The dance industry in Singapore is increasingly vibrant with various dance groups, collectives and independent artists performing in a wide variety of genres. In just less than a decade, the number of dance performances have increased three-fold from 500 to 1500. Today, there are over 50 dance companies, institutions and societies in Singapore as well as a growing pool of independent dance artists, who are working on innovative works and many have embarked on multidisciplinary collaborations.


The companies supported on NAC’s Major Company scheme come from a range of genres. This includes Ballet (Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT)), Contemporary (T.H.E Dance Company, Frontier Danceland, The Arts Fission Company, RAW Moves and Odyssey Dance Theatre), Urban Dance (O School Ltd), Indian Dance (Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Apsaras Arts), Malay Dance (Era Dance Theatre) and Chinese Dance (Dance Ensemble Singapore, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre). A younger base of Seed Grant companies including The Royal Dance-Off (TRDO), P7:1SMA and Cinemovement are quickly emerging to build their niche and provide novel experiences to dance audiences. These companies and many others have actively contributed to the vibrancy and development of the professional dance scene in Singapore.


The Ballet and Urban Dance scenes have continued to grow in capabilities and international recognition. The Contemporary Dance scene too has gained international recognition and has also expanded in the types of works focused on. We now have contemporary dance companies that focus not only on creating new and engaging works, but also companies that focus on interdisciplinary works, community facing works and dance film. The Chinese Dance scene is moving into professionalising, with more local practitioners receiving professional training in China and Hong Kong. The Malay Dance scene is growing and progressing with emergence of new groups and practitioners that are collaborative and the Indian Dance scene has continued to be vibrant, with strong participation and support from the local community. The pool of independent dance practitioners is growing and Dance Nucleus, a dedicated space for independent dance practice, was started by NAC to provide support for content creation, professional development and opportunities for dialogue among the dance community.


To read more about our plans moving forward, please refer to the Plan for the Performing Arts- Dance here.

SG-AUS Collaborative Dance Projects Open Call

As part of NAC's efforts to encourage greater exchange between Singapore and Australia, NAC is providing one-off project funding for dance collaborations byetween Australia and Singapore artists. The types of projects that  can be supported through the SG-AUS grant includes: 

(i) Creation phase of a dance work 
This refers to the creation and developmental stages of creating a work. Support can go towards works that have not begun at all and works that are in the midst of development. Proposals should articulate future plans for the work being developed. A mini showcase at the end of that phase is compulsory.

(ii) Presentation of a completed dance work in Singapore or Australia
This refers to the presentation of a completed collaborative work. Support is only for presentations/ touring in Singapore and/or Australia, and not for the touring of completed works outside of these 2 countries. 

(iii) Residency 
This refers to residency programmes conducted in Singapore and/or Australia. The application should indicate clear objectives for the residency, outcomes of the residency period, the schedule and structure of the residency and plans for any follow up after the residency. (e.g. further plans for exploration and creation of a possible work, possible presentation platforms for that work) 

To be eligible for support, the project has to meet the following criteria: 
For all projects: 

​a. Collaboration between Singaporean and Australian artist(s)  and/or companies

​b. All projects must be completed by 31 December 2018 

For creation and presentation projects only i.e. (i) and (ii) above:

​In addition to criteria (a) and (b),

c. The rights of the completed work / work-in-progress to be either co-owned between the Singaporean and Australian counterparts or fully-owned by the Singapore artist(s) involved. 

d. The project should either already involve a producer or presenter, or have identified a producer or presenter to start work with. 

For more details, please download and read the full open call guidelines attached below.

Applications can only be submitted by a Singapore Citizen or PR; Australian collaborators may apply for other forms of support through The Australian Council for the Arts. More information on their funding schemes can be found in the following links: 


If you have a project that meets the abovementioned criteria or you are planning on a project that meets the criteria, please apply by Friday, 3 November 2017 (23:59, SGT) by submitting the Application form ​, Budget Template, together with all other supporting documents. 

More details can be found in the Open Call Guidelines.