Monday, February 28, 2011

GRACE Yeoh En Xin has struck a perfect balance in her school life. While many students struggle to cope with their studies and co-curricular activities, the youngster has managed to excel in the fields of her choice.
At the tender age of four she started learning ballet under Tiffany Wong at the Seremban Ballet Academy.
Currently at the age of 13, the lass has already passed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grade 5 with merit and is pursuing her Grade 6 practising three hours per week.
Swanlike: Grace in an elegant pose
At the age of five she took up piano lessons and has already passed her Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 theory and practical with distinction.
She draws her inspiration from her music idol, the world-renowned French pianist Richard Clayderman
Meanwhile in SJK(C) San Min, surprisingly she joined the school basketball team at nine years old and went on to win the South Seremban Schools Sports District Council (MSSDS) gold medal in the girls’ Under-12 category.
Three years later, she won the girls’ Under-12 silver medal at the state schools (MSSNS) meet in 2010.
The only child in her family, she plays basketball for three hours a week.
As a pianist she helped her school finish second in the Seremban District Primary Schools Music Festival last May.
In addition she was the head prefect of her school and capped a successful year by scoring 7As in her Primary School Assessment Test (UPSR) last November.
Standing at 1.60 metres, the Form One student of Seremban’s SMK Methodist (ACS) said,” Learning ballet and piano early in life, has improved my memory power and discipline.
“This in turn has become an invaluable asset in my studies and sports.
“Coming from a Christian family, where my father Yeoh Kim Chuan who is a tourist guide and my housewife mother Kho Lee Cheng, I am encouraged to do well with lots of love and caring advice from them.
“During my free time I relax by reading story books and surfing the internet ” added Grace who aspires to become a piano teacher when she grows up.
Her ballet teacher Tiffany said,” Ballet has improved her posture and gracefulness, since nowadays schoolchildren have bad posture and hunch back due to heavy schoolbags.
“ As a good form of exercise, it has also strengthened her bones as well as given her a good focus which helps with her concentration in school.”