Dance Classes Singapore: Review on Performing What I Learnt in Class

As the dance performance came to a close that night, we had mixed emotions. A cocktail filled with both reliefs that the weeks of arduous training bore fruits and disbelief that the night is over just like that. My body crumbled onto the floor like a heap of chocolate cookie crumbs – physically shattered but still kept the sweet ‘filling’ inside. My clothes were strewn across the floor of changing room.  But, at that moment, packing up did not feel as important as savoring the satisfaction of a job well done. I just want to lie down on the floor and relax; and I did.

Two weeks later, Yanqing asked us to write this essay. Voila~

Prior to that demand, I had watched a few runs of the performance videos; each time laughing again at all the mistakes that I made. There was no shame as I am human and fallible. After I realized that she is serious about the essay, I made an effort to watch another run of the performance videos; this time critically analyzing each performance. I thought I had executed the choreographies without much mistakes, but the videos showed otherwise.

Here is a list of areas which I felt I could have done better.
    •    Did not manage to roll back my shoulders throughout the Zouk performance.
    •    Sat too low when I dipped my Zouk partner
    •    Looked very serious and to an extent unhappy when I did not smile during Zouk.
    •    Did not manage to confidently execute a proper butterfly kick in Winner as I did not practice enough
    •    Overestimated the time given and did not change fast enough for Hip Hop One.
    •    Should have smiled more during Penguin Shine. My mischievous-and-cheeky look, my cool-smile look and my cocky look all looked the same. I need to practice more in front of the mirror.
    •    Could have flowed my movements more during the transitions between each count for Jazz One.
    •    Lazy feet were pretty obvious during Rueda. By not stepping on every beat, I looked like I was moving much slower than the music.  This did not do justice to the music’s faster beats.
    •    My hands were sometimes not in place during Salsa Una; and they popped to early during the second shine of Salsa Una.

From the first day when I stepped into the studio, I felt like I had come a long way. Though I felt like I had come a long way since my first day here, but there is lots of room for improvements. My friends were encouraging and I am generally satisfied with my personal performance. I have learned a lot during the past few months, but…

My biggest take away from this performance is that I learned how to smile more. I have my instructors and fellow students to thank for that.

To all who are reading this, mucho gracias.


June 2011

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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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