Our Professional Instructors
WeBarre, Pilate & Zumba
A fitness specialist for 13 years, Aidah has been a corporate and personal trainer at commercial gyms for 7 years before freelancing at various medical organisations, ActiveSG initiatives and tertiary institutions. Aida passion for fitness spurred her into exploring more trainers certification programmes. Today, Aidah is a qualified instructor in Pilates, Zumba and High Impact Aerobics, with WeBarre as her most recent accomplishment. To her, WeBarre is one of the few workouts that you can indulge in, have fun and yet, strengthen your entire all in just a 60-minute session!
Classical Ballet, Jazz & Tap
Trained in Classical Ballet under the tutelage of Ms Sylvia McCully, Andrew is also well versed in Modern Dance, jazz Ballet, Chinese Dance, South East Asian Dance, Social & Ballroom Dances.He holds a Certificate in Professional Development Course for Dance Teachers awarded by The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing in Collaboration with CCA Branch, MOE and is an Associate member of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing. Apart from being a dancer and teacher, Andrew has also choreographed many significant national and international renown events whose name is not unknown amongst dance associates in the industry. His choreographic being 2009, Asian Youth Games 2009 Opening Ceremony, World Exposition, Aichi, Japan 2005 (MTV at Singapore Pavilion), National Volunteers Centre Opening Ceremony Ministry of Community Development & Sport National Day Observance Celebrations, Youth Science Festival and MOE Excel Dayrn Andrew diversified teaching experience also cover tertiary institutions, government bodies & statutory boards, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, The Theater Arts Troupe, MediaCorp and many other commercial projects.
Classical Ballet & Jazz
Carine started ballet lessons at the age of 6 and her passion in dance spurred her into exploring other dances and movement methodologies in later years. She is a registered ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and is also trained in Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) Jazz syllabus.
With a strong belief that movement not only improves a person’s physical well-being but also builds inner confidence, Carine engages in a continuous pursuit for knowledge in kinesiology to hone her skills further as a competent teacher. In her journey of intensive training, Carine has gained several reputable credentials over the years. SHe has completed her Pilates training and is a qualified Pilates Instructor for both Studio and Mat series, awarded by Polestar Pilates Education (International). In addition, she is certified in Gyrotonic Level 1 & 2 accredited from USA, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from Tirisula, just to name a few. She attends teacher’s workshops regularly to keep her knowledge current.
Graduated from NUS Business School, Carine advocates a balance lifestyle with both physical activities and academics for her students. Armed with rich experience and passion, she hope to inspire greater dance interest and creates meaningful dance journey for all her students.
Chen Jing Yen
A teacher and versatile dancer, Jing Yen is trained in classical ballet by Ms Goh Fei Bee, Kluang Academy of Dancing and is also trained in modern dance, Spanish and Flamingo dance techniques from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
A graduated of NAFA, she has participated in many performances such as ‘Harijansaar’ by Yuteka Trripati, ‘DA:NS Festival 2012’, ‘Zen Dance: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form II’ by Sun Ock-Lee, ‘DA:NS Festival 2011’, ‘Filter Choreographed’ by Max Chen Guo Hui, ‘DA:NS Festival 2010’, ‘Incense’ by Gillian Tan, ‘Dancer @ Work 2011’ and ‘Beyond Brushstrokes’ by Audrey NG’, ‘Dancer @ Work 2010’.
A registered teacher with Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), UK, Jing Yen is passionate about dance and teaching and wants to share her experience and nurture any person who wishes to fulfil their dreams in dancing.
Jing Yen is patient and has a pleasant personality which makes her particular popular with our young students. She joined Joyful Steps panel of ballet teaching faculty since 2014.
Chua Chiok Woon
Classical & Contemporary Ballet
Since her first ballet class at the age of 3, Chiok Woon never stopped dancing. Under the tutelage of Ms Jennie Ng and Ms Ong Long, she has been awarded honours in her CSTD Elementary Classical Ballet Examination and consistently receiving Distinctions in her RAD Classical Ballet Examinations.
An Experienced performer, passionate in both ballet and contemporary dance, she is a founding member of Sigma Contemporary Dance, a non-profit independent dance group, which constantly strives to push boundaries in the contemporary dance arena. They continually create and produce their own works and perform in local arts festivals such as M1 Open Stage 2013, Continuum 2013 and Verve 2014.
Chiok Woon has been a freelance teacher for over 7 years and has recently joined Joyful Steps & Rhythm as our ballet and contemporary teacher. She aspires to be a dance teacher who not only trains and inspires her students to become great dancers but also teaches them to be great individuals too.
Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary
Denise started achieving competency in classical ballet since the age of 7. She attained honours in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations and is also proficient in Chinese as well as Contemporary Dance. She completed her pursuit by accomplishing certification from The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD). Having to be taught by Elena Kanevskaia from Belarus and Cheng Hsien Fa from Taiwan, she is also well versed in the Russian Ballet method.
She graduated from LaSalle College of the Arts, with a diploma in Contemporary Dance and has mentored young dancers from many local schools, both for Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) dance instructor and Enrichment classes, as an invited instructor. In 2003, she received the EAGLES award by the Ministry of Education in recognition of her efforts. Denise has also choreographed and led award-winning dance ensembles for the Singapore Youth Festival. Her most recent staging will be for Joyful Steps and Rhythm bi-annual Concert (2014) and, for Little Dance Academy, the restaged of Sleeping Beauty (2016) & Coppelia (2017).
As a dancer, she had undertaken numerous roles choreographed by Ong Siew Bee, Tammy L. Wong, Albert Tiong, Loretta Livingston and Jaime Redfern. She participated in 2007 Singapore Dan:s Festival, In My Father’s House and Malaysia Tari Dance Festival. In 2007-2008, Denise performed for Cheng Ballet full-length ballet, “Snow White” and their augural summer recital “Reverence”. She has also participated and performed in Sprouts, New Works Platform (2010-2013) as a dancer for the budding choreographers, and as well as NUS, The Next Wave (2011).
Her participation in numerous local and international dance competitions, coupled with her extensive teaching experience makes her a stellar and well-rounded instructor.
Joyful Steps is glad to have Denise Ong join their faculty of full time teachers. We believe her passion and competency will help bring our dance education and competition platforms to a next level of achievement.
Jaime started ballet at the age of 4 at the Priscilla Ballet Academy in Penang and is trained in classical ballet, tap and jazz.
A versatile performer, Jaime has danced in productions of ‘The Nutcracker’,’It’s A Small World’,’Aseanika’,’An Enchanted Evening of a Dance’ and ‘A Night at The Theatre’. Her operetta appearances as a dancer includes ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘The Land of Smiles’, ‘Carmen’, and ‘La Traviata’.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Administration and in 2003, she completed her postgraduates studies in The Teaching of English (TESOL) from Macquarie University, Sydney. While in Australia, Jaime was trained in classical ballet under Hilary Kaplan who is a dual ballet examiner with the Royal Academy of Dance (London).
Since her return from Australia, Jaime was mentored by Priscilla Teoh for her ballet teachers’ training programme in which she successfully completed the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies. Priscilla Teoh incidentally is a Graded Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).
Jaime is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), London and has been teaching musical theatre and classical ballet at Priscilla Ballet Academy in Penang, Malaysia for the past 6 years. She has relocated to Singapore recently and has joined Joyful Steps & Rhythm as a classical ballet teacher.
Koh Xiu Li
Trained in Classical Ballet Since the age of 5 under tutelage of Ms Edna Teo and Ms Jenny Chien, Xiu Li is well versed in teaching the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) U.K. Classical Ballet syllabus. She also teaches the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) ballet syllabus.
Since early 2000, Xiu Li has taught in various community centers, Crestar, academies and primary schools. She will be joining Joyful Steps & Rhythm as a resident RAD Ballet Teacher.
Xiu Li’s passion for dancing has led her to perform actively in both local and overseas performances. Local performances and competitions included Sisley Perfume Press Launch, Asia Pacific Dance Competitions organised by Commonwealth Society of Teaching of Dancing, a fund-raising performance by the Genee Competition Committee of Singapore (2009), Singapore Dance Theatre Coppelia and dancing as the lead role in Miss Jenny Chien’s Ballet performance An Enchanted Forest, and Mediacorp Channel U.
Besides Classical Ballet, Xiu Li diversify her skills and techniques to Contemporary where she performed at an overseas production, The Last Minute in 2008 International Youth Dance Festival in Macau, Choreographed by the artistic director of T.H.E Dance Company, Kuik Swee Boon. She has also performed in T.H.E Emerging Choreographers 2009.
After graduating from the University, Lena worked in a desk bound environment while keeping active by running, swimming and cycling in her spare time. Chancing upon a Pilates class in one of the local gyms, she immediately fell in love with how it helped to relieve her lower back pain as well rehabilitating her chronic ankle problems. It also provided a marked improvement in her general fitness and well-being. As her commitment and participation grew over the years, she decided to enroll in The Ron Fletcher Program of Studies and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. She is also a Rehab Trainer. Since then, she shared her knowledge by working with varying clientele to improve their strength, flexibility, mobility and posture. Without a doubt, Lena is passionate about Pilates. She desires to impart the knowledge and discipline needed in Pilates in order that we might enjoy the benefits of it and how we can control our for a better overall quality of life.
Maqrius is an experienced performer, instructor and choreographer who specialized in the genre of hip-hop dance. Immutable energy, slick choreographer and nifty footwork make up the commanding stage presence of this ‘dance-machine’.
Since the age of 17, he has been learning the techniques to hip hop dance, specifically, popping. Throughout the years, he has explored different genres of dance ranging from Lating, Disco, Sixties, Line Dance and the other techniques of hip hop.
It was in 2004, that Maqrius hosted the 3-week dance performance for the HipHopKidz from the U.S.A. During his time with them, he made many close friends including the crew Evidence and his mentor cum close friend George Tandy Jr. inpired by these talented performers, HipHopKickStart was established.
In 2005, Maqrius started dancing for small TV shows. Maqrius also participated as a choreographer in bigger events such as Chingay, Racial Harmony Day 2005, ‘A Nation in Concert 2006’ at the Esplanade, ‘Get High Concert 2007’ and once representing Singapore to take part in the International Nature Loving Association 2008. In that he was awarded the most creative dance award.
His teaching experience revolves teaching with charitable organizations, studios such as YMCA, Media companies such as Media Corp and over 20 different schools including NTU/ADM.
Over the years, this man has been seen as a focused and dynamic performer on stage, and an equally experssive, dedicated and patient dance instructor to his students at class.
Melissa Tan began her first dance lesson at the tender age of 3. Melissa grew to love dance through the years of dancing and performing. Apart from being trained in Classical Ballet (RAD), Melissa also trained in Tap and Jazz (ATODi).
As a performer, Melissa has danced local and overseas productions. Locally she has done ‘Takashimaya Women’s Day’, ‘President’s Challenge Dance-a-ton’, ‘Just Dance’ at Victoria Theatre, ‘Chingay: Parade of Dreams’, ‘Passion Card’ Launch, ‘Arts Form the Heart’, ‘Celebrate Dance an Annual Dance Performance’, and ‘ Pambroadbent Academy 30th Anniversary’ – Melbourne.
After graduation with a Degree in Communications, she realize that she enjoyed sharing her knowledge of dance with others more than just dancing alone. Melissa eventually went on to puruse dancing under the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and graduated to be a qualified teacher with the academy. Since her qualification in 2003, Melissa has taught all levels of the RAD Childrens Syllabus as well as the Vocational Graded Syllabus. All of which obtained 100% passes and 70% disctinctions. Melissa is also currently pursuing the RAD BA (HONS) Dance Education.
Classical Ballet & WeBarre
Sabrina started ballet lessons at a young age of 6 and completed all levels of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), U.K. graded examinations under the tutelage of Tay Hee Ngerng, and Kee Keng Hwen for her major examinations, for which, she achieved a Distinction for her Advanced 1 examination. Besides ballet, she went on to explore other s of dance genres which included Chinese, Japanese and Modern dances. She is also an experienced peer and has peered at many schools and national events. Sabrina believes in giving her best to her students. She aspires to be a teacher who not only imparts knowledge, but also nurture them to be great individuals. As a RAD Registered Teacher, she continues to upgrade herself yearly through continuing professional dance courses and is now pursuing a dance degree programme with the RAD.
Simone Lee began her training in ballet with Ms Alice Lee when she was 4 years old. She peered in various commercial dance shows and dance events, e.g. on the Verge 1999, Changgay 2005, 5th Asia Pacific Dance Competition (CSTD) 2003 and Dance Festival 2006. She graduated with a Diploma in Dance from LaSalle, college of the arts in 2007 and holds a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the RAD.She is interested to learn different dance s and loves watching dance perances especially during the annual Arts and Dance Festival. She is Passionate about teaching ballet and believes that pre-school dancers should have a fun and safe environment and be able to explore with movements, rhythm and . She believes in working with parents for the good of her students and that older dancers should have an inspiring and safe dance experience, be taught discipline and good ballet foundation that will last them their whole life. Ms Lee has been teaching ballet to young children since 2007. She has also been pre-school teacher for four and a half years before dedicating her time fully to teach ballet.
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