Artistic Director (2016) – Shermaine Heng
Born in Singapore, Shermaine started classical ballet training with the Singapore Ballet Academy at age six, before moving into contemporary dance seven years later.
A recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Shermaine was a recipient of the 2014 Victorian Government Creative Scholarship for Dance. She was also a recipient of the 2015 Regional Training Engagement Fund, whereby she was based in the City of Ballarat as a contemporary artist. She has also studied under several dance veterans such as Helen Herbertson, Prue Lang, Rosalind Crisp and Sandra Parker. Shermaine is currently undertaking a Master of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Shermaine joined FDC in 2011, and was officially appointed the role of Associate Artistic Director in March 2014. She was also previously with Flare Dance Ensemble (FDC’s sister group), whereby she was its President in 2010.
Founding Artistic Director (2007-2015) – Jane Khoo
Jane established the Flare Dance Company in 2007 to offer adult amateur dancers and choreographers the opportunity to pursue their passion for dance while juggling work and personal commitments. She believes in promoting the next generation of performing artists and supports them by providing a platform to create and showcase their skills, and to gain experience and exposure.
Born in Singapore, Jane began her dance training at the age of three in Chinese cultural dance at Singapore Dance Ensemble. She graduated ten years later with distinctions in the Beijing Royal Dance Academy curriculum that included ballet technique, acrobatics and Chinese cultural dance. She was accepted into the National University of Singapore Dance Ensemble in 1999, and began her love for contemporary dance and choreography.
In 2001, Jane established the Flare Dance Ensemble at Melbourne University after she realized there were limited opportunities for young dancers and choreographers when she commenced her studies at the University of Melbourne. She directed its inaugural production ‘Ignite’ in 2002 and a further four highly successful annual productions at the Union House Theatre and other projects until she passed on her role after 2006.