Ms Tiffany Wrightson
Artistic Director

Since commencing dance classes at the age of three, Tiffany knew she was passionate about dance education. Today, she is armed with the experience and knowledge to make her one of the most outstanding instructors in the region. Tiffany holds CSTD Teaching Diploma’s in Modern Jazz, Tapping, and Theatrical, and a CSTD Teaching Certificate in Classical Ballet. She also holds certification in Pilates Instruction. In 2013, Tiffany was appointed as CSTD’s first International Grade Examiner.

Tiffany has trained extensively in Musical Theatre, both in Perth, Australia (Certificate II in Music Theatre – Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University), and New York City, USA (Certificate in Professional Performance – American Musical and Dramatic Academy). Professional performance credits include West Side Story (USA), White Christmas (USA), Anything Goes (USA), Times Square – The Musical (USA), The Tooth Fairy (Singapore), and a wide variety of musical & cabaret shows internationally.

From 2008 – 2014, Tiffany taught at the prestigious LaSalle College of the Arts (SIA). She trained the Bachelor of Music Theatre (Hons) students in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Song & Dance. Choreographic credits at LaSalle include musical productions ‘Boys From Syracuse’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’, in addition to multiple industry showcases and cabaret performances.

Tiffany joined Jitterbugs Singapore® as a teacher and choreographer in 2009, and was appointed Directorship in 2014. Over the past six years, Tiffany has worked to create a successful dance education program that aims to develop technique and performance quality, whilst instilling confidence and passion in young dancers.

“Teaching is not my job, it's my passion. I care deeply for each and every child I have the opportunity to work with. There is so much talent to be nurtured here in Singapore.”
Ms Shanti Gomes
Teacher / Choreographer

Shanti Gomes completed all her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (CSTD) Examinations under the tutelage of her first ballet teacher Ms Penny Low. At the age of 13, she successfully entered the Dance Arts Scholarship programme and trained intensively under the late Tony Llacer.

Wanting to further her career in dance, she enrolled on the Diploma in Dance programme at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, where she danced in works by international choreographers including John Mead (USA), Dr Caren Carino (Ririe-Woodbury), Jamie Redfern (Aus), Ravenna Tucker (UK) and Natalie Weir (Aus).

Always passionate about dance education, Shanti holds her Classical teaching qualifications from both the CSTD and RAD. Shanti is also an appointed mentor by the RAD for the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) and the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma Programme (PDTDP).

As a dance educator for more than a decade, Shanti is strong believer in the importance of cross training with dance. Shanti is also qualified with a Pilates Mat Based certification and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor.

"I believe dance to be an exceptionally effective and valuable avenue where young students can find lifelong skills that extend beyond the dance studio. I am honoured to be in a position where i can help nurture and develop young individuals to find and maintain their passion, through the hard work they put into classes with me."
Ms Tiffany Tallon
Teacher / Choreographer

Tiffany studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary Dance and Musical Theater at Conroy Performing Arts College and Steps Dance Centre in Brisbane, Australia. After earning her Teacher’s Diploma from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (CSTD), she moved to Singapore in 2012 to teach at various performing arts schools including LaSalle College of the Arts SIA. Coming to Singapore has opened up numerous performance opportunities around Asia and US.

Credits include the Edwards Twins Las Vegas Show (Resorts World Sentosa), La Cage Aux Folles (W!ild Rice Productions), Vision (Gateway Theater Productions), and If There’re Seasons (The Theater Practice) as well as dancing onboard Norweigian Cruise Lines; corporate events for DBS Bank, CITIbank, W!ld Rice, Prestige Magazine and more; and performing in touring children shows Barbie Live and Smurftastic Christmas.

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion - Martha Graham."
MS Wu Qian Yi
Teacher

A friendly face to all Jitterbugs, Qianyi started dancing at the age of 5. She is trained in and holds certification for CSTD ballet, modern jazz, tap and contemporary and has sent students for exams under all these genres. Qianyi holds the CSTD Modern Jazz amd CSTD Classical Ballet Teaching Certificates. Qianyi has trained in ballet under Ms Sylvia McCully’s tutelage for more than 10 years and obtained Distinctions in all her RAD ballet examinations. Later, she also learned the CSTD Ballet syllabus and obtained Honours and Honours Plus for all her examinations. Ms Qianyi is passionate about teaching and hopes to spread the love of dance to all her students.

Qianyi is passionate about Chinese dance and has trained under Mdm Chen Lili and Mdm Ding Hong. She has obtained the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Grading Examination Certificate for Teaching (up to Grade 8) and is a member of the Theatre Arts Troupe. An avid dancer, Qianyi has also learnt partner dances, Salsa and West Coast Swing and performed with the Mosaic Dance Salsa Pro Team for 3 years in both local and international salsa events.

Qianyi has performed at numerous local events and in various countries, including the USA, Germany, Australia and South Korea. She believes in constant self-development and has attended dance workshops of various genres in these countries

“I am passionate about teaching and hope to spread the love for dance. I aim to develop not only good dancers, but people with good personality and values.”
Ms Shermaine Heng
Teacher

Born in Singapore, Shermaine completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne before embarking on a full-time career in dance. She was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography), followed by a Master of Dance, which she completed with First Class Honours in 2016.

Shermaine was a recipient of the Victorian Government Scholarship for Dance in 2014. She has studied intensively under several Australian dance veterans such as Helen Herbertson (VCA), Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move OBOC 2015), Sandra Parker (Sandra Parker Dance) and Rosalind Crisp (Omeo Dance) throughout her postgraduate training.

Shermaine has been supported by Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council and Mount Clear Secondary College for her choreographic residencies between 2015 – 2016. She created “Breathe, Woman!” (2015) and “Things They Said” (2016), which were featured across various platforms such as The courier, The Ballarat Miner and ABC Radio and News.

After nearly 10 years in Melbourne, Shermaine returned to Singapore in 2017. She staged “The Intimacy of Corners” (2018) with Singapore Repertory Theater (The Little Company). She is an associate with Dance Nucleus, an initiative funded by the National Arts Council and is also a certified barre instructor.

Shermaine is currently invested in the relationship between performer and viewer through kinaesthetic empathy in her research practice.

"i believe that the journey of learning is not just about discipline and technical excellence, but also creativity - nurtured through openness, discovery and courage. It is an honour to work with students of such a high calibre and i hope to instill in them, the fearlessness and humility of a growing artist."
Mr Toru Okada
Teacher / Choreographer

Born in Tokyo, Toru Okada is currently a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He is also equipped with a Polestar Comprehensive Studio certification. Toru started his professional dance training at the Australia Ballet School in 2000. After graduating with an advanced diploma in dance, he joined Singapore Dance Theater in 2003. In 2009, Toru joined the Finnish National Ballet. He has danced many lead roles and performed on world-class stages. With a keen interest in movement quality and attention to detail, Toru is able to guide young dancers and athletes to their maximum potential.

"Ballet is simple and beautiful, but so difficult to master. It gives me so much joy to share my knowledge with the young aspiring dancer."
Mr Dwayne Tan
Vocal Teacher

Dwayne graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. A performer for 19 years, his local and US credits include The L KY Musical, Jr. Claus, Spring Awakening, Thorogh/y Modern Mi//ie, Romeo 8 Juliet, Hot Pants, Beauty World, Army Daze, Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio and Forbidden City. His full resume is available on his website dwaynetan.webs.com.

He has staged, written and produced for the Esplanade – Fairy Tales – The Fu// Picture, The Show Must Go On, School Rules! Dwayne also wrote and composed the musical adaptation of Hansel and Gretel: An Eco Adventure. Being a finalist on Singapore [do/ led to his self-produced EP, Moments Alone. His work extends to voiceovers for the regional channel, Life Inspired, TV commercials, and many cartoons. On TVm his credits include Sunshine Station, HBO’s Serangoon Road and Mediacorp’s first animated sitcom Heartland Hubby.

"The joy in teaching is in the sharing. I learn from students as much as they learn from me. This continuous journey has helped and shown me how unique each individual is when they blossom."
Ms Zen Lim
Teacher / Choreographer

Zen began dancing at age 4 studying the RAD Classical Ballet syllabus until she successfully completed her Advanced Foundation examination in 2015. She has been studying dance at Jitterbugs since 2006 and has been under the guidance of Ms Tiffany Wrightson since 2009. She has completed the CSTD Modern Jazz and CST D Tapping syllabus. Additionally, she received a Supreme Pass (all routines scoring 95% and above) in her Modern Jazz Shield Public Examination in June 2017.

Zen holds the CSTD Modern Jazz Teaching Certificate and is currently working towards achieving the CSTD Tap Teaching Certificate and CSTD Classical Ballet Teaching Certificate. Zen has completed the CST D Level 4 Contemporary Examination and CSTD Intermediate Ballet examination under the guidance of Ms Tiffany Wrightson and Ms Natalie Clarke.

Zen has been competing in both local and international competitions since 2009. This has allowed her to gain experience in choreography and insight into the different styles of dance. She is very excited to be teaching at Jitterbugs and looks forward to working with the young dancers and pushing them past their own expectations of themselves.

"I truly believe dancing teaches important core values and / am honoured to have this opportunity to further promote these in cur young dancers."
Ms Bella Massey
Teacher / Choreographer

Bella began training at the age of 4, starting her training in Sydney, Australia. After moving to Singapore at the age of 5, she continued her dance training at Jitterbugs Swingapore g and trained under Ms Tiffany Wrightson from 2009-2018. She is currently training at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) under a Conservatory Style Programme where she will be graduating with a Diploma in Dance in two years’ time.

Under the CST D (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing), Bella completed the Modern Jazz and Tapping syllabus in 2016. She has completed the Level 4 Contemporary examination and Intermediate Classical Ballet examination in 2017 under the guidance of Ms Tiffany Wrightson and Ms Natalie Clarke. . Additionally, she received a Supreme Pass (all routines scoring 95% and above) in her Modern Jazz Shield Public Examination in June 2017.

Bella has competed in both local and international competitions for over 10 years. In 2017 Bella won the Senior Aggregate Overall Highest Scoring Soloist Award at the CSTD Singapore Regional Competitions In 2018, Bella trained and choreographed for ten Jitterbugs Swingapore students with great success.

"I love working with such talented young dancers, and pushing them past what they believe they are capable of!"
Mr Chong Koi Jun
Teacher / Choreographer

Koi Jun’s dance journey started when he picked up tapping at 4 years old. Since then, he has also added Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop to his repertoire. Under the guidance of Ms Tiffany Wrightson, he has completed the CSTD Tapping syllabus and the CSTD Modern Jazz syllabus. Furthermore, under the tutelage of Ms Shermaine Heng, Ms Shanti Gomes and Ms Natalie Clarke, he has completed the CSTD Level 3 Contemporary examination, and the CSTD Intermediate Ballet examination. Koi Jun is also studying Street Dance under An An from O School.

Koi Jun has performed in many competitions and events such as Get The Beat and the Singapore International Festival of Arts. In 2018, he was nominated for Get The Beat’s Most Entertaining Soloist award from over 30, 000 performances world-wide. Recently, Koi Jun represented Singapore at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships 2017 in Riesa, Germany. Koi Jun has learnt much from these experiences and he is eager to share what he has learnt while continuing to explore dance together with his fellow dancers.

" I believe that teaching is a great opportunity for me to share my passion for dance and help others push past their limits and expand their horizons."