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Raymond Chai

Lecturer in Dance

Dance

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Biography

Raymond has work in classical ballet, musical theatre and television. He danced with the National Ballet of Portugal where he danced a repertoire of classical and contemporary works which includes Napoli, Raymonda, Rite of Spring, Graduation Ball, Carmina Burana among others. Musical theatre productions include CATS, Miss Saigon, Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate and The King and I (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, London West End)

Raymond has guest taught for various dance companies around the world including English National Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, Singapore Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Pheonix Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Company Wayne McGregor and highlights includes International Ballet Gala in Malaysia featuring principals and soloists from San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Boston Ballet. He has coached dance students for the Adeline Genee Awards and the Asian Grand Prix. Raymond is also a guest tutor at the Dance Masters International in New Zealand.

Choreographic commissions include for the National Ballet of Portugal, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Black (Royal Opera House), Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Dance Space Malaysia and the BBC.

Raymond has produced and choreographed two ballet productions, La Sylphide (Slovenia) and The Sleeping Beauty (Malaysia).
In October 2015, Raymond premiered his piece ‘Unbroken Silence’ in the USA at YourMove Modern Dance Festival, New Jersey.

Raymond was invited to Hong Kong in 2017 where he choreographed ‘The Architecture of Wu’ for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

In June 2018, Raymond was awarded Master of Arts in Dance Technique Pedagogy by Middlesex University.
In 2021, in response to the pandemic, Raymond produced, choreographed and directed his film Monoi/Mazi (Alone/Together), using purely non-professional dancers who survived Covid 19 virus.

Raymond has been Lecturer in Dance for London Contemporary Dance School and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and is currently Lecturer in Dance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Raymond has just wrapped up filming the TV drama To Be Continued as Choreographer and Movement Director (2022)