Southern Federation of Dance is a not-for-profit organisation committed to developing excellence in dance and dance education. Southern Federation of Dance’s consistent growth in its membership base over the last 35+ years is recognition of the vital role we play in dance education in Australia.
Southern Federation of Dance aims to create positive dance environments by supporting, inspiring and motivating teachers, students, and the wider dance community. We advocate for a diverse, progressive, encouraging, and inclusive dance experience.
Southern Federation of Dance offers progressive, up-to-date, examinable syllabi in Jazz, Tap, Classical and Dance Fusion. Designed to develop musicality and quality in performance, each syllabus is challenging, stimulating and allows teachers to build students’ skills while sustaining their interest in their chosen style of dance.Purchase Syllabus
Held in Melbourne every second year prior to the commencement of Term 1, our Convention allows teachers to learn and refresh their knowledge of syllabus in preparation for the year ahead.
Run by highly qualified Southern Federation of Dance educators, our Teaching Course instils skills and knowledge to prepare and support dance teachers of the future.
Our Masterclasses are a valuable exam preparation tool for studios and a unique opportunity for students to learn directly from a qualified Southern Federation of Dance examiner. Masterclasses are run annually in Jazz, Classical and Tap in Levels 3 and above, and are held at a central location.
Southern Federation of Dance’s annual competitions are well-known for the friendly, encouraging and supportive environment. Held mid-year in Melbourne, this event is open to the wider dance community, with scholarships offered exclusively to SFD exam students in Jazz, Tap and Classical.
“I have utilised the SFD syllabus in Jazz and Tap levels 1-10 for over 18 years at my studio. The SFD community is welcoming and always available to share knowledge and advice. My students and staff love that the syllabus is always evolving with modern music and choreography, and as a director it’s comforting to know my dancers are receiving rounded training and an inviting examination process. Each year my students walk out of examinations happy, with a sense of accomplishment and look forward to commencing a new level.”
“Our experience with SFD is second to none. My staff and I love that the syllabi include logical progressions, ensuring students build technique safely. Levels are achievable yet allow for extension for those students who are capable. From an administrative standpoint, the team are only too happy to help!”
“SFD is a wonderful organisation that is passionate about dance in the modern world. They are always coming up with new ways to keep students motivated and excited about dance. Progressing with the times while still keeping the core traditions of each style, SFD is accepting of everyone and has a true love of dance at its core. The organisers are easy to work with and the syllabus is up to date and a joy to teach.”
“Studio V has been a member of the SFD for over 20 years. In all our experiences, the foundation has been exceptionally professional, always going above and beyond to support its members. SFD provides our dancers a range of fantastic opportunities, including Exams, Competitions, Masterclasses, Teachers Certificates, and the Combined School Concert. We particularly embrace the exams, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Fusion genres, by which progressive syllabi supports, challenges, and extends our dancers at every level. Some of our students have completed their SFD Teachers Certificates, which is a wonderful achievement after all their years of commitment and passion to dance, which also creates a career pathway. Our school enjoys participating in the SFD Competitions each year, and the Combined School Concert, which are fun and friendly, and another opportunity for our students to take to the stage. We are proud to be associated with the SFD.”
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