dance studio

Students get to choose from the wide variety of dance classes offered at CDS to discover and nurture their talents in different dance genre. CDS also provides the opportunities for examination and stage performance which serve as platforms for the students to broaden their horizon, boost their courage and self-confidence.

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Charlotte Dance Studio

Charlotte Dance Studio began as a one room studio specializing in ballet classes for children and adults in 2014. Over the years, CDS gradually expanded to three dance rooms; and has diversified the classes into an array of dance genres.

In 2016, CDS was registered as a member and the examination centre of CSTD (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing). CSTD is a prestigious international dance society originated from Australia proudly serving dance for over 80 years. Ballet and modern jazz at CDS are taught under the CSTD syllabi to prepare students for the examination.

To meet the diverse interests in our community, CDS also offers classes for K-pop, YogaKids® for children, as well as fitness classes such as mat Pilates for adults. Open syllabus ballet class is also available for adult beginners of all ages who would like to learn ballet recreationally or as a form of exercise. The teachers and instructors at CDS are qualified, experienced and friendly. They are passionate and committed in their field and they strive to provide a fun and encouraging experience to all the students and participants.

Conveniently located in Metro Town, Kota Kinabalu, CDS is fully air-conditioned, bright, clean and secure. The dance rooms are equipped with full length mirrors and sprung floors. A sprung floor is a floor that absorbs shocks and greatly reduces risk of injuries. Outside the dance rooms, dancers and parents can rest or socialize at the cozy waiting areas whilst waiting for the class.


Meet our instructors

Charlotte Chan Shuk Ling

Charlotte is the founder and principal of Charlotte Dance Studio. At the age of 10, her passion for ballet was ignited and she continued to dance through her teenage years. After high school, she went to the reputable Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan and earned a bachelor dance degree majoring in ballet. During her studies in Taiwan, she had won several scholarships and performed in major dance productions. Upon graduation, she returned to her homeland, Sabah, and joined Synergy Dance Studio to work as a ballet teacher as well as a full time dancer, choreographing and performing in many dance productions. In 2014, she took a big leap and opened up Charlotte Dance Studio. It had always been her dream to run her own dance studio as she loves to teach and inspire students to reach their full potential. Even though her dream has been realised, she continues to upgrade herself by attending various dance courses and workshops because she firmly believes a person should never stop learning. Her motto is “Passion, determination and hard work are the keys to success.”

Ballet, Modern Jazz

Bonnie Hiew

Bonnie has been teaching ballet at Charlotte Dance Studio since 2015. She started learning ballet and contemporary dance at a young age and has completed the classical ballet exams by RAD from Grade 2 to Grade 5, and CSTD for Grade 6. During her early years as a student at another renowned dance studio in Kota Kinabalu, she participated actively in many contemporary dance productions, and in three national Chinese cultural dance open competitions. She was nominated as one of the best dancers in the competition in 2012. As a teacher at CDS, she chose to continue her ballet studies under CSTD’s syllabus. She enjoys teaching ballet, and she bonds well with her students at CDS. Besides teaching classes, she has participated as a performer and worked as the main coordinator for Charlotte Dance Studio’s biennial dance productions in the past years.

Ballet teacher

Theryn Chin

Theryn is a multifaceted performer and teacher. She has vast experience in performing and teaching piano, singing, Ballet and K-pop dance.  She took up contemporary dance and ballet since 2010.  Under the training of a prominent dance theatre in Kota Kinabalu, she had performed in many major dance productions and choreographed two of them.  In the past, she had joined dance competitions which included the national Chinese cultural dance open competition and Bauhinia cup international dance invitation championship.  Singing is also her forte of which she has 14 years of experience.  Starting from 2006, she has won over 10 medals in competitions from regional, state to national level.  The medals she won include the best stage presence in Astro Singing competition; gold medal in national level talent singing competition; best conductor in regional level choir competition; gold medal in Teochew association Chinese song singing competition, and gold medal for singing and best stage presence in State level Youth pop song singing competition.

Ballet, K-pop Dance, Singing teacher

Lily Tseu

Lily is a certified mat Pilates practitioner by Polestar®️ Pilates Asia. She started as an adult beginner ballet student at CDS in 2014.  As an adult learner who is truly passionate about ballet, she would find ways to overcome her physical limitation in attempt to improve her ballet technique. She found that with consistent practice, Pilates has been very effective in strengthening her core, increasing her mobility and flexibility which not only help her to progress in her dance but also help to reduce the risk of injuries. So, as an instructor, she finds joy in sharing the goodness of Pilates with those who are interested to improve their health and fitness.

Mat Pilates Instructor

Yuki Lim

Yuki is currently the first and only certified YogaKids® teacher in Malaysia. She has been practicing Yoga for a period of time and she feels her health has improved tremendously. As she was exploring deeper into Yoga, she found that Yoga has many great benefits for children, even the special needs children. With the strong desire to share Yoga with the children, she took up the YogaKids® course. A Yoga course which is both fun and educational specially tailored for children. She is very passionate about teaching children; and she is a fun and devoted teacher in various children activities, such as storytelling, art and craft, and baking. She has many years of experience in running kids holiday workshops and she believes that children will learn better through fun exploration and hands on activities.

Yoga Kids teacher