Shie Boon started Movement Singapore in June 2022 and hopes to build playgrounds designed for older adults one day
Tan Shie Boon was the director of MOVE Academy Singapore from late 2017 to mid 2022, which management seperated in May 2022. Before he was director, he was a student-turned-coach in the same academy, also once known as ADD Academy Singapore. ADD stands for L'art du Déplacement which founders Shie Boon met in late 2014 at a Parkour x Dance workshop during the 1st semester of his Diploma in Dance in Lasalle College of the Arts.
L'art du Déplacement instantly caught his eye because for the first time in his life, he found other people who exuded a sense of purpose and a love for life and others. He vividly remembers the Yamakasi founders performing impossible stunts and teaching in a manner he has never experienced before - effortlessly blending structure and freedom.
Growing up through the local education system where learning felt monotonous and impersonal, a classroom style where the student was invited to participate and where camaraderie was celebrated was a breath of fresh air he desperately needed.
He promptly left Lasalle, went to work as a salesperson and attended ADD Academy Singapore's classes weekly, eventually becoming a coach late 2015.
In November 2017, Shie Boon met a 64 year old lady who took interest in trying L'art du Déplacement with the hope that it could help her with her balancing problems. She fell often and constantly relied on pushing a trolley around for stability. Shie Boon worked with her for the next two months and managed to help her walk without relying on the trolley for support.
Since then, Shie Boon's passion to engage with more seniors through L'art du Déplacement grew. He started Movement Singapore in June 2022 and hopes to build playgrounds designed for older adults one day.