Held once a month on a Saturday, One @ the Ballet was initiated in 2009 as an in-studio dance presentation which aims to break the barrier created by the stage, bringing audience one step closer to the dancers. These part-narrative sessions conducted by Artistic Director Janek Schergen will explore a wide spectrum of dance topics which will enable individuals gain a greater insight into the world of dance. From something as detailed as the little rituals dancers perform before they go onstage, to the creative process a choreographer undergoes to create a new work, the audience can expect to enhance their knowledge of dance and also watch our dancers up close and personal as they perform excerpts from our main performance seasons.


Date: Refer to monthly schedule below
1pm -215pm

Venue: Singapore Dance Theatre Founder’s Studio
Fee: $12 Per Person


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Please note that children aged 3 and below will not be admitted.

2018 One @ the Ballet Schedule

24 November 2018
Sleeping Beauty

SDT first performed its current version of Sleeping Beauty in 2010, which is based on the original ballet by Marius Petipa. He was widely considered to be the father of classical ballet. His choreography includes Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Raymonda and numerous other beloved ballets. Tchaikovsky was his collaborator for Sleeping Beauty and it was originally created for the Imperial Ballet in Russia. The lineage of this ballet can be traced back to the very roots of full-length classical ballet works and SDT presents it with great authority. SDT dancers, in preparation for their first performances of the season, will show famous segments of each of the ballet’s significant moments.

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27 January 2018
Men in Dance

In most people’s minds, the male dancer finally arrived to a place of significant respect towards the latter part of the 20th century, during what was called the “dance boom”. It was led by superstars like Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.Male dancers are now the equal to female dancers and have taken their rightful place within the dance world as more than just a partner for a ballerina. The journey of male dancers in the world of dance is something we will examine in detail. Partnering, pyrotechnical turns and jumps, as well as the more contemporary side of expressiveness is the highlight of all of this.

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24 February 2018
The Core of Ballet

For any major classical work the heart and soul of the ballet is determined by the dancers who form the corps de ballet. The term, in and of itself, it indicates any group of dancers performing together, but over time it has been redefined as the picture of ballet in works like La Bayadere with the Kingdom of the Shades, the swans in Swan Lake or the wilis in Giselle. Neoclassical ballets like Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Theme and Variations and the like, advance this idea by asking every dancer on stage to perform essentially at a soloist level. The unity and precision, as well as the character of a work, is established primarily by group work, which we will show our audience with various highlight from our repertoire.

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10 March 2018

Giselle has a history in the tradition of dance drama that has few equals. It is the story of a nobleman, Count Albrecht, who disguises himself as a simple peasant, Loys, to win the love of the beautiful Giselle. Albrecht’s deception works so well that he truly falls in love with her. When his noble heritage is revealed, and that he is already betrothed to another, the heartbroken Giselle dies of grief. She becomes a wilis, the spirit of a girl who dies before her wedding day. She and Albrecht are reunited and she saves his life as a final testament to their love. The music by Adolph Adam and the original choreography by Jean Corelli and Jules Perrot are the touchstone of the heritage of classical ballet. We’ll show the beauty of this special ballet to you with the dancers of SDT in some of the most memorable moments of its choreography.

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28 April 2018
Three Pillars of Ballet

Dance companies are supported with a balance of their repertoire for their audiences. In most cases this is defined by a conscience thought of how the development of the organization progresses from season to season. For SDT we have an established group of 19th century classical works as well as a set of masterpieces created for other dance companies by well-known international choreographers and then brought into our repertoire to enrich it. Finally, we have ballets created especially for our dancers and audiences that show our own distinctive strengths and qualities. Examples of each of these important foundations to the repertory will be presented.

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19 May 2018
Next Generation

“It’s good to look back, but try not to stare…” SDT, as most repertory based ballet companies, endeavors to build on the classical ballet heritage with new directions in choreography, as well as the overall look, development and abilities of the dancers. Just adding new repertoire into the performances is only the first step and who, where and how the next generation of dancers, choreographers comes to the forefront is how dance will remain a relevant art form. We want to show you how where we came from has led us to where we are now and where we hope to progress to for our audiences.

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23 June 2018

This One @ the Ballet will be a complete departure from our usual format in that the audience will be invited to watch the dancers take class in the studio, as well as learn a piece of choreography. The dancers will present more of the finished choreography in one full ballet rather than segments of smaller works.

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21 July 2018
SDT’s 30th Anniversary

Singapore Dance Theatre has arrived at their “Diamonds and Pearls” Anniversary. The company was co-founded in 1988 by Anthony Then and Goh Soo Khim with just seven professional dancers. In 30 years SDT has grown to the point where it is now with 36 dancers, performances that span through the calendar year as well as international touring. Seasons have included some of the most well regarded international choreographer’s works in newly created and established repertoire as well as full-length classical ballets. The company is now one of the most significant arts organizations in Singapore. The path SDT has travelled towards building the company will be shown with segments from the up-coming anniversary performance with ballets newly commissioned for the event.

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18 August 2018
Choo-San Goh

Singaporean Choo-San Goh enjoyed a reputation that few choreographers achieve. He created ballets for companies in America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He was the Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of The Washington Ballet and from there went on to create works for American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey Dance Co. The Joffrey Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and more than a dozen others. SDT’s first performance began with one of his ballets, Beginnings, and the company possesses 11 of his works in their repertoire. The scope of Choo San’s career and choreography will be explored and demonstrated using examples of several of his most well known ballets.

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22 September 2018
How to Dress a Dancer

Learn the story behind how pointe shoes, ballets slippers, rehearsal clothes, plus simple and elaborate costumes, which are part of the magic of the ballet world. The history of a ballerina’s tutu, tiaras, headpieces and decoration will be shown with wonderful examples from our wardrobe on display. We will show costumes a wide range of our costumes and how it has enhanced the entire look of a work of choreography.

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20 October 2018
Pas de deux, Variation and Coda

The pas de deux forms the central moment of many pieces of choreography. At the heart of pas de deux work is emotion, even in what seems to be the most abstract of ballets. Often dancers develop partnerships that are based on several factors including personality, temperament, timing and physical type. Dancers create important bonds of security and trust in working with each other on a daily basis. How dancers achieve complex overhead lifts, partnered promenades, pirouettes and balances will be shown and explained.

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