MAY YEN CHEAH
First Artist

May Yen started ballet at the age of 4 in Malaysia and moved to Australia at 6. She studied ballet and contemporary at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she graduated with an Advanced Diploma. During her time there she received the Finley Award, Dame Peggy van Praag Award and the Leinster Dance Scholarship.

 

May Yen firstly explored her versatility in musical theatre, production shows, and contemporary, performing 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 then joined SDT in August 2011 and was promoted to First Artist in 2015. Since joining the company, she has enjoyed various roles including Spanish Pas de Quatre in Swan Lake (2012), Fairy of Abundance and Diamond (Pas De Trois) in Sleeping Beauty (2012, 2015); and Autumn Pas de deux in Four Seasons (2014/2015). But her repertoire highlights would have to be Kitri’s friend in Don Quixote (2014/2016), and soloist roles in Lambarena (2015/2015) and Swipe (2014/2016) as well as Spanish & Chinese Flowers in The Nutcracker (2016).

 

Other soloist and demi-soloist roles include the Pas de Trois in Paquita (2016); señorita in Bournonville Divertissements, La Ventana and Tarantella (2015/2016), Divertimento No. 15, Theme and VariationsSchubert Symphony, and Chant (World Premiere 2012). She has also danced in The NutcrackerCoppélia, Romeo and JulietGisellePiano Concerto #2 Opus 102, Serenade, Opus 25, Fives, Slide, Jabula, Organ Concerto, ZIN!,Traces We Left Behind, Another Energy, Absence of Story, and Midnight Waltzes.

Interview with May Yen