I guess good memories become even more memorable because there are people who value it and wants to remind you about it.

This kind gesture of Abg Osman can only be repaid by a doa. He found the time to find some photos of my first solo performance in Victoria Theatre 10 years ago.

The sight of these photos reminded of days of how exciting it was to be surrounded by such great choreographers. My admiration for every single choreographer and their desire to create works that were artistically engaging. Remembered how they would all converge on a sofa discussing intensely about art. Personally it was through this momentous event, I had set my mind and objective to become a choreographer.

I sat through some of their rehearsals only to be amazed by the sheer beauty of choreography. Truly some of those dancers I do admire have now become great friends and also brilliant choreographers - my best friend included.

I wish we did more of that. That forum which brings people together. Definitely we will have our differences but if we seek deeper we will realise we all have the same clear objective: to make traditional arts relevant to an ever progressive society.

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The re-opening of Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall made me recall the days when I first performed at that venue. To be exact I performed in the concert hall in 1998 with my primary school choir, St Hilda’s Primary, as part of the Singapore Youth Chorale Festival 1998.

But my first memorable DANCE performance in Victoria Theatre was dancing with Perkumpulan Seni in Malam Kilir Jati 2004 which was organised by Kemuning when I was 18!

I was searching high and low for a picture and managed to find ONE after so much difficulty. Alhamdullilah that’s my back! I had a solo that year! Haha! I was terrible, my first solo and frankly that was why it was memorable because I was challenged by guru, Mr Kamel Ridzuan to execute it convincingly as if I have been dancing all my life.

Years later he did apologise for making me go through the “ordeal” but I told him that the setback made me even stronger and determined.

Alhamdullilah for these experiences. Wow it has been 10 years since my first dance performance there :) Allah has been kind to me. MEMORIES.

Also the practices for this event were held at Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC). Lucky to have trained at a place which had produced such brilliant talents in our local arts industry.

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Alhamdullilah for being feature in culturepush.com

A few days to go!!!

Limited tickets left!

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Iftar with some of my dance Alumni yesterday :)

Alot of laughter and sharing session about life. Stories from Brisbane to secondary school to muslim women’d rights! A plethora of experiences.

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Rehearsal in progress. Hiphop and traditional artists working hand in hand together with foreign devices unfamiliar to them :)

Touch: Identity in 5 days!!!

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Great times performing at Victoria Theatre…

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That sense of pride knowing that our Malay Dance Industry is represented by two established dance troupes for this Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall opening.

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To my old friend, I greet you well. Salam Victoria, we meet again :)

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That mandatory post-terawih photo with @ahmadrabbani.

I appreciate very much how this boy makes time for me to go for terawih.

Throughout the 4 years we’ve known each other, he without realising it has made me understand religion in simple terms. Not trivialising the religion he demonstrates it in his own way how the practising of Islam should be simple and not arduous.

May Allah bless his good deeds…

Will miss my terawih buddy…

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“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”
- Carl Rogers

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