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The platform sheds light on critical aspects underpinning the dance and performing arts industry through topics ranging from management, entrepreneurship, education, technology, fashion, choreography, politics, interdisciplinarity, media and wellness. Host Jason Yap details fascinating and useful information to help deepen your knowledge of all things offstage, while exploring and preparing together for a post-performance career. Listen in for a bi-weekly conversation with dance lovers from across Asia, Europe and the US, sharing experiences and practices that are both intimate and insightful.

Jason is a dance artist, multidisciplinary producer and psychology graduate himself. Despite not pursuing it vocationally, he has still adopted many of psychology's approaches throughout his professional life - the concept of multiplicity and the performing arts as a 'whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts' ecosystem.

Ready to talk all things dance? Join us as we begin to foreground Dance in the Background!

Recent Episodes

Special: Dance & Community | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Nov. 20, 2022

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse se…

Special: Dance & Education | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Nov. 6, 2022

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse se…

Bonus Content

Special: Dance & Philosophy | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Oct. 16, 2022

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse se…

Bonus Content

Special: Dance & Technology | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Oct. 2, 2022

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse se…

Bonus Content

Special: Dance & Leadership | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Sept. 18, 2022

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse se…

Bonus Content

Special: Dance & Protest | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Sept. 4, 2022

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse se…

Recent Blog Posts

Perceiving the Visual Culture of Fashion and Dance

fashion is deeply intertwined with visual culture, images that we consume everyday shape the way we make sense of the world by affecting our taste in per…

Do Not Go Gentle into that Mediaverse!

In this series, we talked about media that disseminate dance knowledge by means other than real time dancing bodies, such as through magazines (or public…

Interdisciplinarity and dance from a philosophical view

After listening to the Interdisciplinarity series, I found it fascinating to learn that both guests, Henry Lai and Ho Ying Fung view “interdisciplinarit…

About the Hosts

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Silver Yee

Educational Content & Outreach Manager

Silver Yee completed her Master Degree in Cultural Studies and Criticism (MA) from Graduate Institute of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts.

During her MA study in Taiwan, she has performed dance works for local and international artists, including “Remember not to say goodbye” by Lucas
 Viallefond, “But You Didn’t” by Jack Kek, “Thought and Voice of the Body” by Kathyn Tan, Mary Wigman’s “Dance of Death II” reconstructed by Henrietta Horn, “Unspeakable” by Su Shu etc.

In 2017, she made her choreography and production debut, “Kill Your Darlings”, with Jason Yap in klpac. In 2020, she collaborated with Kyson Teo and Lim Thou Chun to create a full length site-specific performance piece “Where Souls Meet” in Kluang.

As a dancer and arts administrator, she has toured internationally including Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Scotland.

Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Dance at Taipei National University of the Arts.

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Cindy Ng

Creative Content Editor

Cindy was born and raised in Malaysia and began her classical Ballet training (Royal Academy of Dance) at the age of 9, under the tutelage of Datin Jane at Dance Space Academy.

Since moving to Hong Kong, Cindy has worked with choreographers from Hong Kong, China, Europe and London and performed in CCDC Dancer’s Homework, Perplexed Harmony, Beyond Restraint, Cat Derive, Random Position and Three Fingers at Arm’s Length. She has received the Academy Funds Development Scholarship and have an opportunity to participate b12 Dance Festival 2017 in Berlin and Contact Meets Contemporary Dance Festival 2017 in Gottingen.

Despite her body figure, Cindy has a huge appetite for many things besides food. After graduating from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), majoring in Contemporary Dance in 2019, she immediately joined the postgraduate company BODHI PROJECT Dance Company in the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Austria. She collaborated with choreographers from all over the globe such as Christine Gouzelis (Greece), Kuik Swee Boon (Singapore), JS Wong (Malaysia), Adrienn Hód (Hungary) and Leila McMillan (UK). As a choreographer, she made Amidst the F.O.G., Parasite and Pages whilst studying in Hong Kong and gained recognition for her skills.

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