This is a dynamic boutique programme that develops dance artists capable of re-defining dance. Small class size enables lecturers to take a personal interest in your well-being and development. This pushes students to reach their potential and allows them to become high achievers as dancers and choreographers. Through a variety of inter-disciplinary collaborations at each level, you are encouraged to question the definition of dance and push its boundaries. The mentoring that guides these collaborative projects creates a stimulating and encouraging environment to assist the development of individual artistic voices. In alignment with this, at various times through your course of study you may also be offered opportunities to travel overseas with the programme.
Inspired by Singapore’s location and social make-up, the programme embraces a range of cultures in its content, approach, and philosophy. International guest artists will visit and share their work and creative processes with you. Their contributions will broaden your perspective of dance and provide important networking opportunities. Both lecturers and visiting guest artists have trained and worked in institutions and companies within Asia, Europe and America; their culturally diverse aesthetics, dance styles and philosophies will add new dimensions and sensitivities to your discipline. As such, the programme focuses on helping you to discover new expressive languages. You will have multiple performance opportunities in a variety of venues and contexts and the chance to develop and present your own work with production support.
In the final year, you will receive professional placements with industry partners, and opportunities to apprentice at local dance companies, various studios, or with respected teachers and choreographers. Graduates of this programme are robustly competitive and are positioned on the forefront of contemporary dance creation. By training with a current, creative and collaborative focus, you will emerge as a dance artist who will challenge and expand the definitions of dance.
Emphasising expanding conceptions of artistic practice that are supported by the mastery of contemporary dance and choreographic techniques, the programme includes:
- Performance and technique through daily ballet and contemporary dance classes, body conditioning and performances, to develop artistry and comprehension of technical dance skills and styles;
- Choreographic expression through improvisation, composition, site-specific work and collaboration classes with different artistic disciplines to encourage creative exploration of dance and an imaginative use of the body;
- Critical analysis and theoretical studies in history, cultural perspectives, performance theory and interpretation enhance artistic practice through reflection and contextualisation.
Level 1 establishes a technical, creative, practical, and contextual foundation; melding different disciplines and theoretical approaches.
Level 2 develops more sophisticated creative thought practices to broaden inquiry and knowledge.
Level 3 consolidates personal development towards professionalism. Your studies integrate practice with theory in a research topic of your choice, which can incorporate practice-based creation and investigation.
Graduates are known to be expressive performers, reflective and independent thinkers, ready contributors and collaborators to the creative process. If you are interested in redefining Dance and transcending boundaries, this is the programme for you.
Career Paths: Dance Artist, Choreographer, Dancer
Related Careers: Dance Instructor, Dance Critic