While dance has been my first passion since I was only 4, enthusiastically ready to shake my bum at any second, it is my second and third love that helped me establish Afrowithjeevi. My dance story begins with learning a kaleidoscope of dance styles ranging from Chinese dance, to Ballet, to classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam), modern Indian dance, Reggaeton and Hip Hop.
But travel is what took this love to the next level. I experienced dances from around the world, be it teaching for Indian sangeet’s, performing in Dans Festivals or just learning moves from the locals. Learning about African culture, dance and music, when I was living in Cairns, had me completely enamoured. I was inspired to bring the beats, bops and booty shakes back to Singapore and share the magic with everyone!
Combine that with my experience and expertise in Sports Psychology, where I have worked with athletes on their performance and wellbeing, which has allowed me to understand what motivates a person - secrets that I bring to every dance class. I know how to make you move and won’t let you slack! Plus the mental and physical benefits of dance and exercise are well recorded, so I aim to use my powers of African dance to spread the serotonin.
Sport and Exercise Psychologist accreditation under BASES (UK; 2019 to 2022)
Programme Director at Dance Embassy (2015 to 2017)
MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology from Bangor University (2018 to 2019)
Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology - James Cook University (2012 to 2015)
African Dance Revolution License (2015)
Effects of 15-mins of electroencephalographic neurofeedback on time perception and decision making in sport - The Journal of Sport and Exercise Science (2021)
Exercise and Time Perception: An Exploration of the Impact of High Intensity Cardio Exercise (Zumba) on Human Timing - Timing & Time Perception (2016)