established syllabus, you have to know what you want to compare in order to make a meaningful comparison.
Which syllabus is easier to get a teaching job?
Some schools are offering CSTD courses while some are offering RAD. If you are keen to become a dance instructor as a career, you should get both. Start with either RAD or CSTD and subsequently cross over to the other syllabus when you are in advance level. Knowing more genres of dance, for example Jazz and Tap, will make you more employable as well.
I want my child to get into SOTA. Should I choose CSTD or RAD?
SOTA recognizes both CSTD and RAD syllabus. Your child needs to be Grade 5 in order to qualify.
A better portfolio would help her. Take up more genres of dance, participate in more performances and competitions.
I want a syllabus that can help my child in her school. For example, DSA. Should I choose CSTD or RAD?
Both syllabus are equally recognized in Singapore. We recommend that you build up your child's portfolio to help her stand out from her peers instead. You can do so by exposing her to more genres of dance, be active in taking part in performances organized by the school and also participate in competitions when the opportunity arises.
I want my child to have performing opportunities. Which syllabus should I choose?
It does not matter which syllabus you choose. Performing opportunities depends on the school, they are not tied to the syllabus. Some schools organize concerts for students to gain performing experience. Find out how frequent the school organizes performances for its students and who are the students that can perform. At TDA, we organize a recital every year for all students.
I want my child to have competition opportunities. Which syllabus should I choose?
Both CSTD and RAD organizes yearly competitions. If you want your child to have more competition opportunities, we recommend CSTD as they organize competitions in Singapore every year. If you like overseas competitions, you can also participate in CSTD's Asia Pacific Dance Competition, hosted by different countries in the Asia Pacific region every year. Make sure to find out if the dance school that you are joining will provide your child with competition opportunities. At TDA, we have the Rising Star program specially designed to groom competitive dancers.
Why do other schools recommend RAD instead of CSTD?
There could be many reasons. RAD has been around for a longer period while CSTD is a relatively new syllabus. Most of the older dance instructors are RAD trained. They could be recommending RAD because they are more familiar with RAD or are not CSTD certified. Some believe that RAD being around for a longer period means that it is more prestigious. Another common belief is that RAD is more technical as compared to CSTD which emphasizes more on performing.
Why does your school choose to run CSTD instead of RAD programs?
We choose CSTD because they provide more dance genres and also organizes more events such as competitions and summer camps. Students have more events to look forward to. Participating in these events are good for building a dancer's portfolio.
Since RAD is more technical and more prestigious, are RAD students better dancers?
No. Even though RAD may be more prestigious, the students may not necessarily be better dancers. How good they become depends on what kind of exposure they get from the school, how good the teachers are and child's learning attitude.