Adelene Stanley wears several hats: Dancer, Choreographer, Creative Director, Teacher and Model, and currently freelances with all these skills in Singapore, where she was born.
Back in the day, she took an interest in Ballet at the age of 3. She liked dancing as much as people liked watching her dance, and was accepted into the School of the Arts (SOTA) at 13 years of age, where she expanded her skills in Classical Ballet and developed a keen interest in Modern dance, while being exposed to other genres such as Chinese Dance, Tibetan Dance, Flamenco and Jazz. During her time in SOTA (2008-2010), Adelene received Outstanding Performance Awards every year in recognition of her abilities.
At 16, she was scouted by Rambert School in London and moved over while being supported by the National Arts Council’s Overseas Art Scholarship. Her brilliance continued to shine through, and she received the Charlotte Kirkpatrick Award in her second year for her excellence in performance quality and stage presence.
During her graduating year at Rambert School, Adelene was prepositioned by acclaimed choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE to join a new fusion dance project that sought to meld Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and South African music. The fledgling dancer was literally catapulted from her graduation ceremony into the rehearsal studio to begin work on this untested piece of work: INALA.
INALA then went on to tour through a 2014-2015 season that brought Adelene across the United Kingdom, Scotland and Russia. The show featured a collaboration between 4-time Grammy award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Company, and was helmed by the very man who spotted Adelene, Mark Baldwin OBE. INALA also featured at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance for the British Royal Family, and was revived again for another world tour in 2019, where Adelene performed to audiences in London, Singapore and China, 93 shows in all, this time with the legendary Soweto Gospel Choir.
Adelene also worked as a company artist for Frontier Danceland in Singapore in their 2016-2018 seasons, where she went on tour to festivals in Israel, France and Taiwan, while working alongside renowned choreographers Shahar Binyamini, Sita Ostheimer, Gabrielle Nankivell and Thomas Lebrun, among others.
Beyond the stage, Adelene has taught various seminars and workshops across Europe and Southeast Asia, sharing her diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary dance methodology with people of varying ages and backgrounds. Closer to home, Adelene serves as an adjunct lecturer for the Dance faculty at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as well as a Movement Consultant for the Theatre Department at Anglo-Chinese Junior College. In addition, Adelene works with hotels and gyms to create movement therapy and movement flow programmes, where Dance is used as a medium to promote wellness through movement.
Adelene also enjoys collaborating with different creatives including musicians, designers and videographers. She has been featured in music videos, exhibitions, TV commercials and short films which have won awards in New York and California. Her skills have also been called upon by brands such as Porsche, Shiseido and Bvlgari to give an edge to product launches and events.
In May 2020, Adelene launched The Dance Circus.
"Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun." - Stephen Fry