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.