In 1985, Shawn was invited by the former General Secretary of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), Rudi Hubert, to compete in Germany. It marked the start of his lasting relationship with WDSF, the world’s governing DanceSport organization that is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In 2003, Shawn received the WDSF President’s Award for his outstanding contributions in DanceSport and became a WDSF Presidium Member in 2004. Today, Shawn is the General Secretary of the WDSF (elected on 13th June 2010)—one of the 5 members of the WDSF Managing Committee which oversee the running of the day to day affairs of WDSF – and is the Chairman of the WDSF DanceSport Academy.
Shawn is instrumental in organizing annual WDSF competitions throughout Asia. He founded the Singapore DanceSport Federation (SGDF) in 1986 and is currently its advisor and Singapore’s national coach.
Alongside international achievements, Shawn received the Singapore Sports Council’s Coach Recognition Award for three consecutive years from 2004-2006 as Singapore’s national coach for DanceSport, and in 2008, Shawn and his wife, Gladys, were honored with Singapore’s Spirit of Enterprise Awards.
Over the years, Shawn Tay has successfully organized numerous prestigious DanceSport championships, such as the Grand Slam Latin Championships, World Youth Latin Championships, World Youth Ten-Dance Championships, and 21 years of the Lion City International DanceSport Championships in Singapore. With this good track record of successfully organizing some of the most significant DanceSport championships in the world, Shawn Tay was awarded the right to organize the WDSF World Championship Latin in Singapore in 2011- the first time such a prestigious international competition has been awarded to an Asian organizer.
In 2010, Shawn Tay was nominated by WDSF to be the Supervising Officer in organizing the inaugural DanceSport competition in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Later in 2010, Shawn Tay also organized and hosted the Grand Slam Finals in China.
Today, Shawn and Gladys Tay run Shawn & Gladys Dance Academy, Singapore’s most established DanceSport academy. Shawn is the first person to introduce DanceSport into Singapore’s Ballroom dancing scene. He has also coached numerous dance champions and celebrities in Singapore and around the region. For instance, Shawn was chief choreographer and dance consultant for the international production, “Dance of the Dragon”, starring Korean heartthrob Jang Hyuk, Singaporean celebrity Fann Wong and American actor Jason Scott Lee.
Shawn and Gladys have an enviable record as competitive dancers. Between 1982 and 1993, the pair dominated the DanceSport scene – garnering 20 prestigious international championship titles around the world, including the 1985 Doris Lavelle Challenge Trophy (England) and the 1990 Asian-Pacific Ballroom Dancing Championships (Korea). After their retirement from competitive dancing, they became world class adjudicators and consultants for numerous international championships and events. They also founded the internationally-acclaimed Singapore Lion City DanceSport Championship which has been running since 1985, and the BD Dance World Superstars DanceSport Championship Series.
- World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) President
World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) former Vice-President and General Secretary
Chairman of WDSF Dance Academy
WDSF Licensed Chairman & License "A" Adjudicator
20 Times International DanceSport Champion
WDSF President's Award 2003
SSC Coach Recognition Awards 2004, 2005 and 2006
Spirit of Enterprise Award 2008
National Coach, Singapore DanceSport Federation
WDSF Chairman of Adjudicators
Chief Choreographer and Dance Consultant for international movie ‘Dance of the Dragon’
Visiting Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai
Supervising Officer, 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China
Organiser of the 2011 WDSF World Latin Championship
Organiser of BD Dance World Superstars DanceSport Championship Series (2014-present)