Staff | Trainers
Dance | Music | Theatre | Visual Arts
Rahila is a choreographer and performer, who has been teaching dance since 2009. She is versatile in Hip-Hop, Street Jazz and Jazz Funk and has worked with various dance schools and organizations. She has clinched awards in dance competitions such as the RE:MIX Best Female Dancer Award in 2007 and has also performed in the Malaysian musical Impak Maksima held at the Esplanade in 2009. Rahila teaches urban dance for the Art of Play programme.
Muhammad Ridhwan, or Wan as he is popularly known, is a choreographer, performer and one of the pioneer members of Styles from Beyond, a leading professional hip-hop dance crew in Singapore.
Wan has a myriad of experiences in the dance scene that ranges from judging competitions and conducting masterclasses to managing events. Besides conducting classes at a range of local schools in Singapore, Wan has also taught in Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, with hopes of sharing his passion all over the world. Wan has been with the Academy since its opening in 2008, where he teaches urban dance for the Foundation programme.
Abdul Karim Sulaiman
Abdul Karim Sulaiman, also known as Mr Amin, has been in the music industry for close to two decades. As an experienced piano/keyboard and IT music instructor, musician and music director, he has worked on productions such as Singapore Heart Beat and One in Harmony in 2004. He was also a member of the rock band called Speedway between 1983 to 2003. The grandson of Mr Zubir Said, the author of Singapore’s national anthem, Mr Amin has taught in several primary and secondary schools. He is a trainer with Project M Pte Ltd and teaches keyboard for the Foundation programme.
Hanafiah has been playing the guitar for 12 years and has experience performing and teaching. He competed in Asian Beat 2015 and 2016, a band competition organised by Yamaha Music, and qualified for the finals where he won Best Guitarist and Band Winner in 2015. As a certified arts and music instructor by MOE, he has also been a guitar and ukulele instructor since 2012 at several primary and secondary schools. Hanafiah teaches guitar for the Foundation programme.
Little Music Notes
Little Music Notes is a valued partner of the Academy which offers opportunities to experience a variety of musical instruments through activities in a fun and enjoyable way. They offer theoretical and structured learning, taught by their friendly and experienced instructor, Sharuldin.
Project M was formed by Ms Ernawaty Sorianto to provide quality education in keyboard and piano to children. Ms Ernawaty has been teaching with Yamaha Music School for the past 27 years in Singapore. Prior to that, she was Chief instructress in a top Music school in Indonesia, training many award-winning competition champions, travelling widely to oversee their school operations and developing curriculum for various projects and training materials. Today, Ms Ernawaty offers her expertise in music to other businesses through consultation and facilitation and continues to be a highly sought-after music teacher and examiner for Yamaha Music School. Project M is a valued partner of the Academy and provides keyboard trainers for the Foundation programme.
Farah Ong is a bilingual theatre practitioner and teaching artist. Her theatrical experience started way back in 1995 when she participated in Teater Kami’s Youth Programme and she never looked back since. Apart from acting for theatre, television and film, she also has a vast experience in theatre productions which include lighting operator, sound operator, costume manager, surtitle operator, props maker, multimedia designer and stage manager.
She received formal training in LASALLE College of the Arts and is constantly diversifying her artistic umbrella by participating in workshops and further training. Amongst them include Forum Theatre course by Dramabox, Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints by Nine Years Theatre, Physical Theatre Masterclass workshop organized by Singapore Drama Educators Association and a Devising Workshop by Frantic Assembly organized by Esplanade. Recently she attended a Masterclass by Purni Morell and Christian Roe; The Unicorn Way: Approaches and Techniques in Making Theatre for Young Children organized by Singapore Drama Educators Association.
Farah’s pedagogical experience started in 2006 and she regards teaching as an extension of her craft. She works with students from pre-school to tertiary level and has a penchant for working with children as well as youth at risk.
She received formal pedagogical training and obtained certificates in The Essentials in Teaching and Learning organized by NAC and NIE, Working and Facilitating the Learning of Children with Special Needs in the Arts organized by NAC and SSI and has recently obtained her Specialist Diploma in Art Education by NIE.