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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) 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. 

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Dance Is The Hidden Language Of The Soul

VISION
OUR VISION

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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MISSION
OUR MISSION

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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VALUES
OUR VALUES

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.
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Our Team

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Katja Paus

Director

Katja joined Tanglin Arts Studio as a parent 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

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.

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Ashlee Lawson

Teacher

Originally from Australia, Ashlee found her love for dancing at the age of three and has been trained in all facets of dance. Ashlee completed a Diploma in Commercial Dance & Musical Theatre at the Australian Dance Performance Institute and then went to complete a contract with Norwegian Cruise Lines. 

Friendly and fun, Ashlee works hard to make sure our international student body feels happy and at home. 

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Sarah Ah-Sam

Teacher

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!

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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.

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Amelia Woebs

Office Support

Amelia is a recent school graduate who lived in Singapore during her childhood before relocating to Germany for nine years. She returned to Singapore in summer to do a gap year. In her free time, Amelia enjoys horse riding and playing the violin. 

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