Chloe LeongGraduated from Rambert School in 2012
You have to be an intelligent dancer, someone with diligence, determination, persistence and a certain understanding of who you are as an artist or who you would like to be.
What memories do you have of your time at Rambert School?
Rambert School was a big chapter in my life so far, full of new experiences as a dancer and as a person. I have a lot of fond memories of the three years I was there, I really felt like I was apart of something special. A community of teachers, mentors and students, all with similar passions and ideals.
I had my first professional experience performing with Rambert Company during my third year. It was a moment that I will never forget, the applause we received was unlike anything I had experienced before and left me wanting to do it over and over again.
How did you enjoy life as a student in London?
Life as a student in London was a really amazing experience. As London has a huge artistic hub, one that is at the forefront of what is new and up and coming, I learnt a lot about what was out there in the dance scene and how varied it was. It also allowed me to form a solid network in London and around Europe, something that I appreciate more so, after leaving London.
I met so many inspiring people, some of whom I am lucky to call my closest friends.
What do you think makes Rambert School special?
There are many factors that make Rambert School special.
I feel as though the school doesn’t try to mold you into a certain type of artist, to me that’s not their goal. They understand that everybody is an individual and has a different journey during the three years.
Instead, the school provides a warm and nurturing environment, supported by a faculty that gives students the opportunity to be mentored by incredible teachers with a wealth of knowledge. Individualism is encouraged, giving students the chance to explore who they want to be as an artist as well as providing a strong foundation of technique, performance artistry and the ins and outs of being a professional dancer/choreographer once leaving the school.
How did the training at Rambert school prepare you for a successful career as a dancer?
Apart from giving me a solid Contemporary and classical background in various techniques, I feel that Rambert School instilled a certain mentality in me as an artist. That to be a successful dancer, you must go beyond what you may think is good enough. You have to be an intelligent dancer, someone with diligence, determination, persistence and a certain understanding of who you are as an artist or who you would like to be.
What do you enjoy most about being an artist with Sydney Dance company?
Sydney Dance company has always been my dream job. Apart from being surrounded by inspiring dancers/artists, the company places a lot of value on each dancer’s artistic input. We are given an artistic license to create our own movement in various works, specifically those of artistic director, Rafael Bonachela but also given the chance to perform premade repertoire. Both are challenging in their own right, which I enjoy as it gives me the opportunity to continue to develop my artistry.
What are you working on currently?
We have just come back from a tour around Europe and South America and will soon begin a huge regional tour around Australia, performing works by Alexander Ekman and Rafael Bonachela.