My name is Phylicia Chew, 9, and I live in Malaysia. I dance at TutuToe Dance Academy.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always enjoyed dancing since I was young, and I started formal dance training (ballet) at 5 years old and never look back since then. I started active competition when I was 6 years old and have won many awards since.
One of my major achievements was winning The World Champion title in my age group Classical Ballet at Get The Beat World Finals in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I was also given the chance to take part in stage productions such as The Nutcracker and Fairy Doll. I enjoyed every single moment of it, from audition to training and practices, to rehearsals and the actual performances.
It was the competitions and stage performances which I enjoy a lot. Those gave me a lot of motivation to continue dancing today and to be the best I can be.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, not easy at all.
Lots of effort and time are needed. Especially, juggling my time between schools and other activities.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
Time and the present pandemic, I am only able to train online, which is not ideal.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
Fortunately for me, I only have people who have encouraged me. My mum and dad are my biggest encouragement.
How do you conquer negative talk?
Hear no evil! 😀
What is your favorite quote?
Nothing in particular. Just always said to myself, "Never Give Up."
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
With the current pandemic, no big plans, as travel and performances are limited. I am taking it one day at a time. I wish for the pandemic to be over, so I can get back on stage and start performing in front of a live audience again.