Singapore Girl and competitive dancer Aurelia Hong shares the highlights of her illustrious career with Singapore Airlines, and how she waltzes around tricky situations at work.
1. How long have you been a dancer?
Close to 30 years – I’ve been dancing since I was six years old. I started out practising ballet but ventured into Latin ballroom dancing when I was eight, and have specialised in it ever since.
2. How long have you been flying with SIA? Tell us what motivated you to sign up as a cabin crew.
A little under 14 years. I was drawn to the lifestyle – you get to travel to so many places and meet different people. Later, I realised that there is a lot more to the job than that. We are given opportunities within the company to grow and further our education. A wide variety of courses – including those teaching language, culinary and leadership skills – are offered to cabin crew.
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3. Do you still dance competitively?
I represent Singapore in international competitions in places like Paris, Taiwan and Blackpool, and was crowned South-east Asia champion several times. I take part in up to 11 competitions in a year. Dance was my passion even before I joined Singapore Airlines, and I’m grateful that I can still continue with it.