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What is Tarinao


Pioneering the use of the biopsychosocial approach in teaching, learning, and the creative process of dance that empower, motivate and engage with the community.


With over 10 years of experience in dance education and performance, specialising in classical ballet and contemporary dance. She has worked professionally with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre (current Singapore Ballet), Singapore Ballet Academy, and School of the Arts, Singapore (IB-International Baccalaureate World School). She holds a Diploma in Dance Performance awarded by the New Zealand School of Dance, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communication Arts. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Applied Neuroscience at King’s College London. She has most recently gained the status of full affiliate teacher with the Royal Ballet School. 

With her knowledge in neuroscience, psychology, and yoga, as a teaching dance artist, she teaches not only movement in dance but also the motivation and science behind the mind that creates those movements. She is interested in the intention behind what creates the authenticity and purity of movement that guides one’s behaviour. By using the discipline of tradition, she looks to mentor her students to develop their own relationship with dance in any industry of their choice. 

Jia Xi was awarded the Best Lead/Featured Performer at the 17th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. As an independent dance artist, she have worked with many acclaimed local and international choreographers, artists and producers. Her unconventional works include nuclear ban campaign with dance as the main tool: “Dance for Nukeban” that was a part of the movement towards the achievement of the international “Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.” She is also a writer and copywriter for dance productions and performances.

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