15 Nov - 15 Dec 2020
(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.
(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.
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.
(Dance Educator and Choreographer)
Peter is Senior Specialist (Dance), at the Ministry of Education (Singapore) and founder of The Presence Project, a versatile contemporary dance ensemble that performs work by a range of choreographers. He has led performance projects, seminars and workshops for both professional dancers and dance students in Singapore and abroad.
In Singapore, 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 in Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand, London, Canada, Seoul, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Melbourne. His work was performed in platforms 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) and the Australian Youth Dance Festival. His latest work will be shown in December at the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific Conference (Taiwan).
Peter is a believer in the ability of Dance to unify, strengthen and change lives.