Our Story

About DADC

Diverse Abilities Dance Collective (DADC) is a division of Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) started in June 2018. It is a community initiative by the company to create a co-existing space for persons with disabilities and art-makers. The team learns dance techniques drawn from MDT’s training inspired from Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance; and also engages in learning skills related to employment in the arts, such as costume management, administration and teaching at preschools.

Kavitha Krishnan (Artistic Director, MDT) and Shahrin Johry (Principal Dancer, MDT) have worked with persons with disabilities for more than 20 years, which gave the inspiration to Kavitha to conceptualise DADC with programme leader Subastian Tan.  DADC was formed by the duo, with project manager Imran Manaff, main trainer Eva Tey and founding members Arassi Rajkumar, Chen Wanyi, Jaspreet Kaur, June Lin, Megan Tang and Hee Yuan Sheng.

Today, we have 15 members in our team of both professionals and persons with disabilities. In our practice, DADC invites industry professionals to improvise and co-create with the members, while we also reach out to international partners/collaborators and platforms where we connect through our passion. Our ELEVATE training programme is funded by Tote Board and supported by SG Enable, enabling the team to keep reaching new heights.

We are continuously expanding and inviting new persons to be in our space.

Team

Chen Wanyi

Dancer

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Jaspreet Kaur

Dancer

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Hee Yuan Sheng

Dancer

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Judith Teo

Dancer

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Arassi Rajkumar

Dancer

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Megan Tang

Dancer

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Subastian Tan

Programme Supervisor

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Eva Tey

Trainer

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Weng Jiaying

Dancer Co-trainer

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June Lin

Dancer Co-trainer

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Board Members

Lai-Yee Soh

Board Member

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Malathi Das

Board Member

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Kavitha Krishnan

Programme Director

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Kristin Van Burm

Board Member

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Jia Yee Tan

Board Member

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