29 May '13, 10am

Meet one of Singapore Dance Theatre's newest members, Nazer Salgado, who gave up basketball for ballet at 16...

Meet one of Singapore Dance Theatre's newest members, Nazer Salgado, who gave up basketball for ballet at 16...

You didn't start ballet training until the age of 16. Why did you decide to go into the ballet scene at that point? I didn't know a single thing about ballet, just the typical stereotypes – ballet being girlish and a hobby for rich people. I decided to give it a chance when Ballet Manila was in need of male dancers and was offering scholarships to those with potential. My neighbour was already a scholar and I decided to give it a try out of curiosity. I didn't expect to fall in love with this art. Were you into dance before that? Not at all. Before ballet, I was into basketball, just like any other boy in my neighbourhood. Was it difficult to break into ballet and play catch up? Of course! It was extremely hard. Stretching was torture for me. It hurt. We were taught to bend and break our bodies out of the norm. I remember thinking how hard it would be to survive my first y...

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