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.”
Natalie Clarke
Teacher / Choreographer

Natalie has loved dance ever since she attended her first ballet class at the age of five years old. She has realised her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer with a successful international performing career spanning sixteen years, dancing with Singapore Dance Theatre and West Australian Ballet.

Her passion has led her to continue on her dance journey. After retiring from the stage, Natalie taught full time for a year at School Of The Arts before travelling to London to study the Royal Academy of Dance’s Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma. Graduating with distinction and gaining registered teacher status, she travelled to Finland where she was invited to be a guest teacher at the Finnish National Ballet School. She returned to Singapore to continue teaching at SOTA and later became a part-time lecture at La Salle College of the Arts for the Dance and Musical Theatre programs.

Natalie started training as a younger dancer in Ballet, Jazz and Tap at the Donna Halloran School of Dance in Sydney, Australia when she was five years old. In her teens, she moved to Melbourne to study ballet full time at the National Theatre Ballet School before being accepted into the world class Australian Ballet School. Graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Dance, she was quickly offered the opportunity to work for Singapore Dance Theatre under the direction of Goh Soo Kim and Anthony Then, where she spent seven and a half years dancing her way up to soloist and lead roles in the classical, neo-classical and contemporary repertoire of SDT. She participated in the Seventh Asia Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo, Japan and won 5th Prize. Wanting to dance in her home country she auditioned for the West Australian Ballet and was offered a contract with Ted Brandsen as the director and later Simon Dow. She spent two and a half fruitful years working with highly regarded local and international choreographers and teachers. Returning to Singapore and Singapore Dance Theatre, she has danced the principal roles of well-loved classics and performed world famous contemporary choreographers works.

Natalie is excited to share her knowledge and provide a fun, nurturing environment to guide aspiring young dancers to achieve their personal best. She is thrilled leading the ballet program at Jitterbugs Swingapore®, as well as continuing to develop the Pre Program and Body Conditioning classes.

“Dance is my passion in life. It is my privilege to pass on the joy of dance to aspiring young dancers."
Wu Qian Yi
Teacher

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 Teaching Certificate and is taking her CSTD Modern Jazz Diploma examination in Nov 2015. Qianyi has trained in ballet under Ms Sylvia McCully’s tutelage for more than 10 years. She has obtained Distinctions in her RAD ballet examinations, up to RAD Vocational Intermediate. Later, she also learned the CSTD Ballet syllabus and obtained Honours and Honours Plus for all her examinations. She is currently pursuing the CSTD Classical Teaching Certificate (completion in Mar 2016).

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.”
Gabrielle Koh
Teacher

Gabrielle first started learning ballet at the age of 4 under the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), where she completed her RAD Advanced 2 Examination in 2015. Gabrielle also achieved Honours Plus in her CSTD Elementary Ballet examination, under the guidance of Ms Natalie Clarke. Moreover, Gabrielle successfully completed her CSTD Modern Jazz syllabus, obtaining a Supreme Pass in her Jazz Shield public performance examination. This led her to obtain her CSTD Modern Jazz Teaching Certificate last year, under the guidance of Ms Tiffany Wrightson.

Having first begun competing at the age of 12, Gabrielle has taken part in numerous dance competitions, both locally and abroad, such as the CSTD Asia Pacific Dance Competition held in Singapore (2011, 2014), Hong Kong (2012), Manila (2013) and Bangkok (2015), CSTD Theatrical Festival in Perth, Australia, (2011), Italia Dance Grand Prix (2011), the Gold Coast Eisteddfod (2013). Over the years Gabrielle has competed in a wide range of genres in both solo and troupe categories, ranging from modern jazz, musical theatre & cabaret, lyrical, contemporary, classical ballet, and national (neo-classical Spanish dance). Gabrielle has competed annually in the CSTD Singapore Regional Dance competition, and won the Senior Aggregate Trophy in 2015. Additionally, in 2015 and 2017, Gabrielle participated in the Get The Beat Singapore Regional competition, where she emerged as the Overall Champion in the Senior Division both years, and was the Overall Highest Scoring Soloist of the competition in 2017.

Competing has also allowed Gabrielle to explore dance choreography, which has been a passion of hers in recent years. Her avid experience garnered from multiple years of competing and learning from various choreographers and mentors led her to choreograph her own competitive solo items since 2015. Just last year, she choreographed a total of 17 new competition pieces for students of Jitterbugs Swingapore, aged between 12 and 18, who went on to perform exceedingly well with many achieving stellar results.

Gabrielle is thrilled to be teaching with Jitterbugs Swingapore and spreading her passion for dance and choreography.

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.

In 2014, Shermaine was a recipient of the Victorian Government Scholarship for Dance. She was also a recipient of the 2015 Regional Training Engagement Fund (Creative Victoria, in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria), where she was based in the City of Ballarat as an artist-in-residence. She has studied intensively under several dance veterans such as Helen Herbertson (VCA), Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move OBOC 2015), Sandra Parker (Sandra Parker Dance) and Rosalind Crisp (Omeo Dance).

In 2015, she created Project “Breathe, Woman!” with support from Regional Arts Victoria, the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council and the VCA. Its choreographic success saw its remount at Grant Street Theatre, Melbourne in June later that year. Shermaine’s works have since been featured across multiple platforms such as The Courier, ABC News and The Ballarat Miner. Shermaine was also the Artistic Director of Flare Dance Company in 2016, a non-profit contemporary dance group funded by the City of Boroondara. She directed and co-choreographed its 2016 premiere work “Portrait”.

Shermaine is now based in Singapore as an independent artist, where she continues her research on choreographic methods through text and improvisational work. She is an associate with Dance Nucleus, an initiative funded by the National Arts Council and is also a certified barre instructor.