Meet the young and dynamic instructors of our dance academy. Each instructor have many years of dance experience in Salsa, Bachata and other Latin dances. Trained in the En Motion style of keeping the class fun without compromising technique and fundementals, the instructors are equipped to teach classes of adults, and cater for younger students in the class as well.
GARY FOO - Artistic Director
Gary holds a 2nd Class Honors Bachelor’s Degree from the NTU business school, but his passion is always in dance. Coming from a dance background of Latin Ballroom, Street Jazz and other dances, Gary was first introduced to Street Salsa in 2002 and has never looked back since. His unique and showy dance style had brought him recognition in the Street Latin scenes around the region. He was the choreographer and competitor for En Motion Dance Crew in 2012 World Salsa Championship (Team Category) whereby the crew achieved 5th placing, the highest placed Singapore Team in the Championship. He has clinched the 1st Runner-up in the prestigious World Latin Cup 2013 Professional Bachata Category Asia Qualifier. Earlier in 2018, Gary and his crew, Los Bravos, was invited to put up a show in Italy for a 3 days International event, proud to be the first and only Asian crew to make it there! Widely known for his candid character and humorous teaching style, Gary have been invited to teach, choreograph and perform in various nationwide events like Chingay and International dance congresses in USA, Australia, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, India, Malaysia and more. He was also invited to judge in the following prestigious championships, – Hanoi Salsa & Bachata Championship 2016/17 (Vietnam) – IDO World Latin Championship 2016 (South Korea) – Inter-School Latin Dance Sports Championship 2013 (Singapore) Already a very well-known Dance Artiste in Singapore, Gary has also led his crew to the top 15 team in Singapore National TV, reality Dance Competition, “THE DANCE FLOOR 2015” competing against many top dance crews from different genre and styles. He was also invited to the following TV and Media Programs, – Variety Show 3 woman and a show 2018 – FM 93.3 in 2008 and 2017 – Straits Times LIFESTYLE 2012 – Channel News Asia AM LIVE 2011 & 2012 – Channel News Asia Prime News 2011 – I-magazine 2009 TV Dance Appearance and Choreography, – Hungry for Love 2018 (Mediacorp 5 Variety show feat Ms Singapore 2017, Laanya) – Close your eyes 2018 (Mediacorp 8 Drama directed by Zheng Ge Ping) – In My Backyard 2018 (Mediacorp 5 Variety show feat Suhaimi, Irene Ang, Benjamin Kheng & Carla) – The Soul Reaper 2016 (Mediacorp 8 Drama starring Tay Ping Hui, Belinda Lee, Priscelia Chan) – Be Happy 2012 (Mediacorp 8 Drama starring Chen Hanwei, Paige Chua) Gary’s teachings had since benefitted many and his students have swept numerous International Champion titles and started their own dance teaching career. Seeing the need of a more vibrant dance scene, Gary created and actively promotes the term, “STREET LATIN DANCE” since 2009 to differentiate our dance genre from other partner dances. More importantly, this helps to group Latin based dances like Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Zouk into a collective term giving our genre an Identity. The term “STREET LATIN DANCE” is now widely used not just in Singapore, but also around Asia and the World. An immensely talented dancer and teacher, with a huge passion, vision and love, En Motion and Gary were largely attributed for the growth of Singapore Street Latin Dance scene over the past 15 years.
ANGELA aka BOK BOK- Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer
Angela, affectionally known as Bok Bok started Ballet, Chinese and Modern dance at the age of 7 – setting a strong foundation for her dance career at an early stage. Her insatiable thirst for dance brought her to pick up a plethora of new dances like Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary. At the age of 17, she had her first encounter with Salsa at a local dance school where she fell in love and never looked back. When she was 18, she spent a year in China teaching, competing and performing. Till date, she has competed and/or taught a wide range of dances in Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shen Zhen, Malaysia and Vietnam. Angela is known for her flexibility and her effortless styling on the dance floor. At En Motion, her classes are very always full of energy making her class a joy to attend. In addition, she is also known for her intricate details in dance and the ability to explain and break down complex movements into easy steps for her students. Aside from being one of En Motion Instructor and Senior Dancer, she is also a freelancer yoga instructor and a full time financial services consultant.
JOSHUA YAO - Senior Instructor & Senior dancer
Joshua Yao was an avid martial artist who unexpectedly dabbled into dance. He began his salsa journey with SMU Caderas Latinas in 2005, performed in countless events and represented Singapore at the 2012 Grand Prix Italia, where the team won the Latin Dance Category. He was also a long-standing member of Grupo Invicta, where he performed both locally and internationally.
A familiar face within the salsa community, Joshua has choreographed, taught and performed for many salsa events, socials and congresses throughout the years.
Joshua recently relocated to NYC for 1 year where he performed with two professionally acclaim dance teams, Esencia Dance Group (directed by Jorge Salas) and Iroko (directed by multi-championship winning couple Ernesto Bulnes and Denisse Cambria). He was also selected to compete for World Salsa Summit 2019 held in Miami, FL with Iroko and they won 1st Runner up against 14 other professional teams.
WEN XIN - Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer
Wen Xin is one of the few home-grown “student-turned-instructor” having started her first street latin class in En Motion Dance School back in Dec 2011 with Gary Foo, En Motion Dance School’s Artistic Director. With hardwork and dedication, Wen Xin competed in the Asia Latin Championship 2017 and emerged champion in the Bachata Amateur Category. She is known for her strong yet sexy style exuding confidence in her dance. Behind the sometimes “fierce-looking” facade, is a warm and friendly lady who is patient in her teachings. Newcomers will definitely feel at ease and seasoned dancers can expect to pick up more technical details in her classes. Currently, she forms the core of En Motion Dance Crew’s elite group of dancers- Los Bravos En Motion, and has competed and performed in various nationwide and international group competitions and performances. – The Dance Floor Competition 2015 – IDO World Latin Championships (Korea) – Que Viva La Salsa Congress “Dancers are made, not born” Wen Xin encourages everyone to step up and follow their dreams! (P/S: She has a cute pet golden retriever named, Scarlette, whom you will sometimes see at En Motion’s events as poster girl!)
GABRIELLE - Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer
Gabrielle has been a dance enthusiast (or dance addict) since young. Her passion spurred her to train in various dance genres like Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Swing, etc. Today, she found her love in Street Latin Dance, under the tutelage of Mr Gary Foo (Director of En Motion Dance School).
Till date, her dance experiences range from being a dance instructor to choreographer and stage performer to competitor. In 2020, Gabrielle competed in Asia Latin Championship and won two 1st Runner-up titles for both Salsa Professional Category and Bachata Professional Category. In 2019, Gabrielle achieved Distinctions in all four Berardi Style Dancer Programs (Mambo On 2, Bachata Partnerwork, Salsa On 1 & Cuban Movement and Afro, Rumba & Body Movement), certified by world renowned champions, Antonio and Jasmina Berardi. In 2018, she clinched the Champion title for Asia Latin Championship (Bachata Category) and won a Gold medal for a “4v4 Salsa Battle” during Singapore International Latin Festival.
Gabrielle utilizes every opportunity given to further develop her dance skills and hopes her classes help aspiring dancers build better fundamentals and techniques. Being able to share her love and fire for dance has been a dream came true, she hopes to inspire more people to start a new hobby and find happiness through movements.
NICK - Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer
Nick first came to know Street Latin Dance when he was in university. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the club’s Dance Captain in his 2nd year. As he stayed on to help the team grow, so did his passion for the dance. A flashy performer, Nick has showcased himself at different levels, including national as well as international shows with En Motion Dance Crew. Taking inspiration from well-known dancers such as Nery Garcia and Tropical Gem, Nick has a flair for sharp and eye-catching moves, with a special emphasis on styling. He believes that dancing is not just about knowing the moves, but also executing them well. “A family that dances together, stays together. ” – Nick
VIVI - Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer
Stemming from her obsession with perfection, Vivienne fused her years of experience as a musician together with her impassioned focus on dance to bring together many to embrace Latin dance and Zouk as an artform and making it the new black. Her fluidity and sensual form compounded by her innate ability as a music professional to translate the cacophony of nuances of the highly charged Latin Salsa music and the sensuality of Bachata and Zouk makes her one of the most captivating and mesmerizing sights to grace the local and international dance scenes. Together with the team, she has performed, taught and competed in dance events including, -Singapore International Latin Festival -Singapore Latin Championship -Esplanade Dans Festival -International India Dance Congress -Colada Latin Dance Congress (Bangkok) -World Salsa Championship (HK) -Bailando Sensual Festival (Sydney) as well as having been featured on U-weekly Magazine, Nüyou Magazine, Got To Move media platform by National Arts Council and Channel News Asia. Her many accolades also includes having represented En Motion in, -Asia Bachata Championship and clinched the Champion title in 2014. -Singapore Latin Championship and clinched National Open Salsa Champion title in 2016
JAX - Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer
Without any prior dance background, Jax attributes his dance achievements today to his hard work, passion and great teachings from his mentor, Gary Foo. His first exposure to Street Latin Dance happened during his 3rd year in University and he swiftly rose to become the club’s Dance Captain the following year. In 2014, he won 3rd runner-up position in the Inter-Tertiary Jack & Jill competition and he also took part in the Inter-Tertiary Salsa competition. He has since participated in a reality dance competition and numerous shows at an international level . Like how he first got to know Street Latin Dance and subsequently fell in love with it, Jax hopes to be able to inspire other dancers to know more about this dance form and the social dancing scene. His style of dance is soft but firm, with a sensitivity to feeling and connecting to the music. “Feel the music and let it guide your body” Jax
CECILIA KOH - Senior Instructor and Senior Dancer
Cecilia Koh is one of Singapore best social dancer and is widely known to be the smoothest follower for multiple dance genres like Salsa, Bachata and Zouk.
Trained by Director of En Motion, Mr Gary Foo, since 2008, she is one of En Motion most experience dance instructor.
With her bubbly character, Cecilia is a huge favourite among many students
LEENA - Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer
Dancing has always been in Leena’s blood. Whenever there’s music playing, you’ll always find her instinctively dancing to the beat! She took her ‘baby steps’ in Salsa at En Motion in 2012 and has been living her crazy passion for Latin dance since. She has performed in various festivals, including Singapore International Latin Festival, IIDC- India International Dance Congress, and Esplanade Dans Festival, among others. With a background in Indian classical dance, Leena also enjoys pole fitness, belly dancing, Zouk, Bachata and Hip Hop. Her style of dancing comprises of sensual movements, flanked by her sharpness and flair. To Leena, there is nothing more important than feeling the music and letting it flow through her movements. To her, dance knows no boundaries and no limits. It is beyond race, religion and age. Dance is an art, expressed from the heart to the world. In short, dance……is happiness. Her passion and warmth in her lessons always make her students feel comfortable to approach her for help.
JIAQIAN aka TIGER - Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer
ETHAN KHOO - Instructor & Dancer
Ethan has been dancing for more than a decade with training in various styles of dancing – Latin Ballroom, Standard Ballroom, Popping, Hip Hop, Chinese Dance and his latest suit – Salsa and Bachata. He recently graduated with distinctions in all four dance courses (Mambo On 2, Bachata Partnerwork, Salsa On 1 and Afro Rumba) in the certified Berardi Style Dancer Program by world champions, Antonio and Jasmina Berardi.
From as young as 8 years of age, Ethan started competing extensively in national and international dancesport competitions locally as well as overseas. He won third place in his first National Dancesport Championships in 2009 and subsequently went on to win many more dancesport championships titles.
In his teens, Ethan has achieved many podium positions for dancesport competitions including coming in Champions in the the Junior category and 1st runner-ups in the Adult Amateur category in dancesport championships.
Ethan also has a wide experience in performing and competing in showdance competitions. From young, he had performed and danced in many corporate events as well as on TV shows such as Okto! Live and Mat Yoyo. In 2015, he clinched the Show Dance Champion titles for The 2nd Cathay’s DanceSport Competition and the Lombok International DanceSport Festival. In 2016, at only 14 years of age, he was top 6 finalist in Singapore’s biggest national TV dance competition, The Dance Floor Season 2. His outstanding performance in the show earned him a standing ovation from Lia Kim, South Korea’s top choreographer.
On the street dance front, Ethan represented his secondary school in his first ever street dance competition and achieved 2nd place at the Singapore Youth Festival Celebrations 2016 TRANSCENDance – The Challenge.
A very talented dancer with a decade of competitive and performance experience under his belt, Ethan is very excited to share his knowledge and love for dance with his students at En Motion.