FAQ

Syllabus

  • 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.

Courses

  • What courses do you have?

    We conduct and provide examinations for CSTD Classical Ballet and Modern Jazz courses. We also have a Rising Star course designed to groom passionate dancers and provide them with higher level training and prepare them for competition.
  • What is the youngest age that you can take in?

    We take in children as young as 3 years old. However, if your child is below 3 years old, you can arrange for a trial class with us. The teacher will assess if your child is suitable to start.
  • My child has not learned ballet before, can she skip to higher grade instead of starting from the lowest grade?

    Yes it is possible to skip grades if you have any special reasons, such as to meet the grade requirement to register for SOTA. In most cases, we do not recommend students to skip grades as it is not beneficial for their learning. The courses are designed to be progressive, skipping grades would mean that the student's foundation will be compromised.
  • My child has learned Chinese Dance in school before, can she skip to a higher grade?

    No. Ballet and Jazz have their own set of techniques. Having foundation in other dance genres would provide your child with some slight advantage, such as being more flexible. However, your child will still have to start from lower grades to build up her foundation. If she progresses fast enough, the teacher can recommend her to skip grades eventually.
  • What is a typical class like?

    Depending on which events are around the corner, we will teach the students the examination techniques and routine according to their grades, choreography for the recital and conduct body conditioning exercises.
  • What is Rising Star?

    Rising Star is a year long program to groom passionate dancers for performances and competitions. Some of the competitions that we participate in include the CSTD Singapore and Asia Pacific Dance Competitions.
  • Who can join Rising Star?

    Rising Star is open to all TDA students taking Classical Ballet or Modern Jazz courses. Priority of consideration will be given to students who have achieved outstanding results in their dance examinations and also those that are taking both Classical Ballet and Modern Jazz courses.
  • How do I sign my child up for Rising Star?

    Rising Star audition opens in August every year. We will be putting up posters and information on our Facebook page and website on the audition during July.

Fees

  • How much are the course fees?

    Course fees starts from $180 per term. There are usually slight increment in the fees as the students progress to higher grades.
  • Are there any other costs when signing up?

    There is a one time registration fee of $30. We do not collect any deposits.
  • Does the registration fee include a set of dance attire?

    No. However, we provide the sale of dance attire. Although we allow dance attire that are purchased from elsewhere to be worn in class, we encourage that you purchase from us as you will need to purchase one eventually for examination.
  • How much is a set of dance attire?

    The price of the attire varies according to the grades and courses. As a general guide, a full set which includes a leotard, tights and leather shoes will cost approximately $70.
  • Does your lower course fee compromise the quality of my child's training?

    No. Our low course fees are a result of our low rental cost due to the location of our school. We still provide what other professional dance schools are offering. We have examinations conducted by overseas examiners, yearly concert for all students and also competition classes (Rising Star) to train students for major national and international competitions. Our class size are kept small as well to allow for more attention spent on each student.