Discover Tanglin Arts Studio

Tanglin Arts Studio is one of the leading dance institutions for children in Singapore. At our Studio, we aim to encourage a widespread love of dance welcoming children and adults into our inclusive environment.

Established in 2007 by former prima ballerina Kathleen Quinn from Atlanta Ballet and now run by owner/director Katja Paus for more than 10 years, we aim to create a positive environment for all.

About Tanglin Arts Studio

Located at the Hollandse Club in Singapore, Tanglin Arts Studio is an international community of local and expat dancers.

We follow Leap ‘N Learn, ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dancing) and Acrobatic Arts syllabus.

At our annual end-of-year show in December, students get the chance to show their families and friends what they have learned and accomplished. This is always a fantastic event enjoyed by both students and teachers.

Besides teaching the correct techniques of dance, we focus on the development of creativity and artistry with our students. Our aim is to instil a passion for dance and performing arts that will assist students in their everyday lives. Many skills that we teach the students benefit them within their school classrooms.

Tanglin Arts Studio has students and teachers of many nationalities from all around the world, forming their own unique melting pot within Singapore. We love making our global students feel at home so they will have happy memories of their time here. 

Enrol in a trial class to get to know our students, studios and teachers. 

Parents, take advantage of our Hollandse Club location. Camden Hill Restaurant and Bar is open for members and non-members. Children are allowed to use the playground free of charge while their sibling is at their dance lesson. There is also a playroom available for use for a small fee. 

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Dance Is The Hidden Language Of The Soul


Our vision is to create a school where everyone can access the magic of dance, no matter where they are from.

We have witnessed first-hand how dance can build character, confidence and friendships. This beautiful, enriching sport is an incredible tool to teach body awareness, self-discipline and teamwork. Through our service of teaching dance, we strive to provide exceptional coaching and leadership to our students. While striving to instil the importance of etiquette and manners, we also focus on good self-esteem and positive body image.

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At Tanglin Arts Studio, our mission is to foster a life-long love of dance. When teaching any style or age group, we focus on to providing exceptional leadership to our students, building talent and developing life skills such as discipline and respect.

As we believe a person never stops learning, we work hard to ensure our approach extends to all our students, from children to adults. We’d love you to be a part of our studio and join our mission to positively reach our dynamic and supportive expat community through dance.

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At Tanglin Arts Studio, we believe in:

  • Support & Friendship – every child should be straight away made to feel like part of the team and part of the TAS family. 
  • Passion & Fun – the more excitement and passion you put into your training, the faster your dancing will improve.
  • Personal Mastery – discipline and self-motivation are critical ingredients of high achieving dance students.
  • Exceptional Experiences – All our students deserve an exceptional experience every time they participate in a dance class
  • Teamwork – We’re stronger together and can achieve so much more when we work as part of a passionate community.
  • Belief In Oneself – Having a big picture goal for life sets the trajectory of your potential, so set yours as high as you can.

Our Team

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Katja Paus


Katja joined Tanglin Arts Studio as a parent in 2010 before taking on an administrative role and eventually becoming the owner of the studio. She spent almost half of her life in Asia (India, Hong Kong, Singapore) with a long list of jobs to her name. Her youngest daughter Dania still dances 5 days a week at Tanglin Arts Studio. Katja enjoys being in the studio every day, creating a welcoming and family like atmosphere for her students and team. For her it is very important that the students are not only learning dance skills, but are also having fun with their friends. Katja is always there for you and please don’t hesitate to ask her any questions you may have.

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Rebecca Shanhun

Artistic Director

-Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance & Arts Management) (QUT- Australia)
-Affiliate Teacher ATOD
-Certificate 2 in Music (TAFE- Australia)
-Certificate 4 in Training & Assessment (Australian Vocational Qualifications)
-Certified Instructor for Rhythm Works Integrative Dance for Special Needs Children
-Certified Acrobatics Arts Instructor
-Certified Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor
-Creative & Advisory Board Member for Rhythm Works Integrative Dance
-Member for Sports Medicine Association of Singapore & Performing Arts Medicine SG

Rebecca started dancing in Queensland, Australia from a young age and she studied various dance styles including classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre, drama and vocal production.

She has completed her Bachelor of Creative Industries majoring in Dance and Arts Management at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She has been involved in many performance opportunities including modelling work, makeup & hair conventions, musicals, pantomimes and has choreographed or stage-managed for many shows.

She also teaches the Dance Therapy Program at Melbourne International School (MIS) & The Guild International College (Singapore 1st Inclusive College) teaching and inspiring students with both physical and mental disabilities in the wonderful world of dance. Previously, she trained gymnasts in dance as part of the Elite Artistic teams of Singapore Gymnastics elite training program.

Rebecca has completed workshops with Lisa Howell, Marie Walton-Mahon, Acrobatics Arts, Tricia Gomez and many other dance industry professionals in safe dance practise, pointe work, anatomy and body training and believes that each student is individual in their training.
Rebecca enjoys teaching all ages of student and enjoys seeing their progress and all the enjoyment and fun that dance can bring.

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Sarah Ah-Sam

Senior Teacher

-MA in Education (Dance Teaching) – RAD, University of Bath, UK.
-PGCE in Education with UK QTS status (Secondary and Sixth form Education).
-Bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Civilisation with Foreign Languages.
-International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA,UK) – Licentiate Freestyle Dance Teaching Qualification.
-Royal Academy of Dance registered Teacher.
-Certified Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor
-Certified BTEC Level 2 Dance (Performing Arts).
-Certified Acrobatics Arts instructor.
-Certified Zumba instructor Level 2.
-Certified BOKWA dance Fitness Instructor Level 3.
-Certified Tapfit instructor.
-Certified Yoga instructor.
-Member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Sarah is a secondary and sixth-form college educator. She draws her expertise from her background in Languages, Dance, Performing Arts and the Creative Arts. She specialises in holistic approaches to education, creative curriculum design and leadership.

She has dedicated her career to enhancing her students’ potential, first as a Language teacher, and then as a Performing Arts, Physical Education and Dance teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Civilisation from the University of Reims in France, where she also specialised in 3 Foreign Languages. In the UK, she completed her Postgraduate qualification in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Dance Education from the Royal Academy of Dance, accredited by The University of Bath.

She has actively performed as a singer and dancer as well as scripting and directing Musicals in various school settings and she has over 18 years of experience teaching in mixed-gender and single-gender schools preparing students for their GCSEs, A-levels and BTEC in dance. She naturally gravitated toward freestyle dance and especially towards the Latin, Hip Hop and African cultures. She taught more than 12 dance styles including dance fitness trends such as Zumba, Bokwa, and recently TapFit and Yoga.

Sarah believes dance is more than just a form of entertainment and is one of the rare subjects that encompass benefits that no other discipline can provide. Hence, her dedication to using and sharing her versatile experience, her knowledge and her passion for education and dance to nurture the next generations of dancers.

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Liza Makarevich


-Children’s Art School 2002-2008
-State College Of Arts And Humanities 2009-2013
-The Commonwealth Society of Teachers Of Dancing 2019-2021 Grade 5-9
-Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor

Yelizaveta Makarevich (Ms Liza) was born in Belarus. She started her dance journey from art school at age 8 continuing to study in The College of Arts And Humanities and having qualified as an artist, dance teacher and contemporary artist.
She represented Belarus in the International Competition of Modern Jazz where she took First place in Bulgaria. Finished with studying in Belarus, she moved to China as a performing artist where she amassed huge experience working with artists from all over the world and participating in dance projects cultivating many dance cultures from many countries.
She actively participated in shows while working in Dubai and has continued to expand her knowledge in Singapore while working as a dance teacher.

Sarah Tatroe



  • Bachelor of Arts (Degree in Dance) (Chapman University, Orange, California)
  • Affiliate Teacher ATOD
  • Certified Acrobatics Arts Instructor
  • Certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise)
  • Advanced STOTT Pilates Instructor

Sarah has loved the stage and the art of dance since she began her training at the age of 3.

She started her performing career as a parade and show performer with Disneyland Resort. In 2011, she was honoured to join Feld Entertainment’s theatrical touring cast of “Disney Live!” where she performed in over 20 countries and served as Dance Captain for over 4 years.

Sarah is now the Owner and Director of ‘SET creative’, where she provides entertainment and dance education services. She has choreographed and directed shows across the region, most recently collaborating with the ‘Walt Disney Company’ on the nationally televised “Carols in the Domain” in Sydney, Australia.

Being passionate about spreading her love for dance to future generations of artists, she has also been overjoyed to share her knowledge and experience with the students of Singapore for many years. As this journey continues, she is excited to continue working with each student to give them a fun and encouraging environment to grow in their art.

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Lisette Mantel

Office Manager

Lisette joined the team of Tanglin Arts Studio in May 2017. Lisette is married and has two children. Lisette and her family moved to Singapore in 2015. Prior to that, she worked in the Netherlands as a secretary in the financial/consulting branch of a Dutch Bank. Now based back in the Netherlands, Lisette works with Tanglin Arts Studio in a virtual capacity. Her great passion is to deliver a great customer experience and make the studio life of our parents, students and team enjoyable and easy.