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Our Team

We are proud to have a fantastic team of talented, dedicated and passionate teachers and choreographers from very diverse backgrounds. It takes a good teacher to teach to dance, but it takes a GREAT teacher to inspire and to teach to FEEL.

Elena

Creative Director, Teacher of Piano and Music Theory

Elena was born in Latvia and completed a degree in Music Theory and Composition. She has over 20 years experience in teaching, critiquing and composing music. Together with her younger daughter, Lana, Elena has been involved in several dance studios overseas and has been exposed to the various styles of dance. She has a strong passion for creating performances using carefully selected music, characters and dance. In 2009, Elena and her family migrated to Sydney, where together they started L.I.K.E. Dance Studio.

Elena plays a pivotal role at L.I.K.E. Dance by running all operations, liaising with the key stakeholders, teaching, as well as directing, producing and managing all performance programmes.

Qualifications and Training:

- Degree in Music Theory and Composition

 

Lana

Acrobatics Coach, Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Lana has been dancing and practising acrobatics since the age of 5. Lana has practised various styles of dance, including hip-hop, jazz, rock'n'roll, lindy hop, lyrical, contemporary and classical ballet. Lana has received a number of awards, including in Australian national championships, as well as international dance competitions. In 2016 Lana received a Choreographer of the Year award at KAR Australia dance competition in Sydney.

Please click here to watch Lana's dance showreel.

Qualifications and Training:

- 2018 Bachelor of Dance and Choreography, Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Sydney
- 2017 Acrobatics Coach Certificate through Acrobatics Arts Australia
- 2016 Graduated from Australian Performing Arts College, Sydney
- 2014 Beginner Acrobatics Coach qualification through Gymnastics Australia
- 2003-2009 Dance training at Todes dance studios, Latvia

Awards:

2016 Choreographer of the Year at KAR Australia, Sydney.
2016 10th overal and "Elite Top First" awardl at KAR U.S. Nationals Final in Los Angeles, California.
2011 Acrobatics trios 1st Place Australian Nationals, Melbourne.
2010 Acrobatics trios 1st Place Australian Nationals, Adelaide.
2009 International Rock'n'Roll Contest, Siauliai, Lithuania - II Place.
2009 International Lindi Hop Contest, Tallin, Estonia - 11th Place.
2009 Todes Dance Studios, Riga, Latvia - Best Dancer.
2008 Todes Dance Studios, Riga, Latvia - Best Dancer.
2007 Todes Dance Studios, Riga, Latvia - Best Dancer.

 

Katerina

Dance teacher, Choreographer

Katerina has been dancing for over 20 years and has been teaching since age of 15. When she was 9 years old she started dancing - jazz dance, show dance, hype dance (new jack swing), disco and hip hop dance. She has numerous awards in international dance competitions.

Her motto is: "What is Love? Dance... is my llife, music is the rythm of my life, dancefloor is my world ... I try to be better everyday: Every dance teacher has to improve knowledges and we have to learn all life. We have to learn many dance styles and our average of experiences will be wider. We have to be patient and very hard-working!"

Awards:

- Freestyle Show 2013 Czech Republic (1st place)
- National Championship in Street dance Show small groups 2011, CZ (3th place)
- World Championship in Street dance Show small groups 2010 Ukraine (3th place)
- National Championship in Street dance Show Duo 2010 Czech Republic (1st place)
- Street dance Show small group 2010 (2nd place)
- World Championship in Street dance Show, small group 2009, Czech Republic (3th place)
- European Championship in Street dance Show 2008, Czech republic (2nd place)
- World Championship in Street dance Show 2008, Slovakia (1st place)
- European Championship in Disco Show 2004, Slovakia (2nd place)
- National Championship ‘Dance Life’ 2004, 2005, 2006 Czech Republic (1st place), 2008 (2nd place)

 

Elena

Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Acrobatics Coach

Elena has started dancing at the age of 5 at an exemplary ensemble of Russia. She completed Choreography course (11 years of studying) in 2009 at the Children's creative centre #4 in Byisk.

Elena has won a number of both national and international awards in dance. In 2011 she created her first dance composition and won the 1st place in a national students' dance choreography competition.

In 2013 Elena moved to Sydney and started her career as a dance teacher at North Sydney Demonstration School. She has many years of experience in teaching dance for children aged from 2 to 10.

Awards and Recognition:

2006 – 2008 Siberian dance competition (1st and 2nd place)
2010 – International dance competition in Bulgaria (1st place)
2011 – International dance competition in Hungary (1st and 2nd place)
2012 – National students dance competition in Russia (3rd place)
2012 – Winner of international dance competition in Bulgaria

 

Josephina

Acrobatics Coach

Originally from Sydney, Josephina has toured internationally with several different circus and theatre productions for the past 10 years. 
Her speciality is contortion/flexibility, balannce, aerial acts and hula hoops and she has a background in competitive gymnastics. 
She has taught acrobatics, circus skills and gymnastics to children and adults at several schools throughout Australia and the U.K.

Josephina has performed as part of Circo Solary (Mexico), Rose Events (Morocco), Circus Latino (Australia), Pro Show Evolution (China), Gifford Circus (UK) and Cirque de Normandie (France).

Qualifications:

2008: Diploma of Circus Arts, Academy of Circus Arts, UK
2015: Advanced Certificate of Iridology-Anatomy and Physiology, Australasian College of Natural Therapy, Sydney

 

Eli

Dance Teacher, Choreographer

Eli grew up in Queensland, training at the Australian Dance Performance Institute (ADPI). Eli has shared the stage with iconic Australian artists, including Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton John and Tina Arena, as well as international artists Shym, Yanis Marshal, RuPaul and Ke$ha.

Eli has been seen on TV programs, including X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance and also a featured dancer in Baz Luhrman's "The Great Gatsby".

Eli performed a leading role on a Sydney Showboat for 3 years before he was asked to move to France and join the most famour cabaret in the world, the Moulin Rouge. During his four years in Paris Eli has honed in on his teaching and choreography (and French) skills. Eli has held dance classes at Studio Harmonique in Paris and Sydney Dance Company in Australia.

Qualifications

-Certificate IV in Performing Arts, Brent Street Sydney

 

Cory

Dance Teacher, Choreographer

Cory To'o has been dancing almost from birth growing up in his mothers dance studio. At age 14 he was offered a full scholarship to attend ED5 International through completing his certificate at Brent Street Studios. As a result Cory began his professional career very early. His dedication and pure passion for pop culture and can be seen performing with: Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Bow& Arrow, Ke$ha, Kelly Rowland, George Michael, Tina Arena and more.


Cory has experience working in Film & Television and was featured on: So You Think You Can Dance, X Factor, MTV, Camp Rock, Goddess and various other projects and campaigns.


Cory is known for his acrobatics dance tricks, as well as his eye for style and fresh sense of fashion. He is a performance artist and aims to pass his knowledge and experience onto the next generation. 

 

Vadym

Ballet Teacher

Born in Ukraine, Vadym has been classically trained as a ballet artist (Vaganova ballet). Vadym has performed as a principal dancer of Ukrainian National Music Academy for 8 years. At the same time, Vadym taught ballet at Kiev Minskiy Children College of Arts. In 1998, Vadym moved to South Korea where he joined Seoul Ballet Theatre. He has also performed as a guest dancer at Universal Ballet Company in Seoul.

Vadym has been teaching ballet in the best Korean ballet schools. Since he moved to Australia in 2012, he has been a guest ballet teacher at various school in Sydney.

Vadym's students have had great success stories and been accepted into best ballet performance theatres around the world.

Qualifications

-Choreography college of Ukrainian National Academic Virskiy Dance Company

 

 

Leona

Dance Teacher, Choreographer

Leona comes from Macedonia, she began her dance studies and training back in her own country where she finished The Performing Arts High School. Furthermore, she continued her studies at the University for Contemporary Dance and Classical Ballet Pedagogy in Macedonia where she graduated with a bachelors degree in 2016.
Meanwhile, creating her own dance company in her hometown- Kumanovo called Dance Team Fusion, they’ve been a part of numerous dance competitions throughout Europe as well as becoming the state champions in 2017.


Whilst managing her dance company and teaching, she also was invited to judge at esteemed competitions in her country as well as abroad. She has danced with the Macedonian Opera and Ballet in several shows and performed for numerous Macedonian Pop Stars and other celebrities.

 

Awards

• State Championship- First Place in Contemporary, Macedonia

• Netherlands Open Championship- First Place in Contemporary Group

• Bulgaria Open League- First Place in Contemporary Solo

• Serbia IDO- First Place in Jazz Group.

 

Qualifications

2016 Bachelors Degree, University for Contemporary Dance and Classical Ballet Pedagogy in Macedonia

 

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