Faculty

Charlyn Lin

CHARLYN LIN

Artistic Director, Principal

Charlyn is the Founder and Director of BarreWorks. She is a Singaporean educator, teacher, mentor and dancer with a vast professional experience and deep interest in coaching, mentoring and sharing her love for dance with the next generation of dancers.

As the pioneer professional dancer with the Human Expression Dance Company (T.H.E Dance Company), her repertoire includes “Old Sounds”, “Silence”, “Water Bloom”, ”Within. Without”, and “The Man In The Center” by artistic director Kuik Swee Boon, “Void” by Boi Sakti, and “Where The Wind Blows” by Zhang Xiao Xiong. She has toured and performed with T.H.E Dance Company in various locations including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Poland, Paris, Dubai and China.

Having taught at Singapore Chinese Girls School, Cheng Ballet Academy and Singapore Ballet Academy, Charlyn hopes to nurture and be an inspiration to young dancers in Singapore. She was also resident trainer and guest teacher for The Royal Dance Off (TRDO) as well as T.H.E Second Company (the training company set up by T.H.E Dance Company). Both companies are leading platforms for contemporary dance in Singapore today. She is also a recipient of the Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship and is a qualified ballet instructor with the Royal Academy of Dance (London).

"At BarreWorks, we aspire to Share our love for dance, Educate because dance is more than just steps, and Expose the next generation of dancers to new experiences and journey through dance with them. Within the first year of set up, the school has already seen numerous admirable results – 3 First placings in ‘’Get The Beat” Bangkok, successfully placing 4 candidates in the Finals of the International Competition, as well as coaching a successful student for the San Francisco Ballet School Summer Intensive 2018. We are truly grateful for all the friendships made and our students are my greatest motivation. I look forward to having you in our studios." - Ms Charlyn Lin

Fiona Kwek

FIONA KWEK

Ballet Instructor

Fiona began her Classical ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance from the age of 8 years old. She received her pre-tertiary education at School of the Arts Singapore, where she trained in contemporary dance and ballet, and graduated with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. 

 

Fiona joined T.H.E Second Company as an apprentice in 2013 after training under distinguished artiste, Silvia Yong. She further pursued her dance education at the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), practising diverse movement disciplines,  subsequently graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. During her time in Taiwan, Fiona performed works of Cloud Gate Dance theatre by Lin Hwai-Min including “Cursive” and “Legacy”. 

 

As part of the TNUA program, Fiona was a dancer in Focus Dance Company 2018 and performed masterworks such as “The Wall” choreographed by artistic director of Cloud Gate 2, Cheng Tsung-Lung.

Zecharie Tan

ZECHARIE TAN

Ballet Instructor

Zecharie started her classical ballet training with Lu Ying, under the Royal Academy of Dance in Shanghai at a young age. Upon moving back to Singapore, she trained under Cheng Hsienfa.

 

With an extensive performing experience both locally and internationally, she performed in ”The Nutcracker" with the Shanghai Ballet Company, "六一晚会" on the China Central Television (Beijing), “International Youth Ballet Night” with Kaohsiung City Ballet, and “Are You Up For It” with Mediacorp Singapore.  She also performed at the Repetto Singapore Store Opening and the SG50 Concert Series in the Park.

Zecharie was also awarded 1st place in the American Ballet Competition, NBA Tokyo Competition and WBAC Grand Prix for Contemporary Dance and was a finalist at the World Ballet Competition. In 2013 and 2015, she was also invited to perform at the "All Star of Dance" Gala Performance at the World Ballet Competition, USA.  Zecharie also attended intensive programs at the Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.
 
Zecharie started teaching in 2017 and obtained the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate of Ballet Teaching under mentorship of Ms Charlyn Lin in 2021.

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MELISSA NG

Jazz Instructor

Melissa began dancing ballet at the age of 7 and later went on to explore other styles of dance such as jazz, street jazz, hip hop and urban choreography. She first studied under the Royal Academy of Dance and has since completed the the Royal Academy of Dance vocational examinations up to Intermediate with distinctions. She then furthered her dance training at Broadway Dance Center, New York and graduated from the International Student Visa Program in 2016. She is currently pursuing the various grades of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing Modern Jazz syllabus.

 

Melissa has been teaching full-time for 8 years since graduating from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Communication Studies. She currently teaches dancers from as young as 2.5 years of age, to students from primary, secondary and tertiary Institutions.

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CHLOE CHUA

Contemporary Dance Instructor

Chloe started her dance journey at age 3 under the tutelage of Donato C. Ferrer at Attitude Performing Arts Studio. She went on to pursue her passion for dance at School of The Arts Singapore from 2011 to 2016, and graduated as one of the top scorers in the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program.

Chloe attended the Boston Conservatory at Berklee under a merit-based scholarship. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in the spring of 2021.

 

Chloe has worked with dance faculty members such as Marcus Schulkind,
Ruka White, Kurt Douglas, Danielle Davidson and Daniel Pelzig, among other acclaimed faculty. To enrich her dance education, Chloe also attended dance intensives at The Juilliard School (2016), Batsheva Dance Company (2017/2018) and Nuova Officina Della Danza Summer Program (2019).