- Chihiro Uchida
Chihiro began her dance training at Classical Ballet Academy S.O.U. in Japan. In 2001, she won the Idemitsu Kousan Scholarship at the 8th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo and was later accepted into The Australian Ballet School.
Upon graduation, she joined Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) in 2005. Chihiro is currently the Principal Dancer in Singapore Dance Theatre, where she danced the title role in Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Paquita, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Cinderella.
Chihiro has also performed leading roles in many world renown choreographers’ works including George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco as the First and Second Violin, Divertimento No. 15, Allegro Brilliante, Rubies, Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements and The Four Temperaments, August Bournonville’s Bournonville Divertissements, Choo-San Goh’s Unknown Territory and Double Contrasts, Beginnings, Fives, Momentum and Variations Serieuses, David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin, Edmund Stripe’s Piano Concerto No.2, Opus 102, Edwaard Liang’s 13th Heaven, Age of Innocence and Opus 25, Francois Klaus’ Midnight Waltzes, and Jorma Elo’s Glow-Stop.
- Christina Chan
Christina graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance and was awarded the prestigious Arthur B. Whitney Medal for highest scholastic achievement. She had previously trained at The New Zealand School of Dance.
Christina has co-created several works with Aymeric Bichon, travelling around Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Korea and Africa. Their works include “Iris”, a full length work that recently premiered at Dans Festival 2016 and “Flux of time”, of which an excerpt was performed in Israel at “Batsheva Hosts”.
Featured as “Upcoming Dance Artist of the Year to Watch” in 2012 by local newspaper Lianhe Zaobao and in Prestige magazine’s “Nation’s Brightest 40 under 40, 2013”, Christina was also a National Arts Council Scholarship recipient from 2005-2010, as well as a recipient of the Julie Ince Thompson Scholarship and Merit Scholarship from The Boston Conservatory. She was awarded winner and “Best Dancer” at local national choreographic competition Sprouts in 2011 and 2012 respectively. In 2015, Christina was an Honouree of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World award.
- Damian Smith (The National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne Australia, Artistic Director)
Damian was accepted into the School of American Ballet in New York City at age 16. He then commenced his professional dancing career with Ballet Du Nord in France where he toured and worked with European choreographers before accepting a position with the San Francisco Ballet.
As Principal Dancer Damian performed over 200 ballets from traditional to contemporary, with more than 25 ballets created for him. He has collaborated with globally renowned choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Nacho Duato, Alexei Ratmansky, Jiri Killian and William Forsyth, and performed as guest artist with the New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and the Australian Ballet.
Damian was one of seven artists across the United States to study under Michael Kaiser, leading to his position as Artistic Director of the Satellite Collective in New York City. As Director of the international stars of Ballet Damian produced tours which brought the world’s best dancers to Australia, where the audience was exposed to new choreography and world class performers.
His teaching and staging of works include the Royal Ballet of London and the San Francisco Ballet. Damian was recently appointed as Artistic Director of the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, Australia.
- David Zeitner (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Senior Lecturer, Dance Programme)
David Zeitner trained at Palucca University of Dance in Dresden and graduated from School of the Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier in Germany. His ensuing professional career started at Ballet Dresden under Vladimir Derevianko before following an invitation by Stephan Thoss to found the Thoss Tanz Kompanie at Kiel Opera House and later at Staatsoper Hannover, where he took up the position of rehearsal director for the dance company. Throughout his career David had the privilege to work with many choreographers, including John Neumeier, Stephan Thoss, Mats Ek, Uwe Scholz and Glen Tetley.
Prior to joining Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2017, David was Subject Head – Dance at School of the Arts Singapore, and taught ballet, contemporary dance and choreography at University of Auckland in New Zealand. He was a Board Member of the New Zealand Dance Festival Trust and served as Advisory Panel Member for the New Zealand School of Dance.
David holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Dance Studies from University of Auckland.
- Janek Schergen (Singapore Dance Theatre, Artistic Director)
Janek Schergen is from Göteborg, Sweden. Since 1971, he was invited to many dance companies to take on various positions – a dancer, teacher, ballet master, and artistic director. These companies include Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Norwegian National Ballet. As artistic director and board member of the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation, he has staged 11 of Choo-San’s works for Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT), and more than 120 worldwide.
In 2008, Janek was appointed as artistic director of SDT. Since then, he has initiated programmes such as One @ the Ballet, Ballet Associates Course, Scholars’ Programme, SDT Choreographic Workshop, and the Intensive Ballet Programme.
Over the past decade, he has been part of several panels and committees for the National Arts Council, and has been frequently invited to judge at international ballet competitions. He was also honoured with the ‘Award for Culture’ by Singapore Tatler at the Leadership Awards 2015, a prestigious award that recognises the contribution of influential leaders in Singapore; and was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the President of Singapore at the prestigious National Day Awards 2017.
- Joanne Michel (The Australian Ballet School, Ballet Mistress and Level 8 Classical Teacher)
Born in Canberra of Polish parents, Joanne studied ballet with Katerina Druzins until the age of eleven, after which she went to Bryan Lawrence and Janet Karin, both former Principals of The Australian Ballet.
At the age of fifteen Joanne was accepted into The Australian Ballet School and in 1977 she was accepted into The Australian Ballet Company, reaching the rank of Principal in 1982 where she remained until 1986.
Throughout her dance career, Joanne had the privilege to work with many choreographers including Glen Tetley, Graeme Murphy, Jiri Kylian, and danced leading roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, to name a few. She was awarded the Pavlova Prize by Serge Lifar in 1981 and the Inaugural Dance Australia Award for the most popular Female Dancer.
In 1987 Joanne began teaching, freelancing around Melbourne and also adjudicating for the RAD and Cecchetti Society. In 2002 and 2003 she was Ballet Mistress for The Dancers Company Tour, having been a Guest Artist on the first tour in 1980. Since 2004, Joanne has taught the graduate year female students of The Australian Ballet School.
- Resmi Malko (Central School of Ballet, Ballet Tutor)
Resmi Malko received his ballet training at the Academy of Ballet in Tirana, Albania. Upon completion of his training in 1985, he joined the National Opera Ballet Theatre in Tirana, and within five years was promoted to Principal Dancer. He continued his career there for the next 15 years, performing in countries including Italy, France, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, USA and Canada. Resmi then immigrated to North America and performed with the USA Ballet and the Canadian company, Ballet Jorgen.
In 2003 Resmi graduated with Distinction from the Teacher Training Program for professional dancers at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined the artistic teaching staff later that year. After 10 years with the NBS, Resmi joined the Central School of Ballet in London.
Students Resmi has coached have competed in international ballet competitions such as, the Prix de Lausanne and Genée International Competition where a student for the first time in the competition’s history won all three major gold medals.
Choreographically, Resmi has staged classical repertoire for the Central School of Ballet’s End of Year performances and for the touring company, Ballet Central. Additionally, Resmi often returns to coach at the National Opera Ballet Theatre, Tirana.
- Robert Parker (Elmhurst Ballet School, Artistic Director)
Robert Parker trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994, then under the directorship of Sir Peter Wright. He became a principal dancer in 1999, where he collaborated with artistic director and acclaimed choreographer David Bintley to create many leading roles for the company. He made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet and performed in many galas around the world. His accolades include a Critics Circle Dance Award nomination and an Olivier Award nomination in 2001 and a Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Male Artist in 2003.
After retiring from Birmingham Royal Ballet, he passed his RAD Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma with distinction and completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Education. Robert became Artistic Director of Elmhurst Ballet School in 2012. That same year, he was appointed President of the London Ballet Association. He is regularly invited to adjudicate and deliver master classes at various international ballet competitions around the world.
- Rosa Park
Rosa Park was the Principal Artist with the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) from 2009 to 2016. She graduated from Sunwha Arts School in Korea after six years of rigorous training and as a student, she danced Clara in The Nutcracker with the Universal Ballet Company. In her senior year at Ewha Womans University, the Korea National Ballet Company (KNB) offered her to dance Marie in The Nutcracker.
Upon graduation, she joined KNB and danced many Principal and Soloist roles, including collaborating with Royal Swedish Ballet in Swan Lake. Rosa excelled in an abundance of principal roles and represented SDT, inspiring many young dancers. In 2015, she was featured on the cover of Dance Europe and received an overwhelmingly positive review of her performance in Dance Europe’s Feature article for SDT’s premiere of Don Quixote as Kitri.
After she decided to take her final bow in December 2016, she started a new chapter by working with SDT and teaching young dancers at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She is frequently invited for master classes and coaching as well as a judge.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans Univeristy and a Master’s in Dance from Sejong University.