Shermaine Heng

Choreographer (The Intimacy Of Corners - Off Stage)

(Singapore)

Born in Singapore, Shermaine completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne before embarking on a full-time career in dance. She was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Dance Choreography), followed by a Master of Dance, which she completed with First Class Honours in 2016.

In 2014, Shermaine was the recipient of the Victorian Government Scholarship for Dance. She was also a recipient of the 2015 Regional Training Engagement Fund (Creative Victoria, in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria), where she was based in the City of Ballarat as an artist-in-residence. She has studied intensively under several dance veterans such as Helen Herbertson (VCA), Anouk van Dijk (OBOC 2015 Chunky Move), Sandra Parker (Sandra Parker Dance) and Rosalind Crisp (Omeo Dance).

In 2015, she created Project “Breathe, Woman!” with support from Regional Arts Victoria, the Ballarat Regional Multicultual Council and the VCA. Its choreographic success saw its remount at Grant Street Theatre, Melbourne in June later that year. Shermaine’s work continued to receive support, where she subsequently returned in 2016, upon graduation to create “Things They Said” – a community-based project in partnership with Mount Clear Secondary College’s dance program and the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council.