Ms Lena Foo
RAD Registered Teacher
CSTD & ATOD Teaching Member
Dance is an art form transcending the barriers of language and culture. We focus on Dance as an Education
Choosing a Dance School
How to choose a dance School is often a vexed question that many intending student or parent have. We are frequently asked what sets Dancepointe apart from other Dance schools or Community Centre course.
First and foremost, one has to recognise that there is no Government regulation requiring a dance teacher to have any qualifications. Anyone can open a dance studio and commence teaching. However, Dancepointe engages qualified teachers graduated from the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) programme or Degree and Diploma holders from Dance institutions such as NAFA and Lasalle College of the Arts.
Wide Dance Discipline/Style
Dancepointe Academy Singapore is well defined into 3 Dance Faculties : Dancepointe for Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Dance Factory for Hip Hop and Kpop. dACADEMY – the first Contemporary school in Singapore.
You may wish your child to become involved in dance as a purely recreational pastime or as a vocation leading to performing or teaching.
Competitions, Examinations or…
We offer opportunities for our students to compete in Asia Pacific Dance Competitions or to sit for International recognised examinations or in some cases, simply the satisfaction of becoming involved in the joy of dance through our fun-filled classes and Bi-Annual Theatre Performance!
What qualifications should a teacher hold?
Well, we can start with teaching certificates from the RAD, CSTD, ISTD, ATOD and the list goes on. Whilst one could argue that it is impossible to pass on knowledge if one has not gained structured qualifications, it is certainly true that many excellent teachers have chosen a different path in gaining the necessary knowledge and experience to become good teachers. In Dancepointe, we believe in the importance of both qualifications and experiences. Our teachers selected are based on the following criteria:
- Min. RAD Advanced 1 level and been through all levels of syllabus since young.
- Achieved or working towards the Teachers’ Programme
- Added advantage if received a Dance Diploma from Nanyang Academy of Fine arts or Lasalle College of the Arts.
- At least 3 years of teaching experience.
The teachers are also sponsored yearly to attend teachers’ course to constantly upgrade themselves.
Which syllabus organisation or examination body do you use?
There are a number of dance syllabi organisations conducting examinations in Singapore. We adopt Royal Academy of Dance (RAD UK) & Commonwealth Society of Teachers Dancing (CSTD) syllabi for Ballet, whereas The Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) for Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop.
What are the benefits of exams?
A structured curriculum allows for progressive mastery of techniques and examinations provide the opportunity for pupils to be externally assessed by International standards. Once one can meet the specific levels of training, the pupil can be qualified to begin their teaching training.
What is our student success rate?
We are happy to share our results in yearly examinations. Our students did us proud with a 100% Distinctions and Merits in the RAD Examinations.
Remember that when you are seeking to choose a dance school, you are the consumer. You have the responsibility to do your research and make sure that the services offered by the school are appropriate to your needs. We believe that teachers regardless of whether teaching the competition stream or preparing candidates for examinations should provide enjoyment, encouragement, education and expression though dance. Children particularly should enjoy learning to dance beyond just moving to music. We believe that a pupil who is stimulated will learn more readily and perform better. Whether in class, in an examination or on stage it is important to encourage pupils to give their best to the level of their own ability without being seen to be in competition with unrealistic standards.
Do not be afraid to ask questions and discuss your needs frankly, and once your tuition has started if you have a problem, communicate with the teacher or myself.