Saori Morioka - Youth Ballet Company Ballet Mistress, Rehearsal Assistant
Ms Saori graduated from the School of Alberta Ballet in Canada.
She started her ballet training at Mami Ballet Land in Japan and completed her training at the School of Alberta Ballet, Canada. She was in a professional company at the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida from 2014 until 2018 and has danced soloist roles in Petrouchka, The Nutcracker, Vladimir Issaev’s the Rite of Spring, Coppelia, Glinka’s Suite Fantastique, A Celebration to Klimt, and many others.
Saori has been awarded at the Nara Ballet Competition in 2009, was a finalist in the Sendai Competition in 2010, participated at the World Ballet Competition in 2015, was a finalist in Nara Competition in 2015, and was a finalist in the Nagoya Competition in 2015.
Through her journey as a full-time professional ballet dancer and now, a dance educator, Saori firmly believes that ballet training imparts the important values of focussed dedication and hard work.
She is passionate about nurturing her students and guiding them through the inevitable challenges serious dance trainees will face. Saori looks forward to having her charges achieve their dreams through perseverance , concentration and team work.
Megumi Ito - Academy Senior Teacher
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.
Ho Xinling - Academy Senior Teacher
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.
Maika Misumi - Academy Teacher
Maika Misumi began her lifelong practice of dance in Tokyo as a child, learning ballet from the age of 3 under Hiroshi Ono, Kyoko Wainai, and Chieko Kishi. She graduated from Japan Women's College of Physical Education in 1994, majoring in dance. She continued her studies in Moscow at the Bolshoi Ballet, and in New York at the Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance.
She began her professional dance career in the US, performing with both ballet and contemporary dance companies such as DASSdance, zoe | juniper, Kun-Yang Lin, Nathan Trice, and Olympic Ballet Theater. She has presented her contemporary choreography at festivals such as DUMBO Dance Festival in Brooklyn, Northwest New Works, Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle international Dance Festival in Seattle, and National Festival Pittsburgh. She also produced evening-length shows of her work at DTW in New York and Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle. She was artist in residence at the Kyoto Art Center in 2008.
Misumi began teaching ballet and contemporary dance to young dancers at the Olympic Ballet School in Seattle in 2006. She started the Terigatha Ballet school in Tokyo in 2011, with the goal of making world-class ballet training available to children of all economic backgrounds.
Sarah Kang - Academy Teacher
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.
Elizabeth Zaia - Academy Teacher
Elizabeth's love for ballet started at the age of 3. Her passion for dance has led her to different platforms of both performing, choreography and now teaching which she considers what she loves doing the most.
Elizabeth holds qualifications in teaching and dancing from the Royal Academy od Dance, London, and now has eight years of teaching experience across a wide range of ages and cultures; teaching in schools in Malaysia, Australia and now Singapore.
While in Australia, she had helped coached and prepare students for competitions such as the Australian Eisteddfod held in Sydney, worked with students in Full-Time Programmes specialising in ballet technique, exam preparation and body conditioning. Many students she has worked with transitioned to prestigious full-time programmes such as the Australian Ballet School and Tanya Pearson Academy.
Above all, Elizabeth is passionate about nurturing a love for dance and believes that strength, confidence and creativity are outcomes that dance provides. Given her background in education and working with diverse groups of students and cultures, she believes in helping dancers approach the art of ballet in a relatable way and yet still preserving the traditions of ballet culture. She ensures students enter into an engaging and fun atmosphere while upholding safe dance and technical understanding that she believes will serve each student well into their futures , both inside and outside the studio.
Joern Aw - Academy Teacher
Joern holds a Diploma in Dance from LASALLE College of the Arts, from which she received professional training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Urban dance. She also signed with LA Dance Connection shortly after graduating. During her time in LASALLE, Joern has performed in works choreographed by various reputable local and international artists namely: Theo Clinkard (UK), Liz Roche (Ireland), Olé Khamchanla (France/ Laos), Trisha Brown (US), Sufri Juwahir (SG), Leia Ang (SG), Goh Xiang Tian (SG) and Dapheny Chen (SG).
Joern is a versatile dancer who is constantly in search of new forms and ways of movement. Joern has a particular interest in Somatic dance practice as she believes that it is crucial for a dancer to be mindfully connected to their body. Inculcating values of a thinking dancer is key to her practice. As such, while it is vital to consider the aesthetics that please audiences visually, Joern finds it equally important to focus on the proprioceptive information about the motion of her body.
Joern is also inspired to devise cutting-edge works and collaborate with different artists from various fields to enhance her craft and build an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge. Her recent fields of collaboration include Fashion, Animation, Theatre, Music, Broadcast Media, Film and Visual Arts. Most recent works include “Tools for Signal 2.0-Floating Utopias” directed by Arthur van Balen and Susan Sentler; “Numbers“, a self-choreographed dance film inspired by Tatsuo Miyajima’s ‘Sea of Time (2017-current); and “Enfold” a collaborative project with LASALLE fashion students that was performed in Art Science Museum as part of the Minimalism exhibition.