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. Lisa has over 13 years of teaching experience. 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 overseas competitions, including CSTD Competitions, RAD Dance Challenge, Hong Kong Challenge Cup, as well as CSTD & RAD summer schools. 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 been dancing for over 20 years under the tutelage of a myriad of teachers. She has completed the CSTD and RAD syllabi, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD). Cheryl also holds the CSTD Teaching Diploma and a BA (Hons) in Dance Education on top of her BSocSci (Hons) degree. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Education (Dance Teaching) and has 13 years of teaching experience. Cheryl joined YDA since 2012 and has successfully trained YDA students for CSTD Examinations and Competitions, winning awards in competitions such as the Asia Dance Arts Festival, 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.


Alison Carroll

Senior Dance Teacher

Alison, born in Gibraltar, was formerly a professional dancer at Singapore Dance Theatre. She was awarded the National Arts Council Shell Scholarship in 2007 to study at the New Zealand School of Dance. As a professional dancer at the Singapore Dance Theatre, her repertoire included the Spanish variation in The Nutcracker, and a variety of classical works such as Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Coppelia and Giselle. With passion for dance and love for children, Alison hopes to imbue in our little ballerinas a love for dance.


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. 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 segment of Chingay Parade. Rydell 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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Daphne Phua

Senior Dance Teacher

Daphne graduated from University of Stirling with a BA (Hons) in Retail Marketing. 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.


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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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). She is also a Chartered Accountant by profession, holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accountancy and is a member of CAANZ (Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand) and MIA (Malaysian Institute of Accountants).

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Amelia Chong

Dance Teacher

Having graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor in Dance Studies (First Class Honours) degree, Amelia is currently a dancer with The Royal Danceoff (TRDO) Company, with experience in performing, choreographing and teaching.
Amelia was also part of the teaching faculty at the University of Auckland Dance Studies programme, where she specialises in contemporary technique and creative processes of dance. Amelia has been engaged with numerous dance projects and has also been teaching dance in government-affiliated schools, ranging primary to tertiary levels. Aside from teaching, Amelia is also involved in choreography, performance and research. In 2019, she was invited to choreograph and perform a solo piece for Forecast 2.0: The Singapore Project at the SUPERCELL Festival of Contemporary Dance 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. Her choreographic work was also presented in the 10th edition of M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore), the next BODY.RADICAL International Performing Arts Biennale (Hungary) and at Interplay Festival Internationale Di Danza Contemporanea 2020 (Italy). Amelia hopes to instil a critical and reflexive mindset in her students.


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.


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.


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.