Sonata Sponsorship Recipient 2023: Carris Lim
You may recognise her from the photos on our website and social media. While working with Carris during the photoshoots, we were impressed with her humble and diligent attitude towards ballet. Last year, her father unexpectedly passed on. Despite the unfortunate event, Carris persevered to compete with remarkable achievements in both regional and international competitions. She performed the lead role in her school’s annual performance, and was also a part of Singapore Ballet’s The Nutcracker in 2022. Her grit and resilience is truly inspiring, and we hope that she will continue to stay strong.
"Thank you for giving me the strength and companionship to continue my dance journey.
Thank you for accepting me into your big family when I have just lost my dearest dad.
Thank you for blessing me with the sponsorship and letting me know that I won’t be alone."
— Carris Lim
[From the archives: Sonata International Product Sponsorship for Students]
Sonata Dancewear’s mission is to support the dance scene locally and regionally, to discover talents and celebrate excellence in the artistry. In 2015, the Sonata International Product Sponsorship for Students was established, and we have since offered sponsorships to 15 talented individuals.
This year, we are merging with the Singapore Dance Theatre Trainee Programme. The mission of our sponsorship is to encourage and support aspiring dancers to pursue a professional career in a dance company, and it is in line with SDT Trainee Program’s purpose of providing support and opportunities to bridge the gap between dance studies and professional years.
“Established in 2018, the Trainee Programme at Singapore Dance Theatre for promising and aspiring SDT’s pre-professional Scholars students will bridge dance studies and professional years, leading to readiness to be a potential company member of Singapore Dance Theatre or others. Trainees will undertake a 20-30 hours of technique classes and rehearsals weekly and may perform in SDT’s productions.
Trainees are selected via invitation by the Artistic Director of SDT and currently enrolled in the Scholars’ Programme.
Singapore Dance Theatre is pleased to have the support of Sonata Dancewear for our trainee program.”
The trainees for 2018 SDT Trainee Programme are: Felicia Er, Ma Xiaoyu, Reiko Tan, and Sayaka Yamauchi. We wish them all the best in their training with SDT, and look forward to seeing them dance with a company.
To those who have been anticipating the sponsorship application this year, we regret to inform you that there will not be a Sonata Sponsorship this year. We would like to sincerely thank everyone for your support and enthusiasm for the past 3 years, and we hope that you will continue to work hard to pursue your passion and dreams.
About The Sponsorship (2015-2017)
Sonata Dancewear is dedicated to serving and supporting the entire dance community to greater heights through our contributions and passion for designing dancewear inspired by and made for dance. We recognise the talents and dedication of dancers who have the same passion as us, and hence we present to you the Sonata Dancewear International Product Sponsorship for Students.
The Sonata Dancewear International Product Sponsorship for Students provides support, encouragement, and expanded opportunities to young dancers who are talented and passionate about dance. We are looking for students with outstanding dance achievements and want to pursue dance as a career. We are not only considering those who accomplish exceptionally in the performing arts, but also a great personality that fits and complements the Sonata brand. Every year, Sonata Dancewear offers the sponsorship to 5 individuals - students from Singapore, as well as international students.
Each Sonata Scholar will receive credit that can be used to purchase Sonata Dancewear products.
Shortlisted applicants will go through a panel of judges who will carefully hand-pick and decide on the final selection. We have chosen renowned individuals within the Singapore dance industry who have acquired years of experience in the dance community.
- Ashlyn Mae
- Deborah Loh
- Haruka Chan
- Joey Lum
- Madison Ayton
- Evangelyn Wong
- Grace Lim
- Megan Lau
- Theresa Tan
- Wong Ting Wei
- Cheryl Lin
- Chloe Chua
- Reiko Tan
- Rio Anderson
- Timothy Ching