Charemaine Seet's vision
On her return to Sydney eight years ago from New York, Charemaine Seet founded Seet Dance in Surry Hills. Seet Dance is a contemporary dance school that, in the words of Ausdance NSW, has become the “foremost place in Sydney where dance is taught as a contemporary art form”.
“As a choreographer and former principal dancer in cutting edge dance companies in London and New York, I had a vision to offer children the same artistic stimulus I encountered working with pioneering dance makers. I was taking a wild leap but I believe the experiment is succeeding and my students are taking flight.”
Charemaine has also embarked on a campaign to bring public dance to Sydney. She has organised dance installations and site specific performances of her students in Sydney, and from 2012 to 2017 (five consecutive years) she choreographed and led the global dance protest, One Billion Rising, in Surry Hills.
At Seet Dance, young dancers move to music ranging from Phillip Glass and Bach to the Wu Tang Clan and Tom Zé. “The music is as eclectic as the dance styles which exist intertwined."
Young dancers might execute Capoeira moves to piano solos by Glenn Gould and then shift seamlessly to improvising to the smart sounds of Santigold.
Charemaine Seet was principal dancer and choreographer with Union Dance in London. She was a dancer and rehearsal director with Doug Elkins Dance Company in New York. She continues to collaborate with Elkins, a multi-award winning American choreographer.
As a teacher and founder of a dance school, she was featured in the New York Times (24, July 2013) in which she revealed the inspiration for starting her unique contemporary dance school.