Ballet Blossoms: Poised for Growth

01 July 2018
The Straits Times, Page C2 & 3

Ballet classes have traditionally been a popular activity for girls from better-off families here, as parents hope that these will cultivate poise and grace in their daughters. But these days, more people, including boys, are taking up ballet, which is being offered at more private dance schools as well as primary and secondary schools.  A quick Internet search found at least 35 ballet schools here.

In this article, Dr Caren Carino, Vice Dean of the dance programme at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts was interviewed for her views on the state and trends of ballet in Singapore.

“I think people nowadays are more exposed to ballet and dance through screen media, Internet and travel,” says Dr Caren Carino. “With greater exposure, interest naturally grows,” she adds. Experts say the plethora of ballet schools in recent years has led to more competition, with schools differentiating themselves in various ways. For example, Dr Carino notes that the Little Dance Academy, founded in 2012, is billed as the first school here teaching the Russian Vaganova method, a rigorous programme designed to enhance strength and body expression. She also observes that some schools cater to particular demographics.

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