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Dancer's Training Programme - Classical Ballet Season 2013

The Dancer’s Training Programme (DTP) aims to to bridge the gap between occasional studio-based instruction in classical ballet and the more intensive demands of other pre-professional courses in ballet at international conservatories and universities. For the first season of DTP, a group of 12 young dancers were chosen in an audition, and they later attended classes in classical ballet technique, pointe work, pas de deux, repertoire and variations as well as modern dance and contemporary ballet , instructed by local and international ballet masters including Wong Fook Choon, Yanti Marduli and Hiroto Saito. The programme was supplemented with classroom courses in dance history, ballet anatomy and classical music for dancers to give the students an overall understanding of the world of ballet.

In addition to training, the DTP also provides students with opportunities to perform as part of the DPAC Dance Company. In 2013, students performed for the soft opening of DPAC in May, at the MyDance Festival 2013, and in the To Dream A Ballerina's Dream performance. Students had the opportunity to rehearse in fully-equipped rehearsal spaces each day leading to the final showcase performance To Dream A Ballerina's Dream at the Theatre, DPAC. 

1 April - 2 August 2013

Wong Jyh Shyong (Contemporary Dance, Contemporary Ballet, Movement Study)
Wong Fook Choon (Classical Ballet, Classical Variation)
Yanti Marduli (Classical Ballet, Classical Variation) – International Guest Tutor from Ballet Manila (Philippines)
Hiroto Saito (Classical Ballet, Classical Variation) – International Guest Tutor from Japan
Kuo Nai Yu (Contemporary Dance) – International Guest Tutor from Taiwan
Bilqis Hijjas (History of Ballet) -  President of MyDance Alliance, Malaysia
Susan Sarah John (Music for Dance) 
Revathi Murugappan (Anatomy) 

Photographed by James Quah

To Dream included solo classical variations for each of the full-time DTP 2013 students, ranging from Don Quixote to Swan Lake, Giselle, Esmeralda and Sleeping Beauty, individually tailored towards the dancer's strengths. A finale section from Le Corsaire gave the students an opportunity to experience classical ensemble work. Other scenes highlighted dramatic capacity and contemporary dance styles, emphasising the strength and versatility expected of DTP students. Ending the course with the To Dream performance helped to motivate students and keep their eyes on their goals. 

Choreographer: Wong Jyh Shyong (JS)

Ballet Masters: Wong Fook Choon, Yanti Marduli, Hiroto Saito

Rehearsal Assistant: Rachel Chew Zi Xin 

Original Lighting Designer: Tan Eng Heng

Set Designer: David Wong

Guest Dancers: Kyson Teo Khai Shen, Rachel Chew Zi Xin   

Ballerinas: Carmen Chong Jia Wen, Christine Chan Hui Yen, Evon Sia Yee Woon, Hanaa Tan Qiao Han, Lim Jie Jing, Puteri Aisya Marissa binti Rusli, Queenie Chong Ke Qian  

Premiere on 26 July 2013 at Theatre, DPAC, Malaysia


Soft opening
Photographed by James Quah

Photographed by Huneid Tyed

“It’s really good training to have classes about ballet that are not just technique classes,” says DTP 2013 graduate Puteri Aisya Marissa. “It helps with my dancing to know more about dance. I understand how to listen to music, why certain ballets are famous and why we still perform them.”

"At first it was tough for me and I found the full-day course quite tiring. I really improved my performance stamina, because in To Dream we had to dance for one and a half hours. I learned how to take care of my body and to deal with injuries. I also have more awareness of muscles now and how they work; before, I didn't know how to use the inner thigh, but now with different teachers, we learned many ways to feel and use the inner thigh." says DTP 2013 graduate Hanaa Tan.

Full Time 
Carmen Chong Jia Wen 
Christine Chan Hui Yen 
Evon Sia Yee Woon
Hanaa Tan Qiao Han
Lim Jie Jing
Puteri Aisya Marissa binti Rusli
Queenie Chong Ke Qian 

Part Time
Karen Kuo Ern Yee
Lyn Kam Jia Lin
Shirley Leong Pek Yeng 
Tina Cheam Wei Lin