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KIDS ACADEMY

Dear Parents,

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 Rihanoff

 

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

Musical director

Anthony Foreman
 

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.

DRAMA TEACHER

Holly Taylor
 

Holly is a fully qualified drama teacher at a local secondary school. A graduate of Rose Burford College of Speech and Drama, Holly has been a part of creating productions with The Royal Academy of Music and The Royal Court. As a teacher Holly has experience of teaching performing arts to key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 as well as being a part of a thriving extracurricular programme and stage managing all Performing Arts events at her school.

M​USICAL THEATRE & DRAMA TEACHER

Jordan Ede
 

Jordan is a fully qualified teacher and Head of Performing Arts at a local Secondary school. As well as teaching Drama at key stage 3, 4 & 5 and running a highly successful department, Jordan regularly organises showcases and events such as talent shows and Pantomimes. Her experience in Musical Theatre comes from a lifetime of Performing in them, playing such roles as ‘Charity’ in Sweet Charity and ‘Rizzo’ in Grease before taking a more production role, directing and choreographing shows such as ‘Our House’; ‘Little Shop of Horrors’; ‘Grease’; ‘Addams Family the Musical’; and ‘We Will Rock You’. A graduate of Manchester University, Jordan is proud to have worked and performed with companies such as Airtours and Granada TV. Most recently she has been involved with the creation of an award-winning Theatre in Education piece, promoting online safety to Key stage 2 students.

contemporary & STREET DANCE TEACHER

Gio Bordone
 

Gio is from Northampton and has been dancing since the age of 11. He loves all things dance and wants to give back and share movement with other people. His competitive career has taken him to U Dance East Midlands, UDO Worlds and SOAR Street Dance competitions, as well as entering Britain’s got Talent and performing on the “Move it” stage in London. He has performed contemporary pieces at The Royal Albert Hall for Prince Charles and worked alongside Mathew Bourne to perform a Curtain raiser at The Derngate. His goal is for his students to love what they do, have fun and challenge themselves.  

Ballroom, latin & dance fitness teacher

Gerda Olah

 

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.

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