Winner of the Sprouts Choreographic Competition in 2011, Christina Chan trained at the Boston Conservatory where she was awarded the Arthur B Whitney Medal.
The First Steps
Chan's journey began with the Singapore Ballet Academy. She then furthered her studies at The New Zealand School of Dance before moving to the US, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance in 2010. She has since had a busy homecoming as a full-time dancer with Frontier Danceland and working on projects with T.H.E Dance Co and the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT).
The Creative Process
Chan, who recently presented a new work at Frontier Danceland Dancers' Locker 2013 — Revealing Spaces, admits that her creative process is different with each new piece. “I find myself breaking my own creative patterns quite accidentally,” she says. “I can be very spontaneous and yet sometimes very formulaic with putting things together. I still very much enjoy playing with basic compositional tools. People are my biggest inspiration.”
The Notable Works
Working with SDT dancers in Passages — a showcase of contemporary works by up-and-coming choreographers — may be daunting for a young choreographer, but Chan admits that she tried to learn as much as she could from each experience. “I think you can only be intimidated if you decide to be,” says the determined 25-year-old, who will stage a second dance with SDT this November.