At MADDspace, we believe that every student has the potential to attain a greater version of themselves through several aspects of the Performing Arts. Learning Music, Art, Drama and Dance (MADD) has proven to improve not only your children’s physical abilities, but also enhances one’s emotional and intellectual well-being. In this feature, we have Tamaara Shanmugaratnam. Known to most as Tamaara Shan, she is a creative individual who is proficient in both Singing and Dancing, having performed in several videos, recitals and competitions. She has represented Singapore and MADDspace in the Beijing Chinese New Year Gala, where the group was featured on CCTV China as part of the Lunar New Year celebrations worldwide. Let's keep reading on to learn more about Tamaara's journey!
Tamaara is part of the Synchronix Youth Show Choir and was previously from the MADDartistes Programme, MADDcappella Acappella group and more!
Q: How old are you this year?
A: This year, I am Sixteen years old. Q: How long have you been at MADDspace?
A: 4 years Q: What are some of your classes you are taking in MADDspace?
A: I am part of the Singapore Youth Show Choir and was part of MADDartistes as well. Besides that, I also do private vocals and dance and CSTD Exam Classes.
Q: Which classes are your favourite?
A: I would probably say SYSC is one of my favourite classes because I get to Sing, Dance and perform with such a big group who share the same passion as me and it’s so fun.
Q: What are some of your proudest achievements? (e.g. Diamond Award in B-dazzled Dance Solo, CSTD, LCM Distinction, Asia Pacific Festival Gold, etc.)
A: Some of my proudest achievements i would say is receiving the Diamond Award for U21 Vocals and receiving a Gold award for Asia pacific Festival.
Q: What's your most memorable experience in MADDspace?
A: The most memorable experience I've had in MADDspace is probably any of the overseas trips of competitions we attended like Hong Kong or Beijing because I got to travel and perform with my friends. But of all the trips, Beijing 2019 is definitely my favourite because I got to bring back 5 gold awards and spend time with my friends there.
Q: Do you have any advice for children who love to sing, dance and perform like you?
A: My advice would be to always believe in yourself and most importantly trust yourself. When singing, dancing or performing, you will have ups and downs but you should never let one mistake stop you from wanting to grow and improve. If you believe you can do it then you shouldn’t let anyone or anything stop you.
Q: Is there anybody in MADDspace you would like to thank for your achievements? (it could be your teachers, favourite teacher, friends)
A: Wow honestly I would thank ALL the teachers and my friends from MADDspace for my achievements. I’ve been taught by many of the teachers here either under private or group classes so I'm really thankful to all of them because they all have helped me so much to grow so much as a Singer, Dancer or Performer. And to all my MADDspace friends, I will always be so grateful to you all for always being by my side and supporting me.
Q: Who's your biggest supporter? (it could be your friend, sister, mummy, daddy, grandparents, teachers, etc.)
A: I don't really have a biggest supporter because I feel like ALL of my friends, teachers and family are always so supportive of me so thank you so much to all of you for that.
Q: Who is your favourite singer/dancer/group?
A: Omg my absolute FAVOURITE singer that I look up to a lot is definitely Jessie J but I also LOVE Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Aretha Franklin and H.E.R.
Q: Who do you look up to in MADDspace (if any) (it could be a student, or a teacher)
A: I look up to all my teachers in MADDspace, Ms. Mel, Ms. Cher, Ms. Jade and Ms. Safy because they inspire me to always have resilience and determination when I’m singing or dancing.
Q: Is there anything you like to do apart from singing/dancing/performing? (It could be a hobby like cooking, or making slime, etc.)
A: Apart from performing, I like to game, go to trampoline parks or draw!
Q: If you could have a superpower, what will it be?
A: If I could have a superpower I would definitely want to have Telekinesis or Invisibility.
Q: Why do you want that superpower?
A: I want Telekinesis because I get to control or move things with my mind and i would be able to fly which would be very cool and I want Invisibility just because i can be invisible whenever I need to be.
What an interesting read Tamaara's journey was! Through this feature, one of the few things that we can learn would be perseverance against all odds. Even when the going gets tough, it is important to never let down and keep pushing forth because at the end of it, you will surely be able to see the fruit of your labor. Want to learn more about what MADDspace is about and what we have to offer? Check out this link here: https://www.maddspace.com.sg/about