Elaine Heng

Born in Singapore, Elaine trained at the Singapore Ballet Academy from the age of six. As a student, she had the opportunity to perform in many of SDT’s productions such as The Nutcracker, The Red Shoes, Coppélia, The Legacy of Goh Choo San, as well as in the Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake when they toured to Singapore in 2005.

In 2007, she received the Singapore’s National Art Council Arts Bursary to further her training at the Central School of Ballet, London, where she had the opportunity to work with guest teachers such as Matz Skoog, Aurora Bosch, Darshan Singh-Buller and Christopher Bruce. In her graduate year, she was part of Ballet Central, the school’s touring company that year, dancing Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle (Peasant pas de six) and Swan Lake (pas de trois).

Elaine joined SDT in January 2011 as an apprentice and was promoted to Artist in May 2011. Elaine’s repertoire highlights include a soloist role as Dewdrop in The Nutcracker (2011, 2016), Big Swan (2012, 2015, 2019), and pas de trois (2015, 2019), Spanish (2015, 2019) and Tarantella (2019) in Swan Lake, the pas de trois in Paquita (2012, 2016, 2017), Fate in Romeo and Juliet (2014), Kitri’s Friend in Don Quixote (2014, 2016), Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty (2015), Prayer in Coppélia (2017), Choleric in The Four Temperaments (2017) as well as Myrtha in Giselle.

She has also danced in Triptych, Unexpected BBlue SnowAge of InnocenceBournonville Divertissements, A Folk Tale pas de sept,  TarantellaSchubert SymphonyPiano Concerto No.2, Opus 102Opus 25Midnight Waltzes, Concerto Barocco, SerenadeDivertimento No.15Allegro BrillanteBlissPeter & Blue Birthday PartyPeter & Blue Go Around The WorldPeter & Blue Forest AdventureShadow’s EdgePaquitaJabulaOrgan ConcertoSymphony in Three MovementsZIN!Double Contrasts, Linea AdoraSYNC, Midnight Waltzes, Quiver and Ibsen’s House.

Elaine was promoted to Soloist in January 2015. She most recently performed in Romeo and Juliet (2020) as Fate and Lady Capulet, as well as Variations From A Distance and The Light Behind Us in the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2021.

Interview with Elaine