Moving Bodies. Moving Minds.

A Collaborative Project with Dancepointe Academy

Teacher-Choreographers

Peter Gn, Zaki Ahmad, Eunice Wee, Yutaki Ong, Joanna Tan and Guest Teachers (Local and International).

PETER GN
YUTAKI ONG
ZAKI AHMAD
EUNICE WEE
JOANNA TAN
ROSA PARK (GUEST TEACHER)
SHAHRIN JOHRY (GUEST TEACHER)
LI RUIMIN (GUEST TEACHER)
MELISSA QUEK (GUEST TEACHER)
CHRISTINA CHAN (GUEST TEACHER)
RACHEL CHANG (GUEST TEACHER)
STACIE LEONG (GUEST TEACHER)
GOH YAN DAN (GUEST TEACHER)

AUDITION DATE: 14TH NOVEMBER 2020
SECOND AUDITION DATE FOR GROUP 2 : 5TH DECEMBER 2020

VENUE: DANCEPOINTE ACADEMY @ KHATIB

TIME: 2.00PM – 4.30PM

REGISTRATION & WARM UP TIME : 1.00PM – 1.45PM

CLOSING DATE FOR GROUP 2 : 1ST DECEMBER 2020, 2359HRS

AUDITION FEES : SGD$10

EMAIL: RAPIERMISSILE@GMAIL.COM FOR ENQUIRIES

Those with O & A levels may opt for 5th Dec’s Audition. Please register now.

Brief Information

  • The Presence Project Dance Company is a unique company of talented and versatile contemporary dance artists mentored by a team of experienced dance teachers.
  • The Presence Project Dance Company has the philosophy of enabling its dancers to become the best they can be through developing advanced dance skills in today’s professional arts environment. It is a dance talent enhancement programme in the form of a contemporary dance company that offers high quality training in contemporary dance technique, performance and choreography at intermediate and professional levels.
  • Ballet training is integral to The Presence Project Dance Company, affording the dancers a sense of heightened bodily awareness, mental discipline and movement sensibilities that they can incorporate in their contemporary dance performances. Dancers also experience K-pop and hip-hop styles as an occasional part of the programme, widening their movement repertoire and musicality while elevating overall fitness levels.
  • The Presence Project Dance Company holds the belief that dance must take place in a positive, mindful and energetic environment with equal parts of personal movement, emotion, group dynamics and music. It also reflects versatility as it constantly evolves to reflect changes in Singapore’s dance scene.
  • The dancers of The Presence Project Dance Company have a reputation for creative originality, movement versatility and technical proficiency. Performing innovative, deeply personal and experimental choreography, the Company pushes its dancers’ conceptual boundaries and explores interdisciplinary arts.
  • The dancers of The Presence Project Dance Company perform at least three original new works over the year. These are created by distinctly different choreographers, exposing the dancers to very different creative processes. They have the opportunity to perform internationally as well.

Aims

The Presence Project Dance Company aims to:

  1. Actively identify talented and motivated young people for further development in dance. Thereafter the teachers develop each dancer’s understanding of his/her own physical potential so he/she can dance safely and with understanding
  2. Provide a challenging yet supportive environment that nurtures the dancer as a reflective performer and creative artist
  3. Collaborate, where appropriate, with other art forms to establish a key link between dance and other artistic disciplines
  4. Ensure that the dancers have the opportunity to work with and learn from established professional dance artists
  5. Extend the cultural experience of the dancers through visits to see professional dance work in a range of genres, theatres, galleries and concerts
  6. Provide information about further dance training and higher education so that participants can make informed decisions about future career choices and pathways

Approach

  • As part of a broad and balanced dance education, The Presence Project Dance Company identifies, via auditions, young people 16-21 years with exceptional talent, potential and passion for dance to benefit from specialist training.
  • The dancers have access to high quality, intensive and rigorous dance training under a highly experienced team of professional dance teachers and artists.
  • The Presence Project Dance Company balances technical training with creative activities, ensuring dancers experience a holistic dance training programme.
  • The Presence Project Dance Company’s training programme is delivered twice a week in the evening. In addition to this there are intensives held at specific junctures of the training programme. Dancers are exposed to professional-led masterclasses during such intensives. These may be led by local or overseas teachers. There will also be opportunity for immersion masterclasses with professional dance companies in Singapore.

Training Content

Dance Technique and Performing Skills

Dancers undertake classes in ballet, contemporary and other complementary dance classes designed to sharpen their technical and performance skills in the following areas:

  • Physical strength, flexibility, agility, co-ordination and movement efficiency
  • Correct posture, placement and alignment
  • Spatial awareness, body alignment and design
  • Articulation and clarity of movement
  • Movement vocabularies of the styles studied
  • Projection / focus; clarity of intention; appropriate use of dynamics
  • Sensitivity to musical phrasing and dynamics
  • Use of different movement qualities
  • Ability to respond / be present in the moment of performance
  • Use of energy and sense of whole body engagement

Collaborative skills are encouraged through dancers’ active engagement as learners in the creative process through discussion, reflection and evaluation.

Workshops and Choreography

Dancers have regular workshops with professional choreographers. They are encouraged to be imaginative, innovative and take creative risks through:

  • Exploring dance ideas/concepts in response to a variety of stimuli e.g., kinesthetic, literary, visual, auditory, contemporary issues, repertoire, styles and traditions
  • Selecting, structuring and refining movement material
  • Developing initial movement ideas into final choreographic form through selecting and developing action, dynamic, rhythmic and spatial content
  • Using choreographic devices, e.g., motif, variation and development, chance, unison, canon, climax
  • Forming the overall shape of the dance
  • Structuring appropriate relationships between content and form in the expression of a dance idea
  • Considering the relationship of dance and music
  • Communicating artistic intention and the expression of dance ideas/concepts
  • Reflecting and evaluating throughout the choreographic process

Performance Opportunities

In order to develop the dancers’ practical experience of performing, there are regular performance opportunities in a variety of settings and to different audiences, including:

  • Informal sharing of work for family and friends
  • Contributing to the youth and community dance platforms
  • Performing in dance spaces within or outside of Singapore

Complementary Training Areas

To ensure that every dancer encounters a range of artistic and creative opportunities and is prepared for possible progression into further training, the following are included either as part of the training or in the additional intensives:

  • Practical workshops by local or visiting artists in a range of dance/movement genres e.g., Korean, Hip Hop etc
  • Trips to see professional dance work in a range of genres and a variety of cultural experiences available in Singapore including theatre performances and art exhibitions. Such trips broaden dancers’ awareness of current dance companies and styles, and may be complemented by a workshop given by dancers from the performing company
  • Collaborative music and dance projects
  • Higher education and career information and advice

Professional Artist Commissions

Each year, The Presence Project Dance Company will commission professional artists (local and overseas) to work with the dancers. This exposure to the professional dance world is a key element of the training.

Individual Training Plans

Each dancer receives an Individual Training Plan catering to their personal needs to enable them to develop their technical and creative expertise. The Presence Project Dance Company’s success ultimately relies on the support of each dancer, without whose support the training programme would not be possible.

Training Schedules:

Venue : Dancepointe Academy @ ARC .

Every Tuesday & Thursday 7-9pm , from January 2021 to September 2021. Total 66 classes

Nominal Training Fees:

$200 Per term of 22 classes x 3 terms .