Known for their warm and welcoming dance culture, NUS Dance Synergy started as the Jazz Ballet Group in 1978. Under the direction of Singapore dance luminary Mr Fan Dong Kai and Albert Tiong, Synergy has grown into a dynamic dance group that strives to promote dance as a modern art form that incorporates elements of Jazz, modern, lyrical, and contemporary dance.

Focusing on the values of responsibility, discipline and self-confidence, its dancers undergo elementary and intermediate technique training weekly, with a progressive framework that allows them to continuously improve and excel in contemporary dance.

As a group nested in the community, Synergy also believes it has the potential to effect social change through the medium of dance. Since 2015, Synergy has adopted a Corporate Social Integration (CSI) effort, which includes dance workshops and interaction sessions organised for the elderly and teenagers.

Key Past Events

  • 2010 Preview performance, Ballet Under the Stars, Singapore Dance Theatre at Fort Canning Park
  • 2011Performance at Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix with Studio Festi, Italy
  • 2014Traces in collaboration with RE:Dance Theatre, NUS Arts Festival
  • 2015Performance for the China Film Festival at Shaw Foundation Alumni House
  • 2016Performance at National Centre for the Performing Arts, China under Chun Hua Qi Shi series

Key Past Achievements

  • 2012Production of the Year, Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards with Hereafter
  • 2014Production of the Year, Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards with Traces
  • 2016Outstanding Community Service Award, Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards

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TUTOR'S BIO

Yarra Ileto

Technique Tutor

Ileto graduated with a BA First Class Honours Degree in Performing Arts (Dance) at LASALLE College of the Arts. Upon graduating Ileto joined T.H.E Dance Company as one of the full-time pioneer members. She has performed in all the company’s works from 2008 to January 2015 touring extensively in Asia and Europe and has worked with noted choreographers such as Cheuk Yin Mui, Xing Liang, Zhang Xiaoxiong, Boi Sakti, Dimo Kirilov and Kwik Swee Boon to name a few. She has also choreographed works for T.H.E Main Company, T.H.E Second Company and several local Universities and Colleges. Yarra is currently a professional freelance dance artist, choreographer and instructor. In 2017, she received the Young Artist Award, Singapore's highest honour for young people in the arts.

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Albert Tiong

Technique Tutor

Albert Tiong graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts on a scholarship in 1996. He was a professional dancer with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan from 1996 to 1999, guest artist with Hong Kong Dance Company in 2000, and principal dancer with Odyssey Dance Theatre Singapore from 2000 to 2003. He was the Singapore representative for World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge 2007 Artist Showcase. As an educator, Albert teaches contemporary dance and yoga extensively in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He is currently an adjunct lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Albert was the Resident Choreographer and training master for Frontier Danceland from 2007 to 2011. Some of his highlights with the company include a full-length work, Beg Your Pardon? (2009); solo work Moving Words (2009); Second Chance for Contact 2010; Heart’s Realm for the Colorado College International Dance Festival 2011 and for Contact 2011, In the Light of the Day.

In January 2012, Albert founded Re:Dance Theatre, a company that is defined by its commitment to the development and increasing appreciation of contemporary dance in Singapore and the region. He hopes to continue appreciating, creating and inspiring. Recently, Albert created a full-length work, Traces (2014) with dancers from both NUS Dance Synergy and Re:Dance Theatre for NUS Arts Festival 2014.