Girls and MakeUp for Dancing

I recall that makeup used to be a hassle. Firstly, it took a lot of time. Secondly, I looked weird after making up because I looked different. Third, I didn't know what I was doing and so I looked funny after I put those stuff on my face.

All this excludes the hassle of removing the layers of paint on my face. I didn't like to put make up. I didn't realise it then, but it was because I didn't know how to do it properly so I thought looking natural was probably the best coz make up looked fake on my face.

Little did I know that I just felt insecure about making up because I didn't know how to do it. Then Teacher Ong told me something: Making up is like dressing up for a business meeting. It's being polite and professional, and it's grooming. You don't wear T-shirts and shorts into an important job interview right? You make sure you've had a bath and brush your teeth before appearing before an important client.

Similarly, making up is just a part of grooming. It shows that you care to dress properly and groom yourself properly for the occasion; i.e., the meeting is important enough that you took the time to prepare yourself for it. Also, you're showing that you respect your client or boss by taking care to groom yourself properly. 

A friend once told me that his student wore a blazer and tie to a talk by an entrepreneur, while others simply wore t-shirts and berms (it was a talk held in school). The entrepreneur later told him that he was the only one whom he gave his name card to because he bothered to dress properly. Although making up will not be as significant as dressing properly, it is part of grooming. A person who looks polished and immaculate will alwiz tend to look more confident and put together than one who looks messy.

All this made sense to me... Making up is a part of grooming, much like styling your hair or choosing the proper clothes to wear. I think it is important to learn how to do it properly just so that we know how to do it when the need arises.

That's why we conduct free weekly makeup classes for our students in Actfa. It's a place for them to learn how to do proper make up and also to experiment with different styles so that they know what suits them best. And now that I know a little more about make up, I'm not so scared of making up. After all, we have so many performances that I have lots of practice! 

Of course, making up is a good skill to master but we can't depend on it. When I started learning how to do it, I used to make up everyday before I went out... I started thinking that I looked ugly, sallow and pale without makeup. Then Teacher Ong said this: "It's important to learn how to make up, but it's also important not to be dependent on it".

I know that many gals feel sort of naked on the face without make up on and are less confident without it, but I think it's crucial not to be dependent on it and know that what's the most important is what's inside, not what's outside. The outer apearance is important to create a good first impression on others, but ultimately what's important is the inner beauty. I know some people are totally against make up, some people never leave home without it... 

Personally, I think that make up can create a good impression coz a woman who bothers to groom herself respects others by making herself look presentable. Of course, the inner beauty is still the most important thing, but making up has its benefits so why not use it to your advantage? Of course, I use it only when I have to...

Most of the time, I'm too lazy to make up everyday especially if I have to teach a lot and perspire buckets all over my make up. So I learn to do it for business meetings, presentations, performances and to look professional, but I don't wear it if I have to... Too Lazy lah.

- Yanqing 2006

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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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