Laraine Leow XingWen

Emily Hewell

Our Elite Programme students from Marine Parade, Toa Payoh and Jurong East continued to win dance accolades in 2020 in spite of the restraints arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Students at some stages of the pandemic, especially during the Circuit Breaker, had to have their lessons curtailed or done on Zoom.

For competitions, they had to have their performances recorded on video for submission instead of appearing on stage. For some it was perhaps less intimidating compared to “live” appearances before the judges and the audiences.

Their continued success in competition has been possible due to the dedication and hard work of our principals and teachers including Ms. Ivy Chua, Ms. Cindy Toh, Ms. Lim Ming Zhi, Ms. Run and Mr. Vivian Chieng.

Below are the winners in five of the competitions held during 2020.

Star of Canaan Dance International Ballet Competition Global 2020

Annabel Eva Shaharudin – placed first in the Pre-professional category in this global competition by CANAAN DANCE, a non-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing performing art talents.

International Ballet Grand Prix Singapore 2020

Laraine Leow XingWen

  • 3rd Prize (Junior 2 Ballet Category)
  • 100% Summer School Scholarship by the National   Theatre Ballet School in Australia (Junior 2 Ballet Category)

Emily Hewell  –  50% Scholarship for IBGPS 2021 Competition (Ballet)

Teri Ong – 50% Scholarship for IBGPS 2021 Competition (Ballet)

Asian Grand Prix 2020 Singapore Regional Competition

Annabel Eva Shaharudin – Bronze Medal (Ballet)

Annabel Eva Shaharudin – 10% Scholarship (Ballet)

Emily Hewell – Merit Award (Ballet)

Youth Arts Festival organised by Singapore Dance Alliance

Tessa Wong and Charlotte Teh (9 Years Old) – Gold Award for Ballet Duo

Ang Shi Qi, Darlane Low & Quek En Ting (12 Years Old) – Gold Award for Ballet Trio

Winners in the Ballet Solo category:

Charlotte Teh (8 Years Old) – Silver Award

Darlane Low (11 Years Old) – Silver Award

Genelle Gan (12 Years Old)  – Silver Award & 25% scholarship to IBGPS Competition

Quek En Ting (11 Years Old) – Bronze Award

Alexis Keh (6 Years Old) – Bronze Award & 25% scholarship to IBGPS Workshop

Ho Yin Chi (10 Years Old) – Bronze & 25% scholarship to IBGPS Workshop

Joy Yu Chenyue (10 Years Old) – 25% scholarship to Youth Arts Festival Competition (Contemporary Solo)

Annabel Eva Shaharudin

The above are members of the Crestar School of Dance Elite programme launched in October 2019 for students who have the potential to excel and aspire to dance for greater achievements beyond self-development and fun. Those selected for the programme enjoy priority access to exchange trips, master classes and supplementary courses at preferential rates for one year.

Throughout its history since inception in 1977, Crestar School of Dance has groomed award-winning students from as young as three years old. Some have even progressed to continue their dance journey overseas and become professional dancers and instructors.