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Phone: 63379125

The Singapore Ballet Academy (SBA) was founded on the ideals of creating awareness of ballet being a beautiful art form and providing training to the highest standard as well as platform for stage performances. Established in 1958 by Frances Poh, Vernon Martinus and Soonee Goh, SBA emerged from the merger of the Frances School of Dancing and the Malaya School of Ballet, then two well-known ballet schools in Singapore. During its formative years, SBA students and its plethora of diverse programmes entertained audiences in Singapore and then Federation of Malaya. The Academy rapidly flourished under the dynamic direction of the three dedicated personalities and over the years, played a significant role in raising the profile of dance in the Singapore arts scene and in nurturing many talented dancers. The leadership of SBA was left in the capable hands of Soonee Goh when Frances Poh and Vernon Martinus left Singapore in 1965.

Ballet developments in Singapore found impetus and direction along with the growth of the Academy. With Goh Choo San, a senior student of the Academy as resident choreographer, the late sixties was a period of experimentation and prolific incubation of bold and challenging new works for SBA. As an example, the staging of the technically and emotionally demanding Giselle performed by Goh Soo Khim & Goh Choo San in 1966 struck a deep memorable note for Singapore audiences.

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