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An Introduction to Safe Dance Practice in MOE Schools (Synchronous e-learning)

Safe dance practice is essential to support efficient and effective dance practice, minimise the risk of injury, and promote psychological well-being. This course will equip Co-curricular Dance instructors with basic as well as dance genre/style specific knowledge about safe dance practice, pedagogical skills, and relevant information for primary and secondary students, to incorporate into their practice in all MOE schools.

Course Content:

  • Physical risks in dance and the special considerations and care in teaching dance to children and teenagers
  • Basic anatomy, kinesiology and physiology principles
  • Prevention and management of injuries
  • Recovery and rehabilitation of injuries
  • Participation during injury
  • First aid and emergency procedures, including MOE protocol
  • Balanced approach to training, rehearsal and performance
  • Psychological safety
  • Body conditioning
  • Classroom management
  • Dance attire, support, shoes
  • Studio space
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the physical risks in dance and the special considerations and care in teaching dance to children and teenagers, including the importance of psychological well-being or feeling safe in the context of dance activities
  2. Apply the knowledge and skills of safe dance practice in the teaching of dance
  3. Develop a training programme that caters to the different students’ levels of ability, experience and physiological and psychological development 
  4. Adopt a sequential and progressive approach to help students build dance skills progressively with minimal risk of injury

Who should attend
CCA Dance Instructors in MOE Schools

Exemptions will be granted for instructors who have attended the following course:
  • Lasalle College of the Arts Dance Pedagogy: Essential Learning
  • O School Dance Teaching & Learning Programme
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Diploma in Dance; graduated from 2019 onwards)
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts – An Essential Understanding of Safe Dance Practice (Pilot Course)

Instructors may write to [email protected] and enclose the certificate/transcript of the above-mentioned courses to request for exemption

Our Trainers


Dr Caren Carino

Cariño’s professional career began with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (USA). As a dancer and teacher with RWDC, she toured extensively across America. She danced with many notable choreographers including Alberto Del Saz, Alwin Nikolais, Bill Evans, Kei Takei, Murray Louis, Tandy Beal, among others.

Prior to joining Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2005, Cariño was Head and Lecturer for the Department of Dance at Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore,1999 – 2004). Her key contributions at Lasalle include authoring the BA (Hons) Dance degree validated by Open University; founder and Artistic Director for Annual Contemporary Dance Festival and Lasalle Repertory Dance Company; as well as Artistic Director for Menage a Trois, the first major Faculty of Performing Arts collaboration

She served as President for World Dance Alliance Singapore (intermittently 1998 – 2009). During her tenure with WDAS, several events were initiated, including Dance Singapore DanceMade in Singapore, and The Unsung Heroes. She was Chairperson for the first international WDAS conference Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge (2001) and again for Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge: Connectivity through Dance (2015).

At NAFA, she was Chairperson for New Asian Imaginations: (Re)searching the Arts in Southeast Asia (2011), and co-organised with the Ministry of Education Teaching Workshop: Distilling Research in the Arts (2014).  She initiated and continues to serve as Artistic Director for Crossings and The Third Space, annual Dance Programme productions, since 2007

Cariño’s work focuses on the intersections between education, performance, creation and cultural studies. Since 2001 she has presented at conferences in America, Asia and Australia. Her research has been published in Artistic Thinking in the Schools: Towards Innovative Arts /in/Education Research for Future Ready Learners (Springer, 2019); The Palgrave Handbook of Global Arts Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); Evolving Synergies: Celebrating Dance in Singapore (Routledge, 2017); and Arts Hats in Renaissance City: Reflections & Aspirations of Four Generations of Art Personalities (World Scientific, 2015).

Dr Filomar Cortezano Tariao

Dr Fil, as he is fondly called by his students, was recently seen essaying the role of Shakespeare in the Asa Palomera's The Curious Lives of Shakespeare and Cervantes. His professional career in Dance and the Performing Arts spans 18 years globally. In 2013, his choreography Lakbay Rama won 1st place accolades in Dance Theatre, Folk Dance and Audience's Vote at the Prague International Dance Festival. His local choreographic credits include: Jungle BookRomeo & JulietMidsummer Night's DreamEsplanade Dance Festival 201212th NightPinocchioJack & The BeanstalkLa TraviataAnnieSanta Claus The Musical,  HONK!, and Just SoAlice in Wonderland. He has choreographed for Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore Lyric Opera, Marina Bay Sands, Chingay (2006 - 2008), Youth Olympic Games (Singapore), ACSian Theatre, InDancity, and the SAF Music & Drama Company.

His commissioned ballet, A Message of Peace, performed in front of His Excellency President S.R. Nathan for the New York State Bar Association Gala, was met with standing ovations. Dancing for the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company Chicago, Fil has performed for Chicago Dance Masters Association, Dance Chicago, The International Jazz Congress, at the Merle Reskin, Athenaeum & Daley Center. Fil has worked with international choreographers such as Randy Duncan, Jon Lehrer, Davis Robertson (Joffrey Ballet), Eddy Ocampo, Natalie Weir and Csaba Buday.

In Manila, Fil joined Ballet Philippines in Darna and taught the company in De La Salle University thereafter. As an actor, he captained Repertory Philippines’s production of Fame as Tyrone Jackson, and choreographed Forbidden Broadway. He is a full-scholar alumnus of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (Le Sacre Du Printemps, Interior).

As a dancer and singer, Fil has toured internationally, performing with Powerdance Company and Filipiniana Folk Dance Company. A versatile performer, his dance/theatre credits include Everything But The Brain (Life Awardee for best playwright), Admiral’s OdysseyRomanza EspañolaMercury RisingMomentCarmina BuranaBeauty WorldSnow White,  Much Ado About NothingImelda's BoysTheatre IdolsThe Boy Who Cried WolfVictor VictoriaVisionSalome.

Fil is a fully certified Stott Pilates Instructor with a focus on injuries and special populations. He has developed a Pilates for Dancers programme, which he launched in 2012.

Course Information

Course Schedule
The next session will be conducted in May/June 2024

Workshop Fee

Training Subsidies / Benefit
• SkillsFuture Credit
• NAC-NICA Training Support
• Union Training Assistance Program

Application Information
To be confirmed

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Information for Learners

CLE Office is located at NAFA Campus 1, Tower Block (Level 9).

We are open from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

Operating hours:
9.30am - 12.30pm; 2.00pm - 5.00pm.

Available Subsidies:
SkillsFuture Credit
*SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy Credits are not applicable for all courses offered by our Centre
National Silver Academy (NSA)
NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

For any enquiries or assistance, please contact us:
Email: [email protected]
Hotline: 6512 1388