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Tebogo Kgobokoe Arts Academy teachers have trained under professional international teaching bodies; Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) and Royal Dance Academy (RAD). Our teachers continue to push the boundaries of their skills as dancers and teachers, under these world renowned International bodies of dance. TKAA students are associated with the above mentioned examination bodies.

These examination bodies are the basis for our teachers and speak of their professional credentials. Our indigenous Setswana dance curriculum is not only ground breaking, but will also be delivered by a legendary expert who has invested a lifetime in mastering and promoting dance tradition in its entirety.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD)

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. With over 100 years in the industry, they continue to set the bar with high teaching and examining standards and yet remain relevant by their cognisant accommodation of current dance styles and trends. At the forefront of its vast dance disciplines is Latin American and Ballroom. It remains the leading body in Latin and Ballroom with its professionally qualified teachers producing World champions, leading to successful careers in dance. This is achieved through their promotion of dance knowledge and maintaining and improving teaching standards. The ISTD provides, through their world accredited syllabi, techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.

  • Teacher membership of the ISTD recognizes the professional status of a dance teacher and affirms the teacher’s training and experience.
  • ISTD examinations are of the highest standards and designed to prepare and propellearners for the next grade giving them much needed confidence and stamina to excel.
  • These examinations are conducted by accredited and approved ISTD examiners ensuring quality standards, transparency and meticulous attention to detail.

Royal Academy of Dance

Royal Academy of Dance is one of the most influential dance education organizations. Their exams set standards in classical ballet worldwide and they are a global leader in dance education and continuing professional development for dance. Ballet is the focal discipline of the RAD, which continues to be the referential bar of many dance disciplines’ techniques, these include contemporary, jazz, lyrical, disco freestyle and modern dance. Found in over 83 countries, a qualification with the RAD will open many doors in the dance world, including the most renowned of companies and prestigious dance schools overseas.


  • Exams and assessments at RAD are designed to motivate and reward students of all ages. There is a focus on creativity and musicality and their graded system provides opportunities for learners to progress and achieve.
  • The entry level syllabus incorporates ballet, free movement and character whilst the higher levels develop technique, music and performance skills of the older ballet learner, preparing them for a dance or dance-related career and/or acceptance into tertiary dance institutions.


At the Tebogo Kgobokoe Arts Academy, we are offering for the first time a Traditional dance, being Setswana, in a formal dance education environment wherein a dance language will be assigned to the genre, it will be graded, assessed, evaluated, examined but most importantly researched and standardized as has been the norm with other European forms of dance for over a century.


Foundation Phase: Grade R to Grade 3

1. Ballet
2. Gymnastic- Acrobatics
3. Setswana traditional
4. Freestyle/ Latin & Ballroom (optional)

Foundation Phase: Grade R to Grade 3

1. Setswana traditional
2. Latin
3. Ballroom
4. Ballet
5. Contemporary
6. Dance performance

Foundation Phase: Grade R to Grade 3

1. Setswana traditional
2. Latin
3. Ballroom
4. Ballet
5. Contemporary
6. Dance theory and technique
7. Dance performance
8. Fitness theory

Dance Theory and technique

Learners will have a good understanding of the dance and the dance language that gives rise to the technique, which then delves into the execution coupled with quality of movement.

Dance History and Performance

In History, learners are introduced to the birth and evolution of each dance discipline. Its present and predictions of future trends. Performance subject is designed to work on confidence and self-esteem, challenging dancers to ‘come out of their shell’ and learn the expressive form of the art through lessons consisting of drama and music. Infusing these other arts forms enhances dancers’ performances. Assessment will include performance shows.

Fitness Theory (Anatomy and Physiology)

Learners are taught to understand their body structure (anatomy), body movement and how dance can modify basic body movement. Physiology teaches learners understand how each and every part of their body functions, therefore giving a deep understanding into injury, illness and enhancing and protecting their bodies as athletes.

Dance practical

This is the physical translation of dance theory and technique, fitness and flexibility, including performance. It is highly demanding and emphasis is put on mastering the foundation of each dance style.


At the Tebogo Kgobokoe Arts Academy we strive to expose our learners to carefully chosen excursions like theatre performances, art festivals designed to enhance the student dance experience and inform future academic and dance tertiary choices and careers. Dance Competitions are chosen by the Study Centre’s Executive Committee and are also designed to benchmark our students against dance peers. All scheduled competitions are compulsory and contribute to the learner’s progress reports.

1st Position in Ballroom - Dance to be wild Competitions

1st, 2nd and 3rd Positions in Hip Hop- Dance to be wild Competitions

1st Position in Setswana Traditional dance-Dance to be wild Competitions

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