Ma Yu

Ma Yu
Senior Instructor

Ms Ma started her education in ballet from the renowned Shanghai Dance School where she was admitted in 2003. Back then the admission rate to the prestigious school was a mere 1.5% (only 60 was chosen amongst 4000 applicants). She holds a diploma in dance from Shanghai Dance School where she specialised in Ballet studies and also received extensive training in Character dance and Contemporary dance.

Later, she was awarded the MOE Scholarship and accepted the offer to further her dance education in Singapore with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), where she had the opportunity to learn in an English-speaking environment, and also gained much exposure to dance-related fields of knowledge while continuing dance technique training. During the course of her dance education, she was selected to represent her school in various international workshops conducted by Beijing Academy of Dance, Paris Opera Dance Company, The Royal Ballet Company, and Zhengzhou Song and Dance Ensemble.

She graduated with a Diploma in Dance Performance (Ballet) and proceeded to pursue her passion in dance teaching. She then went on to complete 2 years of training in CBTS (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) by the Royal Academy of Dance. Her professional ballet training background for more than 10 years have provided her with an in-depth understanding of the art form and has given her clarity and purpose to her style of teaching.

Her students have an excellent track record at the RAD and CSTD examinations, receiving 100% Merit and above for RAD exams and 85% Honours Plus and Honours for the CSTD exams. Ms Ma has also successfully coached students for Direct School Admission (DSA) into prestigious schools such as Nanyang Girls’ High School, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA) and Crescent Girls’ School.

Ms Ma is also a registered instructor with MOE (Ministry of Education) and has guided multiple groups of students in local primary and secondary schools to compete in the Singapore Youth Festival competition and attained various awards, including the Distinction Award and Accomplishment Award.

Ms Ma was also awarded the ‘Outstanding Teacher Award’ in the Star of Canaan Dance Online Ballet Competition 2021.

From 2017 to 2020, Ms Ma has groomed students to achieve over 169 solo awards (of which are 49 gold and 52 silver awards) and sweeping 13 gold awards for the group dance she choreographed for local and international competitions such as

1. Asian Grand Prix
2. Taiwan Grand Prix
3. International Ballet Grand Prix Singapore
4. Hong Kong Challenge Cup
5. Asia Dance Arts Festival
6. Get The Beat International Dance Competition
7. CSTD Competition
8. Masterpiece International Ballet Competition
9.Youth Arts Festival

It is noteworthy amongst the numerous awards to mention that her student was clinched the Overall Highest Scoring Award at the Get The Beat Asia Finals; Judges Choice Winner and Junior A solo overall winner at the Masterpiece International Ballet Competition, 1st prize Ballet Solo and Director’s award at the Taiwan Grand Prix Young Stars; the Gold award at the Asian Grand Prix Regionals, where ballet dancers from all over the world came together to compete. Her more recent teaching accolades also include obtaining 1st prize for Get The Beat Classical Solo, and winning the prestigious Overall Solo Champion at the Get The Beat Gala. She has also guided students to win 1st Prize for the Asia Dance Arts Festival Classical Solo, and to clinch the Gold medal for the Hong Kong Challenge Cup, CSTD, and Youth Arts Festival competition.