1. Home
  2. /
  3. About

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 who love to keep moving.  

Established in 2007 by former prima ballerina Kathleen Quinn from Atlanta Ballet, we aim to create a positive environment for all.

About Tanglin Arts Studio

Located at the Hollandse Club in Singapore, Tanglin Arts Studio is a very special community of locally raised and expat dancers. 

We follow the ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dancing) and Acrobatic Arts syllabus and the northern hemisphere school year. 

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. 

dance institutions Singapore
Certified Staff
dance institutions Singapore
dance institutions Singapore
Weekly Classes

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.

dance institutions Singapore

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.

world class dance studio Singapore

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.
dance institutions Singapore

Our Team

dance institutions Singapore

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.

dance institutions Singapore

Rebecca Shanhun

Artistic Director

Rebecca started dancing at the age of five in Queensland, Australia and has been dancing ever since. She studied various dance styles including classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre, drama and vocal production and studied fulltime in all these styles at various institutions.

Rebecca’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance & Art Management) from QUT. 

As someone who enjoys teaching students of all ages, Rebecca likes to see positive progress and all the enjoyment and fun that dance lessons at Tanglin Arts Studio can bring.

dance institutions Singapore

Sarah Ah-Sam


Born in France, Sarah has 18 years of experience in dance education and holds a Masters of Education with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). 

Sarah began teaching various dance classes and workshops from the age of 16 in France and then pursued her passion for dance and languages in England (Kent, Essex and recently London) for the last 14 years as well as in Mauritius.

An IDTA dance teacher since 2010, Sarah’s passion for dance, natural enthusiasm and “Joie de vivre” immediately are known to leave every student happy and smiling after each session!

Melissa Tea


Melissa is from Singapore and a versatile Dancer and choreographer. Trained intensively in ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop, she has been involved in numerous cross-disciplinary collaborations and participated in International Arts festivals and projects in Australia, China, Russia and South Korea.

As a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor; she teaches at both local and international schools and studios. Under her coaching, students have won several awards both in local and overseas competitions.

It is through her pursuit of movement that Melissa finds great fulfilment and joy in exploring, questioning, discovering, learning, creating, and sharing!

Through facilitating and teaching, she believes in imparting values to her students and hopes that in their journey they will grow to become better humans and artists.

dance institutions Singapore

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.