SMU Funk Movement
SMU Funk Movement (SMUFM) is a street style dance club that specialises in the funk styles Popping and Locking. Established in 2013, SMUFM believes in grooming its members into a close-knitted community of self-motivated dancers who value Respect, Humility and Discipline. Ranging from choreographies to freestyle sessions and dance battles, dancers from SMUFM take pride in their art form.
Dancers often participate in external dance battles, representing the club in numerous events such as the recent Ladies’ Exchange, Under One Groove and Locking Academia Street Jam Volume 1. With constant guidance and support from our seniors, members are able to empower one another to develop their craft and encourage others to step out of their comfort zone.
Internal Dance Battles Initiation and Coming of Age are our key annual dance battles that serve as milestones for members’ growth.
Yearly Performances and Productions The club actively participates in performances like Glam Night for ACF’s Arts Camp and Vivace. Productions are a yearly affair as well; we will be holding an upcoming live production, RE:LIVE, in August 2022.
Funk Camp: Back To Funk Volume Series An annual camp to introduce new members to the club and promote bonding through activities.
Workshops taught by dancers in the scene Our members regularly get the opportunity to learn from and interact with Popping and Locking dancers from the local and sometimes, international scene.
Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
DID YOU KNOW?
We are beginner friendly! Majority of our club members started off with zero background in dance.
FM people are around school all day to dance. We dance anywhere, anytime. As long as there is a speaker and good music.
|Time||7:15 pm to 10:30 pm|
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SMU Excellence in Student Life Awarded the Gold Award for Clubs (Arts Ensemble)
Dazzling Jam Championship 1st Place: Natasha Boon
Ladies’ Exchange Popping Edition Volume 1 1st Place: Carina Angelica Djohari Top 4: Lynn Kee
Locking Academia Volume 1 1st Place: Ng Jing Jie
Just a Locking Event Volume 1 Top 8 Open Category – Keith Choo
Funkmeisters Volume 3 Top 8 Open Category – Natasha Boon and Brandon Lum
Just a Popping Event Vol 1 Top 8 Open Category – Le Thanh An
- So High Jam Popping Online Battle (May 2020) Runner Up - Darren Chow Top 4 - Saklani Mukesh & Jake Hwang
Power Pop Popping Battle (December 2019) Top 4 Rookie Category - Jake Hwang
Funkmeisters Vol 2 1-v-1 Category (Top 4): May Chan and Bryan Kang. Interschool 3-v-3 category (Top 4): May Chan, Bryan Kang and Brandon Lum from Sakura Boyz Club
NTU Funk Jam (June 2019) Runner Up Popping Category: Josh Lee
TGIF Vol 6 Civil War Category 2019 Championship - May Chan, Bryan Kang, Ashley Mo, Brandon Lum, Dennis Lim, Keith Choo, Samuel Dalby
OUR PEOPLE IN ACTION
DO I NEED TO AUDITION TO GET INTO THE CLUB?
Yes, there is a 2-stage process to join SMUFM: auditions and interviews.
While it sounds intimidating, do not worry! All you have to do is to be yourself and enjoy the process. Our friendly seniors will be there to guide you along the way during auditions, and the interviews are just a way for us to get to know you better!
Once again, we are beginner friendly and you do not need prior dance experience at all to join us. So if you are interested in trying out dance in university, or simply want to be part of a supportive dance community, take a leap of faith with SMUFM and sign up for our auditions!
"I signed up for funk as I wanted to challenge myself out of my comfort zone in learning to express myself and grow to connect with people through dance. Funk seemed to provide that avenue with a beginner friendly environment and a community exploring the sharing spirit of freestyle dance together!"
- Rose Lin, School Of Computing And Information Systems, Year 2
"I signed up for SMUFM because the emphasis on their beginner-friendly environment was very appealing to me as someone with very little dance experience. I've always enjoyed watching dance videos, and thought that SMUFM would be a good place to kickstart my dance journey and learning process"
- Sabrina Hallmi, School Of Computing And Information Systems, Year 2
Our resident dance instructors are Nic Ho and Fong. Both instructors have been with SMUFM since 2013!
With 16 years of dance experience, Nic Ho has been equipping members with strong Popping foundations and providing guidance for performances since SMUFM was established. He is active in the current street dance scene, and is a founder of New Heights Studio.
Winston Cheong, also known as Fong, started teaching dance in 2008 at various local dance studios such as O School and Brave Dancers. Fong is one of the pioneer Locking dancers in the scene and has represented Singapore in several international dance competitions. Along with Nic, he co-founded New Heights Studio.
Of course! SMUFM is known to be beginner-friendly and open to people with no prior dance background. There are many seniors in the club with no background and over time, they have grown to represent our club in external dance battles. We believe it is never too late for someone to pursue their passion or try something new, especially when it comes to dance. So, don't be afraid to take your first step with us!
Training takes place twice a week on Monday and Thursday evenings; Seniors and alumni members sharing occur on Mondays while training by our resident instructors occur on Thursdays. The commitment level for members may increase near our internal dance battles or yearly production.
We also participate in performances and dancers are highly encouraged to be involved in these opportunities. However, these events do not require compulsory participation and hence, you can sign up based on your interest and availability.
Outside of training hours, our members are often seen engaging in freestyle dance cyphers and training together in school! We also have fun gatherings and celebrations such as Funky Christmas and FM Birthday.
It may appear intimidating, especially when it comes to freestyling and battling. While you may need to take time to get comfortable with it, our SMUFM community is here to support you along the way.
What is university life without stepping out of our comfort zone right? With time, as well as the support from seniors and your batchmates, you will come to embrace the culture and the club!
We have annual internal battle events such as Initiation and Coming Of Age, and also frequent external battle opportunities hosted by the dance scene in Singapore. As mentioned, we also have casual cypher sessions to exchange dance knowledge, learn to better express ourselves, or simply to destress with our friends. On top of that, we also invite external dancers down for workshops (sometimes even internationally-recognised dancers too!).
Outside of dance, we have casual gatherings to come together and celebrate occasions like Chinese New Year, Christmas, SMUFM’s Birthday and even potluck parties.