Andy Benjamin Cai

Andy Benjamin Cai

Choreographer - Instructor - Professional Dancer

Summary

Andy Cai started his formal dancing under the direction of Lionel Araya, undergoing a one year intensive scholarship programme. He joined LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts Dance programme in July 2002 and has since performed in all of its graduation productions. Other major productions include the post graduation production The Classic Song (2005) by LASALLE-SIA alumni Dan Kwoh and Xu Jie, the 5th Annual Contemporary Dance Festival (2004) and the World Dance Alliance Conference (2004), Taipei . Andy has performed the works of international artists Jaime Redfern (Australia), John Mead (USA), Tammy L Wong (Singapore), Natalie Weir (Australia), Cheng Hsien Fa (Taiwan), Gerard Mosterd (Amsterdam) and Caren Carino (USA).

He graduated with a Diploma in Dance from LASALLE-SIA in May 2005. In the graduation show Tabula Rasa, Out of Shape, choreographed by Andy, was the only student work selected to be featured along with other veteran choreographers and was later chosen to be presented at Tari 2005, Malaysia.

He received an honorable mention in the Modern and Jazz solo category at the CSTD Asia Pacific Competition (2004) for his performance of Hor Fun by Lionel Araya. He was a finalist with the Soul Fusion group in the first local television dance competition, The DanceFloor (2006). He also received a Best Dancer Award in the same competition.

He was invited to perform in Canada for '400 Quebec City, International Festival of Military Bands' (2008), and also to perform and Singapore Day in Melbourne, Australia that same year. Andy has regularly appeared in musicals The Magic Box and Victor Victoria. Highlights of Andy's career in 2009, include performing in "Variance" with guest choreograher Zhang Xiao Xiaong (Taiwan), which was directed by Swee Boon.(Nacho Duato). Andy joined Victoria Junior College in 2008 as resident dance instructor, helping them to win the gold award for choreography in SYF 2009.

In February 2010 Andy worked as Assistant choreographer to Jeffrey Tan for resorts worlds production of Voyage De La Vie.

In March 2010 he and his VJC dance troupe competed at the 'Lecco Danza" European youth dance competition in Italy, winning two awards for Singapore (Champions in the Contemporary Senior Dance Group category and Overall Champion performance).

Between 2010 and the present, apart from his teaching work, Andy has also had critical acclaim and success in commercial theatre, appearing in 'Fried Rice Paradise', 'Love in Stores', 'Christmas Dolls' and the magic spectacular 'Vision' starring Singaporean magicians Lawrence and Priscilla Khong. He was also flown to Beijing in Nov 2010 to appear for the annual Mont Blanc show.

Andy has continued to teach students at VJC and also at ACS Independent Schools, choreographing ACSi's work for their part in the yearly “Festival of Arts”. He was also recently requested to be guest choreographer for SMU (Singapore Management University) for their “Indancity” show.

In March 2012 Andy joined RE:Dance Theatre, a new company formed by Albert Tiong (ex member of Cloud Gate, Taiwan). Their first performance will be held in August 2012.

In April/May of this year Andy again choreographed and sent his VJC students to compete in the IX-th World Dance OLYMPIAD IDO 2012, International Dance Competition. This year held in Moscow, Andy's team performed brilliantly and won Champion in the Small Group Category and came 2nd for the Big Formation Category.

Work History

Work History
Nov 2010 - Present

Dance Instructor

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Aug 2013 - Sep 2013

VISION II

Gateway Entertainment Pte Ltd
Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

Beatty Secondary School Musical

VMSD Pte Ltd

Choreographed the entire musical, based on the history of Beatty Secondary School.

May 2013 - May 2013

Remy Martin VIII Launch Event

VMSD Pte Ltd

Choreographed for the exquisite Remy Martin Louis VIII launch at Joel Robuchon Restaurant at Resort World Sentosa.

May 2013 - May 2013

Singapore Kindness Movement 2013

VMSD Pte Ltd

Choreographed the closing dance number for the Singapore Kindness Movement 2013. 

Aug 2012 - Mar 2013

WHISPER OF THE TEMPEST 《微風》

Re:Dance Theater

Performed WHISPER OF THE TEMPEST 《微風》, a full length piece.

Choreographed by: Albert Tiong (Company's Director)

Nov 2008 - 2013

Dance Instructor

Victoria Junior College
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012

Crazy Christmas Musical 2012

Dream Academy

Choreographed Crazy Christmas 2012 musical.  

Jul 2012 - Aug 2012

La Cage aux Folles Musical

Wild Rice

Performed in La Cage aux Folles Musical as one of the Cagelles

Jul 2011 - Sep 2011

Guest Choreographer

Singapore Management University

Choreographed a piece for INDANCITY

Dec 2010 - Dec 2010

Love In Stores Now Musical

J Phillips Creative Management
Dec 2010 - Dec 2010

Christmas Dolls

ACT 3 THEATRICS

Choreographed the show 

Sep 2010 - Sep 2010

Metamorphosis Performance

Mont Blanc
Feb 2010 - 2010

VOYAGE DE LA VIE

Resorts World

Assistant Choreographer for the show

Aug 2010 - 2010

Fried Rice Paradise

Singapore Repertory Theatre

Cast as an Ensemble Member

Choreographed By: Jeffrey Tan (Singapore)

Directed By: Steven Dextor (United Kingdom)

Sep 2009 - Nov 2009

Victor/Victoria Musical

Zebra Crossing Ptd Ltd

Cast as an Ensemble Member

Choreographed By: Lisa Keegan

Directed By: Loretta Chen

Produced By: Felina Kong 

2009 - 2009

Variance, NUS Arts Festival 2009

T.H.E Dance Company

Where the Wind Blows is a half hour dance work choreographed by ZHANG Xiao-Xiong from Taiwan for T.H.E Dance Company. It was performed as part of Variance, a double bill performance at the NUS Arts Festival 2009. Music composed by singaporean sound artist Darren Ng.

Aug 2008 - Aug 2008

Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands

Music and Drama Company

Was invited to Perform with the Military Bands

Sep 2007 - 2007

NS40 Closing Ceremony

Music and Drama Company

Choreographed/Performed: Beauty World

Directed By: Hossan Leong

Dec 2005 - Dec 2005

HOPE STREET: RE-CONSTRUCTED

L.A. Dance Connection

Featuring All The Works of Lionel Araya &

Guest Choreographer: Caren Carino, USA

Education

Education
Jul 2002 - Jul 2005

Diploma In Dance

LaSalle SIA College of the Arts

Attended & Graduated LaSalle SIA College of the Arts 

Passed all required Dance Training Examinations 

Graduated with Diploma in Dance (Contemporary Major)

Graduated with Certificate in English Proficiency in the Arts 

Jan 2002 - Jan 2003

Scholarship Program

Jitterbugs Swingapore Ptd Ltd

Received intensive training techniques at

Jitterbugs Swingapore Private Limited

Under Artiste Development Scholarship Programme

Certifications

Certifications
Jan 2011 - Present

Gold Award

Singapore Youth Festival
Awarded Dance Piece Named: Awakening Performed By: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Jan 2007 - Present

Best Dancer Award

THE DANCE FLOOR by Mediacorp TV Station
Awarded The BEST Dancer Award. Performed with a group, Soul Fusion and was the top 5 finalists.
Mar 2011 - Present

Sliver Award

Singapore Youth Festival
Awarded Dance Piece Named: The Lure of Habanera Performed By: Victoria Junior College
Apr 2013 - Apr 2013

Distinction

Singapore Youth Festival
Awarded Dance Piece Named: School of Emotions/Emotions of School Performed By: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Apr 2013 - Apr 2013

Distinction

Singapore Youth Festival
Awarded Dance Piece Named: The Everlasting Lotus Performed By: Victoria Junior College
Apr 2012 - May 2012

Champion

IX-th World Dance OLYMPIAD IDO 2012 International Dance Competition
Small Contemporary Jazz Group Category Performed By: Victoria Junior College
Apr 2012 - May 2012

Second Place

IX-th World Dance OLYMPIAD IDO 2012 International Dance Competition
Showdance Contemporary Formation Group Category Awarded Dance Piece Named: Red Ribbon Performed By: Victoria Junior College
Mar 2010 - 2010

Champions in Senior Dance Group (Italy)

Lecco Danza International Dance Competition
Awarded Dance Piece Named: Strength In Unity Performed By: Victoria Junior College
Mar 2010 - 2010

Overall Champion Performance (Italy)

Lecco Danza International Dance Competition
Awarded Dance Piece Named: Strength In Unity Performed By: Victoria Junior College
Jan 2009 - Jan 2009

Gold Award

Singapore Youth Festival
Received Gold Award for Victoria Junior College
Nov 2001 - Oct 2002

Certificate of Completion

Jitterbugs Swingapore Private Limited
Jitterbugs Swingapore's Dance Scholarship Programme.