(Artistic Director, Principal)
Home-grown talent Jeffrey Tan with a vast history of professional experience, is one of Singapore’s most prolific and established dancers, choreographers, and educators. Formerly a principal dancer and assistant ballet master with Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT), the Master of Fine Arts graduate from the Queensland University of Technology, and the Head of Dance with the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. In 2013, I was appointed the Principal of the Singapore Ballet Academy. He is currently the principal and founder of One Dance Asia.
A recipient of the Singapore Young Artist Award (Excellence in Dance) 2000 as well as the Educational Grant for Postgraduate Study (Masters) 2003, Jeffrey has performed the works of George Balanchine, Goh Choo San, Leigh Warren, Graham Lustig, Jean-Paul Comelin, Val Caniparoli, Stanton Welch, Richard Wherlock, Thierry Malandain, Nacho Duato, Joachim Schlomer, Jiri Kylian, Boi Sakti, and Marie-Claude Pietragalia, to name a few. His principal roles included Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Petrushka, Rite of Spring, La Traviata, and many more.
Despite a late start at the age of 21, his illustrious career has brought him to perform at numerous international festivals such as Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse a Biarritz in France, Festival International Cervantino in Mexico, Chang Mu Arts Festival in Korea, Festival of Dance in the Philippines, Dance Salad in Texas, Singapore Arts Festival and the Esplanade da:ns Festival. Jeffrey has also toured extensively to the United States, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and London and has critical acclaim and success with his performances and choreography.
The resident choreographer for SDT from 2004-2008, Jeffrey created his full-length version of The Little Mermaid, The Nutcracker on the company, and many well-received choreographies such as Façade, The Full-length Nutcracker. His desire to inspire and create has brought him to work with various dance and theatre companies such as T.H.E Dance Company, Queensland Ballet, The New Zealand School of Dance, W!Rice, Toy Factory, Singapore Repertory Theatre, and the Singapore Lyric Opera.
Jeffrey’s vision and direction in the arts have seen him take up the position of chief choreographer for national day 2010, choreography director 2011, artistic director for Singapore Shanghai World Expo Show 2010, choreographer for APEC 2009, and Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize opening performance 2011. In addition, contributing to Singapore’s tourism industry, he was the chief choreographer for Resorts World Sentosa's theatrical experience Voyage De La Vie in 2010.
As an educator, Jeffrey believes in creating a conducive and nurturing environment for creativity and artistic development. Much of which he aims to share draws from his extensive accolades and experience. Having taught at the School of The Arts (Singapore), he hopes to inspire and mentor young talents and develop them to their fullest potential. Much of which he aims to share draws from his experience as a professional. He was also made associate artist at the T.H.E Dance Company, Singapore’s leading contemporary dance group.
2015, Jeffrey was appointed to be the Chief Choreographer for the 28th South East Asia Game.
Jeffrey was also appointed as the Chief Choreographer for 51st National Day Parade 2016.
He is also Dance Jury for the Taiwan Grand Prix IBC, Malaysia International Ballet Grand Prix (MIBGP), Bandung International Dance Competition (BIDC) National Dance Workshop and Competition (NADWORC) Indonesia, and Singapore Youth Festival (SYF)
Jeffrey is the Show Director of the Sheng Zheng New Theme Park.