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 BeautyCoppélia 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 Nutcrackerwith the company.

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

Bi Ru joined SDT as an apprentice in January 2012 and was promoted to Artist in September 2012. Her repertoire highlights include Myrtha in Giselle, Big Swan, pas de trois, Spanish, and Tarantella in Swan Lake, pas de trois in Paquita, Dryad Queen and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Lady Capulet and Juliet’s friends in Romeo and Juliet, Fairy of Beauty in Sleeping Beauty, Friends and Dawn in Coppélia, Chinese Flowers and Shepherdess in The Nutcracker.

She also danced soloist roles in Timothy Harbour’s Linea Adora, Ma Cong’s Shadow’s Edge and Incomparable Beauty, Balanchine’s Serenade as Russian Lady and Melancholic in The Four Temperaments, Choo-San Goh’s Schubert Symphony, 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 danced in Choo-San Goh’s Momentum and Variations Serieuses, and made her role debut as lead couple of Natalie Weir’s Jabula.

Interview with Bi Ru