Faculty Teachers

Faculty Teachers

Ho Xinling

Xin Ling started her ballet training when she was six. She possesses a Distinction in Level 2 Vocational Graded Examination in Dance (Intermediate). She also has experience in rhythmic gymnastics, Chinese dance, jazz and contemporary dance.

Xin Ling has trained exclusively under Mr Cheng Hsienfa and is one of the pioneer trainers in Cheng Ballet Academy's Russian-based ballet pedagogy and methods.

Having had 10 years of experience as a ballet teacher, Xin Ling has taught the RAD syllabus extensively, to students from Baby Ballet, to Primary Ballet to Grade 8. Finally, Xinling is also the lead teaching and dance training program development assistant for the academy.

Megumi Ito

Megumi possesses the teaching qualification from ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Great Britain) awarded at the Teacher Training Programme from Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada where she completed the programme in two years instead of the usual three.

She has extensive recreational and professional teaching experience having taught in Canada, Japan and now in Singapore since 1997. She is also one of the rare few Asian Cecchetti ballet teachers who have international teaching experience.

Specifically, she prepares students for examinations and have choreographed many performances for recitals She has also contributed choreography for Former World Champion ice - skater Miki Ando’s “Reborn Garden” performance.

Megumi wants to continue to inspire students to become better dancers than they think they can ever be. She is a conscientious instructor and believesthat good preparation is the key to success. It is important to her that forging positive relationships and best practices is the key to teaching ballet well.

Anastasia Darwitan

Anastasia is an active dance practitioner having completed her training in Singapore Dance Theatre's (SDT) Ballet Associate's Course.

She trained in classical and jazz ballet and completed her Diploma in Vocational Graded Examination in Dance - Advanced 2. She is also holds a Australian Teachers of Dancing Jazz (Gold Star) Honours Plus certificate.

Using her practical experience as a dancer in Strides Youth Dance Company - an independent company initiated and directed by Mr. Peter Gn, in partnership and collaboration with Singapore Dance Theatre, Anastasia has danced in various performances such as Ballet Under the Stars and she translates the above into practicalteaching methods for young children.

Sarah Kang

Trained exclusively under the tutelage of Mr & Mrs.Cheng themselves, Sarah is well-versed in the academy's Russian-based ballet pedagogy and method.

Sarah began her pre-professional dance training with the academy at the age of 12, and had been the academy's competitive dancer. She competed extensively in international competitions representing the academy.

Sarah received the overall Aggregate Award for both the 2011 CSTD Asia-Pacific Dance Competition and 2011 CSTD Singapore Dance Competition. She was also placed top 10 in the 2013 World Ballet Competition in the Pre-Professional Category and received the Aggregate Award again for the second time in the 2013 CSTD Asia-Pacific Dance Competition. The accolades came again in 2014 when she won the 2nd Prize in the Contemporary category and 2nd prize for the Classical Solo category at the American Ballet Competition. She then topped off her most recent award with a 2nd prize win for the Contemporary category at the 2014 National Ballet Association Competition, Tokyo. She is also a pioneer member of the academy's Junior Company.

Finally, Sarah is the latest addition to the academy's stable of trainers focussing on competitive dancing.

Jacinta Goh

Jacinta Goh’s natural affinity for dance was spotted by Ms Tan Yaling, Cheng Ballet Academy’s co-founder and principal, while she was attending the Academy’s adult ballet classes. This resulted in Ms Tan handpicking and grooming her for the school’s faculty. Under Ms Tan’s mentorship, which continues till this day, Jacinta has blossomed into a passionate teacher of the Academy's Russian-based ballet pedagogy and methods.

Being a lifelong student of ballet, having started her journey at the age of 5 and completed her RAD ballet examinations in her teens, her teaching experience started early when she was specially chosen to deliver the RAD syllabus to children through the grades of Pre-primary to Grade 5.

Later, Jacinta carved a career in journalism spanning more than a decade. This experience has helped her create a unique pedagogical approach, boosted by her singular talent for distilling difficult concepts into easy to digest exercises.

Jacinta’s unwavering teaching philosophy is that children thrive best within a positive and affirming environment. She is thus focused on developing her students, each with his or her own unique strengths, to their fullest potential.