Photo of Ng Kin Wee
Above photo taken at Singapore Ballet Academy premise at Lloyd Road as a student in the ‘80s

Mr Ng Kin Wee studied ballet under the tutelage of Mdm Lim Fei Shen (1977) & Mdm Goh Soo Khim (1978-1983).

In 1983, he left for Washington D.C. (USA) under scholarship from both Mdm Goh’s Singapore Ballet Academy (SBA) and The Washington School of the Ballet (TWSB) under Ms Mary Day to study ballet at TWSB.
From 1986 to 1991, he was a teaching assistant in ballet, teaching and choreographing for the dance department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

In 1989, he received scholarships for summer sessions at Des Moines Ballet, Ames, Iowa and Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan studying the Bournonville and Bolshoi technique respectively.

Since back in Singapore, he has been actively teaching adult ballet at various dance schools and guest teaches in USA, Singapore and Malaysia as well as dancing professionally with Odyssey Dance Theatre, a local contemporary dance company.

In 1996, he went to Jackson, Mississippi (USA) to study the Vaganova technique by Ballet Magnificat! Summer Intensive.

In Jan 2003, Ballet Magnificat! came to Singapore to perform and collaborate with Singapore dancers in their production, “Deliver Us!”. Kin Wee danced and was also the rehearsal assistant for the Singapore dancers.

In July 2003, he completed the 6-year Vaganova syllabus conducted by Mr John White of Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Philadelphia, USA which he opened with his wife in 1974. Mr. White studied and trained for several years with Soviet ballet masters while he was a member of Alicia Alonso’s Ballet Nacional de Cuba. He has also written two books: Teaching Classical Ballet and Advanced Principles in Teaching Classical Ballet.

Kin Wee successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum in 2009 and Level 4 through Level 7 & Partnering in 2010. He is the first Singaporean to have done so.
The American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum is a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

In July 2019, Kin Wee attended the Teacher Training for “Methodology and Understanding of the Russian Classical Ballet and Vaganova Method” in Saint Petersburg, Russia conducted by Ms Ekaterina Shchelkanova (Chtchelkanova) and her husband, Mr Anton Boytsov, both graduates of Vaganova Ballet Academy as well as Founders of Open World Dance Foundation.
Ms Shchelkanova studied under Agrippina Vaganova’s very last protégée, Ms Ludmila Safronova. With it, she has been preserving and passing on the traditions of the Vaganova Method through these courses, emphasizing on the artistic quality as well as the reasons behind each port de bras, exercise and movement.

Kin Wee has been invited on various occasion to adjudicate ballet exams for Mina Art Ballet (now Studio Arts Passe), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LaSALLE College of the Arts as well as conduct ballet workshops in Malaysia and U.S.A.

Currently, Kin Wee is teaching adult ballet in his own school, Ballet51 Dance Studio.

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Ballet Instructors who Mentored and Influenced Kin Wee Over the Years

Teacher School Year
Mr Han Kee Juan Classical Ballet Pedagogy Workshop in Singapore:
Introduction to Classical Dance Pedagogy
Port de Bras and Epaulement
Petite and Grand Allegro
Nov 2019
Ms Ekaterina Shchelkanova (Chtchelkanova),
Mr Anton Boytsov,
Mr Anatoliy Sidorov
(Pas de Deux),
Mr Aleksandr Stepin
(Stage Acting),
Ms Elena Bazhenova
(Character Dance)
Open World Dance Foundation Teacher Training,
"Methodology and Understanding of the Russian Classical Ballet and Vaganova Method", Saint Petersburg, Russia
July 2019
Mr Franco De Vita,
Mr Raymond Lukens,
Ms Kate Lydon,
Ms Harriet Clark
American Ballet Theatre Teacher Training Intensives,
New York, USA
Jul 2009 & Jul 2010
Mr John White Vaganova Syllabus Teacher’s Seminar (Yr 1-6) at Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet,
Jul 2003
Ms Mavis Staines,
Mr Sergiu Stefanschi
The National Ballet School of Toronto Dance Teachers’ Seminar,
Jul 2002
Ms Hilary Kaplan RAD Teacher’s Summer Course,
Jun 2000
Mr Colin Peasley (Australian Ballet School) Dance Association (S) Teacher’s Workshop,
Jun 1999 & May 2000
Ms Susan M. Tolle,
Ms Mary,
Ms Lauri,
Mr George Lyssenko
Ballet Magnificat Teacher's Workshop,
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Jul 1996
Mr Mikhail Messerer (Bolshoi Ballet),
Mdm Sulamith Messerer (Bolshoi Ballet),
Ms Luba Gulyaeva (Kirov Ballet),
Mr Jurgen Schneider (ABT),
Mdm Janina Cunova (Australian Ballet)
Western Michigan University Summer Intensive,
USA (Bolshoi / Vaganova)
Jul 1989
Mr Kennet Oberly Des Moines Ballet Summer Intensive,
USA (Bournonville)
Jul 1989
Ms Catherine Vaucher,
Ms Krystal Woods,
Ms Donna Wilson
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale,
1985 – 1991
Mr Julio de Bethencourt,
Mr Robert Steele
The Washington School of The Ballet,
Washington D.C., USA
1983 – 1984
Mdm Goh Soo Khim Singapore Ballet Academy 1978 – 1983
Mdm Lim Fei Shen National Theatre Trust Ballet Troupe, Singapore 1977 – 1978
“Trapped” 1998, choreographed by Mr Eugene Ker Ban Hing.

Past Teaching Engagements

Engagement Year
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Ballet Level 3) 2023
Coach finalist (category 3 & 4) of TDS Ballet Competition, KL, Malaysia 2019
Arabesque Ballet Studio Dance Camp, Bandung, Indonesia 2013
Dance Space, Klang, KL, Malaysia 2012
D’Danze, Sri Damansara, KL, Malaysia 2012 – 2020
Ballet51 Dance Studio 2012 – present
DanceArt, KL, Malaysia 2011 – 2015
Moving Arts 2011 – 2014
Frontier Danceland 2010 – 2011
Practice Performing Arts School 2006 – 2010
The Ninth State Movement Complex,
Plymouth, New Hampshire, USA
2005 – 2008
Mina Art Ballet 2003 – 2006
Young Artist Project, Odyssey Dance Theatre 2001
Northland Secondary School 2001
Dance Connection 2000 – 2003
YMCA of Singapore 1998 – 2012
Cecilia Hon Ballet Theatre 1998
Dance Arts Singapore 1997 – 1999
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts 1994 – 1995
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale,
Dance Department (Ballet), Illinois, USA
1986 – 1991
Singapore Ballet Academy 1984

Honours & Qualification

Credential Year
Completed Methodology and Understanding of the Russian Classical Ballet and Vaganova Method Teacher Training Program, St Petersburg, Russia 2019
ABT® Certified Teacher in level 6 – 7 & partnering, USA 2010
ABT® Certified Teacher in level 4 – 5, USA 2010
ABT® Certified Teacher in primary level – level 3, USA 2009
Completed Vaganova Syllabus Teacher’s Seminar (year 1 – 6) by Mr John White, USA 2003
Scholarship Student, Western Michigan University, USA 1989
Scholarship Student, Des Moines Ballet, USA 1989
Scholarship Student, The Washington School of the Ballet, USA 1983 – 1984
Passed RAD Intermediate, Singapore 1983
Passed RAD Elementary, Singapore 1981
Scholarship Student, Singapore Ballet Academy 1978 – 1983
Scholarship Student, National Theatre Trust Ballet Troupe, Singapore 1977 – 1978
Bluebird Variation
“Bluebird Solo Variation” 1997.
Ng Kin Wee @Ballet51
Ng Kin Wee at Ballet51 Dance Studio, 18 Apr 2021.