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.

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 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.
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.

  • 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)
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.

SNDA hosts 2 examinations every year for PDC students
First are SNDA examinations, internal evaluation that students will go through before their graduation day.
Professional Dance Certification 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 - 2 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.