MAY YEN CHEAH
Soloist

May Yen started ballet at the age of 4 in Malaysia and moved to Australia at 6. She studied ballet and contemporary at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she received the Finley Award, Dame Peggy van Praag Award, and the Leinster Dance Scholarship. She later danced on British Cruise Ship – Saga Ruby (2007); UK Tour of West Side Story (2008/09), Chanoch Rozen’s Wow Love (2009) in Israel, Australian Tour of West Side Story (2010), and Melbourne productions, Release by Adrian Ricks and Choreotopography by Kim Vincs (2011).

May Yen joined SDT in August 2011 and was promoted to Soloist in 2015. Her first feature roles began with Spanish pas de quatre in Swan Lake (2012), Fairy of Abundance and Diamond (pas de trois) in Sleeping Beauty (2012, 2015), and Val Caniparoli’s Chant (world premiere 2012). She further took on soloist roles of Autumn pas de deux in Natalie Weir’s 4Seasons (2014, 2015) pas de trois (2015, 2019), Big Swans and Tarantella (2019) in Swan Lake, and pas de trois in Paquita (2016). Her repertoire highlights are Kitri’s Friend in Don Quixote (2014, 2016), Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena (2014, 2015) and Swipe (2014, 2016), Trio in Timothy Harbour’s Another Energy (world premiere 2016), and Trio in Ma Cong’s Incomparable Beauty (2017).

Other soloist roles include Señorita in Bournonville Divertissements; La Ventana and Tarantella (2015, 2016), Spanish & Chinese Flowers in The Nutcracker (2016), solo girl in Jabula (2016), Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations, Schubert Symphony, and Age of Innocence. She has also danced in Coppélia, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Piano Concerto No.2, Opus 102, Serenade, Opus 25, Fives, Slide, Organ Concerto, ZIN!, Traces We Left Behind, Absence of Story, Bliss, Waiting…, Midnight Waltzes, Symphony in Three Movements, The Four Temperaments, 13th Heaven, Linea AdoraShadow’s Edge and Triptych. 

May Yen most recently performed in the roles of Fate and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (2020).

Interview with May Yen