NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

Dance Talent Development Programme

The Dance Talent Development Programme (DTDP) is a fully funded dance programme that nurtures young dance enthusiasts by bringing them together as a community and giving them the opportunity to interact with established local dance artists and choreographers. It complements talent development opportunities in other art forms such as the Singapore National Youth Orchestra for young musicians.

Dance Talent Development Programme

Organised by NAC and MOE, and managed by LASALLE College of the Arts, the annual programme which involves close to 200 secondary school students across 170 schools is conducted in three phases.

MOE-NAC Dance Talent Development Programme 2017

MOE-NAC Dance Talent Development Programme 2016

PHASE ONE

Sec 3 dancers across various secondary schools will convene for a three-day dance camp that seeks to broaden and deepen their dance experience.

 

Students will be introduced to the six dance forms through master classes conducted by professionaldance companies:

 

  • Bhaskar’s Arts Academy (Indian Dance)
  • Era Dance Theatre (Malay Dance)
  • Frontier Danceland (Contemporary Dance)
  • O School (Hip Hop)
  • Singapore Dance Theatre (Ballet)
  • Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (Chinese Dance)

 

Following the classes, there will be an audition to select those who are ready for Phase Two.

PHASE TWO

Each selected student will be attached to one of the six dance companies and undergo 30 hours of professional dance training.

 

Through this, students get  the rare opportunity of training with a professional dance company and a glimpse of life as a professional dancer.

 

PHASE THREE

Students come together for combined training sessions at LASALLE College of the Arts. As the students learn to synthesise all that they have learnt from their dance training, the months of dedication culminates in a final showcase for an audience of school principals, teachers, parents and friends.

DTDP 2013 Participant

 

 

DTDP 2013 Participant

 

 

The DTDP was enriching due to the exposure to different dance forms as well as the friendships forged with other like-minded dancers. It was also an opportunity for us to work with professional local dance companies. Being in DTDP definitely trained me to juggle my time better which I believe is an important skill that students need to have.

Lim Hong Jun Alvan, DTDP 2013 Participant

DTDP is definitely one of the most fulfilling, enjoyable and amazing experiences I have been through. I feel that I have grown in many different ways. Perseverance and self-discipline are definitely attributes I've developed through the intensive dance trainings. The whole process has taught me the importance of having an open-mind towards ideas.

Lim Jia Yi, DTDP 2013 Participant

For further queries on the Dance Talent Development Programme, please email the Education team at nac_aep@nac.gov.sg