EMERGING ARTISTS' BIO

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EMILY LEONG

Emily began her dance journey at the age of 14, under the tutelage of Low Mei Yoke in Nanyang Modern Dance. She continued honing her craft in Hwachong MAD Modern, where she trained under Dan Kwoh.

Prior to her university days, she joined dTEAM of Dancepointe Academy, where she had the privilege of participating in many local competitions and performances. During her time in dTEAM, she worked with choreographers such as Dan Kwoh, Wong Liang Pei, Goh Jia Yin, Sherry Tay and Hong Guofeng.

Throughout university, she was an active member of her hall's dance club, Kent Ridge Dance, where she was not only an avid performer, but also an emerging choreographer. There, she also had opportunities to venture into dance genres apart from contemporary dance. She has been with Sigma Contemporary Dance since 2018, first as an associate and currently, an artist.

KLYNN TAN

Klynn is trained in ballet and contemporary dance, and actively explores other genres such as dancehall, girls’ style and gaga. Her movement practice often tries to incorporate elements from the different styles she has been exposed to.

MAYBELLE LEK

Maybelle Lek is a Singaporean Freelance Dance Artist. She enjoys creating transcendent dance experiences to empower, educate audiences and impact communities.

Maybelle graduated from Rambert School, London with a First Class Honours Degree. A recipient of the Linbury Trust Bursary, she graduated with a Masters Degree in 2017 at the age of 21. Maybelle has performed with Moving Visions Company, VERVE and Rambert Dance Company. To date, she has performed in over 40 venues across the UK, EU and Singapore. Upon returning back to Singapore, she joined T.H.E. Second Dance Company in 2018.

The work Maybelle has done includes teaching, choreography, and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Her works have featured in the UK and Singapore in film, studio and site-specific venues. These includes Sadler's Wells (UK), Royal Opera House (UK), M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival, Sonata Dancewear & Singapore National Library Board/Bhumi Collective.

MAZIE TAN

Mazie started her dance training at 14 under the tutelage and guidance of Mr Zaini Tahir, the Artistic Director of the NUS Dance Ensemble. Mazie took on the role of dance captain of the ensemble during the academic year of 2017-2018. Since then, Mazie has competed in external competitions like The Royal Dance Off (TRDO) and has tried her hand in choreographing for the ensemble. Mazie joined Sigma Contemporary Dance in 2018 and is currently a proud Sigma Dance Artist.

SEAH JUN HUI

Jun Hui began her classical ballet training at the age of 5 and was first exposed to contemporary dance in 2014 after joining NTU Contemp{minated}. Since then, she has had the privilege to learn and perform works under established local artists Marcus Foo, Anthea Seah, Hong Guofeng, Charmaine Wu and Sammantha Yue. Jun Hui is currently part of Sigma Contemporary Dance and is always seeking to grow and strengthen her dance vocabulary.

JACK NG

Jack Ng has practiced dance since 2009, training mainly in Contemporary dance and Chinese dance. He has performed with semi-professional companies such as Dance Horizon Troupe Singapore and The Human Expression Second Company, participating in multiple productions over the years. Jack actively seeks out new ways to expand his dance vocabulary and has recently branched out into cross-disciplinary work such as dance films and performances involving live music, spoken word and dance.

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CHANG EN

Chang En first started dancing in Classical Ballet at age 4 and has since obtained the RAD certificates up till intermediate level. She trained in Singapore Chinese Girls' School's Dance Society where she worked with choreographers such as Jeffrey Tan, Albert Tiong and Dapheny Chen in contemporary dance and ballet.

Thereafter, she joined the Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) Dance Society, where she trained under the guidance of Zaki Ahmad and Eunice Wee. Her time in ACJC's Dance Society not only allowed her to hone her technique, but also gave her the chance to choreograph a contemporary piece for the group. 

Since 2017, Chang En has been a part of The Human Expression Second Company, and has been actively training under their guidance, allowing her to further build upon her contemporary training. She is also currently an instructor at Converge Studios.

XENRES KIRISHIMA

Xenres is a Professional Dance Artist, Choreographer, Yoga Teacher and the Creative Director for Kirishima Dance Corps.

Having graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and worked locally and internationally with different choreographers, all requiring both physically and mentally demanding works, Xenres looks to infuse Somatic Practices into his practice to create more awareness and informed movement patterns, titling the technique as the “Water Breath Technique”. Understanding locomotion and physics, coupled with quality, breath and intention to allow for Ebb and Flow to take place.

OZY CHEAH

Robust and full of energy, Ozy started dancing at a young age of 13.

Being exposed to various genres of dance such as contemporary, hip hop, lyrical jazz and break dancing, he is extremely dedicated and experienced in his craft.

Ozy joined Sigma Contemporary Dance in 2019 and is always looking for ways to innovate and improve his passion.

ZENG YU

Zeng Yu first trained in rhythmic gymnastics during her secondary school days. She was introduced to contemporary dance when she joined the NUS Dance Ensemble back in 2011. She joined T.H.E Second Company in 2015, and has since worked with choreographers including Sebastien Ledig, Anna Borras, Mr. Albert Tiong, Bora Kim, Kyung Min Ji, Anthea Seah, Marcus Foo and Nah Jieying.

ROMAINE LEE

Previously trained in classical ballet technique, Romaine started her formal training in contemporary dance at the age of 13 when she joined SOTA. During her time there, Romaine received tutelage from prominent dance tutors such as Ms Silvia Yong and Ms Yun Ying Foo, and performed in numerous performances annually. In 2019, Romaine was accepted into direct entry to the Contemporary Major Programme in NZSD in the ballet competition AGP. With some pre-professional training, she is now in Singapore and spends her time training and teaching both ballet and contemporary to youths.

STEPHANIE RAE YOONG

Stephanie Rae Yoong graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Dance with Distinction in 2018 and joined RAW Moves as an Apprentice Dancer. She was then promoted to Junior Dancer in 2019. She is currently an Associate of Sigma Contemporary Dance. 

Stephanie has performed in works locally such as Close Company (2018) by Alison Currie (Australia) , Ghost Call (2019) by Nabilah Said and Subtle Down Tempo No (2019) by Murasaki Penguin (Australia/Japan), HASER by Syimah Sabtu (2021) and in Australia at OzAsia Festival (2018). 

Her choreographic work Fragments and A Whimsical World was featured in RawGround: Competition (2018)and RawGround:Reference (2020) .