Dance's ability to set our creativity free has applications far beyond the stage, infusing us with the zest and savour of life. And ballet, as one of the most elegant forms of dance, isn't just grace and refinement, but also liveliness and excitement, energy and expression.
At M.A. BALLET, we believe in the joy and energy of dance, and in sharing it with people of all ages through our lessons in classical ballet. Our ballet classes are aimed at a comprehensive range of needs and abilities, ranging from pre-ballet classes for three year olds to advanced courses for those preparing for overseas training, as well as one-to-one bespoke classes and introductory ballet for adults.
Regardless of the level of the course, we believe in working with our students in a nurturing, supportive environment, while also keeping with the spirit of competitive excellence found in the dance industry. Our approach is personalised to match the goals and objectives of our ballet and modern dance students, such that students can learn at their own pace. Based on our belief in offering our students the space in which to learn, explore, and experiment, we focus on individual areas for development, allowing each student to reach their fullest potential – and with our spacious, fully-equipped dance studio, it's not just a figure of speech, but also one which helps our students' choreography translate well to the stage.
We know that ballet isn't easy, but we don't believe that should discourage anyone. Even the very best dancers had to learn to walk before they could learn to dance, and everyone's slipped up along the way. So don't worry about making mistakes – we'll work with you every step of the way, to help you reach that great feeling when you learn something new, or achieve your own goals. Ultimately, we hope to inspire a life-long love for learning; as Jane Hackett put it, “dancers never stop learning. There is always something new to practice.”
Mayu Miranda Watanabe’s passion for dance began in her childhood, and has continued ever since. At 16, she would win her first major accolade, 2nd place at the Hokkaido Ballet Competition in 2001. From this bright start, she went on to train at the world-renowned Central School of Ballet in London, during which she won both the Choreographic and Central Trust Awards in 2006. While at school, she also ballets like Marius Pepita’s Le Corsaire, and also participated in the Ballet Central tour at 25 venues across the United Kingdom. In 2007, she received her BA(Hons) Degree & Diploma in Professional Dance and Performance, with first class honours.
Following her graduation, she has become a fixture in Singapore’s dance community, dancing with The Arts Fission Company (2009 - 2013), as well as teaching Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance at SOTA and LASALLE. Most recently, she choreographed for LASALLE's Dance graduation showcase “Constant Flux” in April 2016. In 2014, Mayu founded her own school of dance, M.A. Ballet, where she teaches classical ballet as the school’s Principal Instructor.
Natalie Lin (Instructor)
Natalie is a passionate dance instructor who began her teaching career since 2010. She graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Dance in 2015. Thereafter, she went on to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from the State University of New York in the following year. She has also been a professional dancer with Kelly Donovan & Dancers, as well as Salvatore Larussa Dance Theatre in New York for the past couple of years. Natalie is an experienced dance educator who engages her students to enjoy ballet.
Maybelle Lek (Instructor)
Maybelle first dipped her toes into a ballet class at age 6, where she had her first encounter with dance. Maybelle graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Ballet & Contemporary Dance from Rambert School, UK and subsequently a Master’s degree in Contemporary Dance Performance from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, UK. She has performed with VERVE, Moving Visions Dance Company and Rambert Dance Company in venues across Europe and the UK. Passionate about nurturing the body and mind through physical movement, her strong enthusiasm and affable nature makes her an inspiring instructor who brings out the best in her students through her fun & interactive classes.
Phyllis Xie (Instructor)
Ms Phyllis graduated with First Class Honours in Choreography and Dance from the University of Winchester, UK, in 2015. She gained valuable performing experience when she worked with the Retina Dance Company, Clod Ensemble and Lila Dance Company. Not only is she a passionate performer, Ms Phyllis is an experienced choreographer and dance instructor who has been a wonderful teacher to children, youths and adults at various establishments over the past couple of years. She is also a Registered Teacher of Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD).