While we know it’s irresistibly cute to watch your daughter tip-toe around in her little pink tutu, ballet actually has many benefits to offer such as learning poise, good posture and building confidence. In fact, classical ballet is the foundation of all dance genres – this is where proper posture, placement and control are developed.
Here is a list of ballet classes available for kids in Singapore.
Photo credit: Stepping Out Studios
Opened in 2014, Stepping Out Studios has quickly established themselves as the school of choice for those with a love for dancing.
Ballet is a graceful and structured dance form which provides the basic foundation for many other kinds of dance. It is a core part of the line-up at Stepping Out Studios with all students strongly encouraged to include Ballet as part of their training.
Stepping Out Studios’ Ballet programme starts with the popular Melody Bear classes which introduce children as young as 2 years-old to the concepts of music and movement.
This clever syllabus uses familiar songs and repetition to develop early dance steps. The Melody Bear Awards also allow children to achieve certificates documenting their progression through the program, giving a wonderful sense of achievement.
After Melody Bear, students progress to Little Stars, which caters for children aged 4- to 5, and provides an enjoyable introduction to Ballet and Jazz. If your child loves to dance and move their feet, they will love this fun class!
Stepping Out Studios’ comprehensive Ballet programme for older children covers all Commonwealth Society of Teachers for Dancing (CSTD) grades from pre-ballet through to the ‘majors’. With a staggering 32 Ballet classes throughout the week, there is bound to be a slot that fits with your child’s busy schedule.
Conveniently located in City Square Mall, Stepping Out Studios’ ability to develop their students’ passion, creativity and technical skills have helped them to establish a loyal following. There are nearly 100 children’s classes every week covering everything from Ballet to Acrobatics!
If you are looking for a high-quality dance school where your child can learn ballet, jazz or tap, Stepping Out Studios is the school to go to.
Visit steppingoutstudios.com.sg for more information.
Photo credit: Crestar School of Dance
Established for over 40 years, Crestar School of Dance is one of the largest private dance schools of its kind in Singapore, offering a variety of dance programmes including classical ballet.
In Dancing Tots for toddlers aged 2 ½ to 3 years old, a prelude to ballet, children will develop their motor skills, sense of rhythm and musicality through dancing to familiar children’s tunes.
Bebe Ballet for toddlers aged 3 to 4 years old is where positive interest in dance is cultivated through a fun and lively dance environment of familiar nursery rhyme tunes and melodies, incorporating interesting themes to capture imagination and sense of expression. Your little ones will learn mind and body coordination quickly and easily!
Photo credit: Crestar School of Dance
From age 4 and above, Crestar’s Classical Ballet training will develop his/her sense of rhythm and creativity, helping your child achieve poise, grace and confidence. The School’s instructors are experienced and qualified, with accreditation from respected institutions. Your child will learn from the best, right from the start.
Besides having opportunities to perform every year in the annual Crestar School of Dance Concert, students are encouraged to undertake examinations from internationally recognised dance examinations bodies such as Australia’s Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing and the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Dance.
Visit crestardance.com.sg for more information.
Photo credit: Wings To Wings
Wings To Wings run a series of term-based (12-week) courses for children from the ages of 3. Their students take the internationally recognised Commonwealth Society of Teachers in Dancing Syllabus Pre-Ballet (5 years old and above) to Primary, and the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus Grade 1 to Grade 8, Vocational.
Following the progression from Pre-Ballet through to Grade 8 allows for techniques to be taught systematically and in a structured manner. Students who are advised by trainers to take the exams will start their coaching classes from October to April and take the exams in April. Students can also look forward to performing at their annual end of year concert.
Visit wingstowings.com/kids-ballet for more information.
City Ballet Academy (CBA) was founded by Xia Haiying – award-winning Principal dancer of international repute, and Koh Kai Mui. CBA seeks to provide a well-rounded and balanced array of training programs catering to the unique needs, abilities, and learning goals of every student.
Photo credit: City Ballet Academy
For students seeking a professional future in ballet, their Elite Program provides accelerated pre-professional training. Through this program, CBA students have received full scholarships and entry into international vocational ballet schools across many shores, such as the English National Ballet School, John Cranko Schule (Germany), Elmhurst Ballet School, and New Zealand School of Dance.
They offer a range of classes and cater to different age groups such as pre and primary school. For more information, visit cityballetacademy.com.
Established in 2005, Dancepointe™, School of Classical Ballet, specialises mainly in Classical Ballet and expose their students to different dance genres with certifications in Jazz and Contemporary. Under the Royal Academy of Dance & Commonwealth Society of Teachers in Dancing (CSTD) syllabi, they offer comprehensive classical ballet training through a progressive curriculum designed for children ages 3 and above.
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For children from ages 3 – 4, Dancepointe’s Creative Pre School Ballet is an enjoyable way for them to channel their energy, develop physical skills, stimulate imagination and promote creativity. You’ll also see props and toys being used in the classroom to cultivate the children’s creativity and interest in the course!
For children aged 5 – 6, Pre Primary Foundation ballet course is a one-year of learning, ending with a CSTD “Come Dance With Me” (Level 2) Assessment and Class Performance Day.
For children aged 7 and above, they would be able to learn and perfect the ballet techniques necessary not only in the development of professional dance but also immensely beneficial for the general physique and coordination of the human body.
Visit dancepointe.com.sg for more information.
Dance Arts Singapore is an established dance school (since 1983) providing excellent instruction for children and adults in different genres such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, K-Pop, kickboxing and wedding dances.
Their ballet classes allow participants to receive a significant level of self-discipline and physical control in movement. An understanding of ballet theory is encouraged and an aesthetic awareness for the art is also created.
Dance Arts follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus as well as the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing ballet syllabus. Both syllabi offer examinations annually and they are conducted by external examiners sent down from the Academy.
Dance Arts has achieved a 100% successful passing rate for all their entered candidates! Dance Arts Singapore provides ballet classes for children as well as teens. Teen’s Ballet classes are tailored to introduce ballet to teens who are interested to learn the genre but never took any formal training while growing up.
Currently, they have a pre-ballet free trial as well. For more information, visit dancearts.com.sg/contact.
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