Arts & Culture

ScRach MarcS: The Pioneer Robotic Couple

About dance, teaching and competitions

Words by
Dawn
Location
Singapore

You might have seen them in advertisements for Uniqlo and FWC Insurance, dancing in brightly coloured clothes and making all the moves look so effortless.

Rachel “Racheezels” and Marcus “Marzipan” came together in 2008 to form ScRach MarcS, the pioneer robotic couple in the dance scene in Singapore. They teach classes, actively collaborate with international brands and compete in competitions such as Singapore Dance Delight. They will be a part of dance production F(low)t: Fear together with dancers Gerald “The Seeker”, Marcus Leong “Monkus” and Amin “Sir Waackalot”, who are all familiar faces in the local dance community.

Coming from a classic street dance background with a new ideology to break free from the mould, they are all for embracing creativity to its fullest to push the boundaries of what dance is and can be.

Calling ScRach MarcS a dance movement of harnessing the new and artistic, they are doing their share to change how the general public views dance. Rachel shares the deets with us.

Share with us your individual dance backgrounds.

I was a huge MTV fan when I was younger and learnt to dance from watching music videos. I joined my first hip-hop class through my school club in JC. Since then I have never stopped learning dance; popping, waacking, hip-hop. I also took classes in house, vogue, ballet and jazz.

Marcus started learning funk styles and then hip-hop, contemporary and jazz. Since then, he has moved on to learn more.

How did ScRach MarcS come about?

Marcus and I met in popping classes 10 years ago. We came together for a duo dance battle contest and meshed our names to get “ScRach MarcS”. We have continued to dance together for years because we share the same goals and passion about dance, and we have supported each other along the way.

 

How do you approach collaborations with other artists? What is the process like?

Sometimes we approach others and sometimes we get approached to collaborate. When we watch others dance, it gives us inspiration or new ideas to create something new as a collaborative effort.

How has street dance in Singapore evolved and how are you evolving with the industry itself?

The street dance scene was almost nothing a decade ago. Now each dance genre has grown to build distinct styles among dancers. More people are also travelling to learn and to spread the word about our local community. Our style has changed and also adapted to the changes across the years.

Besides musicians, what other art forms will you be interested in collaborating with?

So many! Visual art, technology, fashion and theatre are some of the other disciplines we wish to collaborate with, but we are open to all!

 

What is the value in being a dance professional while teaching on the side?

It complements each other. Giving to students and giving to an audience are very different aspects of the dance, and the better we get at teaching, means the better we get at our craft.

With a practice of 10 years so far, you still go for competitions. What is something you gain while competing?

I think competitions challenge us to continue to strive for a new height in our art. No matter the years of experience, in competitions we get to meet and exchange our dance with other dancers, whether young or seasoned. This process keeps us inspired, as we get to see everyone showcase their individual styles and ideas.

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