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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.


Focused on building mental resilience, dance education at Tarinao uses the approach of the biopsychosocial (balancing the physical, mental and social aspect of the whole person) to highlight the unique strength of each student. We not only welcome students of all ages, shapes, and sizes (and yes, even flexibility) we go further to celebrate the diverse body type in each person. We teach the transference of inspiration and passion for dance into life and life into dance.

Tarinao enjoys creating works with the purpose that is in line with peace and sustainable development goals. Collaborate with us to use dance as a powerful medium for your campaign or activities to enhance the visual and emotional impact unto your audience, through the movement of life.



Founder & Director


Jia Xi Lee

With over 10 years of experience in dance education and performance, specialising in classical ballet and contemporary dance. She has worked professionally with Royal New Zealand Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre (current Singapore Ballet), Singapore Ballet Academy, and School of the Arts, Singapore (IB 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 recently gained the status of affiliate teacher trainee with the Royal Ballet School. 

With her knowledge in neuroscience, psychology, and yoga, as a dance educator, 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 guide her students to develop their own future in the industry. 

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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