HIM

I believe dancing is the most beautiful and spiritual of art forms. Like music, it can reach out and
touch people where words do not.

I was born in Malaysia of Chinese descent. At a young age, I was given a scholarship to study
ballet in the United Kingdom. Shortly before I was due to graduate, I got accepted into the National
Ballet of Portugal (CNB) at the Sao Carlos Opera House. The years at the National Ballet were very
inspiring and I was fortunate enough to have started my career in a company with such a wide and
varied repertoire. What I learnt in that time stood me in good stead in my later years as a teacher and
choreographer.

After Portugal, I came back to London and the ‘musical’ phase of my career started. I performed with
the Royal Shakespeare Company in their production of Kiss Me Kate. At that time, I was the first
Asian to play a non-Asian role on the West End stage. CATS followed and that took me to Germany
and Switzerland, were we could sometimes play the show in two languages, German and English.
Miss Saigon followed and that took me to Stuttgart, Germany. Imagine building a theatre specifically
for a particular show! We had the biggest stage and probably the fastest helicopter! While in Stuttgart,
I went back to my first love – ballet – and was guest Ballet Master with the Karlsruhe State Ballet and
Opera. Apparently, I wasn’t ready to shake off the performing bug because I came back to London to
be in the original cast of The King and I at the London Palladium. Still not ready to give up performing,
I joined the original cast of Anything Goes at the National Theatre directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. Apart
from doing two TV series in Germany as a straight actor, this was my one other time performing in a
purely acting role. After playing the same role when the show transferred to the West End in the Drury
Lane theatre, I was ready to give up performing full-time and concentrate on choreographing and
teaching.

It’s a privilege to be able to give back what I’ve been blessed to do over my entire performing career.
I’ve performed for heads of states and in opera houses all over the world. I’ve experienced almost
every aspect of the art form. Now I’m teaching and choreographing for some of the most prestigious
dance companies and institutions. I try to pass on whatever knowledge that has been passed on
to me. I have been invited to give lectures at both The National Gallery and The Royal Academy. I
still think dance is the most beautiful of art form and dancers are very special people. There is still
so much that can be said through the medium of dance and the power of movement. I continue to
explore different ways I can use the human body to move while at the same time, interpreting the
music.

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