He graduated from MSU State Conservatory Dance Department in 2000. With the scholarship he received from Merce Cunningham Dance School in 2001 he worked on the Cunningham Technique and took part in the works of the Cunningham Dance Company. He continued his work as a dancer and instructor in Cemal Reşit Rey Dance Company founded by Geyvan McMillen between 2003 and 2005, and as a dancer and choreographer in Istanbul Dance Theater Company between 2005-2012 under the direction of Geyvan McMillen.
Together with Sernaz Demirel he was granted the "International Chicago Dance Festival Best Choreography Award" in 2007. In 2012 his choreography for Dostlar Theater Company’s play "Ben Bertolt Brecht", was awarded with the "Best Theater Award of the Year" by the Theater Critics Association. His choreography for "Supernova" by DOT Theatre was awarded with the “Special Selection Committee Award” at the 17th Sadri Alışık Cinema and Theater Actor Awards and the “Best Production” awards at the 16th Yapı Kredi Afife Awards.
Continuing his creative work in TORK Dance Company, of which he is the co-founder, Tan Temel was the Artistic Director of the L'O.ffcina Dance Company in Florence from 2011 to 2014. He currently is working for the IBO Global (International Baccalaureate Organization) Diploma Programs Dance Curriculum preparation committee.
He has completed his Master of Fine Arts in Case Western Reserve University Theater and Dance Department in 2009 and Master of Fine Arts in YTU Art and Design Faculty in 2014.
He has been continuing his academic studies at YTU Art and Design Faculty Music and Performing Arts Department since 2001. He teaches at Istanbul University State Conservatory Ballet Department and Bahçeşehir University Conservatory Musical Theater Department. He has been awarded the title of Associate Professor in 2017
In December 2021, he established CoArtS Art and Science Researches Innovation Inc. within the body of YTU Technopark.