SDT was founded in 1988 by Goh Soo Khim and Anthony Then. The Company has since developed into Singapore’s premiere professional dance company comprising of 32 Company Dancers plus Apprentices. In 2002, SDT was honoured to have been given the opportunity to grace the official opening of the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay with the opening performance of Boi Sakti’s Reminiscing the Moon.
More than a decade on, SDT continues to have the privilege to perform in a world-class performing arts venue, exhilarating audiences with a myriad of repertoires. In the course of each year, the Company performs six seasons annually, with three full ballet performances at the stage of Esplanade Theatre. The highlights of the Company’s performance season each year include the widely popular outdoor dance event - Ballet Under The Stars at the Fort Canning Park, two full length classicals, Masterpiece in Motion which brings together three works of the finest international choreography, as well as Passages Contemporary Season.
The Company’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary ballet, from renowned choreographers like Choo-San Goh, George Balanchine, Stanton Welch, Val Caniparoli, Graham Lustig, David Dawson, Jorma Elo, Edmund Stripe, Kinsun Chan, Edwaard Liang, Nils Christe, Toru Shimazaki, Christina Chan, Natalie Weir and Ma Cong.
In 2008, Janek Schergen was appointed Artistic Director of SDT. Under his leadership, the Company has made new achievements in the international and Singapore dance arena. In the last eight years, the Company has added 24 world premieres and 15 company premieres to the repertoire, in addition to numerous revivals of the existing Company’s repertoire. Janek is also the Artistic Director of the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation which oversees the licensing and production of Choo-San Goh’s ballets and the annual Choo-San Goh Awards for Choreography.
In 2013, SDT moved to a new premise in Bugis+ with four state of the art studios. Additionally, the company will be enhancing efforts in education and outreach, bringing the appreciation of dance to a wider audience in Singapore.