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Pre 1942 - she studied Ballet as part of the school curriculum
1942-1945 - she was taught Japanese traditional dances and also local dances
Post 1945 - she became a school teacher after completing her academic Education but managed to study and teach dancing at the same time.
1957 - she devoted full time to the teaching of Dance and left for London to study at the Royal Adademy of Dancing.
1959-1969 - she set up her own school, and in the next 10 years, she consolidated the school, as well as researched on SouthEast Asian dances of the area, mainly by intensive travel
1961 - she was with the "Silapakorn" (Royal Thai Ballet Academy) in Bangkok for 4 1/2 months and then on, to the Fine Arts Department in Rangoon and Mandalay for 2 1/2 months.
1962 - she went to Indonesia, on a cultural exchange programme for 6 months and received expert training in Sundanese, Javanese and Balinese Dancing.
1963 - she worked with the renowned "Banyanihan Dance Company" of the Philippines and was in Manila for 3 1/2 months. This was followed by a trip to Japan as guest-teacher to the "International Artist's Centre" in Tokyo for 3 1/2 months.
1964 - she went on a world tour, covering England, Europe and the U.S.A. In London, she produced an evening of South-East Asian Dances. This was sponsored by London's Royal Academy of Dancing.
1967 - she made a trip to Mexico to be with the famous "Folklorico Mexicana Dance Company" and learnt Spanish influenced Latin-American Dances.
1969 - she was the Artistic Director for the debut of Singapore's National Theatre Dance Company