SMU Ardiente is SMU’s Latin ballroom dance club. Since 2008, it has made waves across campus with the contagious rhythms of Cha-Cha and Samba to Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. A platform to spread the love and passion for Latin dance, the club continues to excel in tertiary and international competitions and showcases. It aspires to impart this art form to the local community. Joyce Ng is the Festival Ambassador for SMU Ardiente.
When I’m not dancing, you can find me at:
Joyce: School of Accountancy.
I feel instantly reFRESH!ed with a cup of:
Joyce: Bubble tea!
The first thing that comes to mind about FRESH! is:
Joyce: The sight of freshly cut fruits!
SMU Ardiente is FRESH! to me because:
Joyce: Latin Dance is uncommon in the Singapore scene. In fact, I was already learning Latin Dance before joining SMU Ardiente. I wanted to push myself in this exuberant art form by continuing to pursue Latin dance and improving even further in SMU Ardiente.
How is SMU Ardiente different from SMU Caderas Latinas and SMU Ballare?
Joyce: With Latin Dance, it’s all about footwork, rhythmic expression, technique, musicality, poise, power, floor craft, fiery intensity and a bit of tongue-in-cheek attitude. I find it an entertaining art form as much as a competitive sport. It’s also quite different from the Standard Ballroom, which is SMU Ballare’s specialty, or Salsa, which is SMU Caderas Latinas’ focus – despite the strong Latin American influences in both Latin and Salsa dance.
How did Ardiente come up with the concept of the 7 Deadly Sins?
Joyce: We’ve been toying with the idea of the 7 Deadly Sins since last year. The team wanted to explore something different, so we’re all pretty excited about bringing this idea to life through Latin dance. We’ve held countless meetings to crystallise the concept and flow of the entire item. It’s been great fun working on this project.
Tell us about your involvement in the 7 Deadly Sins.
I’ll be portraying “Pride” in the opening and closing segments, as well as supporting the “Gluttony” item in the middle segment.
The Deadly Sin I relate to most is:
Make that two – “Gluttony” and “Sloth”. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy eating and sleeping? I can eat a lot and sleep a lot – my longest sleeping record is 16 hours straight!
Unpaso 2016: 7 Deadly Sins will be happening on Sun 11 Sep, 3.00 pm and 7.30pm at NLB Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building, Level 3.
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