Our Faculty

YDA has a team of fully qualified and experienced teachers, who are passionate in what they do. Our teachers are patient, caring, and take pride in nurturing our budding ballerinas.


Lisa Latip

Principal, Director

Lisa, an Indonesian-born Chinese, founded YDA in 2009 to promote the art of dance and provide quality dance education. She trained full-time at West Australia Conservatoire of Classical Ballet, before pursuing dance teaching as her chosen career. Besides hold a double bachelor degree in commerce and arts, Lisa also hold an RAD Certificate in Higher Education in Dance Teaching validated by the University of Durham. She is a registered teacher with both the RAD and CSTD and teaches both syllabi and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher. Lisa has been teaching since 2002. Her passion is to spread the love for dance, and to nurture talented students to their full potential. Under her guidance, many of her students have won awards, scholarships local and international competitions. Lisa has trained dance teachers and some of her students have successfully become dance teachers themselves.


Chen Peng

Artistic Consultant

Chen Peng, former principal dancer at the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT), was trained at the Beijing Dance Institute. He danced with the China Guangzhou Ballet Company and the China National Ballet before joining SDT in 2005. Chen Peng’s repertoire highlights include Franz in Coppélia, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, the Prince in Cinderella, Prince Florimund in Sleeping Beauty, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Prince in Paquita, and Snow King and the Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Chen Peng became YDA’s Artistic Director in 2014 and is currently YDA’s Artistic Consultant. He has successfully trained YDA students for competitions achieving outstanding results including Gold Awards in Hong Kong Challenge Cup.


Cheryl Teo

Senior Dance Teacher

Cheryl has completed both the CSTD and RAD syllabi, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD). She also holds the CSTD Teaching Diploma and a BA (Hons) in Dance Education on top of her BSocSci (Hons) degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the National Institute of Education (NIE). She is currently pursuing a Masters in Education (Dance Teaching) with the Royal Academy of Dance and has been teaching since 2007. Cheryl joined YDA since 2012 and is experienced in preparing YDA students for both CSTD and RAD Examinations. She has also trained students in group, duos/trios and solo competitions, winning numerous awards and scholarships in competitions such as the Asia Dance Arts Festival, Asian Grand Prix, CSTD Competition, Get The Beat, Hong Kong Challenge Cup, the International Ballet Grand Prix Singapore, Masterpiece International Ballet Competition and the Star of Canaan International Dance Competition. With her passion in dance, Cheryl hopes to nurture her students to their utmost potential.


Rydell Tan

Senior Dance Teacher

Rydell trained in Classical Ballet under Ms Lisa Latip from the age of 9. She has completed the CSTD Elementary and RAD Advanced 1 syllabi and is also a certified Pilates instructor. In 2009 and 2012, Rydell joined YDA on a dance study trip to Perth in which she attended a week-long full-time ballet training at the West Australian Conservatoire of Classical Ballet. She has numerous stage performance and competition experiences, including the lead role of Clara in YDA’s Nutcracker in 2012 and have participated in the CSTD Dance Competition in 2013. In March 2014, Rydell assisted in leading YDA students in the ballet segments of the Chingay Parade. Rydell is experienced in preparing students for both the CSTD and RAD examinations and has also trained students for competitions, achieving remarkable results. Her students have been awarded 1st places in the CSTD and Get the Beat competitions and are finalists in the Masterpiece International Ballet Competition, Star of Canaan Dance International Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Grand Prix Singapore.

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Senior Dance Teacher

Esene is a Registered Teacher with RAD holding the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD). She has completed both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) syllabi and her teaching experience spans from Pre-Primary in Dance to Advanced 2 level. Esene also has over twenty years of performing experience in Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore in various dance productions and has also choreographed numerous dance items. As a trained Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Instructor, Esene is a passionate and dedicated teacher of dance who is committed to Continuing Professional Development, keeping her abreast latest dance developments. Esene’s knowledge in the Gyrotonic method also assists her in dance teaching, addressing energy pathways in improving strength and movement efficiency in dancers. Apart from dance, Esene is also trained in Music Theory and Pianoforte under The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

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Daphne Phua

Senior Dance Teacher

Daphne graduated from University of Stirling with a BA (Hons). Her passion for the performing arts has led her to make a career of what she loves. She started dancing at her Secondary School CCA and went on to train in Hip hop and Jazz at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). In 2008, she further honed her dance skills in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary, and obtained her Teachers’ Certification in Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) in Modern Jazz as well as CSTD Jason Winters Contemporary Technique Level 3. Daphne has attained her Teachers’ Diploma in CSTD Modern Jazz. Daphne has been teaching for almost 10 years, with students ranging from 4-year olds to adults. Daphne is constantly exploring and finding new training exercises to teach her students as she believes that a personalised teaching method will allow every student to gain valuable knowledge in class.

Ong Shin Ying

Dance Teacher

Shin Ying began learning classical ballet under the tutelage of eminent dance pioneer and Cultural Medallion recipient, Goh Lay Kuan, and have performed with several schools and organizations since 1995. She was awarded a dance scholarship with Moving Arts in 2009 where she performed and furthered her dance training in Contemporary Dance and Jazz. She is a member of both the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and has completed both the CSTD Elementary and RAD Advanced 1 Syllabi.  Shin Ying has over 7 years of teaching experience, ranging from Pre-Schoolers to adults. Well-versed in both CSTD and RAD ballet syllabi as well as in conducting open classes for all ages, Shin Ying has sent various groups of students for examinations, stage performances and competitions. A dedicated and committed teacher, Shin Ying’s passion and competence in dance and teaching has helped her students to develop positively and become confident dancers. She is also a holder of Bachelor (Hons) in Social Sciences (Social Work) from the National University of Singapore (NUS).


Nexe Lok

Dance Teacher

Nexe, trained in classical ballet under Ms Lisa Latip, has been dancing for more than 10 years and has achieved Distinction in her CSTD Majors and RAD Vocational Grades examinations and is currently pursuing her Teaching Certificate. Nexe has also taken part in various competitions with laudable achievements. These include receiving a Gold Award in the 2016 Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition (2016), a Silver Award in the 6th International Youth Dance Festival Singapore Dance Competition (2016), Honorable Mention in the CSTD 18th Singapore Regional Competition (2016), 2nd Place in the Get the Beat Competition (2017) and a Bronze Award in the CSTD Born to Perform Competition (2018). Nexe has also performed in Young Dancers Academy’s dance concerts, the Nutcracker (2012) and Cinderella (2014) and has also attended a week of dance classes at the West Australian Conservatoire of Classical Ballet in Perth. Furthering her passion in dance and displaying her versatility, Nexe is also exposed to Contemporary, Hip Hop, participating in ROOTS: The Human Mind Annual Recital (2018) and performances for Singapore Polytechnic’s Open House (2019) and CCA Carnival (2019).

Jeelian Leong

Dance Teacher

Jeelian, an avid lover of dance, was trained at Young Dancers Academy at a tender age of 6 years under Principal Ms Lisa Latip in both the RAD & CSTD syllabi. Jeelian completed her RAD Intermediate with Distinctions and received her CSTD Dorothy Gladstone Award in Classical Ballet for her excellent dance technique. During her dancing years, she has performed in recitals, concerts, showcases, as well as competitions. In 2013, Jeelian won 1st runner-up for her Ballet Solo, Esmeralda variation, in the International Youth Dance Festival. Jeelian’s love for dance is not limited to classical ballet. She also did Chinese Dance, Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance as well as Latin Dance and competed in the National 3rd PassionArts DanceSport Championship receiving 1st place in the Jive category, as well as 2nd runner-up in Cha-Cha.
Jeelian has been teaching at YDA since 2017. With her strong passion for dance, Jeelian hopes to spread the art and love for dance to the budding ballerinas.

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Amelia Chong

Dance Teacher

Graduating with a Bachelor in Dance Studies (Honours) from the University of Auckland, Amelia Chong has participated in numerous projects and had opportunities teaching, performing and choreographing in Singapore and abroad. These include teaching contemporary technique and creative processes of dance at the University of Auckland Dance Studies Programme and serving as the dance instructor at schools across Singapore. Amelia is also involved in choreography and performance and her works have been featured and presented at the Tempo Dance Festival (New Zealand), SUPERCELL Festival of Contemporary Dance (Australia), M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore), BODY.RADICAL International Performing Arts Biennale (Hungary) and Interplay Festival Internationale Di Danza Contemporanea 2020 (Italy). As Amelia continues to venture into the wider dance community in Singapore, she hopes to instill a critical and reflexive mindset in her students, where they start to question and appreciate the wonders of dance as an art form that goes beyond the physicality of it.


Elaine Heng

Guest Teacher

Born in Singapore, Elaine is currently a First Artist of Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). She started dancing at the age of 6 and in 2007, she received the Singapore’s National Art Council Arts Bursary to further her training at the Central School of Ballet, London. Elaine joined SDT in January 2011 as an apprentice and was promoted shortly in May 2011. Elaine’s repertoire highlights include a soloist role as Dewdrop in The Nutcracker (2011, 2016), Big Swan in Swan Lake (2012, 2015), as well as in Swan Lake’s pas de trois in 2015, the pas de trois in Paquita (2012, 2016), Fate in Romeo and Juliet (2014), Kitri’s Friend in Don Quixote (2014, 2016) and Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty (2015). Elaine started teaching at YDA since January 2019, coaching YDA Solo Competitors who have won awards in competitions.


Reece Hudson

Guest Teacher

Reece, born in Buckinghamshire, England, is an Artist at Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). Reece started dancing at the age of 12 and joined the Royal Ballet School’s senior associates before joining Central School of Ballet. He graduated with BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance in 2014. In his graduate year at Central School of Ballet, Reece was a part of the touring company where he worked with renowned choreographers. He joined SDT as in apprentice in 2014 and has since performed in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Bournonville Divertissements, Opus 25, Serenade, Peter and Blue, Sticks and Stones and Unfound. Reece started teaching at YDA in January 2019 and has choreographed award-winning items for the YDA Senior Scholars Team.


Nanase Tanaka

Guest Teacher

Nanase is currently a Demi-Soloist in Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). She began her ballet training with Mary Ann La Joie-Sandroff in Illinois, USA, followed by Kishibe Ballet Studio in Japan and furthered her training at Elmhurst Ballet School in the UK. Nanase graduated in 2009 with a National Diploma in professional dance from the Trinity College and danced in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2008/2009 autumn season. Since joining SDT in 2010, she has danced in almost all repertoire of the company including Princess Florine, Diamond (Pas de Trois) and Fairy of Energy in Sleeping Beauty (2010, 2012, 2015), the Pas de Trois, Cygnets and the Spanish in Swan Lake (2012, 2015), Spanish in The Nutcracker (2011, 2013, 2016), Dewdrop in The Nutcracker (2013, 2016), and a soloist role in Paquita. Nanase started teaching at YDA since January 2019 and has choreographed award-winning items for both the YDA Junior and Senior Scholars Team.