By Jessica Pigram and Jilyn Seah, Activities Department, East Campus.
Hafeez Hassan is a dance instructor at UWCSEA East Campus and runs our Hip Hop activity for both the Junior and Middle School. Please read our interview with him below to get to know a little more about him!
How long have you been involved in your sport/activity?
I’ve been involved in dance professionally for about 15 years.
Did you play or represent in your sport/activity? To what level?
I represent a lot as a choreographer e.g. for a pantomime in 2015 (the emperor’s new clothes) and also for last year’s involvement in the Burning Man Festival at Black Rock city.
What was your training schedule like? Did you practise every day?
Well I do aim to ‘move’ everyday. Besides dancing I love to do martial arts, yoga and kettlebell training. I will usually do 1 type a day for about two hours.
What is your fondest memory of playing / being involved in this activity?
When my team and I won a competition when a famous judge was judging. Another one is The iPod dance battle. We got an iPod! You feel like you’re the coolest person on the planet when you have one back then!
What unexpected obstacle have you had to overcome this in your sport /activity?
Keep being a student wherever I go. It’s very hard for me as being a student can be very tiring when you have other commitments to focus on.
Why are you interested in this activity?
It brings me joy and it brings others joy too.
What is your current title and how long have you held this title?
I’m a performer for 15 years, choreographer for 10 years, dance teacher for 8 years, and fitness coach for 4 years.
What are your 3 greatest successes to date?
I’m able to share my craft to kids.
I’m able to make my family members dance during my brother’s wedding.
I’m able to explore more dance genres.
What is most satisfying about your work right now?
(Teaching) Seeing my students improve.
(Choreographing) Seeing my creations come alive.
What is the greatest challenge you have ever had to overcome in your career?
Getting enough recovery time every day.
What is the best advice you have ever received? What advice would you give to our students?
‘When you rush things, they won’t last forever’ I’d advise my students the same.
Can you give us three words that best describe how you feel about your profession?
Fun, energy, joy.