Born in Singapore, Bi Ru began her training under Natalie Clarke and Cheah Mei Sing at the Singapore Ballet Academy, directed by Mdm Goh Soo Khim, and was a scholarship recipient of the school. While at school, she also trained under Cheng Hsienfa. As a student, she had the opportunity to perform in many of SDT’s productions such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia and La Sylphide. In 2007, Bi Ru was on an exchange programme with The Washington School of Ballet and performed Septime Webre’s production of The Nutcracker with the company.

In 2009, she began her training with the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD). During her time at NZSD, she performed Carnival in Venice and Antony Tudor’s Continuo as well as receiving the opportunity to work with several guest teachers such as Matz Skoog, Sherrilyn Kennedy, Pablo Aharonian and Sir Martin James. She danced in Bournonville’s Napoli and Paul Taylor’s Company B for her graduation.

Bi Ru joined SDT as an apprentice in January 2012 and was promoted to Artist in September 2012. Her repertoire highlights include the one of the six princesses (2012) and Big Swan, Spanish, pas de trois and Tarantella in Swan Lake (2015, 2019), Chinese Flowers and Shepherdess in The Nutcracker (2013, 2016), the pas de trois in Paquita (2012, 2016), Fairy of Beauty in Sleeping Beauty (2015), Dryad Queen, Mercedes in Don Quixote (2016) and Dawn in Coppélia (2017); and she also performed roles in Giselle and Romeo and Juliet.

She also danced soloist roles in Timothy Harbour’s Linea Adora, Ma Cong’s Shadow’s Edge and Incomparable Beauty, Choo-San Goh’s Schubert Symphony, Balanchine’s Serenade and The Four Temperaments, Edmund Stripe’s Opus 25Bournonville DivertissementsA Folk Tale pas de sept and Tarantella. Other roles in her repertoire include Double ContrastsThe Winds of ZephyrusDivertimento No. 15Concerto BaroccoAllegro BrillianteTheme and VariationsBlissIncandescent Dream4SeasonsOrgan ConcertoSymphony in Three MovementsZIN!SYNC and Midnight Waltzes.

Bi Ru was promoted to Soloist in January 2017. She most recently made her role debut in Romeo and Juliet (2020) as Lady Capulet and Juliet’s friends.

Interview with Bi Ru