John Tan & Josephine Liew started teaching ballroom dancing in 1989. At first, they taught by holding classes in community centres and at home. As their student population grew, they made the career defining move to set up their own studio. John & Josephine Dance Creative was eventually established at Parklane Shopping Mall in 1999. After 16 years, John & Josephine Dance Creative relocated to bigger and upgraded premises at Peace Centre in 2015. The school has also been rebranded with the launching of JJ Dance Academy. Today, their school is one of the most established and reputable dance schools in Singapore.
John & Josephine are the principals of the dance school. They are ably supported by a core resident team comprising very experienced and qualified dance teachers, all of whom have been with the school for many years, are WDC licenced international adjudicators and are renowned champions in their competitive heydays in the 1990s through to the 2000s.
Felix Lau & Molly Cheong are the resident Latin dance teachers. They were South East Asia Latin American Dance Champions and Asia Pacific Latin Grand Finalists. They represented Singapore in the World Latin Dance Championships in Norway and Germany, and were, in fact, the first and only Singapore Latin dance couple to be invited to participate in the prestigious Prince Mikasa Cup Championship in Japan. They were also consistently Asia Professional Latin Dance Grand Finalists.
Believing that dancing is a sport suitable for and to be enjoyed by people of all ages, the teachers in the school dedicate themselves to teaching, nurturing and grooming all interested dance enthusiasts, regardless of age and how much talent each possesses, to be the best dancer they can be.
In a friendly and family-orientated atmosphere, the students are encouraged to enjoy and discover themselves in dance. Some go on to compete, some actually become champions along the way, and even some are helped to achieve their aspirations to become dance teachers.
*Photo courtesy of John & Josephine Dance Creative