Modern Jazz is a popular technique based dance discipline that adapts ballet technique in modern form. Modern Jazz certifications from CSTD.
☆ Learn from the musical repertory for performances
☆ Be able to perform well before an audience
☆ Develop a proper and correct foundation for dance
☆ Achieve certifications in international standards examinations
☆ 60 minutes / once a week
☆ Stage Concert (every end of the year)
☆ Road Shows (optional)
☆ Dance Covers for VidAoS™ (optional)
☆ Académie of Stars Certificate of Achievement
☆ CSTD Graded Jazz Exam
Chermaine began her contemporary dance training in 1998 with the Cedar Dance Club under Mdm Low Mei Yoke. She pursued her studies in dance in 2004 after junior college and obtained a Diploma in Dance & Higher Education from LASALLE SIA College of the Arts in 2007. She auditioned into Odyssey Dance Theatre’s ‘Young Artist Project Performers’ where she trained and performed under Danny Tan. Upon graduation from Lasalle, Chermaine blossomed into an accomplished dancer under the tutelage of Lim Chin Huat in Ecnad Project as an Associate Artiste.
As a performer, she danced in the Chingay Parade of Dreams in 2005, NTUC Singapore Birthday Bash by OM+ Studios, Wild Moves 2 by Odyssey Dance Theatre, Lasalle's Scream and Whisper by Ricky Sim and Jaime Redfern for the Singapore Dans Festival in 2006, and with Loretta Livingston in Fly With Me 2007 amongst other college productions. She was invited to dance in movement theatre piece Poverty by Law Soo Leng at The Substation and with Ecnad for the Singapore River Festival, the inaugural dance drama Legenda Singapura in 2008 and in 2009, Campfire. She has also performed for events in the commercial sector. In 2010, Chermaine was invited to choreograph and dance solo in collaboration with local award-winning filmmaker Victric Thng’s dance film, ‘A Day Without Wind’ commissioned by NAC for the Singapore Arts Festival 2010 and later screened in The Cathay cinemas.
Having been a dance educator of 11 years, Chermaine has taught a variety of dance genres from preschool to junior college level and also at private dance studios. In the Singapore Youth Festival 2010, she co-taught and led River Valley Primary School to obtain a Gold award. In recent years, she has taken an interest in choreography, having choreographed for ticketed and full-length school musicals like High School Musical Junior, a dance musical for NTUC’s U Picnic 2013, Wizard of Oz, Annie the Musical and co- choreographed for Sports hub Official Opening cum MOE 50th Anniversary. She was also engaged in a team of choreographers for the National Day Parade 2007, 2008 and in 2010. In 2012, she had the honour to be appointed as Choreographer for MOE segment, Act 3 of the parade and was interviewed on live National television during its screening.
After being under tutelage of early childhood education pioneer Patricia Koh, Chermaine is currently pursuing her interest in early years performing arts as Head of Dance in the Academie of Stars.
NICKNAME: Teacher Jamal
FOCUS: Ballet, Jazz Dance
EDUCATION: ☆ Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, NIE/NTU ☆ Masters in Fine Arts (New York University – USA) ☆ LL.b (Honours) , National University of Singapore
CERTIFICATIONS / ACHIEVEMENTS: ☆ YOUNG ARTIST AWARD recipient, National Arts Council ☆ Shell/NAC Scholarship (NYU) 1993 ☆ JAL Scholarship, Sophia University, 1984
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: ☆ Senior Artist | SINGAPORE DANCE THEATRE [1988-2003] ☆ Company Member | LES GRANDS BALLETS de Montreal, Canada [1996-1997] ☆ Senior Lecturer | Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts [2006-2017]
PERSONAL BIO: Jamal began his training under Goh Soo Khim (Artistic Director of Singapore Dance Theatre until 2008) in 1981. After attaining his Law degree from NUS (1986), he embarked upon his professional dance career with The Singapore Dance Theatre in 1988. His roles has included solo and leading parts in the company’s various performances and was chosen to represent the company in its collaboration with the Hong Kong Ballet for the 1992 Singapore Arts Festival.
He was appointed Assistant Ballet Master as well as continuing to be a performing artist with the Singapore Dance Theatre. He has choreographed while in New York and continued to choreograph pieces for the Singapore Dance Theatre which has been brought on tour by the company. Jamal’s performing career has brought him to countries like China, Taiwan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, USA and Europe.
He sits on various advisory committees of the NAC as a Resource member for Dance (Arts Festival, Scholarships and Bursaries, Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Awards, Annual Grants and Arts Research and Development).
Jamal has also written reviews and articles for The Straits Times, The Arts Magazine as well as other publications. He was a regular contributor for Dance Europe and reviews dance regularly. Currently Jamal is Dance Mentor with Académie of Stars.
Since she was a young girl, Melissa’s passion has always been dancing. Starting her journey with training in ballet, she pursued an education in dance, graduating with a Diploma in Dance from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
Throughout the years, Melissa has worked with a number of high-profile teachers such as Lim Fei Shen, the recipient of the Cultural Medallion, as well as Dr. Caren Carino, Jamal Jalil, Gillian Tan, Silvia Yong and Berd Michael Teichmann. She has also worked with overseas choreographers like Larry Clark from New York & Yvonne Ng from Canada. Melissa was a member of ECNAD Dance Company (2010-2012) & has choreographed and performed in a few of their works. More than a dancer, Melissa is also an experienced trainer; She led Holy Innocent High School into achieving the Certificate of Accomplishment at the Singapore Youth Festival Dance Presentation 2013. In 2012, she also co-led River Valley Primary School to achieve the Gold Award at the Singapore Youth Festival. In the span of 10 years of teaching, Melissa has entered different dance teams into Get the Beat competition and is currently attaining her CSTD certifications.
Melissa believes that Dance is a form of art that can mould good character, leadership skills, self-discipline and perseverance. She hopes to be more than an instructor, but also a life mentor to her students. More than anything, she believes in dancing each dance like it’s the last, and wants to spread the joy and love that dance brings to her.