GLADYS SIMBALLET JAZZ & TAP
At the age of 6, Gladys started her classical ballet at Raffles Girls’ Primary School.Deciding to pursue her passion and to further a profession in dance, Gladys enrolled herself for a Diploma in Dance at the Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts (NAFA). While in NAFA, she signed up for different summer schools and exchange programmes, both locally & internationally, in noteable schools like Annette Roselli Dance Academy in Queensland, Australia and has also completed her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 Vocational examination.
Upon graduation, Gladys decided to further refine her skills by enrolling herself into a full time programme at Terry Simpson Studios in Adelaide, South Australia where she spent a year before coming back to Singapore. Through the years of training, Gladys has been trained under many different professional ballet dancers like Zhou Lin, Alice Lau, Toru Okada, Terry Simpson, Susan Taylor, Janet Bridgman, Jacqui Stratton-Smith, Shane Placentino, Oliver Toth, Catherine Wells and Helen Cooper.
Apart from classical ballet and pas de deux, Gladys is also trained profesionally in contemporary, contemporary on pointe and jazz under professional dancers such as Dr Caren Carino, Michael Teichmann, Aidan Munn and Madeleine Milne. Her training in NAFA and at Terry Simpson studios has allowed her to perform for various shows including Third Space which is held annually at the Esplanade.
Growing up under the tutelage of mainly RAD teachers in both Singapore & Australia, the teachers Gladys has been under have definitely over the years nurtured her love and passion for dance. Ever since, Gladys has inspired to be a ballet teacher just like them, one who both inspires and grooms dancers to be better people with not just a love for the ever growing dance scene but also to be people with endurance, determination & resilience as they face the different challenges in life.