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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:

- 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 overall at KAR U.S. Nationals Final in Los Angeles, California.
2016 Elite Top First in Contemporary at U.S. Nationals Final in Los Angeles, California.
2015 Gold award in Lyrical at Showcase Nationals, Sydney.
2015 Gold award in Contemporary at Showcase Nationals, Sydney.
2015 Gold award in Contemporary at KAR Australia, Sydney.
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.

Styles:

- acrobatics
- hip-hop
- jazz
- contemporary

 

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)

Styles:

- hip-hop
- jazz
- disco

 

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

Styles:

- Classical Ballet
- Folk dance
- Jazz dance
- Modern dance

 

Jackson

Acrobatics coach, Dance teacher

Jackson has trained in HipHop, Commercial, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and has had extensive Acro training. He has attained his Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) and Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management.
He has taught at Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance Full Time course as well as other schools such as Centerstage, Dancescape, Dance Lab, DFX and many more.
Some of his dancing credits include Dancing for Robin Antin’s Pussycat Dolls, lilikendall – RUN (music video), Australia’s got Talent and Boss Dance Company's debut show 'ALPHA’, The Logies and Scimm Dance Company and has currently been accepted into Marko Panzic's 2017 show/buissness course in Sydney.

Styles:

- Acrobatics
- KLT

 

Patricia

Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Acrobatics Coach

Patricia (Patrix) specializes in a broad range of urban dance from Breaking, Hip Hop to Popping & Locking, Moves & Grooves to Freestyle. She was one of the first professional street dancers and Hip Hop teachers in Romania. She started one of the first street dance schools "Shock crew’’, educating several generations of students and bringing Hip Hop Dance to life.
She is still an international competitor and she has won a number of important competitions in Germany and Romania. She has qualified for "Romania Got Talent’’ where she had an outstanding performance. She was also an organizer of "Street-dance cup", which united more than 3000 children. She choreographed and performed in many cities from Romania and Germany. 
Since moving to Australia, Particia has also had success at several competitions: three times in Raw "Cypher queen" and 1st place in breakdance and 2nd place in hip-hop. Patricia is also aqualified gymnastics and acrobatics teacher.

Styles:

- Acrobatics
- Hip-Hop

 

Molly

Dance Teacher

Molly has extensive ballet training, including a full time ballet scholarship. However, she also trained in many other styles such as contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, Irish and Spanish. Molly has many years of dance teaching experience. She has received a distinction in her RAD Adv 2 ballet exam, as well as Cecchetti exams and also Spanish dancing exams. Molly was as one of the 88 dancers chosen world wide to recently compete in the 2016 Genée International Ballet Competion. In 2015, she has been awarded "Most Promising Local Ballet Dancer". Her mission is to help inspire young dancers to find their love of dance.

Styles:

- Classical ballet
- Contemporary

 

Alex

Dance teacher, Choreographer

Alex started dancing at the age of 7. He has trained in multiple dance styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop and acrobatics but now focuses on contemporary dance. He is currently studying a second year at the Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Course. He graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2015.

Qualifications and Training:
- Currently studying a Diploma in Elite Dance at Sydney Dance Company, 2017
- Cert IV in Dance from Sydney Dance Company, 2016
- Acceptance into the Kibbutz International Dance Journey Training Program, 2016
- Band 6 in HSC Dance and Classical Ballet at Newtown High School of the Performing
Arts, 2015
- Trained at the Village Performing Arts Centre and Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching
Academy
- Australian Ballet School ITP program

Experience:
- Dance Extra in ‘Dance Academy: The Comeback’, 2017

Styles:

- contemporary
- lyrical

 
 

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