The Scholars Programme is a pre-professional training programme created especially for student dancers between the ages 13 -19 who are seriously considering the pursuit of a professional dance career. This elite programme will enable young Singaporean dancers to further realise their passion for dance and to guide them in pursuing their professional dance goals. At the same time, the programme aims to develop and groom the next generation of professional Singaporean dancers.
Guided and taught by Artistic Director Janek Schergen together with selected faculty members, the course will provide students with a comprehensive training in ballet technique including pointe work, variations, contemporary dance and seminars, building them up to become well-rounded and versatile dancers.
Students in the Scholars Program are given opportunities to perform with the main company and represent Singapore Dance Theatre in various outreach activities.
Attendance and Commitment
Scholars are expected to fulfil at least 90% of their attendance at classes. Classes last for 44 Weeks in a year and scholars are entitled to an additional 18 days of leave for school and exam preparations.
2017 Term Dates
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Course content will consist of ballet techniques (men and women), pointe work and variations and contemporary dance. Classes are held at SDT Founder’s Studio every Monday to Friday from 5.45pm – 8pm, with breaks for school holidays.
As the Scholars program is a pre-professional course, there is an expectation that a student may typically take 3-4 years in this programme before they can achieve the necessary technical accomplishment and artistic development needed to join a professional dance company.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5.45pm -7.15pm 5.45pm -7.15pm 5.45pm -7.15pm 5.45pm -7.15pm 5.30pm -7.00pm
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7.15pm - 8.00pm 7.15pm - 8.15pm 7.15pm - 8.00pm 7.15pm - 8.00pm Pointe Contemporary Pointe Pointe RESERVED FOR OPTIONAL REHEARSALS
S$3,000 per year
Successful Singaporean applicants will receive a partial scholarship funding of up to 50% from SDT
Tuition fees can be made in 3 payments
Please check back here again soon! Auditions would be scheduled in November for 2018’s Scholars intake.
“The Scholars Programme by SDT has been integral and vital in my journey to be a professional dancer. It opened my eyes and introduced me to the realm of professional ballet training. If a student can cope, and continue to remain motivated, with the rigour of studying in the day and training with SDT in the evenings, then the Scholars Programme will be an excellent facility for one’s development.”— Timothy Ng, Artist at Singapore Dance Theatre