Faye dances, facilitates, performs, improvises, makes, and mothers. Her practice in movement and contact improvisation, experience working with young children, and never-ending play with her son form the base for her work in Rolypoly Family.
Her work history is multi-faceted, including collaborative performance-making (with Strangeweather Movement Group among others), teaching children and youth, developing community arts research and capacity building with the National Arts Council (a public arts agency) and advocating for and facilitating impact measurement in the non-profit sector with Just Cause Asia.
Prior to her work in Singapore, she performed and taught in New York City. Faye holds an M.F.A in Dance and Choreography from New York University and a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures from University of California, Los Angeles.
Bernice works and plays as a dance artist. She performs, creates, improvises, directs, facilitates, educates, writes, and discovers expanded roles for making and sharing dance. Her journey with Rolypoly Family began with going to contact improvisation jams, improvising play with nieces and nephews, and dancing with Faye pre- and post-pregnancy.
Bernice’s professional life has brought her dancing around the world, performing in hard-to-reach villages, big cities, quiet towns, grand theatres, gallery halls, and sweltering black boxes. Everywhere she went, and for every population, age group and ability, it was the desire for human connection and sharing a creative space that mattered most.
She takes great pleasure in nurturing and watching the creative impulse grow, and believes in discovering it in every person. Bernice holds a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University (2010).
Felicia is a dance artist whose interest and inspiration lie in improvisation and contact improvisation. She enjoys connecting with herself, with others, and with the environment through movement and the physical body.
Felicia holds a BFA in dance from Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY) and a Diploma in Dance from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She also has a 200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training certificate from Samyak Yoga.
Wiing is a Singapore-born and -bred independent dance artist. She is a graduate from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and National Institue of Education (NIE), in dance (choreography) and Arts Education respectively. Over the years, Wiing has worked with professionals to people who have no dance experience, students of different age groups and youths with special needs.
Her interest lies in improvisation and contemporary dance practices. She believes that anyone who has the ability to move has the capabilities to dance. Dance is an expression of our soul and a celebration of our body.
Sarah attained a BA(HONS) in Dance at LASALLE College of the Arts where she focused on pedagogy for her professional placement under Leia Ang. Sarah was an invaluable group leader and teaching assistant for the Dance Talent Development Programme 2016, supporting 15-year- olds in their pursuit of dance.
Her open and compassionate personality has led her to step out of her comfort zone to improve and never stop discovering and questioning. With a strong interest in pedagogy and the art of teaching dance to teenagers, along with her skills learnt from her Diploma in International Business, Sarah hopes to start a dance school in the future.
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