Founded in 1989 by current Artistic Director Madam Lim Moi Kim, the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre (SHHKDT) began as an avocational troupe offering dance courses and performance opportunities for enthusiasts. SHHKDT's training focuses primarily on Chinese Classical and Ethnic Folk Dance, with elements of ballet, Chinese martial arts, modern dance and gymnastics are inventively incorporated.
Over the years, SHHKDT has excelled in both the local and overseas arts scene. Our biennial dance performance features a repertoire of original works and often receives positive reviews from both the general public and industry practitioners. In 2002, SHHKDT participated in the “Liverpool International Theatre Festival” in Canada, performing her flagship choreography “Madam White Snake”. The dance clinched three awards - “The People’s Choice”, “Best Visual Performance” and “Outstanding Supporting Actress”. In 2012, SHHKDT participated in the Sibu International Dance Festival in Malaysia and the presented works received widespread acclaim. Apart from internal performances, SHHKDT also participates in community and school outreach programmes.
SHHKDT’s mantra has always been keeping heritage, strengthening traditions and infusing new elements. In addition, under the tutelage of Mdm. Lim and her team of dedicated instructors, SHHKDT currently boasts a population of over 200 students. This has served to maintain the high professional standards of SHHKDT and helped to achieve artistic excellence. In 2013, SHHKDT received a Seed Grant from the National Arts Council in recognition of its enduring influence in the local arts scene, paving its way to becoming a key professional Chinese Dance company.