Sonia’s first encounter with performing arts was at the age of two, when she was exposed to music, dance, and singing in a church programme. She started ballet classes at the age of eleven. During her time at LASALLE, Sonia worked with choreographers such as Mycs Villoso, Yenny Widjaja, and Dapheny Chen. Sonia has participated in the Fang Mae Khong International Dance Festival (Laos) in October 2014 and enjoys teaching autistic children at the Asian Women’s Welfare Association’s Early Years Centre. After graduation, she hopes to contribute to Singapore’s art scene and impart her dance knowledge to the younger generation.


Now - Dog Woman; Sleeping On Her Owner's Coat


Now is the springboard from which we launch our graduating students into the dance industry. It acknowledges their development as artists and looks to their future. We invite you to join us in this ephemeral moment where their journey as artists up to this point and their hopes for their future are condensed in the now. To that end, it is an evening of exciting experiments, contemplative moments, and energetic dancing that will have you swaying in your seats.


This piece was inspired by Portuguese and British visual artist Dame Paula Rego's Dog Woman (1994). Rego explains, “The dog woman series (of pastels depicting women posturing and behaving like dogs) is about the love I had for my husband. It just happened. I first of all got this wonderful model called Lila Nunes. She looked after my husband when he was dying. She used to help him paint. Then she took up nursing. Then she could sit for me in her spare time. ... She is really myself. I don’t like doing self-portraits but she’s like a self-portrait. The dog woman was her. I don’t know why, I just said to her, ‘Now crouch there, and growl.’ And she did. ... So she became the dog woman, the first dog woman, where she’s trapped, but she can bite.”

Excerpts from Interview with Paula Rego, by Benjamin Eastham and Helen Graham, The White Review, February 2011

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Graduand listing

Graduand: Cher Rui Xie Ng
Graduand: Sonia Preet Jagdish
Graduand: Shanette Tan
Graduand: Priscilla Low
Graduand: Jing Wen Ng
Graduand: Andrea Louisa Menon
Graduand: Luvenia Kalia
Graduand: Yaqi Feng
Graduand: Lavanya Dave
Graduand: Cheryl Chin
Graduand: Melissa Chai
Graduand: Amelia Ramli