My Dance Journey

Many people who have come into Xenbar have undergone miraculous changes.  I will not try to sum up the whole extend of all those changes, but I will attempt to describe my journey. 

In my two and a half years there, I’ve blossomed from a toot and blur little girl to a happy, confident and skillful person.  I’ve never had much ambition in life, and always had a vague idea that God would know what He wanted me to do and send me to do it.  Little did I know that He had big dreams for me; dreams that I did not even fathom of dreaming.  Of course, God was smart.  He knew that I would freak out if I knew, or my head would swell so big with that thought that He didn’t bother to let me know. 

Instead, he sent me a miracle.  A miracle of a man who could see a part of His plan such that he could guide me down that path.  That man had the facilities and the resources to fulfill His plans for me.  One month into my training, He sent an invite from Thailand and charted me on my course to dance overseas; something I never even dreamed or considered was possible. 

Don’t ask me why, maybe I’m a girl and a romantic, but my journey as a dancer is one long miraculous ride.  I mean I work hard and have loads of fun along the way.  I’ve found the man of my dreams and achieved many things that I never asked for but was bestowed upon me…  A girl can’t ask for more that that right? 

Many people wonder why I’m pursing dance as my career.  They’re astonished and express regret that I decided not to pursue my honors degree just to dance.  But honestly, I didn’t choose my career; it fell upon my lap and I would have been stupid not to pursue it.  Hey, you only live once anyway.  And now that I’m in this, I’ve never been happier.  I love what I’m doing, and I’ve grown so much as a person and a character.  I still have so much more to grow, and I can’t wait to see what He has for me next.

“Oh that you would bless us indeed, and enlarge our territories, that your hand would be with us, and that your would keep us away from evil, that we may not cause pain!” – 1 Chronicles 4:10

- Yanqing, 22/01/07

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Starlinn Actfa DanceSTARLINN CHOO YANQING joined the SFDF program in 2004 while studying in NUS, training 12 hours a day; she completed her SFDF, Diploma & IHDC courses in 3 years, using her teaching income to finance her classes in Diploma & IHDC. In 2008 she pursued her IMDC Dance Business & is now doing her 3 years IPHDC Dance Product Research. While pursuing her IHDC she was already traveling around the world for assignments. more


Bianca Actfa DanceBIANCA enrolled in the SFDF course after A-levels. Within 6 months she was dancing as a backup dancer for MTV. She has also traveled to many countries like Germany, UK, Taiwan & Hong Kong to teach & perform, & was offered a position to dance in a few Musical plays. 


 Libin Actfa DanceLB, a masters degree holder working for a MNC, decided to do a career switch after he completed his SFDF. He then worked as an International Sales Manager in dance products, an international artist & dance instructor. He is the Singapore Bachata Champion 2008 and the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship behind Serge and Polina from Russia in 2010. more


manfred Actfa DanceMANGGOH was one of the elite few selected for the Mediacorp Dance Academy in 2000. He graduated from NTU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and used to work as a Project Manager in the IT Industry. He passed his examination & evaluation for SFDF and is currently doing his Diploma & IHDC. more


maricel Actfa DanceMARICEL, a professional dancer from the Philippines, joined SFDF in 2009. In less than a year, she has performed at the Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2009, Salsa Cruise Asia 2009, & has also been to China to teach & perform. In 2010 she was offered a full time dance instructor job in Singapore. She has since gone on to set up a dance studio in the Philippines and comes back periodically to upgrade her skills.


rachel Actfa DanceRACHEL an undergraduate in NTU joined the SFDF in 2010 and was offered to open a dance studio in China.  She has taught and performed in Guang Zhou, Shen Zhen, Hong Kong, Singapore.


 derrick actfa danceDERRICK has over 20 years of dance instructor experience with more than 30 types of dance. He was granted an exemption from SFDF after taking an examination & evaluation and signed up for the diploma & IHDC simultaneously.


tamil actfa danceTAMIL, a professional dancer & teacher actively involved in competitions & performances for Hip Hop, Bollywood, Indian Dance. He was teaching dance in secondary school and choreographing for SYF. He joined the IHDC program to further his training as a dancer & teacher in 2009.  Since joining the IHDC, he has taught, performed & competed in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan.


brenda actfa danceBRENDA joined the SFDF when she was 13 years old and was hired to teach and perform both locally and overseas after 6 months. She was also financing her own dance study while teaching private dance classes.  Under the SFDF, she was the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship 2010 and Singapore Bachata Champion 2009.  She was given opportunities to teach in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China.

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