Certified & Open Dance Programs

Professional Dance Certification

Professional Dance Certification

Professional Dance Certification (PDC) is a dynamic program developed for those who wish to pursue dance as a profession or as a career. It is aimed at holistic development of dancers, exposing them to different dance forms, performance experiences, stage skills, presentation and professionalism. SNDA faculty’s talent is a result of this program, and most of our certified students are today independent dance teachers, choreographers and performers in different parts of the world after they graduated.

The PDC program spans over eight semesters for Full Time PDC and 4 semesters for Part-time & Junior PDC. Covering training in primary and secondary intensive subjects as mentioned below

Fill up the PDC Audition form

The PDC program covers training in the following subjects

  1. Modern Contemporary
  2. Modern Ballet
  3. Jazz & Funk
  4. Hip-Hop
  5. Kathak
These subjects are the core dance subjects for all PDC students. Students will be trained in these subjects throughout their program. They will be appearing for examinations in each of the primary intensive subject.
PDC Students undergo regular training in the following subjects to enhance their dance skills. Students do not appear for exams in these subjects.

  1. Calisthenics
  2. Power Yoga
  3. Pilates
  4. Kalaripayattu
  5. Aerial Silk Arts
  6. Mallakhamb
  7. Gymnastics & Parkour
These subjects are the core dance subjects for all PDC students. Students will be trained in these subjects throughout their program. They will be appearing for examinations in each of the primary intensive subject.
The PDC program will cover minimum 20 hours of workshop subjects by guest faculties around the world. In the past, SNDA has had the privilege of hosting several guest faculties from around the world for students to get exposure in different styles of dancing and methods of learning.

  • Richard Chen See – USA (Modern Dance & Ballet)
  • Steve Rooks - USA (Graham Technique)
  • James Morrow - USA (Hip-Hop)
  • Brande Lee - USA (Aerial Silk)
  • Manik Paul – India (Aerial Silk, India’s Got Talent Winner & SNDA Alumni)
  • 2 Faced Dance Company - UK (Modern and Breaking)
  • Tripura Kashyap - Delhi (Dance Therapy)
  • Josefin Wikstrom - Sweden (Yoga)
  • Cyrus Khambatta - USA (Contemporary)
  • Jason Samuels Smith - USA (Tap dance)
  • Santosh Nair - Delhi (Chhau)
The PDC program can be pursued in either full-time or part-time modules that differ from each other in the number of hours of training and the duration of the program. The Junior Dance Program covers the same subjects in a preparatory format

Semester 1: Beginner/Intermediate - This is a foundation level where the students go through basics of every Intensive Subject, ensuring they have a grip on their techniques before advancing to the next level.

Semester 2: Intermediate - In this level, the training becomes rigorous in all subjects and based on their technical foundation, students are introduced to newer movement vocabulary, making them learn application of technique in dance in depth.

Semester 3: Advance - Training in all subjects intensifies and the pace also increases. Students learn intricately complex movements and their sense of space awareness, performance, dance quality and dynamics of understanding choreography also develops. This is also the foundation preparing students to the final pre-professional level.

Semester 4: Pre-Professional - By this level, students must have technical proficiency, accuracy, great music sense, confidence and skill to perform complex movement vocabulary so that their knowledge in all subjects can be challenged to a higher level. In this level, choreography as a subject is emphasized. Students are challenged to choreograph their own routines and showcase at the end of semester in a theatre in Mumbai.

Full-Time PDC Students Go Through Semester 5 to 8 which keep getting challenging with each level and introduces the students to a complex syllabus. The students from Semester 5 onwards are also given education in teaching, choreography & stage management. They get opportunities to intern with SNDA’s company division as well as assist the faculty of SNDA in academic programs for Juniors and others.
Interested candidates can apply by filling up the PDC audition form by clicking the following link Students applying must attach a youtube / vimeo link of their dance performance and may perform any movement vocabulary of their choice but must be minimum 2 minutes and maximum 3 minutes. Upon selection, you will be called at SNDA head office, for second round of auditions (conducted in the month of June) followed by an interview with the PDC managing faculty. For Juniors the interview round will be conducted with both the parents.
Applicants are notified about their selection in the program within a week after their auditions & Interviews. Upon notification, students can enrol in the program in the same academic year. SNDA takes enrolment for PDC program till first week of July and later if spots are available. Once you have been selected for PDC program, you will confirm your participation by filling up the PDC admission form and paying the entire program fees online which includes your dance gear essentials. The course fees must be paid 5 days before the course commencement which would be in the 1st week of July.

Students have to buy a Dance Uniform from SNDA which will involve Leotards, Butt shorts, tights & t-shirts. Whereas the students would also need to procure ballet shoes, jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, dance socks and any other dance essentials that maybe required during the program.

SNDA hosts dance examinations every year for PDC students.
Exams are a great way to assess whether or not the learning you have experienced has reflected in you. SNDA Dance Exams are non-competitive and serve as an analysis to a dance artists’ growth. It also is a good method for students to gauge their growth and make plans for the future. The Dance Exams are practical examinations where students present four variations i.e. Technique, Travelling Movements, Center Combination & Choreography in each core dance subjects of SNDA namely Modern Contemporary, Modern Jazz, Modern Ballet, Hip-Hop & Kathak. The Exams are conducted 1 week before their Graduation Day Performance in 1st or 2nd Week of June every year.
Preparation begins in class. The exams have no surprises they all include what students have already learnt in class or are going to learn before the same. The Class teachers will teach the syllabus and explain the essential elements of the exam. Students will be taught the guidelines as well as the system of the exams well in advance.
The SNDA Examination Certificate is autonomous although the organization’s reputation precedes its validation. Some of SNDA’s certified students are travelling the world as dancers, running dance organisations, or working in large dance venues in not just India but around the world. Our Alumni list boasts of professionals like the same.
The Graduation Day marks the most important day for the students of Professional Dance Courses at SNDA. Students put in a year full of hard work and prepare themselves to perform in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Kathak & also present their self-created choreographies in a large theatre packed with more than 450 members in the audience. The students, one week before are examined by an Internationally renowned dance adjudicator and are awarded their graduation certificates, results and medals by dance legends and luminaries on their Graduation Day in front of their loved ones on stage. Check our Graduation Day Page to know more.
Students are not marked by the level of difficulty they perform but by how well they are performing on the basis of their previous exams or on the basis of the level they are appearing for. The criteria usually is Technique, Spacing, Expressions, Strength & Flexibility, Ease of Movement & Rhythm sensibility.
Students do not choose the exams they have to give but the SNDA faculty nominates students to appear for a particular exam. The student after being nominated can decide whether or not he/she wants to give the exam.
Professional Dance Course Program Level Ideal Age for Examination Acceptable Age for Examination Ideal No. of years to prepare (after completion of previous levels)
Juniors 1 9 7 - 10 1
2 10 8 - 11 1
3 11 9 - 12 1
4 12 10 - 13 1
Part-time Teens & adults 1 13 12 - 26 1
2 14 13 - 27 1
3 15 14 - 28 1
4 16 15 - 29 1
Full-time Teens & Adults 1 & 2 15 14 - 28 1
3 & 4 16 15 - 29 1
5 & 6 17 16 - 30 1
7 & 8 18 17 - 31 2
The curriculum for Part-time & Full-time Teens & Adults is the same except there is no provision for Part-time students to go beyond level 4 as yet