What do you enjoy most about 2016’s performance season?

I enjoyed dancing in Opus 25 by Edwaard Liang at Masterpiece in Motion this year. It is my first time dancing in a contemporary work, and I find it an honour to be able to dance a work by Edwaard because I’ve heard a lot about his works and experiences, so I have a very great respect for his style and choreography.

What do you think is the most beautiful aspect of ballet?

I think there is so much beauty when one dancer feels completely immersed into his own movement, where he so thoroughly enjoys the dance, because it is from that place that the audience is able to be moved and impacted.

What motivates you to keep dancing?

My love for dance keeps me going. I started dancing at 9 years old and slowly grew to like it more and more. When I started to understand the quality and various aspects of dance, I began to enjoy the process of learning and perfecting the technical steps, and then performing it on stage.

How has dance changed your life?

Dance has taught me perseverance in life, to never give up in the things that I want to do. It has also given me a sense of discipline and to be strict with myself in keeping a lifestyle that is healthy and strong.

Favourite choreographer?

I enjoy working with Timothy Harbour, who a resident choreographer with the Australian Ballet. He created a new work called Another Energy for SDT’s Passages season, and I am very happy that I get to work with him.

What is your dream role in a classical ballet?

Prince in Swan Lake. I first watched Swan Lake as a child, and I immediately fell in love with the ballet, so being able to dance in it would be a great honour. I would also like to dance as Albrecht in Giselle.

What are your top three qualities as a dancer?

I can’t think of too many, but the two that come to mind are coordination and body shape.

Coordination – I place a lot of emphasis in training my movement coordination as a dancer, because I think it is a very key and important aspect of classical ballet.

Body shape – I am also very conscious of keeping a good body line and posture throughout every performance, and this has trained and adapted my body to the physical demands of ballet.

If a choreographer created a work on you, what do you think it will be about?

I think the creation would tend towards being more emotional, the movements would be big, and yet soft and slow. I also dancing works that have a storyline in it.

To you, what is the difference between contemporary and classical works?

I think they are both similar in nature, where one uses his body to express what is within him. But the method and style of expression is different. Although I enjoy dancing both styles, I particular enjoy watching contemporary works as it gives me the space to perceive and understand the dance.

Quote or motto to live by?

Always try your best! I think everyone ought to give his best in anything that he sets out to do, so since I was young, I always persevered in everything I did.