My Weekend


Li Ruimin, 25, is a dancer with the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre.

The graduate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is performing tonight and tomorrow in Life's A Stage, a dance drama staged at the National Library Building's Drama Centre Theatre. The Hokkien Huay Kuan production, a blend of Chinese dance and Chinese opera, looks at the lives of three characters in 1950s Singapore who are sold to an opera troupe. Tickets ($28, $38 and $48) are available from Sistic.

Li lives with her parents, three older brothers and a domestic helper in a terrace house in Rosyth Road.

Do you have a regular weekend?

My days off are Mondays and Tuesdays, so those are my weekends. My schedule depends on my mood. Sometimes, I chill at home if I have had a hectic week. Or I go for open dance classes. A few months ago, I was doing cheerleading so my rest days were spent doing that.

My Saturdays and Sundays are spent on rehearsals or I'd teach at the dance theatre.

What are your favourite places to hang out at?

I like sushi, so any restaurant with sushi works for me. Going anywhere with my fiance works too. Because we are both dancers with the same group, we are busy and we treasure our time together.

Describe your perfect weekend. I love being around people, whether it's family or friends. It does not matter what we do.

I like to binge-watch American dramas, such as Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory.

If you could hang out with anybody for a weekend, who would it be?

My teacher Pei Chang Qing from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She helped me a lot artistically and taught me values in life, which I'm grateful for.

If you could travel anywhere for a weekend, where would it be?

Probably to a prestigious dance academy where I can attend its classes. Somewhere like the Beijing Dance Academy. I'd take my fiance along so we can learn together.

Brina Tan

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline My Weekend. Subscribe