Progressing Ballet Technique Workshop – 15th Dec 2018

Our last Extension Programme Series – Workshops for the year 2018. Progressing Ballet Technique Advanced workshop was held on December 15th.

Our senior girls were treated to an innovative programme developed by Marie Walton-Mahon, a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examiner for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. The course helps students to increase muscle memory, improve flexibility, strengthen technique and encourage longevity in dance.

We’re fortunate to have Priscilla Law, the Director of PBT Asia to personally deliver the programme to our students in our own studio. We hope our girls enjoyed themselves and the workshop has helped to improve their technique.

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Pilates Workshop – 08th & 09th Dec 2018

At Elevate, we strongly believe in extension workshop programmes to help facilitate and encourage a holistic approach in learning. This December 08th & 09th, our senior girls were treated to an external pilates workshop: pilates mat and reformer. Pilates is exceptionally useful for dancers as it helps to improve flexibility, increase strength and tone the deep muscles of the abdominal, back, hips and buttocks which is all crucial to the art of ballet.

We hope our girls enjoyed themselves and managed to learn a thing or two in the crash course. For more pictures, click here.

Explore, Enjoy & Experience Excursion Series 2018: Singapore Dance Theatre – 05th Nov 2018

Explore, Enjoy & Experience (EEE) Excursion Series – year 2018 for students ages 10-15 on Monday, 05th November 2018. Students attended two dance classes, Contemporary & Hip Hop before departing for the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). At SDT, students learnt about the company’s office roles, visited the shoes room, wardrobe room, dance studios and watched the SDT full time dancers rehearse for the year end production, Sleeping Beauty. More pictures here.

“First Steps” Dance Concert – 01st Sep 2018 at University Cultural Centre

“First Steps” – Elevate Dance Academie’s Dance Concert 2018 held at University Cultural Centre on Saturday, 01 September 2018 was a great success! Thank you all beautiful & passionate dancers, the ever-supportive & encouraging parents, friends & family, crews, teachers, helpers, volunteers and everyone involved. 

Synopsis: Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. To achieve something, there is always the first step, the first initiative and the first courage. In times like this, being calm and confident, having faith and perseverance is the key. The collisions between walking across a fragile line, trying to find the right way in a complicated situation. Through determination and perseverance, situations get unlocked and peace unveiled.

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Vaganova Ballet Workshop – 05th – 07th Sep 2018

Vaganova Ballet Workshop Singapore: 05th – 07th September 2018.

Presented by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Co-organised by Canaan Dance & Russian Ballet Association, Supported by Elevate Dance Academie Singapore.

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We are honoured to have Ms Elena Zabalkanskaya specially flying in from Russia and Ms Ivy Chung from Hong Kong as our teachers here in Singapore.

Ms Elena Zabalkanskaya was born in Leningrad. She began her studies at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1966 until 1974, having Elena Vasillevna Shiripinoy as her teacher. Upon graduation, she was accepted to join the Kirov Ballet, now the Mariinsky Ballet, where she worked until 1996, dancing the most famous ballets of the company such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Raymonda, Les Sylphides among many others. She has been part of the faculty of the Vaganova Ballet Academy since 1996 and also works at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mihalovsky Theater and the Stanilavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Ballet Theater in Moscow. Ms. Zabalkanskaya has been featured in every documentary and film dedicated to the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Ms Ivy Chung started her professional ballet training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), graduating as an honorary student with Highest Distinction in her class, and she was awarded the Overseas Scholarship by Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. She has earned a Master’s degree of Business Administration and she was appointed as Associate Executive Director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington DC. She began her career as a professional dancer in the Universal Ballet Company of Korea, Ontario Ballet Theatre and the Hong Kong Ballet. Ivy founded Canaan Dance in 2014, which is an international dance education organization. Under the direction of Ivy, Canaan Dance organises workshops, auditions and international ballet competition to nurture young dancers in Asia, and provide them with scholarships and opportunities to study professionally abroad. She also founded the Star of Canaan Dance International Ballet Competition, which is supported by the American Ballet Theatre, Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Royal Ballet School, the English National Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington DC, the Universal Ballet Company of Korea and the School of Cadence Ballet in Canada.

Congratulations everyone on the completion of the workshop. Special congratulations to all scholarship recipients:

  • 50% artistic scholarship to SCDIBC 2018 Malaysia workshop – Natalie Yun Xuan Tan, Sooah Lee, Dominique Ru-En Cooper-Kuok, Edaline Tan.
  • 100% artistic scholarship to SCDIBC 2018 Malaysia workshop – Lum Young Yee Joey.

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Note: The Principal of Elevate, Ms. Lang Ley frequently creates opportunities for all dancers in Singapore by co-organising international professional dance school’s auditions/classes, summer intensives and international ballet competition. Our open workshops series are meant to create fair & equal opportunities for all dancers in Singapore. Here, students come from different dance schools/studios.

Basic Makeup Workshop – 04th August 2018

Our students have the opportunity to try on first hand experience in doing their own makeup on Saturday, 04th August 2018 at Sephora Westgate. This is in preparation for the upcoming Elevate’s Dance Concert – “First Steps” at UCC Theatre on 01st September 2018.

We thank you the beauty consultants from Sephora for their patience, guidance and expert advice.

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Note: Please contact the school for concert tickets, 81113601 or

Seoul Dance Exchange – 11th – 16th June 2018

It was another success in organising an oversea exchange programme to Seoul from 11th – 16th June 2018. The dance exchange focused in Modern, Jazz and Contemporary dance.

Our students had a fun and enriching week of dance workshops. They attended classes with Tune Dance Company and 1million dance studio. The students also had the chance to watch the Korean Non-Verbal Musical – Jump. Not to forget the sight-seeing around the city and tasting good Korean food.

Thank you to our ever-supportive parents & passionate students. .!

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WBAC Singapore – 01st June 2018

The World Ballet Art Competition (WBAC) Grand Prix at Gateway Theatre Black Box on 01st June 2018.

Congratulations to all participants & winners.

  • Contemporary Category B – 3rd Place: Liew Huilin Jamie
  • Contemporary Category C – 3rd Place: Tng Qian Hui
  • Contemporary Category D – 2nd Place: Tan Wei Lin Cheryl

On a side note, the World Ballet Art Competition (WBAC) Grand Prix Singapore 2018 is also an initiative by our Principal, Ms Lang Ley who has brought the prestigious competition into Singapore with the hope of raising the awareness and quality of ballet competition in the region.

The World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix is a Premier Canadian International Ballet Competition and one of the most prestigious cultural events. It aims to promote the art of ballet, connect young dancers from different cultural backgrounds, and give potential stars a chance to shine.

This year, the competition welcomed participants from Singapore, Thailand and China with almost 100 participants across all solos and groups.