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Since its inception in 2009, SMU Chinese Orchestra (SMUCO) strives to be a unique orchestra of excellence under the baton of Mr Quek Ling Kiong. The orchestra distinguishes itself through various cross-disciplinary works and creative programming. Other than its annual production, SMUCO has been actively involved in The Purple Symphony (TPS), Singapore’s largest inclusive orchestra.

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Till date, SMUCO has performed in a wide range of performances ranging from university-wide events such as SMU Annual Arts Festival to external gigs with various external parties such as Esplanade.

SMUCO is made up of music enthusiasts whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Chinese Music to the community at-large and at the same time embracing the values of care and compassion. SMUCO prides itself on being a youthful, vibrant and unique Orchestra which has cultivated a refined taste in various music genres and art forms.

  • Q1. Are Latin costumes and dancewear flashy/revealing?
    A1. Competition wear is often vibrant to capture attention, but it is entirely up to you.
  • Q2. What is the dress code for training? Do I need to purchase latin heels/shoes for training?
    A2. Any comfortable active/dancewear will do, with latin heels (girls) and shoes (guys). Yes, latin heels/shoes will be required, but don’t worry, there is a range of pricing so you won’t have to break the bank.
  • Q3. What is the level of commitment required for the CCA? Will I be able to cope?
    A3. Newcomers would only attend 2 classes; 1.5hr on Tuesday and 1hr on Saturday.
  • Q4. Do we have fixed partners?
    A4. No, we do not assign fixed partners. We typically rotate partners to allow everyone to learn how to dance with different people. This also promotes flexibility in partnering for competitions, and gives everyone an equal learning opportunity. Of course, we understand that it is natural to have a preferred partner for competitions/performances and we don’t place any rules on this.
  • Q5. Who conducts regular training for the club?
    A5. We have 4 qualified professional latin dance instructors from Aquilia Dance Academy that will guide you every step of the way. They are: 1) Rosario : Principal and main teacher of Aquilia Dance Studio 2) Joy: Certified teacher by United Kingdom Alliance who specialises in basic to advanced techniques and ladies styling 3) Nicolas: Professional competitor and teacher who specialises in on advanced techniques and competitive latin ballroom 4) Azri: Singapore’s top Amatuer Latin Competitor (SBDTA 2018), specialising in adult beginner, styling and performance


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SMUCO has not only been an enriching CCA journey for me so far- it has also been a fulfilling and meaningful learning experience. Because of our unique ensemble structure, we play pieces out of the ordinary- honing our skills as musicians, while also enjoying a tightly-knit musical community. -Gu Jiawen, Marketing Director, Year 2 Business

My student life became more exciting because of SMUCO as it gave me that something to look forward to every week. From staging one-of-the-kind concerts to forging lasting friendships with the special-needs musicians in The Purple Symphony, SMUCO is an eye-opener experience in many ways which cannot be found elsewhere.- Ng Shu Qi, Member of SMUCO, Year 4 Accountancy


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