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Jocelyn Loong Hui Ting. Photo by Matthew Seah, MS Photography
The RIDGE sits down with the young dancer and recipient of the NAC Management Scholarship, Jocelyn Loong Hui Ting, for an exclusive interview on what has shaped her strong calling in the arts. The RIDGE (TR): When did you first pick up dance? Jocelyn (JL): I first started in Primary One, but I did a different genre then. TR: Oh, what did you switch from? JL: I started with ballet but I think that as you grow older and have more contact with the arts you might find yourself wanting to explore other genres such as contemporary dance, modern dance or hip hop. TR: How did you start off with ballet then, was it something that your parents pushed you into? JL: Oh, my school offered
it to me as a paid CCA. So it was actually more of a convenience, I guess, but from what I can remember my mom actually mentioned that I did not want to go for it at first. She felt it was a good thing to push for though, saying something about how girls and ballet go well together. (smiles) TR: Are you still doing ballet now or are you specialising in another genre instead? JL: Hm, I wouldn’t really say specialise… I’m teaching at a primary school for the moment so that doesn’t really require me to do a specific genre. However, I am still currently doing ballet in NUS Dance. TR: What do you teach at the primary school then?
JL: I did teach ballet for a period of time but currently I’m doing modern dance. Actually, it depends more on what the school wants. If they request something like salsa, for example, then I would try to incorporate a few elements of that into the class. TR: Do you enjoy teaching there? JL: Of course! I’m teaching the lower levels so the kids are really cute. (grins) TR: It says here that you’re a recipient of the NAC Management Scholarship. What are some of the responsibilities involved in being its recipient? JL: I would have to say that
NAC has been more or less lenient with me. Most of my responsibility involves more in making sure that I maintain my CAP, so that would be my main concern. They count it on a year-by-year basis so though, so it gives me a little bit of leeway to explore the arts. I don’t just have to concentrate on my studies. There’s quite a good amount of freedom there in that sense. They did offer me an internship over the holidays so I would go back there to work for them if I can. TR: Can you tell me some of the opportunities that the scholarship has managed to open up for you? JL: I look at their 4-year bond as an opportunity to continue working in the arts scene. It
Published on Apr 6, 2013