9 Upcoming Dance Events This April

Celebrating the endless genres of dance, here are some of the events and experiences you should partake in this April!

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Don Quixote

Set in Spain, Don Quixote centers on the love affair between Kitri and Basillo and their attempts to escape Kitri’s arranged marriage to the wealthy fop, Gamache.

In Kitri and Basilio’s attempt to escape, they meet Don Quixote, an old knight and his faithful companion, Sancho Panza.

On 1 and 2 April, Studio by Raquel Yeo presents the first Ballet Appreciation Series workshop, where dancers will be immersed in the story of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes and dance to Ludwig Minkus’ compositions.

The 2-session workshop includes a short sharing about ballet, technique classes and a study on Kitri Variation in Act III to learn dancing with a hand fan.

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On the last day of the workshop, guests can be invited to watch the variation showcase. At $150 per participant, make sure to take part in this unique experience!

Dancers will have to have an intermediate level of classical ballet knowledge and can look forward to gaining a better insight into the ballet Don Quixote, adding a new variation to their existing repertoire, getting connected to a community of like-minded balletomane and developing a keener eye when watching Don Quixote in the theatre.

You can book your spots here!

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Evocation by NUS Dance Ensemble

NUS Dance Ensemble (NUS DE) is a contemporary youth dance group that has earned wide recognition for its unconventional dance aesthetic.

Fusing elements of Asian dance forms with contemporary dance, jazz and ballet, NUS DE continues in its journey to define the Asian Contemporary.

The group presents Evocation 2023, an evening of captivating choreography featuring nine innovative choreographers including the artistic director — Zaini Mohd Tahir, members, alumni and guest choreographers.

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Evocation 2023: “Obvious Oblivion?” digs into the apparent and questions the linear motion of imperviousness amongst us.

As each and every story of our lives unfolds tonight, we embark on a journey of rediscovery — of what we see, hear and feel.

Get your tickets here and catch them at the UCC Theatre on 5 April at 7.30 pm.

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K-Pop Dance

Brahm Centre presents K-pop Dance, a weekly dance class series part of their Movement collection at $10 each.

The dance class is for those who enjoy K-pop music and culture and want to enjoy a good time dancing to the latest K-pop hits. They will be conducted at a fairly relaxed pace, so individuals with no dance background may also join.

Happening every Wednesday from 5 to 26 April, all you will have to bring is your water bottle and be dressed in comfortable attire!

The classes are conducted by Carissa Soh, a former MOE educator and school counselor, who has worked with young children from a variety of backgrounds and needs.

She also holds a Master of Creative Arts Therapy (MCAT) from the University of Melbourne, specializing in Dance Movement Therapy and is well-versed in a wide range of dance genres such as Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Chinese Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, K-pop and Street Dance.

Join her and secure your slots here!

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Dancers’ Locker

From the 6 to 8 April, Frontier Danceland brings back Dancers’ Locker! This year’s edition brings forth a triple bill of unique creations by company artists, Sammantha YueTan Xin Yen and Kirby Dunnzell.

Through the expressivity of the body, the young choreographers reflect on connections with their identities and the true meaning of communication in the contemporary world.

Come experience a fresh wave of dynamic explorations up close at Dancers’ Locker 2023 here!

There will also be a post-show dialogue after Friday’s evening show.

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The Union

The Union is a work-in-progress showing of the 8-week residency program (ROOTS) by i_entity.

The dancers have gone through many sessions of sharing; exchanging cultures, mindsets and knowledge that stems from their respective practices.

Three sets of pairs and trios will be showcasing their work on 7 April at L5 @ GR.iD.

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The Proposal: An exploration into the identity of Bharatanatyam and Hip Hop; immersing into the liminal states of both cultures through breaking boundaries and rebuilding to form harmony in spirit.

Aisyah and Shahrin combine their years of experience and understanding of the different cultures and techniques, creating something that only a collaboration of street and traditional cultures could achieve.

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The March-in: A celebration of you, me, and us. Ruimin, Brandon and Nat bring us through their union of Chinese Dance and Street Dance.

How all it takes is a little bit of openness to understand each other’s cultures and traditions to be able to open a new world of creation.

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The Exchange of Rings: The differences of traditions told through the concept of a circle.

Alton and Haizad’s union of Malay dance and breaking is an interesting interpretation of the circle and how it plays into social hierarchical structures and traditions stemming from both cultures.

You can RSVP here and make a pay-as-you-wish, Ang Bao-style payment for entry!

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Sigma Youth Programme Auditions

Sigma Contemporary Dance will be holding its Sigma Youth Programme from May 2023 to April 2024 and will therefore be holding the auditions on the 15 April.

It is a one-year program for dancers of 19 to 30 years looking to refine their technique and movement quality, discover new tools of expression in contemporary dance as well as experience the creative process of professional artists.

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The program will be led by Sigma’s artistic director, resident choreographer, and Sigma artists through classes, workshops and rehearsals, which will eventually culminate in a ticketed performance that will be showcased at the end of the program.

The audition fee is S$5 per person to be paid before submitting the registration form.

As for the audition, dancers will learn a movement phrase and perform it. They will also be required to perform a solo improvisation as well as improvisational tasks and finally, there will be a short group interview at the end of the audition.

If accepted, the fee is S$360 per term for a total of four terms. For more details, you can head to their auditions page and register for the program here!

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Body Site

On 15 April, *Scape presents Body Site: A Filmic Dance Exploration with the esteemed Elysa Wendi, where they explore the intersection between dance and filmmaking through the creation of dance films.

Based in Hong Kong, Elysa is a Singporean dance artist, curator and filmmaker who explores themes in her life and film works relating to the abstraction of memory from place, time and biographical traces.

In 2015, she co-founded Cinemovement, a platform facilitating the creation of interdisciplinary films through a laboratory setting together with Film Producer Jeremy Chua.

Body Site aims to facilitate an experimental space for participants to translate their perceptions of dance and film ideas by merging choreographic and cinematic languages.

By utilising dance film as a storytelling medium, participants can reimagine the way their body and movement are depicted in relation to the image, from the spatial site and the construction of content.

Tickets can be purchased for S$5 here.

Courtesy of THE Dance Company (@thehumanexpression)

The Human Expression (T.H.E) Auditions Registration

T.H.E Dance Company was founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon. Rooted firmly in Singapore while universal in its perspective, T.H.E’s contemporary dance works reveal the body as a medium for exploring and celebrating the human condition.

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Dance artists at T.H.E are immersed in the Company’s signature HollowBody methodology, which guides them to access their deeper instincts and impulses through movement. The vocabulary is distinct in its intensely personal aesthetics and thrilling in its diversity.

Driven by a sincere desire to uncover the intricate, complex and oft-times overlooked dimensions of human existence, the Company’s incisive observations are an essential mirror to the issues and rhythms of contemporary life.

The company is seeking new dance artists to join them in 2024! Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this prestige company should you fit the requirements.

Registrations to audition can be done here until 21 April. Successful applicants will be invited to audition on 23 June 2023 at T.H.E’s dance studio. The audition will consist of a technique class, repertoire learning, and improvisation.

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Fierce Style Vol. 6

After a 3-year hiatus, the annual Krump festival in Singapore is finally making a comeback from 28 to 30 April!

There will be masterclasses taught by Sherwin “Beast” Salonga from the USA and Axelle “Ebony” Munezero from Canada. There will also be a series of other activities including a Krump session, battles, jams, a judge exhibition battle and a showcase night by Li*e:Less.

The entrance fee costs S$20 with an additional S$10 for each battle category and S$25 for the showcase night!

Participants can also purchase the All-In Package for S$350 which includes 8 hours of creative intensives, 3 masterclass credits, entry to the Krump session and showcase performance for Li*e:Less, a general admission ticket for all main events, one battle entry for any category and a main event t-shirt and sticker pack.

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More information for each event and ticket purchases can be made on the Roar City Grounds site here.

Here’s the exhibition battle of Fierce Style Volume 5 for a sneak peek of what’s to come!

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