I cannot put into words how excited I am to open the doors of my academy to all children. I started teaching at the age of 16 and working with children to this day is the most rewarding experience of all. Having studied numerous styles of dance back in Russia from Ballet to Ballroom I understand how important it is to give well-rounded education in performing arts. My personal journey through drama school made the biggest impact on my performing skills, this is why I would like to offer not just dance classes but also drama, musical theatre and singing to my students.
My vision is to give all children a personal approach whether they want to compete around the country, take exams or just have some fun with their friends. Most importantly I would like to create a happy place where they can be themselves.
Lastly, my qualifications as a yoga teacher gave me extensive knowledge that combining yoga sessions with performing arts classes will increase performance and decrease stress and fear of stage in children. Therefore I have carefully put together a variety of classes for children of all ages creating a healthy balance between dance, drama and yoga activities. Whatever the road our children choose in life these valuable lessons will always be their tools to succeed.
Yours Sincerely, Kristina
PRINCIPAL / Ballet, ballroom & latin dance teacher
Kristina most known to the public for her 8 years appearance as a professional dancer and choreographer on BBC1 TV show “Strictly Come Dancing”. She started dance and drama lessons at the age of 7 and has an impressive dance background, having studied Ballet, Salsa, Mambo, American Rhythm, American Smooth, Ballroom and Latin. This extensive knowledge alongside her natural talent and flair for dance saw her become one of the world’s most accomplished performers at the peak of her competitive career ranking in top 12 in the world in the Professional Latin division.
Since retiring from competition, Kristina has carved a name for herself after appearances on the ‘Dancing with The Stars’ Tour in 2007, and it wasn’t long until she was lured to the UK to join the TV phenomenon of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. The UK have grown to love her choreography and well composed routines for both her fellow Professionals and learning Celebrities. With a diverse range of previous partners on the show, she has managed transform these contestants into polished performers in the ballroom, thanks to her exceptional teaching abilities and choreography masterpieces.
Kristina now wants to use this wealth of experience which will ultimately provide her with the perfect platform to utilise her knowledge and create the ‘’Bespoke Ballroom’’ performing arts school in her home town Northampton.
Kristina has nearly 25 years of teaching experience and is well known for her hard work, dedication, skilful choreography and most importantly her patience. Kristina loves working with children and young adults and believes that learning dance and drama improves youngsters social skills, boost confidence and promotes self-expression. Kristina is very excited to partner up with highly skilful and experience teachers and create her performing arts academy “Bespoke Ballroom” and offer dancing and drama lessons to all ages from babies to young adults. In her age appropriate courses, Kristina will bring her extensive knowledge of ballroom techniques and stage presence.
Kristina is certified and a proud member of:
National Association Teachers of Dance UK
Dance Vision -International Dance Association USA
Certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK
Yoga Alliance Certified
Anthony Foreman, Our Musical Director. He is a fully qualified teacher, now full-time session, rehearsal and performance musician. Anthony also runs a highly successful events supply company providing sound, lighting, and technical solutions to all manner of occasions and peripatetic teaching in schools. He has lost count how many musicals, pantomimes and showcases he’s musically directed, let alone professional gigs and other performances. Among the portfolio of directorships is Les Misérables; Fiddler on The Roof; Grease; Oliver; Little Shop of Horrors; West Side Story; Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Our House; Addams Family; and We Will Rock You. A graduate from the University of Salford, former secondary school Head of Music, ex-deputy head teacher, football club administrator, and charity trustee.
Nauris Kalva have been dancing and performing since the age of 6. For the next 13 years he competed at local and international level becoming vice-champion in Latvia, touring Europe, representing his country and regularly competing as a finalist.
In 2010 he moved to Riga where he studded danced jazz, contemporary, improvisation, contact improvisation and classical dance. After graduating he worked as a professional dancer, appearing in a range of classical and contemporary performances, concerts and music videos across Latvia and Lithuania. In 2012 Nauris worked as a professional dancer at the National Theatre of Latvia.
Since 2013 Nauris have trained and worked as a dance instructor teaching adults and coaching students and competitors in Ballroom and Latin with a wide range of abilities.He also teaches American Smooth and Rhythm styles. In the beginning of 2014 he was invited to moved to New York and worked at Dance With Me USA studios and performed side by side with many professional dancers from Dancing with the stars TV show.
In June 2015 he moved back to London and started his own company. Nauris is also Kristina Rihanoff professional partner and he is really excited to become a part of Bespoke Ballroom kids academy team.
contemporary/freestyle dance teacher
Toshaan Williams trained in street, hop hop, contemporary and freestyle of dance with Marcus Donaldson - founder of Myztikal (Britain's got talent season 4) before embarking on his journey as a choreographer/teacher.
He worked for a theatre company in South East London winning their first national title and placing the competition team in a UK Street Dance Championships final in 2015. He went on to work with GDND Crew, showcasing for a british red cross event at the O2. Hip Hop International 2016 saw his team qualify for the World Championships in Las Vegas.
Since this, he moved into private tuition - working one to one with some of the young, bright talent of the future. In 2017 he moved to Northampton to explore new ventures and seek new challenges and opportunities. He is excited to be apart of Bespoke Ballroom drama and dance academy at Soo Yoga and looks forward to contribute to this growing community!
drama and musical Theatre teacher
James is a graduate of Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and took part in performances, and directing within Lincoln during this time. His degree is in Drama in the Community and focused on both teaching and using drama to help with confidence, and mental health. Whilst he was at University, he regularly took part in volunteering including working with a local college teaching 16 – 18 young adults. James was born in Northampton and was a big part of the performances taking place across the town.
James has not only completed his degree, but also has completed both L.A.M.D.A and ESB exams. He loves teaching and is looking forward to bringing his experience to Soo Yoga.
Ballroom, latin & dance fitness teacher
Gerda's passion is dancing, and she has learnt many different styles ranging from Ballroom & Latin, to sports aerobics. Her skills have led to performing in many dance competitions and won medals and trophies over 13 years, which all led to becoming a professional dancer. She started to learn sport aerobics in 2000 and continued for 8 years, dancing in a UP1 Trio (3 girls) category. Their best achievement was winning the Nation Aerobic Cup in 2005.
2008 is when Gerda started to learn Ballroom and Latin, based in Hungary where she attended Kapronczai Art School to complete all her levels. She began competing in 2009 at a beginner level, shortly after starting she had to change partners, but then competed with a new partner for 4 years. Whilst competing, Gerda was also very honoured to teach prom dances in two different secondary schools.
Along with her dance partner, Gerda won many competitions and levelled up to intermediate. Their proudest moment would have to be winning a Nation Latin Dance competition in Hungary in 2014. A couple of years later Gerda moved to England to carry on her dancing carer. In her free time, she teaches wedding dances upon request and various kids and adults’ classes.