Meet our fabulous team
Director, Katja Paus
Studio Manager, Katja Paus has been in the studio since beginning of 2010 and we love having her at Tanglin Arts Studio. Katja’s background lies in hospitality management as well as accounting. She has spent almost half of her life in Asia (India, Hong Kong, Singapore) with a long list of – mostly voluntary – jobs to her name. Her youngest daughter Dania is dancing 5 days a week at Tanglin Arts Studio. Her two older children Marit and Yanik left Singapore a few years ago to live and work in Australia. Marit started dancing when she was a toddler until she left Singapore. After working in the studio for 1 1/2 years as administration manager, Katja took over the ownership of the studio and runs it now very successfully under her name. She enjoys being in the studio every day, creating a welcoming and family like atmosphere for her students and team. For her it is very important that the students are not only learning dance skills, but are also having fun with their friends. Katja is always there for you and please don’t hesitate to ask her any questions you may have.
Teacher, Rebecca Shanhun
Teacher, Rebecca Shanhun started dancing at the age of 5 in Queensland, Australia and has been dancing ever since. She studied various dance styles including classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre, drama and vocal production also completed examinations in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Commonwealth Society of Teacher’s of Dancing (CSTD) achieving advanced levels in both syllabi. She also participated in Competition teams, competing in solos, duos and group pieces and was involved in touring production teams.
She has had experience in working in pantomimes, musicals and performances, both on-stage, choreographing and behind the scenes. She has choreographed for various theatre companies and schools in various musicals including Fame, Crazy For You, Guys & Dolls and Beauty & The Beast.
She has also been involved in various model works, hair and make-up conventions and make-up artist workshops.
Rebecca has completed her Bachelor of Creative Industries majoring in Dance and Creative Industries Management at QUT which included performance skills, lighting and sound techniques, production skills, child psychology, child health, business management and before this she extended her dance training by studying dance fulltime at Danceworld 301 in Melbourne.
Rebecca also has a Certificate in Community Sport/Recreation and is an affiliate member of the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD), regularly entering students through exams and competitions.
She regularly travels throughout Queensland, Australia to choreograph, also travelling overseas to keep up with modern dance techniques, and thoroughly enjoys watching the children that she teaches explore all the fun that dance has to offer.
Teacher, Carly Trundle
Teacher, Carly Trundle graduated from SLP College, Leeds with a distinction in Musical Theatre.
During her time at college Carly completed all her advanced exams in Ballet (Cecchetti and RAD), Modern (IDTA and ISTD) Tap (ISTD and IDTA), whilst at college Carly also achieved her Associate Of The London College Of Music (ALCM) Carly has been teaching and choreographing professionally in London for 5 years in and out of her performing career Theatre Credits Inc: Sylvia in Stepping Out (Greenwich Theatre/Manor Pavillion) Siu in Three Little Pigs (Greenwich Theatre), Boy Meets Boy (Jermyn Street), Milkshake Live! (UK Tour), Elsa in Flora The Red Menace (The Landor and Rose And Crown),High School Rocks (UK Tour), A Gala Evening Of Song (UK Tour),Tom O Connor Variety Show (Harrogate International Centre), Mouse/Ensemble in Cinderella (Carriage Works, Leeds) ,Barney’s Girl in The Good Ole Days (City Varieties), Dick Whittington (Albert Halls, Bolton), Lead Vocalist in ‘Gotta Dance’ (Bradford Alambra Theatre) Television Credits Inc: The Bill, Inside Out With Jason Manford, Ruth Beach in Holby City, My Family Christmas Special, Gelina in CBeebies ‘Hounded”.
Prior to leaving England Carly has co-produced Vision Accomplished Productions which has successful cabaret nights at The Battersea barge in London’s West End.
Teacher, Ashleigh Williams
Teacher, Ashleigh’s love of dance began at the age of the 3. Since then she completed her advanced level exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz (IDTA), graduated from CAPA College in 2010 and Blackpool School of Creative Arts attaining a BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre July 2013.
On completion of her degree she moved to Singapore to pursue her Dance and Musical Theatre teaching career. With a heavy dance background, has since worked on full scale productions in Singapore and the UK as well as choreographing and directing many different musical and theatrical works for students of all ages.
Performance credits include Brigitta in The Sound of Music (Theatre Royal Wakefield), Mama Morton in Chicago (SoCA Blackpool), Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (CAPA College), Lead Dancer in School Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Ensemble in The Pajama Game (Contact Theatre Manchester), Witch in Into The Woods (SoCA Blackpool), Ensemble in The Wedding Singer (SoCA Blackpool).
Ashleigh’s favourite thing in the world is to teach dance and share her passion with others. She is absolutely delighted to be doing it here in Singapore.
Teacher, Karrie Dene
Teacher, Karrie Dene began dance at an early age and knew early on that a stage career was for her! She started to live her dream when she was accepted into “London Studio Centre”, the England equivalent of New York Performing Arts college. Here she studied all aspects of dance, drama and musical theatre. She appeared in many musical productions, as well as acting roles as Belinda in “Daisy Pull It OFf” and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”. Karrie obtained a Diploma in Performing Arts upon graduation, having reached Advanced levels in Ballet, Jazz and Tap dance. During her years at college Karrie was employed as a teacher for the junior associate school attached to the college, students ranged from ages 5-12 years old. After leaving college, she worked professionally as a dancer and model, in various productions and commercial work throughout Asia and continued to teach dance around the region. Upon arrival to Singapore, Karrie was employed by various establishments to choreograph for their in-house entertainment programs working with international and local bands. She also taught at Pre-school education facilities, introducing kids to music and dance. She is also head dancer and choreographer for an International Performing group that is based n Singapore and do shows across the region. Karrie is also a fully certified Polestar Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor.
Teacher, Sharon Sum
Teacher, Sharon graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts BA(Hons) Musical Theatre, First Class Honours where she studied various dance styles such as ballet, tap and jazz. The theatre bug first bit Sharon when she joined her school’s Drama club when she was 13. She enjoys how theatre has allowed her to expand the human experience and looks to bringing that experience to her audience. At LASALLE, Sharon has acted in The Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by Valeria Campo, The Taming of The Shrew directed by Stefanos Rassios and Daily Life Everlasting, a self-devised piece based on Charles Mee’s play of the same name directed by Adam Marple. Her musical credits include The Wedding Singer, The Pajama Game, Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods directed by Andrew Davidson and Fraulein Kost in Cabaret directed by Adam Marple and choreographed by Broadway star Nikki Snelson.
Office Manager, Lydia Finnerty
Office manager, Lydia joined TAS early in 2016 and loves being part of our team! Coming from a healthcare professional background Lydia was very eager to explore her new role and get involved in all the fun and excitement at TAS. Fast forward a few months and with the help of our amazing TAS team she is more than settled in and enjoys every single day. Lydia thoroughly enjoys interacting with all our parents and students and is always happy to help in any way she can. She loves how passionate and dedicated our teachers are and she is so happy to see our students learning and growing every week. Lydia has definitely caught dance fever!
Studio Assistant, Lisette Mantel
Lisette Mantel joined the team of Tanglin Arts Studio in May 2017. Lisette is married and has two children, Charlotte 6 years and Robin 4 years. Both kids attend the Hollandse School and enjoy living in Asia. Lisette and her family moved to Singapore in 2015 and after settling in she was looking for a new challenge. Prior to her move to Singapore in she has been working in the Netherlands as a secretary in the financial/consulting branch of a Dutch Bank.