“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion“. It is a delight to catch up with Ryan Ang who shares with us his passion on dancing, personal highlights and one artistes he hopes to collaborate with if given the opportunity. And did you know that he is also a hopeless romantic? So get your dancing shoes on and tap along to find out more about Ryan below!
Hi Ryan, it’s a great pleasure to feature you on SimplySxy. Please share with us a little about yourself and where you’re from?
Hi! Thank you for having me. My name is Ryan Ang and I’m from sunny Singapore. I’m a freelance dancer, instructor and choreographer and have been dancing for about 7 years.
When did you start dancing?
I started dancing in Junior College in Singapore (when I was 17) on my school’s dance club. The funny thing was that I had never thought about dancing as even a hobby before, but when I was watching one of their shows, the thought of “hey, I want to do that too” started going through my mind and I just ran with it.
Is there any particular type of dance which you specialise in?
I would say my specialty would be a mixture of Jazz Funk and LA-style of Hip Hop. The reason why it’s not one single distinct style is that I never subscribed to the belief of just doing one genre/style of dance. This combination of genres can be super sensual, or even sassy, lyrical or a wide wide variety of expression of emotions.
In addition to dance, you’re also a choreographer. How do you find the balance between the two?
I feel that as a choreographer, you create movements to music and teach it to people to express your message and purpose. It’s a very good avenue for catharsis and creative expression. However, personally I feel that a dancer and choreographer is not an ‘either or’ situation on a see-saw. It’s more of two parallel paths in this dance journey that can happen simultaneously. Personally I still enjoy being a dancer more as I like to express others’ intentions and message through their steps and I feel that I still have so much more to experience and learn.
What are some of your personal highlights so far?
One of the highlights of my dance journey is dancing for Indonesian pop star, Agnes Monica. Getting the opportunity to live in Jakarta for a month, training with choreographers Dejan Tubic and Janelle Ginestra and to perform with such an amazingly beautiful (both inside and out) artiste was mind-blowing for me. It gave me a taste of what It would be like to go ‘on tour’.
Another recent highlight was getting cast in the Singapore musical “Dim Sum Dollies’”. We were required to both dance and sing and act, and it was a treat to be able to branch out of purely dancing to try other creative fields too.
If you had the chance to collaborate with anyone, past or present, who will it be?
Ummm, definitely Beyonce. No contest. Just because Bey. She really knows how to put on a show and it would be amazing to collaborate with her. OR if we were talking choreographers, I would say Kolanie Marks. I just feel he has a lot of knowledge and experience to share and it would be a great learning experience.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I’ve recently been taking singing classes so that’s pretty interesting because I get to express my emotions not through my dance/body, but through my voice. It is hard! Mad props to singers out there.
What’s 3 fun facts about yourself which most people might not know?
1) I am a Netflix whore. (like I could just sit and watch for hours on end)
2) I eat a lot. Both healthy and junk food. And I really enjoy eating. It’s a good thing I have a fast metabolism. Ha!
3) I am a hopeless romantic. Long walks on the beach kind. The Notebook kind.
Thank you for taking your time to answer our questions on SimplySxy, Ryan. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy, in my opinion, is being comfortable embracing you/yourself. Essentially being comfortable in your own skin, owning it and werking it.
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