"Back in 2007, I met a woman from Singapore by the name of Starlinn Choo. She was teaching and performing in California. This past week, I spent a week in Singapore teaching at the ACTFA school of dance in the city. I have to say, that when I saw Starlinn not only perform, but dance socially at a local club, she completely blew my mind. The crowd was so mesmerized by her dancing, movements, spins, and body control that no one in the room could take their eyes off of her.
Since we met, Starlinn Choo has not only become an incredible performer, but also one of the top, if not "the" top social dancers in the entire world. I had the opportunity to study some of her moves and videos, as well as watch her teach over fifty of her students prepare for literally 22 performances over a single weekend. She is above and beyond the levels of some of the top talents in the world - man or woman. I can't even put anyone else in the same sentence with her. Her stamina, charisma and talent is so far above anything or anyone else I have ever known in the industry.
In all my 21 years of teaching and traveling the world, I have never met, nor have ever seen such incredible, natural, gifted talent as Starlinn Choo. She is truly, not only one of a kind, but I believe, God's true gift to this world of dance. Believe me, once you see her dance, ESPECIALLY in person, you will not only be blown away, but realize, that this small testimonial doesn't even come close to doing her justice. With all my respect, - Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!"
Edie has taught in 64 countries, named one of the Top Ten Salsa / Mambo Instructors in the world by Dance Planet Daily, awarded three International Lifetime Achievement Awards in Europe & the United States, voted “Best International Instructor” at the Los Angeles Congress, British International Salsa Festival (two years running), & Switzerland Congress, champion in numerous dance competitions, including the famous Mayan competition, the International Salsa and Hustle Pro Salsa Championships in Miami, Florida.
STARLINN CHOO YANQING joined Actfa Dance School Singapore's 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 & 3 years IPHDC Dance Product Research. While pursuing her IHDC she was already one of the top dance instructors in Singapore, traveling around the world for dance assignments teaching, performing and more.
Starlinn - one of the top Salsa dancers & instructors in the world - has been featured on many TV & Newspapers in Asia. She has been invited as a performer, artist, teacher & judge for many overseas Salsa Dance Competitions, Festivals, Congresses & assignments including USA, England, France, Germany, Argentina, Cuba, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, India, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Maldives, Hong Kong & Taiwan.
In 2006, Starlinn received the NUS Student Achievement Award in Arts & Culture for her achievements in dance. She is the Champion of the Singapore 1st Open Salsa Competition 2005 & Professional Salsa Competition 2005. She has worked on & appeared in many Chinese, Tamil & English TV programs in Singapore. Her students are known to fly in from various countries just to take her classes.
Starlinn has over 15 years of Ballet experience under the tutelage of Ms Sandra Ho, before she joined the IHDC program. She is one of the most versatile dance instructor Singapore has and now teaches over 50 different types of dances including Salsa, Argentine Tango, Afro Cuban, Bachata, Merengue, Rueda, Belly dance, Jazz, Yoga, Pilates, Latin, Hip-hop, Reggaeton & Sensual dance. She is known for bringing the Hip-hop and Belly-dancing styles into Salsa in Asia and introduced Zouk, Kizomba and Reggaeton to Singapore.
In the local arena, Starlinn was the lead choreographer for: Asia’s First Salsa Musical Comedy that was premiered at the Summer Dancefit 2006 with a revise performance at Kallang Theater later that year, Salsa for Beginners (Kallang Theater) in the Singapore Salsa Congress 2006, Hokkien Salsa in the Singapore Salsa Festival 2007, Christmas Salsa in Victoria Theatre in December 2007 and has been invited as choreographer & performer 10 consecutive years for the Esplande Da:ns Festival from 2009 - 2019.
Between 2004 to 2006 she produced over 20 dance instructional DVDs, which are distributed globally through retail channels like www.SalsaDVD.com. She also designed a range of Salsa Dance Shoes on sale at www.akoala.com and selected retail stores worldwide. With her instructor & mentor Jaztin, they have developed the Super Spin Salsa Video and are famous for their Hammer Lock Nine Spin.
Jaztin, known for his teaching and contribution to the salsa scene as a promoter and instructor, was the founding Chairman of the Ice Skating Association Singapore. He ported what he has learnt from figure skating training into training salsa dancers. He specializes in training competitors, artistes and dance instructors in Singapore and worldwide . Today many dancers have been through his training programs and gone on to become Local and International Instructors, Artistes, world champion and school owners.
An avid dancer and instructor, Skeven Hoe has performed and taught in various dance festivals and events like the Esplanade Dan:s Festival 2012 - 2018, Singapore International Salsa Festival 2012, Aceki Salsa Festival 2012. He has been featured as an artiste on TV and internationally, such as Zouk South East Asia Festival 2012, Hong Kong Salsa Festival 2018, Guam Latin Dance Festival 2018, Chiang Mai Salsa Fiesta 2018.
A favourite among dance teachers in Singapore, Skeven is known for his techniques and body isolations in Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Tango, West Coast Swing & Kizomba classes.
His background in mixed martial arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Hapkido gives him an edge in his dancing, and he approaches all challenges with discipline and focus. He dances Salsa, Tango, Zouk, Bachata, Cha Cha, Jazroc, Rueda, Hip Hop, Jazz, West Coast Swing, Kizomba to name a few.
Steven's witty humour coupled with his stylish and smooth moves on the dance floor has gained popularity amongst his students in his classes as well as onlookers on the dance floor.
A young, up and coming dance instructor Singapore-trained Deepak is the winner of the Asian Salsa Championships 2018, Deepak teaches Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Tango, Kizomba, Hip Hop and more.
Ivy Kong started of her dancing with ballet and over the years, she picked up other dances and her passion grew and she has become well versed in these dances such as Salsa (On1/On2), Salsa Rueda, Bachata, Jazz, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, Yoga, Pilates and Belly Dancing.
Ivy has had a number of years of experience both in teaching and performing locally and internationally. Some of her participation were in Singapore's Esplanade Da:ns Festivals 2007 - 2009 & 2018, Singapore Salsa Festival 2006 & 2008, Singapore Salsa Congress 2006 & 2009, Singapore International Salsa Festival 2012, Taichung Salsa Festival 2007, Hong Kong Salsa Festival 2018 and Guam Latin Dance Festival 2018.
Ivy is well known to be one of the very technical dance teachers in Singapore . She ensures that all her students grasps the foundation and know it well. Despite being technical, her witty humour also makes her classes enjoyable to attend.
Simon Goh started dancing Salsa in 2010 and has performed and taught in various dance festivals and events like the Esplanade Dan:s Festival 2018, Aceki Salsa Festival 2012, Hong Kong Salsa Festival 2018, Guam Latin Dance Festival 2018. Simon’s passion for Latin Street Dance grew after winning his first Salsa Competition in 2011. Over the years, he has also picked up Bachata, Argentine Tango, Brazilian Zouk and Kizomba.
Simon’s class is a joy to attend. He is very patient in guiding the students and ensures everyone learns something from his class. A strong believer in musicality, Simon not only focuses on getting the techniques right, he also encourages his students to work on their grooves. With his good sense of humour, one will always hear laughter and positive energy vibes in his class. He is one of the most encouraging dance teachers in Singapore.
ACTFA School of Dance and Performing Arts, Singapore is involved in training its students for social dancing, competitions and performances in Salsa, Bachata, Afro-Cuban Rumba, Zouk, Rueda, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Pop & Lock, Break, Belly Dance, Stilettos Dance, Jazz, Ballet, Latin Ballroom, Broadway, etc & also offers Makeup, Modelling & Costume seminars.
Teaching dance since 2002, Actfa dance school has groomed many of its many students and dance teachers in Singapore to perform, compete and teach both locally and internationally. Its teachers and students are known in Asia and around the world, and have been invited to teach and perform in Singapore, Los Angeles, Germany, London, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Taiwan, India, Maldives, etc and featured on many international TV & newspapers. Many students and dance instructors in Singapore and overseas have been through Actfa dance school's training system to become popular dance teachers & top competitors today.
ACTFA Dance Performance Team have performed in many parts of Singapore, including performing over 14 different shows each for Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2009 & 10's Latin Fever Night and in Asia's First Salsa Musical Comedy that was premiered at the Summer Dancefit 2006 with a revise performance at Kallang Theatre later that year, Salsa for Beginners (Theatre and Reality Movie) in the Singapore Salsa Congress 2006, Hokkien Salsa in the Singapore Salsa Festival 2007 and Christmas Salsa in Victoria Theatre in December 2007.
Actfa's dance instructors in Singapore teach over 50 different types of dance classes, and provides dance courses for social dancers with its beginners and intermediate dance classes, and also has dance courses for those aspiring to be professionals with certification & instructor courses.