Shahrin Johry (Singapore)
Shahrin is an avid dancer and talented choreographer. He is currently the assistant choreographer for Maya Dance Theatre. Shahrin joined Maya Dance Theatre in 2007, and has performed with Maya Dance Theatre locally and overseas in various festivals and dance events.
Shahrin was awarded the Most Promising Choreographer award for SPROUTS competition 2012. Also in 2012, Shahrin presented his choreography, PATH, at the Jogja International Arts Festival and Asia Tri Festival in Indonesia. In 2012, Shahrin was mentored by KT Nelson, assistant artistic director of ODC Dance (USA) for his choreography.
In June 2013, his choreography PATH, mentored by Kavitha Krishnan, was presented at the Accidental Festival, London, UK at The Roundhouse Theatre. Shahrin has also toured Singapore and Malaysia for GREY.
In 2014, Shahrin was selected to be part of World Dance Alliance (WDA) Southeast Asia chorelab at Rimbun Dahan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and also competed an intensive 12 days choreographic lab workshop in Italy.
Bernice Lee (Singapore)
Bernice Lee is a contemporary dance artist with Maya Dance Theatre, most recently performing in M1 T.H.E. Contact Festival, in various works bylocal and international creators, as well as her own, at Bangkok and Jogjakarta International Arts Festivals. She has performed in "Retrospective" by Xavier Le Roy at Theatreworks, and in works for Frontier Danceland from 2012 to 2014. As a choreographer, Bernice has created "Tales Tales Tails" (2013 with Shahrin Johry), "Living National Creatures" (2013), "Security" (2012), "Nine Dancing Together" (2011), amongst other things. She has also worked with Strangeweather Movement Group and collaborated with interdisciplinary artists.
A National Arts Council Bursary recipient, Bernice received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (Hons. Dist.) from The Ohio State University in May 2010.
Sufri Juwahir (Singapore)
Sufri Juwahir began his dance career in street dance when he was 17 years old. Throughout the years of winning dance competitions and understanding the hip-hop culture, Sufri grew an interest in the arts and searched to widen his dance vocabulary.
In 2008, Sufri joined Maya Dance Theatre as Principal dancer where he learned Bharathanatyam. Through Maya's productions, Sufri had the opportunity to work with international artists; Danang Pamungkas and Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia) and Oberlin Dance Company (ODC, USA).
His passion for dance brought him to LASALLE College of the Arts in 2010 where he studied modern contemporary and ballet. After receiving a NAC Scholarship, Sufri pursued his degree and graduated with BA (HONS) in performance and choreography (2013). Sufri ventured into choreography and was awarded 'Most Promising Work' in Sprouts competition (2014). Now, as an independent artist, Sufri hopes to reach out to the younger generation to share his ever-growing passion for dance.
Raymond Liew (Germany/Malaysia)
Liew is a Germany based Malaysian choreographer-dancer who survived a tragic speedboat accident in Pulau Tioman in 2013. Fifteen surgeries and a year of recovery later, not onlyis he able to walk again, he has returned to his passion, more determined than ever to live out his life in dance.
Prior to the accident, he has danced with Pina Bausch Tanztheater, Folkwang TanzStudio, Tanz Company Gervasi, Henrietta Horn, Rodolpho Leoni, Mark Sieczkarek and Fang-Yu
Shen. Raymond graduated with a Bachelor and Master in Choreography at Folkwang University in Germany and Diploma in Dance at ASWARA in Malaysia.
In December 2014, he presented his first full-length premiere in Malaysia with an international cast of dancers.
Rayedem Roumimper (Indonesia)
Roumimper started as a break dancer in Indonesia for six years. His crew has been joining local and international breaking competitions throughout the years. After completing the Diploma in Physiology, Rayedem decided to pursue his second diploma by enrolling in LASALLE School of Dance to fulfil his passion in dance.
Since then, he has performed in - Release 3.0 (Maya Dance Theatre), On The Edge (2013, 2014), The Next Step (2014), Laos FMK International Dance Festival (2014) and some commercial shows. Rayedem has also worked with choreographers like Melissa Quek, Bernice Lee, Shahrin Johry, Christina Chan, Goh Xiang Tian and Ryan Tan.
Rayedem is interested in choreographing and he hopes to gain more experience as a dancer and choreographer. Other than that, he would like to infuse break dance and contemporary to become his own style. In the near future, he also hopes to play a role in contributing to the development of dance industry in his hometown, Bandung, Indonesia and also internationally.
Gil Kerer (Israel)
An independent dancer and choreographer based in Tel Aviv. Born in 1987, Gil has been dancing since the age of 14. His professional work includesdancing in the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Vertigo Dance Company, and with numerous Israeli independent choreographers, such as Niv Sheinfeld, Oren Laor, Dana Ruttenberg Dance Group and Rachel Erdos, among many others. As an emerging choreographer, Gil has created the solo piece 'Dive' together with Anat Cederbaum, which won the first prize in the choreography competition in the Machol Shalem Festival 2011 in Jerusalem. In 2012, he created the piece 'Silent Parts', for 4 dancers, as an invitation from Machol Shalem Festival 2012.
June 2014 saw the premiere of 'Between Us' - a duet for dancer Ayala Frenkel and himself, which was performed as part of Dance Arena Festival in Jerusalem, and won artistic acclaim both from the press and from the artistic directors.
Gil also teaches across a wide variety of dance platforms, focusing on contact-improvisation, contemporary dance classes, repertoire and movement research.
Sanchita Sharma (India)
Sanchita Sharma began her journey at The Danceworx where she was a student, and later went on to dancing professionally with the company. Sanchita is a dancer with a high vision for herself and engages in continuous learning in order to broaden her knowledge. She is also keen on evolving new ways of creative expressions of movement. Having learnt many dance techniques from known teachers around the world over the years, Sanchita has also taken part in masterclasses, workshops and summer courses, and has choreographed several pieces for different projects in Delhi, and even one in Israel. Moving up the ladder, Sanchita is now artistic director of That's Dance Company in New Delhi where she also specializes in dance instruction, production and show direction.
Jin Ju Song-Begin (S Korea/ USA)
Jin Ju Song-Begin is the founder and Artistic Director of Da-On Dance, a NYC-based modern dance company born in 2012. A choreographer, dancer
and dance teacher from Seoul, Korea, her work has been presented internationally in Korea, Japan and the U.S. Jin Ju holds a Master's Degree in Choreography from Kookmin University and an Undergraduate Degree from Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea. While still in Korea, she was a founding member of the Seoul based Dance Company 'The Body' from 2003-2006, and in 2004 and 2006 her work was presented in the Dance Biennale in Tokyo and twice commissioned by the Choi Seung Hee Dance Festival in Korea (2006 & 2008). Since relocating to New York in 2007, her work has been presented at Dixon Place, the Reverb Festival, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church (Food for Thought series), Movement Research at Judson Church, Douglas Dunn's Salon, and Rover Soho. In 2011 she produced an evening of work at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, and this past year she was commissioned to create a new work as part of 'Cage on Vinyl on Marley', a John Cage tribute held at The National Academy Museum, NYC.
Da-On Dance just closed its inaugural season, which took place in September 2013 at Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church and featured the world premiere of Song-Begin's new evening length work, THIRST. Aside from choreographing, Jin Ju is currently dancing with Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Seán Curran Company, Dance Tactics, B3W Performance group and Ana Isabel Keilson.
Nadhirah Razid (Malaysia)
Nadhirah Razid graduated from ASWARA in 2012 with a Diploma in Dance. She is now pursuing her Bachelor of Dance with Honours, majoring in Choreography. Nadhirah started dancing at the young age of 10 and fell in love with choreography during her studies at ASWARA. She has presented her choreography at Gelombang Baru, Faculty of Dance ASWARA, Short+Sweet Dance Malaysia in KLPAC, Kakiseni International Arts Festival 2014, Tari 14 Malaysian for Karyawan Muda Showcase and Indonesia - Malaysia - Thailand Golden Triangle (IMT – GT) Varsity Carnival 2014. 'Madu' is her latest work that has been well-received. She enjoys exploring small detailed movements in the development of choreography.