Everyone has their own pet story of how they come to like ballroom. For myself, it is through my extensive exposure to classical music that I came to be acquainted with the waltz—and it was Shostakovich’s jazz suite that propelled me to pick up the dance. Thanks to the inaugural captain of the team Joan Ongchoco, I eventually learned all of the standard ballroom dances, and I spent a good amount of time learning and teaching these dances at the Yale-NUS Ballroom team. I was one of the founding members of the organisation, and served as training director and captain of the team.

Soirees: Social Dancing

Of all the activities that the Yale-NUS Ballroom team does, Soiree has got to be my favourite. The Soiree is a social dancing event organised every semester, where people would simply get together one night, dress up really nice, and dance the whole night through. I really like the idea of creating this culture in the college, where we pay homage to an old tradition but imbue a modern twist to it.

Showcase Performances

Another of my favourite is performing showcase pieces at the end-of-semester performance by the Yale-NUS Ballroom team. What we do is that each couple will pick a song and choreograph a (ballroom) dance to it—it’s a time not so much about technical perfection, but an expression of joy and a closure for a semester’s worth of journey.

But the waltz! Ah, the waltz, indeed! It is sneaking, insidious, disarming, lovely. It does its work, not like college-yell or an explosion in a munitions plant, but like the rustle of the trees, the murmur of the illimitable sea, the sweet gurgle of a pretty girl.

— H. L. Mencken, Tempo di Valse

Competitions

The most legitimate way to ballroom dance nowadays is through competitions: it is now a “dance-sport”. Ballroom competitions are about the most overwhelming event one could do, where we have about over a minute to show our technical chops in front of a panel of internationally-acclaimed judges. The highest category I competed in is the Amateur Rising Star category with my very competent partner Jessica “Fred” Chang.

Community Tours to Elderly Homes

Once a year, we’d head off to elderly care centres around Singapore and perform for them: most of the performance are dance pieces, but we also sing for them and dance with them too. It is a really wonderful way to give back to the community and also fostering a close bond with the members of the team.

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Hi there, I’m Jerrick.

I’ve created this site as a way to document the various projects I’ve embarked on in my life so far. I’m avidly interested on astronomy, philosophy, and education, and love the utmost on the intersection of all of them.

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