By Sandhya D’Mello
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Reiko Chong says that Dubai’s growing art arena and her passion for ballet were the key inspirations behind the evolution of the Dubai Dance Academy.
The UAE is now an art destination with dance and arts becoming an important component and have been added to the annual activities calendar, says Reiko M. Chong, founder and owner of Dubai Dance Academy.
“After all the years of efforts, we now notice a change and shift towards making the UAE an art destination. The launch of Dubai Opera has taken the country’s cultural offerings to the next level and we are noticing noteworthy advancements in the arts and culture sector, thus defining the UAE to the world,” she says.
Reiko adds that Dubai’s growing art arena and her passion for ballet were the key inspirations behind the evolution of Dubai Dance Academy. “At an early age of four, I stepped into the world of ballet and at the age of 17, I started my career by winning first prize at Japan’s National Ballet competition, and thereon there was no looking back.”
Having danced for over 20 years on prestigious stages around the world has helped Reiko make a mark in the professional ballet arena. “I proudly say that I have performed full-length ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Don Q, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, Raymonda and Nut Cracker, as well as a number of neo-classic and contemporary ballet creations.”
“At the academy, we promote self confidence, determination, respect and a total understanding of the body. We have a very holistic approach to the well-being of our students. This type of education is something we take very seriously and is particularly important for children and teens that dance regularly, especially older students that intend to take flight and dance professionally,” she stresses.