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DANCE FILMS

Supported and made possible by the National Arts Council, Singapore

Look forward to five dance films choreographed and presented by some of Singapore’s best home-grown Latin and Standard Ballroom talents!

Choreographed and presented by Andrew Restan, Jasyn Gan, Jovyn Low, Lindsey Lum and Nicholas Yue

A collaboration of the likes never seen before in Singapore! Stay tuned for more details on the premiere dates of each film!

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FILMS

  • Instinct
    Nicholas Yue

  • A Leap of Faith
    Andrew Restan

  • Rekindlement
    Jasyn Gan

  • Alleys
    Jovyn Low

  • 19 Years
    Lindsey Lum

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INSTINCT

by Nicholas Yue

NICHOLAS YUE

About

Nicholas is one of Singapore’s only competitive 10-dancer (standard & latin) with more than a decade worth of dance knowledge and experience garnered through international competitions and top coaches from around the world. Combined with a robust understanding of biomechanics, Nicholas is well-known for his meticulous and detailed method of teaching. Today, He is a dancer, teacher, pilates instructor, and event organiser. In fact he is one of Singapore Ballroom Dance Festivals Organisers!

From being the mind behind the Singapore Ballroom Dance Festival, you’ve also decided to take on this project of a dance film. Could you please share with us your concept behind your film?

There has always been a debate about dance being something you feel versus something you logically think about. As a very structured dancer it has always been challenging to try and not think while dancing. I wanted this film to be a personal challenge to go beyond my comfort zone. This whole concept of the film was to symbolise the ideal of dancing through emotion rather than logic.

What would you like our audience to take away from your film?

The main message I would like to share is that there is really no wrong or right when it comes to art. Some people might think art requires no logic while others might disagree. Ultimately I believe it is up to the individual to see what speaks to him/her. That in itself is the true art.

Since you are the brains and main organiser of the festival, what prompted the idea of dance films?

Lindsey first came up with this idea of dance films as it was something she had already done in other genres of dance. When she shared this idea with me, I felt that it was something different from what our industry is used to. It required interdisciplinary collaboration and challenged all the choreographers and filmmakers to come up with something different together. On top of that it is also a great platform to showcase their talent to the public.

As a graduate from NUS Law school, dance was definitely not the path people expected you to take. What was your inspiration/driving force behind being an arts-related SEP and what challenges have you faced in your journey?

Closer to graduation when I was contemplating the next step in my future, I realised that I was not willing to give up dance to practice law. When I was exploring my career options, it dawned upon me that dance was always the central concern. I wanted a career path that allowed me to have the time to continue dancing and to travel and continue competing. I realised that the stable and lucrative prospects that a legal career could offer wasn’t enough for me.

The main challenge was people questioning my decision to walk this path. Even now, 3 years on, some people are still unable to understand the logic of me giving up a legal career for a dance career.

Is there anyone you would like to thank for this film or your career thus far?

My family, and friends for their love and support. Mentors for their patience in answering all my questions no matter how strange they may be. Special mention to Lindsey and Skye for being my main pillars of support in this event and most importantly NAC for making this whole event possible.

Last but not least, Jedrek for this amazing film and collaboration. You deserve an award!

Thank you so much for your time Nicholas. We look forward to watching and sharing your film with our audience.

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A LEAP OF FAITH

by Andrew Restan

About

Andrew has been a familiar face in Singapore’s latin ballroom dance scene in the last few years. He has been dancing and competing actively over the last 7 years and has started choreographing and teaching. 

ANDREW RESTAN

Thank you for being a part of this year’s Singapore Ballroom Dance Festival! Could you please share with us your concept behind your film?

The concept of my film actually derived from my love of watching partner dancing. I was always intrigued by it but never dared to try dancing in a partnership. Only after taking a leap of faith, I was blessed to be graced by the beautiful world of partner dancing when I joined the DanceSport club in polytechnic. I then started to experience the passion between 2 people in a dance partnership that evolved into immense growth and respect for each other. This was something I didn’t expect but I was so glad it did as it has helped me throughout all aspects of my life. Especially discipline and teamwork.

What would you like our audience to take away from your film?

I hope to portray a message of perseverance and commitment to curiosity. It is important not only to try something you have a good feeling about, but to try it with a full heart and an open mind. It could be the best decision you’ve ever made.

This is the second year of the Singapore Ballroom Dance Festival and this year we have a much bigger event including films, productions and workshops. What do you think of this inaugural opportunity to produce ballroom-related dance films?

I think it is great to have a platform to showcase our talents and to spread awareness of our dance form. The fact that it’s a film helps us enhance the look and the intensity of the whole idea and concept and actually brings a different effect to the dancing.

Just like the title of your film, I’m sure you took a leap of faith in making the decision to become an arts-related SEP. What was your inspiration/driving force behind it and what challenges have you faced in your journey?

Pursuing dance has never been a question for me after I realised I had the natural talent to move to music. Diving into Latin and doing well in all the competitions I participated in further secured my decision to pursue dance full time. On top of this, I had the ability to teach people how to dance confidently.

It was not always easy securing clients and students and at times the income I was earning did not seem sufficient. When covid hit, it became a challenge to adapt but thankfully i already had a base so the real issue was trying to continue to get students to attend online classes. It was a big learning point never to take initial success for granted as it could very quickly take a turn.

It’s great to see more and more Singaporeans choose to follow their passions. Lastly, is there anyone you would like to thank for this film or your career thus far?

I would like to thank the teachers who introduced me to dancing, and the teachers who are training me now. The studio I am teaching in, the boss who I constantly learn from and all the people that have pushed me to continue pursuing dance.

Thank you so much for your time Andrew. We look forward to watching and sharing your film with our audience.

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19 YEARS

by Lindsey Lum

About

Lindsey is not only known as one of Singapore’s top competitive latin ballroom dancers but also known for her experience in various dance forms. Lindsey’s training and experience in other dance forms have shaped and influenced her idea and identity as a ballroom dancer today. Today, she is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and even event organiser. In fact she is one of Singapore Ballroom Dance Festivals Organisers!

LINDSEY LUM

From organising this year’s Singapore Ballroom Dance Festival, you’ve also decided to take on this project of a dance film. Could you please share with us your concept behind your film?

When I first started thinking about concepts for my film, it suddenly struck me that I should create an autobiographical film. My dance journey definitely hasn’t been an easy one and there have been many ups and downs. I felt like a traffic light was very representative of my journey as a dancer and decided to use it as a metaphor in my film. There were times in my journey when everything was great and I felt a constant progress. On the other hand, there were many frustrating moments when I felt that I hit a ceiling or a roadblock and I was not going anywhere.

What would you like our audience to take away from your film?

Through my film I hope to inspire aspiring dancers as well as to inspire young people to follow their passions even though it may be the road less taken. I always feel that it’s important to talk about the ups and downs. It’s never always going to be perfect and it’s not always about the end result. It’s the journey that matters and what you learn and make of the journey that’s the most important.

Since you are part of the organizing committee, what prompted you to come up with this dance film project?

Dance films have been quite a trend in other genres of dance. The integration of film and dance allows for choreographers to experiment with things that would otherwise be impossible in a physical production. I wanted to create an opportunity for young dancers like myself to move beyond what we are used to and push ourselves to think more creatively. I also feel that this is a good medium to educate and expose the general public to ballroom dancing.

As a graduate from an arts school, did you always know you were going to be a dancer? What was your inspiration/driving force behind being an arts-related SEP and what challenges have you faced in your journey?

To be very honest, I woke up one morning when I was about 16 years old and I told myself this is what I want to do everyday. I always knew dance would be a part of my life but I didn’t actually think I would do it full time as a career path. Growing up, this quote by Martha Graham was always ingrained in me – “People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose. I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life. ” I was always told by my teachers and mentors that you can’t choose, dance chooses you. Like I mentioned before, I had my ups and downs and somehow dance always found a way back into my life and this is where i’m at! I never imagined I would be a competitive dancer and a dance educator.

With the arts, support is always a challenge. I’m blessed to have supportive parents, teachers and bosses who have helped me on this journey. Without them, I would not be able to live my dreams of doing what I love everyday. With COVID came another challenge, we were unable to travel to compete and train but i’m glad that we made the best out of the situation and focused more on building our business NAL Dance as well as focus on my career as a ballet/jazz teacher.

Is there anyone you would like to thank for this film or your career thus far?

Firstly, my parents! They were the reason why I first started dancing and also thank you for dancing in my film! Thank you to all my mentors, teachers, fellow dancers and students who have made me the dancer I am today. Thank you Tommy for braving the rain during our shoot, and most importantly making my traffic light film come to life. Thank you to Anya and family for supporting me in the making of this film and entrusting Anya’s dance journey to me. Lastly, to my partner Nick for running around on filming day, listening to my choreographic ideas, music cuts and supporting me in everything I do!

Thank you so much for your time Lindsey. We look forward to watching and sharing your film with our audience.

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