Singapore Youth Festival: Celebrating 50 years

Siblings' synergy steals the show

Siblings Andi and Dewi wowed the crowd with their self-choreographed hip hop dance item involving a medley of songs and different beats.
Siblings Andi and Dewi wowed the crowd with their self-choreographed hip hop dance item involving a medley of songs and different beats.PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Siblings Andi Putra Norman and Dewi Sandra share plenty in common, but one thing in particular stands out - their passion for dance. Last Saturday, at the Youth Got Talent! event, they got the chance to do something else together - perform.

The students from Northbrooks Secondary School told The Straits Times that they have been dancing together for more than seven years, but this is the first time they have taken the stage as a duo.

When asked about working with his sister, who is a year younger than him, 16-year-old Andi, who is in Secondary 4, said: "It's really natural for me, because I've been dancing with her since I was in primary school."

On Saturday, they performed their self-choreographed hip hop dance item titled "Synergy". The three-minute performance, which involved a medley of songs and different beats, earned a roaring response from the crowd.

Friends who went to watch their performance even took along a banner to show their encouragement.

Secondary 3 student Dewi said: "When I was younger, it was seeing my brother dance that made me want to dance, too."

Their performance at Youth Got Talent! was also the first time they were taking part in the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) together.

"It's funny because sometimes we would ignore each other at home, but recently we had to rehearse together all the time," said Dewi.

The two owed their performance to their teacher Irene Ng, who had introduced the opportunity to them, helped them sign up for the auditions and supported them along the way.

Said Andi: "I wish I had joined SYF earlier. It's such an experience and it feels great to perform to such a large audience. It really made us grow as dancers."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2016, with the headline 'Siblings' synergy steals the show'. Print Edition | Subscribe