Our Studio's Instructors | Teachers of En Motion Dance School

Instructors of Our School
Instructors of Our School

Meet the Award-winning, dynamic dance instructors of En Motion Dance Academy. En Motion’s super team of dance instructors boast 10 x Asia Latin Champions and is the greatest award-winning team in Singapore. Each instructor is professionally trained and has years of dance experience in Salsa, Bachata and other dance genres. Trained in the En Motion style of keeping class fun without compromising technique and fundamentals, our instructors are equipped to teach classes of adults, and cater for younger students as well.

WEN XIN - Award Winning 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. Wen Xin is En Motion Dance School’s Artistic Director. With hard work and dedication, Wen Xin was crowned 2 x Asia Bachata Champion in 2017 and 2019.
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.
She has competed and performed in various nationwide and international group competitions and performances.
– The Dance Floor Competition 2015 (Singapore Mediacorp) Finalist
– IDO World Latin Championships 2016 (Korea): World 4th
– Que Viva La Salsa Congress

“Dancers are made, not born” Wen Xin encourages everyone to step up and follow their dreams!
In 2019/2020, Wen Xin achieved the Top position of the first ever Singapore Bachata Jack & Jill League which spaned 10 competitive rounds. She was eventually crowned the Queen of Bachata Social Dance 2020, fending off all the top Bachata dancers in Singapore.
(P/S: She has a cute pet golden retriever named, Scarlette, whom you will sometimes see at En Motion’s events as the poster girl!)

JOSHUA YAO - Award Winning 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 acclaimed 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 where they won 1st Runner up against 14 other professional teams.
In 2020, Joshua along with his partner, Angela, were crowned Asia Salsa Champion in the Asia Latin Championship 2020 Professional category, fendng off many strong contenders from Asia.

ANGELA - Award Winning Senior Instructor & Senior Dancer

Angela, affectionately 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.

She had her first encounter with Salsa at a local dance school where she fell in love and never looked back. Thereafter, she spent a year in China learning, teaching and performing.

Angela is known for her flexibility and her effortless styling on the dance floor. At En Motion, her classes are always full of energy making her classes a joy to attend. 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!

To date, she has competed and taught a wide range of dances in Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shen Zhen, Malaysia and Vietnam. She was crowned Champion for both Inter-tertiary Salsa in 2012 and the Asia Latin Championship in 2020 in the Salsa Professional Category.

 

VIVIENNE - Award Winning 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 as an art form and make 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 Salsa music and the sensuality of Bachata 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 Salsa Festival
-Singapore International Latin Festival
-Singapore Latin Championship
-Esplanade Dans Festival
-International India Dance Congress
-Colada Latin Dance Congress (Bangkok)
-World Salsa Championship (HK)
-Sydney Bailando Sensual (Australia)
– Taiwan Salsa Carnival

as well as having been featured on U-weekly Magazine, Nüyou Magazine, Channel News Asia and Visa Card Advertisement. She is the certified trainer for Daniel y Daniel Team Singapore and Desiree Ladies Team Singapore. Her many accolades also include having represented En Motion in,

-Asia Bachata Championship and clinched the Champion title in 2014.

-Singapore Latin Championship and clinched the National Open Salsa Champion title in 2016

-National Bachata battle Champion 2018

NICK - Award Winning 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.
With 2016 National Bachata champion under his belt, Nick has showcased himself at different levels, including national as well as international shows with En Motion Dance Crew by competing in the following competitions
– The Dance Floor Competition 2015 (Singapore Mediacorp) Finalist
– IDO World Latin Championships 2016 (Korea): World 4th
In 2017, Nick took one step further by achieving 1st runner up in Asia Bachata Open Championship in India and he was also crowned champion of Singapore Bachata Jack & Jill in 2018.
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

 

JAX - Award Winning 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 and has the following achievements
– The Dance Floor Competition 2015 (Singapore Mediacorp) Finalist
– IDO World Latin Championships 2016 (Korea): World 4th

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 sensitivity to feeling and connecting to the music. “Feel the music and let it guide your body” Jax

 

CECILIA KOH - Senior Instructor & Dancer

 

Cecilia has been part of the En Motion Dance Crew since 2008 and performed with the crew for overseas dance festivals in Bangkok and Sydney as well as many local events and festivals such as the Singapore International Salsa Festival, Singapore International Latin Festival and Esplanade Dans Festival.

She has taught in several dance festivals such as the India International Dance Congress, Zouk SEA (Malaysia) and Singapore International Latin Festival. She has also appeared on national TV and The Sunday Times.

Always with a smile on her face, she enjoys teaching and helping ladies to bring out their confidence, beauty and sexiness in their dancing. She is often seen at the social dance floor interacting and dancing with her students.

A talented dancer, with impressive titles to her name:

  • Champion of Brazilian Zouk South East Asia 2018 Jack & Jill Novice
  • 1st runner up at Singapore Salsa Battle 2018

 

 

 

YEOW HUI - Senior Instructor & Dancer

Yeow Hui started learning salsa as an adult with zero dance background. Through persistence and passion, she is now one of the most well-liked salsa dancers in Singapore. She enjoys high energy dances to fast paced music and is a favourite with leaders always up to new and tricky moves on the dance floor. Yeow Hui also choreographs and performs, but her chief love has always been social dancing.

As a late learner herself, Yeow Hui is a patient teacher who understands the challenges faced by complete beginners. With a bubbly and friendly personality, Yeow Hui puts her students at ease, and enjoys mentoring them towards confidence and enjoyment of the dance. Most of all, she is always ready to dance with any student on the dance floor with a smile, so ask her for one any time!

 

 

 

 

 

JJ - Senior Instructor & Dancer

Jing Jie first started dancing when he was studying in university back in 2009/2010. He learned Hip hop and various other street dances. He has competed in dance competitions and choreographed for performances. Even after graduating, he has always made it a point to learn from others and improve on his dancing skills. He also has a desire to share his passion for dance with others and is always eager to teach and impart his knowledge in dance.

Jing Jie was first introduced to the world of Street Latin dance in 2017 when a fellow colleague brought him to En Motion Dance School which was located at Tanjong Pagar then. Ever since then, he has fallen in love with Bachata dancing and its dynamism. Learning how to dance as a couple is something new to him and to watch how both leaders and the followers communicate wordlessly is just beautiful and exciting.

Within 3 months, Jing Jie joined the performance teams in En Motion and has performed in various festivals and events. He enjoys doing performances and social dancing.

 

CHLOE - Senior Instructor & Dancer

 

Chloe was exposed to dancing since young. Before joining En Motion, she had 10 years of Ballroom Latin. She represented Singapore, competing in local and overseas competitions. She also taught Ballroom Latin to kids.

In 2018, she started learning Bachata dance in En Motion. With her strong passion for dancing, she also took up salsa shortly after. To date, she has performed in several dance performances with the En Motion Performance Team such as Daniel and Desiree World Team Singapore, Desiree ladies World Team Singapore and EM Dance Crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LI MIN - Instructor & Dancer

An up-and-coming Bachata/ Salsa dance instructor at En Motion Dance Studio, Li Min is also a darling on the social dancefloor – with her warm smile, outgoing nature and good dance technique.

Li Min started with Latin Ballroom dancing (Dancesport) in 2012 and consistently competed at the tertiary level. She also performed with her University under the Dancesport Performance Team as an Alumni member.

In 2018, Li Min took up Salsa and Bachata at En Motion. With a strong foundation in Latin Ballroom, she picked up both genres very easily and was soon invited to perform and eventually, became an instructor at the school. Her gentle and friendly persona (often with a tinge of cheekiness!) makes her a very approachable teacher and a favourite with her students.

 

 

 

FIONA - Instructor & Dancer

Fiona started out as a student at En Motion in November 2016 after her first trial class, picking up Salsa, then Bachata, and joined the En Motion Junior Crew after 2 months.

Soon after, Fiona was a part of the Desiree Ladies World Team Singapore and the Daniel y Desiree World Team Singapore for 3 years, performing in numerous local and international festivals including:

  • Singapore International Latin Festival (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Singapore Bachata Weekend (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Singapore Latin Extravaganza (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • En Motion Annual  Anniversary (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • COLADA, Thailand 2017
  • Bailando Sensual Festival, Sydney (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Taiwan Salsa Carnival 2019
  • and various local events

In 2019, Fiona took both the Dancer Program and the Instructorship Program, and also trained under the EM Salsa and EM Bachata in-house Crews.

Upon completion of both programs, Fiona was invited by our En Motion Director Mr. Gary Foo to join the EM Family as an Instructor in 2020.

“Every BODY can dance”.

ZIANG - Instructor & Dancer

SZABINA - Instructor & Dancer

 

Szabina started dancing at the age of 4 and has 12 years of Standard and Latin ballroom dancing under her belt, participating in various competitions across Europe.

She took a break from competitions to focus on her studies but couldn’t keep the ‘dance bug’ quiet, so she certified as a Zumba Fitness Instructor in 2010 with a mission to spread the love for Latin music and dance across Hungary, Austria, Germany and USA.

Szabina loves exploring new dance styles, which led her to EnMotion in 2021 to learn salsa and bachata social dancing and technique. After 5 months, she performed as part of the EnMotion salsa crew and joined the instructor program to build her knowledge and share her joy for dance with others.

She enjoys performing and social dancing and passionate about strengthening the community of social dancers in Singapore and beyond.

“Start dancing, it will change your life :)”

 

PALASH - Instructor & Dancer

Palash’s first foray into the world of latin dance began in 2021, where he picked up bachata and salsa to explore beyond his foundations in street dance.

Known for his slick fusion style of latin and hip hop, Palash is a rising star in the local dance community. He actively takes part in Jack and Jill competitions and enjoys creating dance music videos every now and then.

A witty, personable and highly encouraging instructor, classes with him are guaranteed to make you laugh and fall in love with the art of street latin dancing. He loves his students as much as he loves dancing!

“Okay, give this move a name!”

 

MELISSA JANE (MJ) - Instructor & Dancer

 

Melissa was first introduced to the latin dance scene in 2012. She started off her dance journey in London, United Kingdom where she learned and trained in both Salsa and Bachata. In 2015, her dance journey continued in Singapore where she trained under Alma Latina for 2 years before moving on to teaching Bachata in 2018.

As a Dancer, Melissa has achieved various accolades in the social dance scene, most notably placing 2nd Runner Up for the Jack & Jill Bachata Extremo 2019 and more recently winning the En Motion Salsa Amateur Jack & Jill 2022. She frequently continues to improve and expand her dance knowledge by attending both local and international festivals which has allowed her to experience and accrue insight into various dance and teaching styles. Melissa hopes to continue travelling Europe to improve her dancing and through which, share her knowledge with her students as well.

As a Dance Teacher, Melissa aims to instill a sense of confidence in her students. No matter natural flair, or two left feet, Melissa believes that anyone can dance and that the willingness to learn is what will get them there. Living by the motto, “When in doubt, keep dancing”, Melissa wants to see her students succeed, and hopes to inspire them to achieve their best while dancing right alongside them.