Hong Kong Salsa Festival and Competitions 2017

Judging for the Hong Kong Salsa Festival 2017 Competitions

Singapore's in the House... Judging, Teaching, Performing & Partying at the Hong Kong Salsa Festival 2017

As much fun as it is dancing, teaching and performing Salsa, Jazz, Hip Hop, Zouk and many other dances in Singapore, it's super fun to have a chance to go down to Hong Kong for the Salsa Festival and strut our stuff in a different country.  From Australia, France, UK, and many parts of Asia, Latin dancers congregate in Hong Kong for 3 days for a dance / cultural exchange.

I had an amazing time partying

Kids Hip Hop Classes Singapore: Why it's Perfect for Your Child

Why is Kids Hip Hop Class a great place for your child to learn, grow, nuture their talents and simply have fun?

Kids Hip Hop Classes Singapore

Kids hip hop is a growing trend in Singapore as the children are exposed to pop songs through television, radio and YouTube.  Children are naturally full of energy and dance classes are a great outlet for them to release all those excess energy in a healthy and positive way.  The strong hip hop beat in the music makes them want to jump or bounce to the song, which is what we do in the kid's hip hop classes in Actfa Dance Studio Singapore.

As the popularity for hip hop classes grows among children and teenagers in Singapore, we see more and more parents bringing their 4 - 8 year old kids down to our dance studio learn dance.  Here are some reasons why you should get your child to dance hip hop too:

1) In the hip hop classes in our dance studio, your child can learn to coordinate their hands and legs.  This teaches them at an early age to control their body movements and coordination, and trains their kinesthetic memory which will help them in the areas of sports, dance, etc.

2) Kids love catchy songs! Learning to move to these fun and upbeat songs will train them to have an ear for rhythm and music. 

3) Dancing will also allow them to build their imaginations through the hip hop moves and music.  Dance classes are also known to train the cognitive mind, allowing for smarter and sharper children!

4) Besides coordination, hip hop classes will also keep your kid's body agile, strong and flexible keeping them fit and healthy, as hip hop tends to use different parts of the body throughout the dance.  It is a great form of exercise, and research has shown taking dance classes to be a fantastic stress reliever and help to make happy children.

5) Lastly, hip hop classes, like other classes will teach your child to interact with other children, work and play together to form a dance routine, something that they can be proud of achieving.

So don't wait, sign up for kids hip hop right now!

Check out some dance routines done by our kids and teens at Actfa Dance School, Singapore.


Latin Dance Singapore: Performances at Esplanade Dans Festival 2016

Performing at the Esplanade "What's Your Move": Latin Dance Singapore

Actfa Dance School Singapore's teachers & students had a great time this year performing at the Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2016, featuring 8 different dance items - Brazilian Samba, Afro Cuban Rumba, Salsa and Zouk - as part of Da:ns Festival's free outdoor programme "What's Your Move"!

"What's Your Move" is part of the free dance events organized by the Esplande during the Esplanade Da:ns Festival.  Featuring modern and popular dances like Hip Hop, Flamenco, Samba, Salsa, Swing and more, What's Your Move comprises of performance segments where you can watch the local dance experts perform the dances on stage, and dance class interactive segments where the teachers will teach you how to dance the very dance you saw!  It's a fantastic way to try out new dance classes in Singapore and a great introduction to dances you have never learnt before.

Free Dance Classes Singapore with Actfa Dance Studio

Over the span of 2 nights, our enthusiastic dancers from all walks of life represented Actfa Dance Studio Singapore to perform Brazilian Samba, Afro Cuban Rumba, Salsa & Zouk at the Powerhouse by the water.  Featuring first time dancers and seasoned performers, we had a great time dancing and teaching these dances to the audience.
Here's a capture of the great memories we had over the two weekends at the Esplanade!

Actfa Dance Studio Singapore would like to thank its amazing teachers for helping out in teaching the routines and making this festival a great success:  Jaztin, Yanqing, Ivy, Steven, Rachel, Chrys, Panda.

All the beautiful dancers who graced the stage on the 2 nights at Esplanade:
Kids: Melody, Dory, Averie, Jasmine, Hana, Putri, Samira, Ng Mai, Andrea
Samba Ladies: Rachel, Chrys, Ivy, Evon, Clarissa, Chiamin, Judith, Nicole, Gwenda, Jeslyn, Kate, Yana, Einna, Wendy, Coco, Yanqing
Afro Ladies: Rachel, Chrys, Ivy, Evon, Chloe, Bernice, Einna, Sharlyn, Caitlyn, Coco, Yanqing
Afro 2: Steven, Deepak, Edel, Jacintha, Rachel, Chrys, Yanqing
Salsa Crew: JJ, Deepak, Lake, Ivy, Rachel, Chrys,  Evon, Caitlyn, Sharlyn, Gwenda, Annie, Joanne, Ellen, Shandy, Clarissa, Coco, Huilin, Valerie, JiaMin, Grace (who was there in spirit but couldn't perform)
Zouk Crew: Panda, Steven, Rachel, Yanqing

Special thanks to our amazing mentor (who's always behind the scenes supporting and guiding us), Jaztin;
Those who helped in logistics & costumes: Jayson, Deepak, Bernice, Yanwah, Felicia, Yiqian, Serene, Choo, Thomas, Samuel, Evon, Ellen, Annie, Ivy, Terence;
Also thanks to Dance Channel & Tamil for 2 of their awesome dancers who joined us in the show.

 Lastly thanks to #dansfestival and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay for the opportunity to put up such an amazing show on a beautiful stage with fantastic lighting and effects!

We look forward to many more awesome memories together!

Videos of Latin Dances by Actfa Dance Studio Singapore at the Esplanade Dans Festival 2016

Brazilian Samba

Afro Cuban Rumba:




Lambada Zouk:

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Starlinn Actfa DanceSTARLINN CHOO YANQING joined the SFDF program in 2004 while studying in NUS, training 12 hours a day; she completed her SFDF, Diploma & IHDC courses in 3 years, using her teaching income to finance her classes in Diploma & IHDC. In 2008 she pursued her IMDC Dance Business & is now doing her 3 years IPHDC Dance Product Research. While pursuing her IHDC she was already traveling around the world for assignments. more

Bianca Actfa DanceBIANCA enrolled in the SFDF course after A-levels. Within 6 months she was dancing as a backup dancer for MTV. She has also traveled to many countries like Germany, UK, Taiwan & Hong Kong to teach & perform, & was offered a position to dance in a few Musical plays. 

 Libin Actfa DanceLB, a masters degree holder working for a MNC, decided to do a career switch after he completed his SFDF. He then worked as an International Sales Manager in dance products, an international artist & dance instructor. He is the Singapore Bachata Champion 2008 and the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship behind Serge and Polina from Russia in 2010. more

manfred Actfa DanceMANGGOH was one of the elite few selected for the Mediacorp Dance Academy in 2000. He graduated from NTU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and used to work as a Project Manager in the IT Industry. He passed his examination & evaluation for SFDF and is currently doing his Diploma & IHDC. more

maricel Actfa DanceMARICEL, a professional dancer from the Philippines, joined SFDF in 2009. In less than a year, she has performed at the Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2009, Salsa Cruise Asia 2009, & has also been to China to teach & perform. In 2010 she was offered a full time dance instructor job in Singapore. She has since gone on to set up a dance studio in the Philippines and comes back periodically to upgrade her skills.

rachel Actfa DanceRACHEL an undergraduate in NTU joined the SFDF in 2010 and was offered to open a dance studio in China.  She has taught and performed in Guang Zhou, Shen Zhen, Hong Kong, Singapore.

 derrick actfa danceDERRICK has over 20 years of dance instructor experience with more than 30 types of dance. He was granted an exemption from SFDF after taking an examination & evaluation and signed up for the diploma & IHDC simultaneously.

tamil actfa danceTAMIL, a professional dancer & teacher actively involved in competitions & performances for Hip Hop, Bollywood, Indian Dance. He was teaching dance in secondary school and choreographing for SYF. He joined the IHDC program to further his training as a dancer & teacher in 2009.  Since joining the IHDC, he has taught, performed & competed in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan.

brenda actfa danceBRENDA joined the SFDF when she was 13 years old and was hired to teach and perform both locally and overseas after 6 months. She was also financing her own dance study while teaching private dance classes.  Under the SFDF, she was the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship 2010 and Singapore Bachata Champion 2009.  She was given opportunities to teach in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China.

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