Founded in 2006, SMU INDANCITY is SMU's official contemporary dance club. Under the guidance of artistic director Hong Guofeng and technique master Andy Benjamin Cai, the club strives to uphold high standards of technique and professionalism. Besides its annual production – BEYOND, INDANCITY is also regularly involved in school performances and holds classes for the public to encourage appreciation of the contemporary art form.
Date, venue and timing of regular meetings/trainings per week:
Trainings are on:
Wednesday, 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Sunday, 2pm - 5pm
There will additional rehearsals when there are performances.
Minimum 2 years commitment
"Contemporary dance was alien to me before I joined SMU INDANCITY so I have always felt privileged to have been given the opportunity to participate in the club’s trainings and performances. The adrenaline and momentum generated propelled me to seek other new experiences in SMU despite how intimidating they seem. ": Luo Jiaxuan, Dave, 11th Exco Finance and Events & Safety Director, School of Business, Year 4
"With SMU INDANCITY, I always look forward to the biweekly training sessions as they provide a much-needed respite from academic stress. Moreover, I have made many friends through the club who share the same passion for dance as me. Having such a close-knit community really enriches my campus life.": Koon Tian Hui, Member, School of Information System, Year 1
Q1) Do I need a dance background/ to be flexible to join SMU INDANCITY? Can I join if I’m a guy?
A1) No dance background is required and all undergraduates regardless of year and gender are welcome. During auditions, we look out for the dancer’s potential and do not purely decide based on one’s background.
Q2) How are the biweekly trainings conducted?
A2) Wednesday sessions are conducted by our technique master, Andy Benjamin Cai, who focuses on training our basic jazz techniques while Sunday classes by our artistic director, Hong Guofeng, focus on contemporary movement phrases.
Q3) What is the commitment level like? Can I join more than one club?
A3) Upon joining SMU INDANCITY, dancers are required to commit to all the trainings for the first 2 years. Nearing performances, we will have extra rehearsals on top of our regular trainings. Hence, you can join multiple clubs as long as they don’t clash with our trainings and you are able to cope.
Q4) Will it be difficult for new dancers to pick up dancing?
A4) The trainings are done progressively to ensure safety and to support the newer dancers. If you feel you might be lacking behind, the seniors and instructors will always be ready and willing to help you!!
Q5) How is the club culture?
A5) We are a very accepting bunch, just like a family, and always ready to help anyone in need. Falling behind in school or dance? The club is always here to support you. Do not be afraid to voice out!
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