A DANCE PRODUCTION BY CRESTAR SCHOOL OF DANCE, SINGAPORE
On the 4th of June 2017, 5-year-old Wang Yi Ke stepped onto stage to perform in the “Jeté Over the Rainbow” student concert presented by the Crestar School of Dance, Singapore. Little Yi Ke seemed to be dancing like any other ballerinas on the stage of the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore. However, it was not the case. Few knew she was actually still nursing a fractured collar bone.
Braving the pain, Yi Ke performed well together with her friends to rouse loud applause from the audience for the group’s performance of “Beautiful Butterflies” that featured some 15 young ballet students from the Crestar International Dance Arts (CIDA), Beijing.
The 15 young dancers, mostly 5-year-olds, were in Singapore for a 5-day exchange programme with the Crestar School of Dance. The activity-packed schedule included attending a classical ballet lesson together with the Singapore students of Crestar School of Dance, an art and craft session of making an iconic Merlion photo frame, and not forgetting, a memorable experience of rehearsing and performing with the other 250 Singapore students at the NUS-UCC Hall.
Asked why she chose to travel to Singapore in spite of her injury from a fall, little Yi Ke said she wanted to perform together with her friends as she could still execute some simple moves.
“I also wanted to see how the children of Singapore perform at the concert,” said the petite aspiring dancer who started ballet only one year ago.
Her parents who accompanied her to Singapore, said: “We felt very well cared for by all of the staff from Crestar School of Dance. We are especially grateful to Instructor Li Tao for arranging this trip. It has given us an exciting insight into the artistic prowess of the children.”
The exchange programme was organised by Artistic Director Thomas Li (CIDA), who also specially choreographed “Beautiful Butterflies” that was performed to the music “Out of the Valley”.
The “Jeté Over the Rainbow” concert also featured 20 other items by 250 Crestar Singapore ballet students ranging from 4 year-olds to adults.