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Success at the Danceprix Indonesia 2018
Jakarta 
13-15 April 2018 
 
Bravo Bravo Bravo to Team Aurora !! Here are our results 
Solo Classical Senior - Siti Amellia Feroz  - Gold + Scholarship to the V Chabukiani Ballet State School Georgia
Solo Contemporary  - Adia Sofia  - Bronze + Scholarship at Ballet Legacy USA 
Group Dance Junior A - Silver 
Group Dance Junior B - Gold 
 
Congratulations to the dancers their choreographers class teachers and coaches


 

2017 has been a victoriously successful year for our students. Congratulations!


  Summer Teoh                                                                    

 Grade 1 Gold Medal ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards Malaysia

I feel happy that teacher chose me to join the competition. I practiced very hard and I stayed focus in class. I never gave up even when I was tired, I always try my best. I always listen to teacher’s instruction and be confident. 


                                                                               Farah Sofea    

Best Female Dancer Award – Short+Sweet Dance 2018 Malaysia

In early July 2017, my principal tasked to create and perform in a piece for the Short +Sweet Dance Malaysia 2017 Festival. This was in addition to the work I was co producing with my dance colleagues for the junior entry to the same festival. It was fine to accept multiple tasks but I would never have thought it needed more knowledge than just choreography. 

We were a team of four with Nurfaraesha, Iryssa Yasmine and Grace Rundi.  We collectively created the story and picked the costumes to match our individual personalities. We struggled daily managing rehearsals as Nurfaraesha goes to primary school and can only train during the afternoon while Grace Rundi attends daily lectures all day.  We very often had to hold 2 separate rehearsals in a day. On some days we had to share studios because there were so many rehearsals going on. Our studios were always occupied by students practising and training, there was never a rest day.   “Right My Wrongs” was completed and successfully showcased after 3 months. It was truly a wonderful feeling when the audience came up to congratulate us for such a moving and emotionally charged performance. I received the award for “The Best Dancer” and Nurfaraesha aged 11 won “The Best Supporting Dancer”. It was extremely gratifying to be on stage dancing in my own work.


Sian En Chong 

Grade 1 Bronze Medal – ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards Malaysia

I was shocked when I got selected for the ballet awards. I was scared when I was on stage. I tried to overcome my fears and was determined to do my best. I was surprised when I won the bronze medal.


                                                              Eyda Natessa Muzaffar   

Lee Lee Lan Cup for Most Outstanding Performer – ISTD Modern Awards Malaysia

It was the morning of the ISTD Malaysia Awards 2017 in Modern Theatre category.  The first few seconds into the dance was quite stressful but before I knew it, I was on the floor in my ending pose. I was happy that I managed to dance through it without making any major mistakes.
Later that afternoon, right after the Premier section as I was ready to go home, suddenly I heard someone called my name and my friends said that I had won the special award which was the Lee Lee Lan Award for the most outstanding candidate across the senior and premier sections. I was greeted by Mrs. Lee Lee Lan herself who presented her award to me and I felt so honoured.  How did that happen until now I still cannot believe it but I am thankful it did.


Zhe Yen Lee

Grade 1 Silver Medal and Musicality Cup - ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards Malaysia

I was excited to have the opportunity to participate in ISTD Ballet Awards for the first time. The training was tough but enjoyable. I felt very happy and grateful when I won the 'Grade 1 Musically Award' and Silver medal (2nd place). I am now more confident and shall continue to work hard to sharpen my skills as a dancer.  Looking forward to new dance adventures!


                                                                   Caitlyn Baylon 

Gold Medalist – Star of Canaan Dance Internatiional Ballet Competition Hong Kong

Bronze cup – Duo - Star of Canaan Dance Internatiional Ballet Competition Hong Kong

Festival Director’s Award – Short+Sweet Dance Junior Malaysia

Gold Medal, Musicality cup & Corraine Collins Most Beautiful Port De Bras challenge cup-ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards Malaysia 2017

 SCDIBC 2017 Hong Kong

After the Chopin 2017 Ballet competition, another excited journey began. I started training for the Star of Canaan Dance Ballet Competition. At the same time, the teachers of Aurora informed us that we will participate in Short and Sweet Junior Dance competition. I was even more excited because I could dance with my friends and work on new choreography. We spent a lot of time together, dancing, eating, doing homework and then dancing again.

In Hong Kong I competed as a soloist and in a piece for a duo. The duo danced with Erica Liew  ( my coach and dance partner ) titled My Shadow and Me won us the bronze cup while my solo performances got me a gold medal and 2 scholarships.

Short+Sweet Dance Junior 2017

My role as a concubine and an American sailor (yes, we changed costumes in minutes) in the Short + Sweet Junior entry captured the attention of the festival director Faridah Merican . She picked me as the recipient of  the festival director’s award. Our production in this festival, A Walk on the Bund received awards for best overall production, most glitzy, and audience choice.

 ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards Malaysia

The final competition for the year for me was the ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards. I won the gold medal for grade 3, the musicality cup and the Corraine Collins challenge cup for the most beautiful port de bras  It was an awesome year for me. 


Fay Ee Chen

Grade 3 Bronze Medal - ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards Malaysia 2017

I trained hard and it was tiring at times.  I enjoyed preparing for the Malaysian Ballet Awards because I was training with my friends. I was surprised and pleased with myself when I was awarded 3rd placing (bronze medal). I also felt proud of my own school Aurora, because there were many Aurora winners on that day.  

 

                                                                      Emmelie Soo 

Grade 3 Silver Medal - ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards 2017 Malaysia

I won this prize because of my lovely and passionate teachers, my supportive friends and my encouraging family. I was really exhausted when I was waiting for the announcement for the ISTD ballet awards. I was excited and surprised at the same time when I received the prize. It was all worth it as I practiced every single day to improve my stamina as well as my technique. 


Valenie Woo

Grade 2 Gold  Medal - ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards 2018 Malaysia

It was a truly nervous yet fantastic experience at the ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards.I was surprised at the same time happy and excited when I was called up to receive the gold medal and the musicality cup.These awards are my first success since I started participating in competitions and it truly encouraged me to work harder. I will have to be more focused and hopefully become a great dancer. 



                                                                         Jannel Soh

Silver Medal – ISTD Modern Awards 2018 Malaysia

When my name was announced as the Silver Medal winner at the Awards Competition, I was surprised, and over joyed at the same time as I knew my time spent  in training had finally paid off. I am blessed to have such good and wonderful dance pals who have been with me through thick and thin. I’m thankful to be able to dance with them in class and in competition. As the saying goes, ‘Friends that dance together, stay together.

 

   Adia Sofia Admi Shahrul

Gold Medalist –Danceprix Indonesia 2017, International Intensive Ballet Course Scholarship, Japan

Grade 6 Gold Medal, Musicality Cup, Lee Lee Lan Cup for Most Promising Dancer- ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards 2018 Malaysia

Danceprix Indonesia 2017

As a gold medal recipient at Dance Prix Indonesia 2017, I was awarded a scholarship to attend the International Intensive Ballet Course at Ena Ballet School, Japan. I was very excited. I always wanted to visit Japan.

The lessons were technically very demanding but fun at the same time. I learnt a new variation, Princess Aurora act 1 from The Sleeping Beauty. I also did my first performance en pointe. It was a little scary. I was invited to perform at the Ena Ballet School concert. It went very well, an unforgettable experience. 

 ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards 2017    

 It was my second time competing in the ISTD Malaysian Imperial Ballet Awards. I was in the Grade 6 / Intermediate Foundation category.

I was really nervous backstage. The competition class was very tiring as we had to the free exercises a few times. I was the first one to perform the variation.  I won 1st place and two special awards which were the "Musicality Award" and the "Lee Lee Lan Award for the Most Promising Senior Dancer". I was very happy with myself. 

 

ISTD Modern Awards 2017

It was my first time competing in the ISTD Malaysian Imperial Modern Awards. I was placed in the junior category.

Miss Jackie Barnes was our adjudicator. I was really nervous as my modern is not as good as my ballet.

 I won 3rd place which was very surprising because I wasn't very confident with myself that day. I was very proud of myself.


Nurfaraesha Anum 

2nd Runner-up Best Dancer Award – Short+Sweet 2018 Junior Dance Malaysia

Best Supporting Female Dancer Award - Short+Sweet 2018 Dance Festival Malaysia

Gold Medal – ISTD Modern Awards 2018 Malaysia

Grade 5 Gold Medal, Musicality Cup -  ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards 2018 Malaysia

 Short+Sweet Dance Junior

My friends (23 dancers) and I had been training for this new work for nearly 4 months. We started our training in June. At first it was a bit hard, then when all of us worked together as a team, we managed to get this dance perfectly. Beside performing a new dance which is “Walk on the bund” i had to performed another dance “Bright Lights At Midnight”. I have been practising both dances everyday without fail. The competition was held for 2 days. When they announced the winner of the competition, I was so happy. Our group won so many awards on that day. And I was chosen for Best Dancer (2nd runner up) for Bright Lights at Midnight. I was so happy because all the training and hard work really paid off.

Short+Sweet Dance

I was so happy being selected to perform with my teachers and senior dancers of Aurora. It was a big job, scary but fun at the same time. It was very demanding physically training for the S&S Junior dance entries, A Walk On the Bund, Bright Lights at Midnight as well as Right My Wrongs for Short&Sweet dance festival all at the same time.  I was so happy to receive the Best Supporting Female dancer award. A double joy for our team when the choreographer, my coach Farah won the Best Female Dancer award.

ISTD  Modern Awards

My dance was choreographed by Teacher Amellia. I practiced this dance every day in order to get it perfect. I tried my best and at the same time enjoyed the training. When they announced the winner, I was quite shocked and couldn’t believe it that I won the first prize.  It was such a beautiful moment for me and my friends. All the training and time spent in the studio paid off. I enjoyed every moment of it.

ISTD Ballet Awards

The Imperial Ballet Awards was held the day after the modern awards. Participants took part in a grade 5 class and performed a dance my mates and I learnt and practiced a week earlier. When it was our turn to take to the stage, I just did my best and enjoyed the whole process. To my surprise, I won the musicality cup and the gold medal for grade 5. I was shocked as this is the first time I won something in a ballet competition. Nothing is impossible, if you work hard and are determined. My teacher always told me that winning is not the key to success, so long as you believe in yourself and enjoy the journey, you are already a winner. 

 


Our Gold Medalist Leaves for Japan 


Adia Sofia, who will turn 11 soon received a scholarship to attend dance lessons and production classes at Ena Ballet School, Nara, Japan. She leaves on Monday 4th September 2017 to train with Ena Ballet students for 2 weeks. This scholarship was awarded to Adia in April this year after she beat 60 other competitors to claim the gold medal and award at the 2017 Danceprix Indonesia , an international ballet competition. This is her 2nd gold medal won on the international platform this year, the first for contemporary solo section in March 2017, at Amsterdans The Netherlands. We wish Adia all the best look forward to hearing from her in Nara.

     




Medals, Cups and Scholarships at the SCDIBC Hong Kong 2017

We are proud to announce another outstanding achievement by Team Aurora at the recent Star of Canaan Dance International Ballet Competition (SCDOBC) 2017, Hong Kong. Our duo Caitlyn Baylon 10, and Erica Liew 17, clinched the bronze cup on the first day of the competition for their delightful performance of My Shadow and Me. Both girls were finalist in their category for  solo dance entry with Caitlyn bagging the gold medal and 2 dance scholarships. Congratulations on a job well done !!




 


 

DANCEPRIX INDONESIA , JAKARTA APRIL 2017


Notes from the junior team

First of all, I was happy to be given this opportunity to take part in the recent DPI and Chopin competitions. During the training sessions and the competition, I have learned a lot in terms of discipline, timing, and teamwork, to be more focused and to work harder. I also enjoyed performing on stage. Darshini

 

This was my first time competing under the Group category. When it was time to perform our pirates’ dance, I told myself, “Don’t be nervous. Just dance”. I was glad that I did not make any mistakes. Unfortunately, we did not win, but I was not sad as I had a great experience. Cheryl


The training was definitely very tough but fun and I learned a lot from all my teachers. We trained every day for 2 to 3 hours. It was tiring and I was under a lot of pressure. On the competition day, it was also a memorable experience for me. I felt nervous but excited. Even though I did not win, I won the experience; and this is one of the best experience I could ever have. Emmelie


I was excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Group category in DPI 2017 competition. Initially, I was weak in my technique but I worked very hard and finally managed to make good progress. I was pleased with my improvement. Although we did not win, I have won a very valuable experience. Jazreel


 

My dance was Vyestalka variation from Paquita. A lot of balancing is required in order to do the dance well. The training was very challenging. I had to do 3 routines on stage, in addition to my Solo dance. It was nerve wrecking! I felt elated when the results were out and my name was on the list of finalists. Unfortunately, I didn’t win but I was not sad at all because I know that this experience is just the beginning of my journey. Natessa


 

I trained for nearly 4 months. I was also a part of the Group dance. The name of our group was Sugar & Spice and we danced Bright Lights at Midnight. I enjoyed dancing as a group and I learned that with teamwork and effort, anything is possible. Our Group dance won first place and we were really happy. Fay Ee



                                                                            

I was glad when I was given the ‘captain’s character’. I have tried my best to dance the roll well. Although we did not win, I gained experience and built a relationship with the other members of the team.  I will work harder from now on. I also hope that I will be able to participate in future competitions.Rowena


                                                                                              

I had a very good experience being a soloist and a member of a group.  It was fun too. Everything was new to me. I needed to put in a lot of effort and trained every day, but it was all worth it. Training had been intensive and very tiring but fun and enjoyable.  Velanie


 

It was never easy and smooth sailing prior to this competition. Days of training to perfection at times, drifted me apart. I will never forget this wonderful experience at Dance Prix Indonesia 2017. I has been great, experiencing and watching other beautiful dancers enjoying the music through body movements. I was inspired by them to soar higher. Sonia



 

Training over the past 3 months was very intensive. I entered the Solo and Group categories. From the competition, I realized that being persistent, never give up and teamwork, are very important to achieve good results. I hope to have the chance to participate in more ballet competitions in future. Amber



                                                                                                      It was a wonderful experience and journey from the beginning.  I learned many new steps. I spent a lot of time with my teacher and my teammates which made me more focussed. Training was very tough and tiring but I worked hard and it was worth it. I am more confident now.  Zhe Yen



                                                                                       

I always feel happy and great in every training. I learned teamwork and how to coordinate the dance with my other team members. Even though we did not win the competition, I did enjoy performing on stage. I have tried my best but it was not good enough. I made a promise to myself to work harder from now on. Lastly, I also hope to be able to join more competitions in the future to gain more experience. Annabelle

 

 

   

Every day, without fail, we attended training for almost 4 months. On top of that, we also have to attend the Intermediate, Advance 2 and Grade 6 classes.  Besides training for my solo dance, we also had to practice our Group dance which is Bright Lights at Midnight which each of us had our own role. Mine was a policeman. We learned many new steps and skills. I was so happy when I found my name listed in the Final’s list. Even though I did not win for the Solo category, our Group dance won first place! All the training and hard work paid off. Nurfaraesha

 

 

 

 I trained every day for 3 hours and additional classes every evening.  I learnt a fun but challenging new step ‘turns in ala second’.  After 3 weeks, I managed to get it right. I enjoyed the group dance because we have different characters and teamwork was very important. I was lucky to be selected as a finalist in the solo section. After performing my Solo dance, we competed in the Group dance. I heard the audience cheer when we did the turns in ala second. Team Sugar & Spice,  our team  won the Gold medal! Caitlyn


                                                                                                 

I have been dancing for 7 years now. This is my first time joining a ballet competition. Not only that, it was also my first time travelling overseas without my parents  I felt scared but excited at the same time. Training was tough ,I was so tired at the end of each day but happy because I mastered many advanced level steps ,did better pirouettes and formed an incredible bond with my fellow competitors. Winning a gold for our group dance proved one thing, we can do it if we work as one. I am looking forward to new adventures with Team Aurora!  Jannel


 

When I got to know that I was selected for the finals, I was relieved. I didn’t feel so nervous in the finals. For the Group dance, I was really worried about my turns but I thought we did a good job. I was surprised when I won the Gold medal for the Solo category (Asian Doll)! We also won the Gold medal for the Group dance! Even though training was tough and tiring, it was all worth it. Adia



 

STUDENTS AT AMSTERDANS, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS 

MARCH 2017 

It was my first time competing in Europe. Other competitors were really good. I could not believe I won the gold medal for contemporary solo as it was my 1st attempt at contemporary dance. I won the bronze medal for solo classical ballet variation and another bronze for the duo with Fay Ee. I also received a scholarship to study at the Dutch National Ballet Academy. I am looking forward to returning to The Netherlands.  Adia Sofia

Gold Medal - Contemporary

Bronze Medal - Classical Ballet 

Bronze Medal - Duo 

                                                                              

Our dance practice was at first very tiring because I had to learn and perfect 2 new dances in 2 weeks. I felt very happy I managed to get a bronze medal for my solo contemporary dance called “It’s a Necessity”. And another bronze medal for my duet contemporary dance with Adia called ‘Never Alone’. I felt so happy and proud of myself and dance partner Adia. I hope to go to other dance competitions in the future. It is tough but I love it. Fay Ee Chen

Bronze Medal - Contemporary 

Bronze Medal - Duo


 

STUDENTS AT THE 2016 SCIBC HONG KONG 

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

      Caitlyn Baylon, 9 Bronze Medal winner

The Star of Canaan Dance International Ballet Competition in Hong Kong, is my second ballet competition. I felt very excited. I went through many hours of practice sessions and lessons. My friends and I learnt many new steps.

On first day of the competition Adia , Natasya and I attended a Master Class, taught by Teacher Enrica.

The next day was our turn dancing in the  solo elimination round as well as group dance finals . When it was my turn to perform, I put all my effort and it went well. When we were called to the stage later that evening, we danced our trio choreography gracefully. We won the Silver trophy and we were very happy. We were asked to dance it again at the closing ceremony.

The next day was our solo finals. We arrived early to get some practice and put on our own make up. I performed both Giselle and Cupid variations with my full effort. After the event, Teacher Suraya told me that the judges requested me to perform for the Gala Performance, I felt surprised and excited.

When the results of the competition were announced, I won the Bronze medal. I was so pleased that Natasya and Adia were awarded too.

I felt this journey is not easy but the reward is happy one.

 

       Adia Sofia,9  Jury Encouragement Award

I was thrilled to be chosen for the SCD IBC 2016 competition. The competition this year was harder than last year’s because my friends and I had to learn 2 solos each and a trio choreography. There were many difficult steps to perfect including multiple turns and batterie. This was much more than what was required the year before.

The day before the competition I hurt my right ankle. I was on pain killers and applied cold spray on my sore ankle throughout the competition.

On day 1 of the competition day I felt very nervous comparing myself to other competitors who were practicing backstage. I was awarded the jury encouragement award for my solo performances and 2nd place, a silver cup for our trio entry.

 

   Natasya Saffiah,9 8th Placing

I was again in Hong Kong for another competition. This time the competition is called the Star of Canaan Dance competition. But it was only the three of us this year. We practiced every single day. We had to practice about 5 hours a day though very tired I was happy. I learnt a new dance an addition to Cupid's variation which was taught to me last year. I tried my best enjoyed every bit of it. 
The big day came and we were on stage. I was not nervous this time around.  Our trio dance won 2nd prize.  The judges liked our group performance. They asked us to dance it again at Gala.
At the Gala, I was announced as the 8th place winner. I was  in the top 10.  My friends, Adia and Caitlyn were very happy to be in the finals.  Our principle worked us very hard. She made us stronger dancers. I hope she is happy to see our victories. I would like to train for more competitions in the future
 

 

      Esha Anum,10 co trainee

My training with Caitlyn, Natasya and Adia was a great experience and fun. We are best friends. We laughed, trained and had dinner together almost every day for 31/2 months. There were many advanced level steps learnt and we helped each other along. My classical ballet technique has improved a lot, thanks to Teacher Suraya.


Shashveena's Salangai Pooja Exerience

                                
Shashveena - grade 5 classical and modern ballet student at Aurora 

I am Shashveena and I am 10 years old. I was inspired to dance Barathanatyam when I went to an Arangetram performance. I started dancing Barathanatyam when I was 6. Barathanatyam has helped me to learn and understand my culture better and to feel proud of my culture. It also builds my stamina and keeps me fit. In Barathanatyam, every song is dedicated to God. For every song, my teacher explains what each sentence means so that I can do the right expression for it.  There are difficulties in dancing Barathanatyam but I know I must go through them to achieve what I want.

My mother has helped me the most by sending me for all the classes and buying me my accessories and costumes. When I grow-up, I will continue dancing Barathanatyam and will someday teach children this art form. Dancing makes me happy. Every time I go for class, I feel happy because I am going to learn something new. I would like to do my Arangetram when I am 14 years old. There are many mudras and steps in Barathanatyam and I want to learn them all. Dancing Barathanatyam is my passion and hobby.










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