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THE TEACHING FACULTY

Kotomi Hoshino
Academy Teacher

Kotomi Hoshino began her classical ballet training in Sapporo and brings with her the experience of training full time in Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. She also did her ballet trainee program in Boston Ballet.

Her numerous principal roles included Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.

Kotomi firmly believes that dancers can learn a lot from ballet, including etiquette, intelligence and humanity. To her, no matter how challenging ballet training can be, she knows that it will ultimately yield happiness and the fruits of a dancer’s labour - no effort is ever wasted.

Kotomi is very grateful to be a ballet educator to children who love ballet and looks forward to conveying all the experiences she has had to her students every day.

Kotomi Hoshino
Sarah Kang
Academy Teacher

Trained exclusively under the tutelage of Mr & Mrs.Cheng themselves, Sarah is well-versed in the academy's Russian-based ballet pedagogy and method.

Sarah began her pre-professional dance training with the academy at the age of 12, and had been the academy's competitive dancer. She competed extensively in international competitions representing the academy.

Sarah received the overall Aggregate Award for both the 2011 CSTD Asia-Pacific Dance Competition and 2011 CSTD Singapore Dance Competition. She was also placed top 10 in the 2013 World Ballet Competition in the Pre-Professional Category and received the Aggregate Award again for the second time in the 2013 CSTD Asia-Pacific Dance Competition. The accolades came again in 2014 when she won the 2nd Prize in the Contemporary category and 2nd prize for the Classical Solo category at the American Ballet Competition. She then topped off her most recent award with a 2nd prize win for the Contemporary category at the 2014 National Ballet Association Competition, Tokyo. She is also a pioneer member of the academy's Junior Company.

Finally, Sarah is the latest addition to the academy's stable of trainers focussing on competitive dancing.

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Joern Aw
Academy Teacher

Joern holds a Diploma in Dance from LASALLE College of the Arts, from which she received professional training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Urban dance. She also signed with LA Dance Connection shortly after graduating. During her time in LASALLE, Joern has performed in works choreographed by various reputable local and international artists namely: Theo Clinkard (UK), Liz Roche (Ireland), Olé Khamchanla (France/ Laos), Trisha Brown (US), Sufri Juwahir (SG), Leia Ang (SG), Goh Xiang Tian (SG) and Dapheny Chen (SG).

Joern is a versatile dancer who is constantly in search of new forms and ways of movement. Joern has a particular interest in Somatic dance practice as she believes that it is crucial for a dancer to be mindfully connected to their body. Inculcating values of a thinking dancer is key to her practice. As such, while it is vital to consider the aesthetics that please audiences visually, Joern finds it equally important to focus on the proprioceptive information about the motion of her body.

Joern is also inspired to devise cutting-edge works and collaborate with different artists from various fields to enhance her craft and build an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge. Her recent fields of collaboration include Fashion, Animation, Theatre, Music, Broadcast Media, Film and Visual Arts. Most recent works include “Tools for Signal 2.0-Floating Utopias” directed by Arthur van Balen and Susan Sentler; “Numbers“, a self-choreographed dance film inspired by Tatsuo Miyajima’s ‘Sea of Time (2017-current); and “Enfold” a collaborative project with LASALLE fashion students that was performed in Art Science Museum as part of the Minimalism exhibition.

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Sue Chee
Academy Teacher

Sue Chee holds a Diploma in Dance from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (“NAFA”). During her studies at NAFA, she also completed the Royal Academy of Dance ("RAD") syllabus for Intermediate vocational level.

Since 2017, Sue has been teaching children from the age of 2.5 years old, and has experience in coaching numerous students in the RAD Graded and Vocational syllabus as well as dance recitals.

Sue believes that dance education has benefits and relevance beyond the dance studio and the stage. To her, dance not only creates beautiful lines and movement but can also serve to awaken a child’s joy in his/her individual creative expression as well as build character and resilience. With her passion in ballet and teaching, Sue is committed to delivering a well-rounded dance education for her students, nurturing disciplined young learners and active thinkers who strive for excellence inside and outside of the dance studio.

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Aisling Lua
Academy Teacher

Aisling graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) (UK) in July 2019, and holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Education validated by the University of Bath (UK).

She was a member of a contemporary dance company from 2011- 2013, both performing and being involved in choreography work. She also attended summer seminars with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK), as well as masterclasses by touring companies such as Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Taiwan) and Nederlands Dans Theater I (Netherlands).

Aisling has been teaching Classical Ballet since 2011. Her experience includes guiding dance students ranging from preschoolers to adults as well as coaching those taking their RAD examinations in the past decade, helping them consistently achieve Merit and Distinction awards.

Aisling firmly believes that the learning environment should be a good balance of light-hearted fun and diligent focus in order for each student to reach their maximum potential. She feels that it is important for students to learn to cultivate their minds through dance - and not just copy and repeat without thought. Patience is a product of a long but fruitful journey in dance training, and she hopes that all her students will gain this virtue and be unafraid of hard work.

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