Walk the Talk is a platform for community youth leaders to share their journey in the dance scene. This platform also serves to allow youth to discover alternate pathways and explore other ways to contribute towards the dance community.
Walk The Talk ‘Exploring Diversity’
As youth, we are fiercely diverse. We like to stand apart, and be pioneers in our own right. Walk The Talk: Exploring Diversity is a sharing session by dancers from different cultural backgrounds. Topics will include the joy that each of these different genres bring, the challenges faced, and how they overcame it.
- Date and Time: 24 Oct 2019, 7pm
- Venue: *SCAPE HubQuarters Foyer, Level 4
Speakers: Exploring Diversity
Eleanor Rui En (Moderator)
Eleanor majored in Arts Management at LASELLE College of the Arts and is currently a freelance fitness dance instructor. Eleanor did her first moderation at *SCAPE Radikal Forze Jam 2016 dialogue session on the Hip-Hop dance culture and has since gained an interest in moderating.
Marcus Leong is a crew member of World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2019 – Open Category Winner, Nooooice. He was previously with TRDO (The Royal Dance Company) who specialises in Contemporary dance. In recent years, he decided to focus more on street dance and to experiment on how contemporary dance can be infused with street dance. Marcus is a humanistic-based dreamer and an optimistic hard worker aiming to maximise value creation in any platform and situation. Possessing a firm belief of unlimited human potential, Marcus sets out to push all boundaries physically and artistically as an artist spreading peace and happiness to make the world a better place one dance at a time.
Sufri Juwahir is a dancer and choreographer. He was originally trained in Hip-Hop and was part of a street dance group (B.A’D) in the early 2000s. Throughout the years of winning dance competitions and understanding the Hip-Hop culture, he grew an interest in the arts and decided to widen his dance vocabulary. Sufri joined Maya Dance Theatre in 2008 as a full-time dancer and was involved in all of Maya’s major productions. Sufri went on to further his studies in LASALLE College of the Arts and after receiving the NAC Scholarship in 2012, he graduated with a BA (HONS) Degree in Performing Arts in 2013. In 2015, Sufri co-founded Soul Signature with his dance partner, Sheriden Newman. Soul Signature aims to be an inspiration to the younger generation, to share its knowledge and expertise and prepare them for the artistic and performance industry. Sufri’s latest duet work, Decipher, bagged 2nd Prize Award, Audience Prize Award and Delattre Dance Company Award through the 31st International Choreography Competition in Hannover, Germany in 2017. The work was restaged onto larger cast of dancers for Delattre Dance Company in Mainz, Germany and LASALLE College of the Arts For Unwritten Chapters graduation show in April and May 2018 respectively. Sufri was conferred the Young Artist Award by National Arts Council in 2018.
Afiq Noorazwa is currently a dance artiste at the MUSIC AND DRAMA COMPANY of SO DRAMA! ENTERTAINMENT where he is the vice dance captain and mainly works on performing, creating and the training of the artistes there. Afiq has been dancing since the age of five. He started traditional Malay dance under the guidance of his parents, Mazlina Buang and Noorazwa Mohd Joz. At 16, he decided to pursue dance at the department of dance of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) where he was exposed to dance forms such as ballet and contemporary dance. As an alumni of the department, he also performed for Everything and Nothing; a piece by James Cousins, winner of the inaugural Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award. In 2013, Afiq joined T.H.E second company and performed alongside T.H.E’s main company in ‘As It Fades’ by Kuik Swee Boon. With T.H.E second company, he has performed in various works by Marcus Foo and Lee Mun Wai (Singapore), Sebastien Ledig (France) and Mikiko Kwamura (Japan) to name a few. He has been actively performing and promoting with second company since. In 2018, he joined the main company and performed works by Kim Jae Duk and Humanhood. Unfortunately, due to a high risk medical condition, he left the main company to focus on recovery.
Afiq is also actively involved in training, choreographing and performing with Atrika Dance Company. He serves as mainly a creative producer, trainer for contemporary techniques, choreographer and one of the leading dancers. He also serves as the resident contemporary dance technique instructor at P71:SMA.
Anthea Seah holds a BA (Hons) Dance degree from LASALLE College of the Arts, where she worked with Albert Tiong, Melissa Quek, Susan Yeung, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Akiko Kitamura (Leni-Basso), and Wu Yi-San (Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, CCDC). Previously a member of T.H.E Second Company, she joined T.H.E Dance Company as a professional dancer in 2015 and has been a core member of its local productions, commissions and international tours to Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, Latvia, Poland, Italy, and more. In 2017, Anthea was appointed assistant to Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon.
Past Speakers: Straddling Two Worlds
Joey Cheng, Popper/Business Development Manager, Association of Small & Medium Enterprises
Joey started her dance journey at the age of 14 through contemporary dance before she was formally introduced to hip-hop via her school club, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) Dance Ensemble at the age of 18. Being exposed to many different genres of street dance styles such as House, Locking, and Breaking, she fell in love with Popping and have been pursuing it actively through the years by joining battles, and learning from the many top Poppers overseas. Some of her achievements include being the Singapore representative in the World Finals held in Taiwan (2014) and Australia (2018) and also representing Southeast Asia as a crew in South Korea back in 2017. She is intrinsically motivated at pushing herself to the best through hard work and sacrifice and is a strong believer of staying humble and having an open mind to what all the street styles can bring for her own dance.
Xiangyi Leow, Waacking Instructor/Visual Merchandiser and Co-Founder of Waack It Out
Waacking has been a major part of Xiangyi’s dance life. As a Waacking instructor, she shares her passion for the dance through teaching in schools and dance studios and also actively participating in dance battles in the region. Waack It Out was co-founded in 2012 by Waacking duo MIBXIY and is now one of the most prominent waacking battles in Singapore. Through the platform, Xiangyi hopes to continue inspiring more dancers in Singapore to pursue their passion.
Josh Lee, Popper/Co-Founder of LawTech Asia and SMU Funk Movement
Josh is a Legal Policy Manager in the Government, where he manages Singapore’s AI initiatives. Josh also co-founded LawTech.Asia, a publication on law and technology in Asia. In 2019, Josh was identified as one of Asia’s Top 30 Persons to Watch in the legal industry. Beneath his suit, Josh is an avid Popping dancer. He cherishes training hard and doing Singapore proud. In 2013, Josh finished 1st runner-up in the R-16 World Finals in South Korea. Josh also co-founded the university dance club Singapore Management University (SMU) Funk Movement and its Alumni Group. Josh lives by three values: Respect, Humility and Discipline. To Josh, achievements simply reflect a person’s deeper values. He aims to be known not just by his achievements, but also his core values.
I am Eleanor, better known as Elly. I am 25 this year, pursuing a career as a freelance dance fitness instructress. My passion for dance, specifically Hip-Hop, began when in secondary school. I joined Danz People and eventually became part of D’Elements, the studio’s junior crew. In polytechnic, I was also given the opportunity to be president of Style Groovaz Crew, from then on, I have participated in recitals under Recognize Studios and joined battles/showcases under TXM (Team Xiaomei). Fast forward 3 years, I’ve decided to impact lives and build communities through dance fitness, engaging people through music and movement.
Past Speakers: Behind The Curtain
Nic Chung, Founder of Open Concept
Nic Chung “Mellonic” is not someone unfamiliar in the dance scene. As a street dancer, he specialises in Hip hop which has been his medium to explore and share with others. Currently, he is trying to take his dance to a different height by focusing on the topic of “Shapes” and hopes to develop more work with it. As the Founder of Open Concept, it was born as a platform for dancers to break boundaries in their own dance. Nic Chung hopes to inspire more people to develop their own artistry, either through Open Concept or his work.
JJ Chan, Founder of EV Dance
JJ is a Founder of a local dance company, EV Dance, Principal Choreographer of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Hip Hop Dance Club, and NRA and Creator of Swaggout Singapore. Her journey in Dance started at the tender age of six and saw her being competitive during her younger years, where she clinched various championships in local and international dance competitions including Championship in World Supremacy Battlegrounds Singapore (Rough Addicts) in 2007.
JJ’s priority now is in mentoring her students, whom under her tutelage, have achieved numerous championships in dance competitions and Distinctions in the Singapore Youth Festivals for ten consecutive years and counting. She continues to inspire rising dance artists to join her in sharing the passion of dance and its ability in bringing joy to others, as it has for her. JJ strongly believes in giving back to the dance community, and she has certainly done so when she founded Swaggout Singapore, a renowned bi-annual dance event that propelled the dance community to an international level since year 2009.
Stephanie Loh aka Step, Founder of STEP Studio
Trained at the Singapore Ballet Academy since the age of 4, Step has 30 years of dance experience. She is the Founder and Artistic Director for STEP Studio, and has since then contributed in many ways to the growing community of our local dance scene. STEP Studio is home to the award-winning STEP Youth Crew and Junior Crew. Their dance family holds the champion title in many competitions like Get-The-Beat 2018 and PULSE Street Dance 2017 – 2018. The team recently won 2nd Place at the World Of Dance 2019 Regionals, Indonesia, and is the first-ever youth dance team to represent Singapore at the World Championship Finals in Los Angeles this July!
Being the resident choreographer to various Secondary schools, her pieces for the Singapore Youth Festival were awarded Distinction for consecutive years running. She has also choreographed for local celebrities like:
- Mediacorp Artiste and Jean Yip Ambassador Cheryl Wee (黄馨慧)
- Asia’s Next Top Model, Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw
- And Jack Neo’s blockbuster movie The Lion Men (狮神决战)
Darren “dt” Toh, Founder of The Real Deal (Moderator)
Stepping foot in the dance industry in 2006, Darren – best known as “dt” – has garnered much recognition by winning numerous championships around the region. Since 2011, he has been organizing his event, THE REAL DEAL where it features Workshops, Battle and Showcase Events. To top it off, he has been invited to choreograph, judge and conduct workshops locally & regionally. Believing in his 4 key points of dance: EXPERIENCE, SHARE, LEARN & ENJOY, he is currently providing opportunities to all different generations in various means from teaching, judging and inviting them to showcase their skills.