Home-grown talent Jeffrey Tan is one of Singapore’s most prolific and established dancer, choreographer and educator.
Formerly a principal dancer (1990-2008), assistant ballet master, and resident choreographer (2004–2008) with Singapore Dance Theatre, the Master of Fine Arts graduate from Queensland University of Technology was the principal of the Singapore Ballet Academy from 2013-2015.
A recipient of the Singapore Young Artiste Award (Excellence in Dance) conferred by the National Arts Council in 2000 as well as the Educational Grant for Postgraduate Study (Masters of Fine Arts) 2003, Tan has performed the works of George Balanchine, Goh Choo San, Leigh Warren, Graham Lustig, Jean-Paul Comelin, Val Caniparoli, Stanton Welch, Richard Wherlock, Thierry Malandain, Nacho Duato, Joachim Schlomer, Jiri Kylian, Boi Sakti and Marie-Claude Pietragalia, to name a few. His principal roles included that of Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Petruschka, Rite of Spring, La Traviata and many more.
Tan’s illustrious career has brought him to perform at numerous international festivals such as Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse a Biarritz in France, Festival International Cervantino in Mexico, Chang Mu Arts Festival in Korea, Festival of Dance in the Philippines, Dance Salad in Texas, and the Singapore Arts Festival. Tan has also toured extensively to the United States, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and London and has earned critical acclaim and success through his performances and choreography.
As resident choreographer for the Singapore Dance Theatre, Tan created his full length version of The Little Mermaid and The Nutcracker, as well as many well-received choreographies for the company. His desire to inspire and create has brought him to work with various dance and theatre companies such as T.H.E Dance Company, Queensland Ballet, The New Zealand School of Dance, W!ldRice, Toy Factory, Singapore Repertory Theatre and the Singapore Lyric Opera.
Tan’s vision and direction in the arts have seen him take up the position of choreographer for APEC 2009, and artistic director for Singapore Shanghai World Expo Show 2010. Contributing to Singapore’s tourism industry, he was the chief choreographer for Resorts World Sentosa’s theatrical experience Voyage De La Vie in 2010. Tan was also the chief choreographer for Singapore’s National Day Parades 2010 & 2011, Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize opening performance 2011, and chief choreographer of the 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 opening and closing ceremonies.
As an educator, Tan believes in creating a conducive and nurturing environment for creativity and artistic development. Much of which he aims to share draws from his extensive accolades and experience.
These days, Tan focuses his energy on dance education and creative direction as the Director/Principal of his own ballet school. He also choreographs for the School of The Arts (Singapore), and was former associate artist of The Human Expression Dance Company, Singapore’s leading contemporary dance group.