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 four levels namely - Beginner, Intermediate, Advance and Pre-Professional. Each level is represented with semesters that cover training in primary and secondary intensive subjects.

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  • Modern Contemporary
  • Modern Jazz
  • Modern Hip-Hop
  • Modern Ballet
  • Gymnastics and Choreography
These subjects are crucial 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. Full-time PDC students will appear for examination for 2 levels in one year to 18 months while part-time PDC students will appear for examination of 1 level every year or two depending on their attendance and performance.
  • Flexibility
  • Yoga
  • Calisthenics
  • Kathak
  • Bollywood Theatre
These subjects form a part of the curriculum for students but are not included in the examination. The purpose of these subjects in the curriculum is to supplement physical training of students in aspects such as strength, flexibility, stamina, musicality, improved rhythm, knowledge and physical endurance.
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. Having guest workshops not only helps students learn a new subject and enhance their skills but also broadens their perspective about the world of dance. SNDA has hosted workshops by

  • Steve Rooks - USA (Graham Technique)
  • James Morrow - USA (Hip-Hop)
  • Brande Lee - USA (Aerial Silk)
  • 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)
Note: Regular schedule for all PDC students is altered during workshop season, depending on the duration and timings of the workshop.
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.

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.
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.
Applicants are notified about their selection in the program within a week after their auditions. Upon notification, students can enrol in the program in the same academic year. SNDA takes enrolment for PDC program till end of June. Once you have been selected for PDC program, you will confirm your participation by filling up the PDC admission form and paying the registration fees INR 15,000/- 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. You may check the PDC kit in the SNDA store section to know more about the dance essentials that will be made available.

Full-time, Part-time and Junior PDC program students have their examinations in the month of June. Examination is conducted by SNDA faculty wherein students are checked on their attendance, class presentation, theoretical knowledge, performance skills and dedication to the program.

CSTD Examination
The Commonwealth Society for Teachers of Dance is an International Body of Organisation based in Australia with whom SNDA is associated with since 2006. Examination will be held every year in the last week of November or in the first week of December, soon after the annual students' recital SPARK is held. An external examiner from the Examination Board of CSTD will be present on the day of examination at SNDA studio. Upon completion of the examination, students will be certified with grades and presented examination awards which are valid internationally. Please note: Students have to pay separate fees to appear for CSTD exams and must buy the CSTD International Uniform to appear for the same. More details available with SNDA’s Education Manager.