Professional Dance Certification (PDC) Program

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's 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’s, Intermediate, Advance and Professional.

Each level is represented with semesters that cover training in primary and secondary intensive subjects.

Primary Intensive Subjects

  • Modern Contemporary
  • Modern Jazz
  • Modern Hip-Hop
  • Modern Ballet
  • Gymnastics and Choreography

These subjects are the ones that define dance education 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 while part-time PDC students will appear for examination of 1 level every year.

Secondary Intensive Subjects

  • Flexibility
  • Yoga
  • Calisthenics
  • Bollywood Theatre

These subjects are the ones that form a part of the curriculum of students but are not included in the examination. The purpose of having these subjects in the curriculum is to supplement physical training of students in aspects like strength, flexibility, stamina and endurance as well as to promote freedom and expression in dancing through a playful and fun atmosphere.

Workshop Subjects

SNDA has had the privilege of hosting several guest faculties from around the world for students to get exposure to 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 world dance. SNDA has hosted workshops by James Morrow, USA (Hip-Hop), Brande Lee, USA (Aerial Silk), 2 Faced Dance Company- UK (Modern and Breaking), Steve Rooks –USA (Graham Technique), 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.

Curriculum

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.

Level 1:Beginner’s/Intermediate- This is a foundational 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.

Level 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.

Level 3: Advance- In this level, 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 the foundation level preparing students to the final professional level.

Level 4: 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.

What is the application procedure?

Interested candidates can apply by filling up the PDC audition form (available on www.snda.in) and sending in a video audition at shraddha@snda.in. Students auditioning 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 and December) followed by an interview with the PDC managing faculty.

What is the enrolment procedure?

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 twice a year (July and December). 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 10,000 that covers fees for all dance gear and dance essentials.

  • Leotard – INR 2000
  • Bag- INR 700
  • T-shirt- INR 450
  • Shorts – INR 450
  • Vest/Sports Bra – INR 450
  • Shoes – INR 8,800
  • Jazz sneakers – INR – 3000
  • Jazz shoes – INR – 1500
  • Fees for graduation Day