Our Teacher Profile

Susan Cheong Sarkies

  • Teaching Diploma – RAD London
  • Registered Teacher – RAD London
  • Registered Mentor – RAD London
  • Principal/ Artistic Director/ Mentor/ Teacher

Teaching Experiences

  • 1975 – 1977 → Assistant ballet teacher with the British Association of Singapor
  • 1977 – 1990 → Full time dance teacher with the The British Association of Singapore (BAOS) Ballet School. During the 13 years, staged 4 dance concerts at the Victoria Theatre and World Trade Centre (HarbourFront).
  • 1979 → Taught at Yamaha Music School. Started entering students for RAD Examinations as a qualified teacher
  • 1979 – 1996 → 17 years with the West Coast Community Centre. Had staged many roadshows for the People’s Association during the Christmas seasons, as well as performances at the Inter-Community Clubs level.
  • 1990 → Head of Dance Department – at BayTree Club for Kids. Taught at Crestar Music School
  • 1992 → Choreographed, taught and trained students (3-6 years old) at St.Clare’s Kindergarten for the year end concert.
  • 1991 – 1996 → Joined The Metropolitan Y.M.C.A. Education Section, and taught Ballet and Tap Dancing, staged two big productions at the World Trade Centre (now known as HarbourFront) and Victoria Theatre.
  • 1994 → Started own Ballet School – FORMS Ballet and Dance Centre was incorporated
  • 1998 → Participated and contributed to The Bonae Voluntatis Gala ’98 “A Symphony of Dances” with the then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong as the Guest-Of-Honour 
  • 2001 → Celebrated 25 Years of Ballet Teaching by staging an Anniversary Dance Concert at the University Cultural Centre Theatre
  • 2002 – 2016 → Ballet teacher at Methodist Girls Primary School – Sent dancers in for annual RAD examinations and staged items for Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) and Annual Dance Concerts.
  • 2005 → Celebrated 30 years of teaching Ballet and Dance – Staged a 30th Anniversary Concert at the University Cultural Centre Theatre
  • 2008  → Taught and trained students (3-6 yrs old) and teachers at St. Joseph’s Church Kindergarten for their year end graduation Christmas concert.
  • 2009 → A member of the Working Committee for A Dance Gala in support of the World Famous R.A.D – Genee International Ballet Competition, hosted in Singapore for the first time. Staged a Dance item for MGS Primary – Charity Concert
  • 2010 → Taught Dance at St. Stephen’s Primary School for Primary 1, under the MOE PAL module Programme. Staged a dance item for MGS Primary- Charity Concert
  • 2011 → 36 years in dedication to teaching quality Ballet. Hosted the RAD Summer School in June 2011
  • 2011 → Taught Ballet on “Knockout” Arts Entertainment Series by Mediacorp Okto Channel. “A Ballet Challenge” on 21 November 2011 and telecasted on Okto in January 2012
  • 2012 → Staged year end dance item MGS Primary School.
  • 2014 – Present → Forms Ballet and Dance Centre relocated to MYMCA 60 Stevens Road
  • 2015 → 40 years teaching Ballet.
  • 2016 → Host the RAD Summer School
  • 2016 → Choreographed and staged M.G.S Primary School year end concert
  • 2017 – 2020 → MY Superkids Camp in December at the Metropolitan YMCA – Super camp dance class for 5 to 12 years old.
  • 2019 → Staged a dance item “The Holly and the Ivy” for the Metropolitan YMCA Christmas at the ‘Y’
  • 2021 → Title of ‘Life Registered Teacher’ accredited by Royal Academy of Ballet
  • 2022 → 47 years teaching Ballet.

Other involvements include:

    • Volunteer in staging dances for other Community Clubs, Schools, Kindergartens, Churches, and Social Functions.
    • Judged Dance Competition like Funkamania and Zaam2 by the National University of Singapore Cultural Activities groups, and was an Assessor to students of La Salle College of the Arts.
    • Many of her ex-students are now qualified RAD teachers and are teaching at the MYMCA, Crestar and also at various Community, Country and Social Clubs throughout Singapore and also overseas, like in London and Australia.
      Some are professional dancers in Ballet/Dance company.

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