50/50 will present its third and final class in the series of three this Friday! The class is in collaboration with dancer-performer Jereh Leong, who has had many dance performing experiences locally and internationally. Known for his explicit performances and choreographies, he often addresses the issue of sexuality and gender. Similarly for 50/50, Zihan and Jereh will be relating to sexuality through Lindy Hop. While Jereh was exposed to many dance forms, Lindy Hop was the first dance form he picked up.
In a recent interview with Blogcritics, Jereh shares,
“I started dancing the Lindy at 13 after PSLE exams as I wanted to swing girls in the air. The studio happened to offer other forms of dance so I auditioned for their scholarship program and that started my dance journey…venturing into ballet, jazz, some tap and salsa. The journey became serious when I decided to leave first year of University to join NAFA, majoring in dance. After I graduated, I was yearning for more, so auditioned for SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) and was accepted into their final year program which was awesome as I couldn’t have afforded the whole four years of education, as much as I would have liked to stay on. I came back to Singapore, found friends who happened to also have finished their dance studies, and so we made a dance together commissioned by the substation and eventually joined Frontier Danceland, a local dance company.”
Jereh Leong was stunning, constantly drawing the viewer’s gaze to his strength and fluidity. He seemed to move in an interstitial space, subtly absorbing and reflecting the various influences.
– Nirmala Seshadri, The Straits Times, 25 Aug 2015
If you haven’t got a chance to catch Jereh in action, do join us for his dance class this Friday! Be sure to gain some insights into Lindy Hop and move along with the two wonderful dancers during the class. Do come on down to 72-13 on 18 Dec, 8pm or 9pm for the last session of 50/50. Tickets are available at the price of only $12 for a single class, and you can register here.
Can’t wait to see you there!