How has dance changed your life?

Dance has taught me honesty, endurance and persistence.

Honesty in terms of the need to admit that everyone is far from perfection and that we still have improvements to make. Through the ups and downs in dance, it has taught me endurance. I know that things will always get better, so I have to just hang in there. Lastly through dance, it has taught me to be persistent in correcting any wrong doings and only through this will I learn to do things the right way.

What are your favourite ballets?

Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire!

What do you enjoy most about dance?

Definitely watching my fellow colleagues rehearse and dance, be it in the studio or the theatre. There is always so much that I can learn from their dancing and rehearsals, from technical steps to style, musicality as well as performance.

Besides that, there is also that magical feel performing on stage that is hard to explain, but I definitely enjoy.

Do you prefer classical or contemporary ballets?

This is a really difficult question! (laughs) They are both very different. Classical ballet has a strong discipline, it is an integral part of dance history, and the movements are pretty much fixed and definite.

On the other hand, although similar techniques are applied, contemporary choreographies are more expressive and free spirited. I was trained in classical ballet, but I would love to have more exposure in contemporary.

When and how did you start dancing?

I started dancing at the age of 9 in a small town called La Teste-de-Buch in France (as my father was posted there for work). I use to trip and fall quite often, so my mother signed me up for ballet lesson as one of her friend recommended that ballet helps with balance. Well, I guess it did! (laughs)

Besides ballet, did you train in any other dance styles?

Back in my primary and secondary school days, I did Chinese dance as my co-curricular activity. But I won’t consider myself trained in that, it was more of an exposure and experience to learn and understand it better.

Who are your favourite dancers?

Sylvie Guillem, Polina Semionova, Taras Domitro, Iana Salenko

Favourite piece of ballet learned/ performed?

It is really difficult to choose, because I treasure them all. But I would say Swan Lake. It was my first piece with the company and I learnt a lot through the process. I am also very grateful to all my friends and colleagues for helping me.

What do you do out of SDT?

I like spending time with my family, and whenever I can I will visit my nephew and niece. They are just too cute! (laughs) I find time to go for cross training and conditioning too.

Fill in the blank “Dance to me is _____”

Dance is like climbing a mountain – physically demanding yet refreshing and rewarding when you reach the peak. It testifies of the obstacles you’ve overcome along the way, and how it has grown and developed in artistry and in life.