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Albert Tiong

(Dance Choreographer, Educator & Performer)

Albert graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts on full scholarship. He was a professional dancer with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Taiwan) and guest artist with Hong Kong Dance Company, resident Choreographer and training master for Frontier Danceland. 

As a choreographer his works have been presented across many platforms including Singapore Arts Festival, NUS Arts Festival, M1 Fringe Festival, Esplanade da:ns Festival, M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival. He has also participated in dance exchanges programmes and performances in various countries including Colorado, Fukuoka, Macau, Shanghai, Busan, Beijing Dance Festival and Brisbane. He was invited multiple times to conduct academic exchanges with  Beijing Dance Academy and Macau Academy of Performing Arts (Dance Academy). 

Albert is now teaching at T.H.E Dance Company, NUS Dance Synergy and SCAPE.

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Brent Parolin 

(Ballet Master, Rehearsal Director, Choreographic Assistant at the Ballett am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany)

Brent Parolin is a Canadian born dancer, teacher, coach and choreographer. Brent started his training as a student of the prestigious National Ballet School in Toronto where he received awards such as the Lawrence Haskett and Peter Dwyer Scholarships. After graduation Brent moved to Stuttgart, Germany, to continue his training at the John Cranko School before joining the Stuttgart Ballet in 2006, where he attained the position of Halb Soloist. In 2014 Brent moved back to Toronto to dance with the National Ballet of Canada and to teach at Canada’s National Ballet School. Brent has danced works by John Cranko, Maurice Bejart, Wayne McGregor, Christian Spuck, Demis Volpi, Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Crystal Pite and Marco Geocke among others.

 

Brent has been a teacher around the world, including Canada, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. After creating multiple pieces for the Noverre: Junge Choreographen and the National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic Workshop, Brent has shown his passion for the entire process of dance, from training and creation to performance and production. Brent currently holds the position of Balletmeister which encompasses being a rehearsal director, choreographic assistant, coach and teacher at the Ballett am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

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Chihiro Uchida

(Singapore Dance Theatre, Principal Dancer)

Chihiro began her dance training at Classical Ballet Academy S.O.U. in Japan. In 2001, she won the Idemitsu Kousan Scholarship at the 8th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo and was later accepted into The Australian Ballet School. Upon graduation, she joined Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) in 2005. Chihiro is currently the Principal Dancer in Singapore Dance Theatre, where she danced the title role in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Paquita, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Cinderella. Chihiro has also performed leading roles in many world renown choreographers’ works including George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco as the First and Second Violin, Divertimento No. 15, Allegro Brilliante, Rubies, Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements and The Four Temperaments, August Bournonville’s Bournonville Divertissements, Choo-San Goh’s Unknown Territory and Double Contrasts, Beginnings, Fives, Momentum and Variations Serieuses, David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin, Edmund Stripe’s Piano Concerto No.2, Opus 102, Edwaard Liang’s 13th Heaven, Age of Innocence and Opus 25, Francois Klaus’ Midnight Waltzes, and Jorma Elo’s Glow-Stop.

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Etienne Ferrére
(Singapore Dance Theatre, Principal Dancer)

Etienne graduated from the Paris Opera Ballet School and worked with Paris Opera Ballet Company upon his graduation. 

Joined SDT in November 2010,  and was promoted to Principal in January 2018. He most recently performed his role debut in Romeo and Juliet (2020) as Romeo and Benvolio. He has performed many principal role including Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Fritz in Coppélia, Raymonda (Principal Couple), Flower Festival, Rubies, and White pas de deux in Double Contrast. principal couple in Allegro Brillante and Fearful Symmetries. 

He has danced many other  classical roles such as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Gold (Pas de Trois) in Sleeping Beauty, Shepherd in The Nutcracker, the pas de Trois in Paquita  Gamache in Don Quixote, the pas de trois and tarantella in Swan Lake, 

Since he joined SDT, Etienne has also been part of many creations such as Blue Snow, Chant, Another Energy, Opus 25 and Sticks and Stones. He has also danced Traces We Left Behind, Age of Innocence, The Winds of Zephyrus, Midnight Waltzes, Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations, Serenade, Slide, Shadow’s Edge, Incomparable Beauty, 4Seasons, Jabula, Organ Concerto, ZIN!, Absence of Story, Lambarena, Triptych, Linea Adora, SYNC and Evening Voices and many more.

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Dr Filomar Cortezano Tariao

(Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Senior Lecturer)

Dr Filomar, is a Senior Lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and is also working in collaboration with the Ministry of  Education (MOE), teaching Dance Safety courses for continuing education.  

Dr Filomar has choreographed and directed many works. One of his works won the Best Production for Life Theatre Awards. His works have been presented across many international platforms, including the opening piece for the 8th ASEAN Paragames, which was hailed as a "beautiful performance" by The London Times. He wrote about it in Dance:Access and Inclusion. He has also created for the Esplanade Dans Festival, La-in, for NAFA’s 80th anniversary in Crossings 2018. 

Dr Filomar represented NAFA at the Blackboard Asia 2015 conference and World Dance Alliance in Korea. He has also been performing professionally for over 20 years.  He has taught for the Vermont International Dance Festival. He is a fully-certified Stott Pilates instructor and a full-scholar alumnus of Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

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Ivy Chung

(Founder of Canaan, International Judge and Teacher)

Ivy started her professional ballet training at the Hong Kong Academy for Perform- ing Arts (HKAPA) and graduated as an honorary student with Highest Distinction and was awarded the Overseas Scholarship by Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. She has appointed as Associate Executive Director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington DC.

She began her career as a professional dancer at the Universal Ballet Company of Korea, Ontario Ballet Theater and the Hong Kong Ballet.

In 2002, she founded her own school, Ivy Chung School of Ballet in Hong Kong. In 2017, she founded Asia Ballet Academy in Malaysia which focuses on the Vaganova method of classical ballet training. She has served on the jury for numerous international ballet competitions, National Ballet Competition of Taiwan, Malaysia Grand Prix, Miami International Ballet Competition etc.

In recognition of her dedication to teaching, Ivy has received awards like Gold Award in 2009 National Outstanding Arts Teacher Award. In 2018, she received Award for Outstanding Dance Artist from Hong Kong Dance Federation. Ivy founded Canaan Dance in 2014, which is an international dance education organization.

Ivy actively participates in charitable events, and her students have taken part in peformances for charity shows.

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Kwok Min Yi

(Singapore Dance Theatre, Principal Dancer)

Born in Singapore, Min Yi was awarded the National Arts Council (Overseas) Arts Scholarship to train at English National Ballet School (ENBS) in London. She graduated from ENBS in 2012. As a student she has performed with The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake  and The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker. In 2012, she toured and performed with English National Ballet II’s premiere of My First Sleeping Beauty in the United Kingdom. 

Min Yi joined SDT as an apprentice in November 2012 and was promoted to promoted to Principal in January 2020. Her repertoire highlights include title role in Swan Lake,  Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, the lead in Theme and Variations, Waltz Girl in Serenade, Peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Snow Queen and Chinese Flowers in The Nutcracker, the lead in Raymonda Divertissements, Flower Festival in Genzano, Paquita pas de deux and Dawn in Coppélia.

 

She has also taken on featured roles in SYNC, Linea Adora, Organ Concerto, Double Contrasts, The Four Temperaments and Midnight Waltz. She has also performed in Rubies, Concerto Barocco, Divertimento No. 15, Fives, Unknown Territory, Schubert Symphony, Beginnings, Symphony in Three Movements, Another Energy, Incomparable Beauty, Shadow’s Edge and many more.

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Melissa Quek

(Head, School of Dance & Theatre, LASALLE College of the Arts)

Melissa is Head of the School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts and the Programme Leader for the Diploma in Dance.

She is also a choreographer, performer and educator whose choreographic interest lies in investigating the body-subject. Her works and creative process attempt to touch on questions of agency, materiality and perception to create a visceral experience for the audience.

Melissa enjoys multi-disciplinary collaborative works, Site based work such as site-specific outdoor performance Tracing the City (2016) and cause based performances and workshops such as Stride with Pride, a performance aimed at increasing respect for wheelchair users. She founded The Kueh Tutus (a collective dedicated to creating dance for young audiences) and has created several works that have been presented at The Artground, toured to regional libraries and appeared in the Esplanade’s Festivals Octoburst! and March On.

Melissa has managed and designed various MOE-NAC Dance related initiatives such as the Dance Talent Development Programme, and Strategic Partnership CCA (Ethnic Dance). She also mentors the choreographic work of young and emerging artists through institutions such as *SCAPE and occasionally writes dance reviews, articles and edu-packs to make contemporary dance more accessible.

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Peter Gn 

(Dance Educator and Choreographer)

Peter is founder of The Presence Project Dance Company, a contemporary dance ensemble for those aged 16 to 21. A dance graduate from Roehampton University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Peter has led performance projects, seminars and workshops for both professional dancers and dance students in Singapore and abroad. 

 

In Singapore, as dance educator and choreographer, Peter has presented lectures or dance work under the Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival and more. He has also guest taught in programmes by professional dance companies. At the inaugural International Ballet Grand Prix Singapore (2019), he was conference moderator and speaker.

 

Overseas, Peter has presented dance in Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand, London, Canada, Seoul, United States and Melbourne. He recently spoke and staged works at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, World Dance Alliance Global Dance Summit (Canada), Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne), the Australian Youth Dance Festival and the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific Conference (Taiwan).

 

Presently a PhD candidate with the Victorian College of the Arts, Peter is a believer in the ability of Dance to unify, strengthen and change lives.

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Resmi Malko

(Central School of Ballet UK, Ballet Tutor)

Resmi Malko received his ballet training at the Academy of Ballet in Tirana, Albania. Upon completion of his training in 1985, he joined the National Opera Ballet Theatre in Tirana and was promoted to Principal Dancer within 5 years. He continued his career there for the next 15 years, performing in countries including Italy, France, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, USA and Canada.

 

Resmi then immigrated to North America and performed with the USA Ballet and the Canadian company, Ballet Jorgen. In 2003 Resmi graduated with Distinction from the Teacher Training Program for professional dancers at Canada's National Ballet School and joined the artistic teaching staff later that year. After 10 years with the NBS, Resmi joined the Central School of Ballet in London.

 

Students Resmi has coached have competed in international ballet competitions such as, the Prix de Lausanne and Genée International Competition where a student for the first time in the competition's history won all three major gold medals. Choreographically, Resmi has staged classical repertoire for the Central School of Ballet’s End of Year performances and for the touring company, Ballet Central. Additionally, Resmi often returns to coach at the National Opera Ballet Theatre, Tirana.​