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"I tried lots of other things but my heart was always in teaching dance", says Rafal Lautenbach, a highly experienced, multi-talented dancer, who is accomplished not only in the ten dances of Ballroom and Latin, but Salsa and Argentine Tango too.
Born in Koszalin, in North Poland, Rafal started dancing when he was 12. He began to compete, first as a ten-dancer, later specialising in Latin, and at 22 he also started studying for his teaching qualification exams with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), one of the world's leading exam boards for ballroom.
In 2007, Rafal moved to London, which he considers "the capital of ballroom". In the UK, he has danced in a number of high-profile showcases and Strictly-style competitions and was picked to be part of the supporting cast for CheektoCheek, dancing alongside Strictly’s Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag.
A born dance teacher, Rafal’s love for ballroom and Latin shines through in his lessons. Although he can be tough on technique ("I always like to push my students slightly harder"), a compliment from him means all the more.
Paulius Vaskelis is a top Latin dancer who has competed in the seven-time world champion Latin formation team Žuvėdra and won many championships with his competitive partners as well, including events at the Lithuanian Open.
Born in Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania, Paul started dancing ballroom and Latin at seven and began to compete at eight. He attended Ratuto, the best dance school in Lithuania, where Latin champion Andrius Kandelis used to dance. Paul competed in ballroom until he was 17 and went on to specialise in Latin.
Paul arrived in the UK in 2014. He says, “My ultimate goal is to go as far as I possibly can,” and he dreams of one day having his own studio. Paul competes and performs as Pro-Am partner, where his choreographic and teaching skills shine. Paul is a spectacular performer, a fantastic teacher and – very important! –huge fun.
Nuno Sabroso is a professional dancer, singer, choreographer and performer from Lisbon, Portugal. He just loves the stage! Producing a Cabaret show for two years, he has developed his potential as a crazy mind in the artistic meaning.
Nuno’s training in ballroom and Latin American began over 15 years ago and since then dance has taken him all over the world. Nuno taught dance continuously for 9 years and is qualified in all styles of ballroom and Latin plus salsa, contemporary and jazz. After completing his BA degree in Dance he worked extensively in Portugal for equal opportunities and wheelchair dance achieving 3rd place at the World Championship as a standing partner.
Nuno recently worked as a choreographer and professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars Panama.
Nuno’s warm, contagious personality shines throughout his classes and he enjoys teaching people of all levels and abilities.
Paula Duarte has been dancing since the age of three and her early dance training involved ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. Whilst studying dance at University she was introduced to the Argentine Tango and fell completely in love with it. Since then she has devoted her life to learning, teaching, performing and perfecting the art of this bewitching dance in studios and festivals across the globe.
She has lived and taught in many European countries such as Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands and Austria. As she was often invited to teach and perform in the UK she decided to establish herself in London in 2013 and she now runs private and group lessons as well as delivering professional shows and demonstrations.
He first became interested in dancing at a very young age and started by learning ballet. Later he and his partner became Regional and National champions of Hungary in Latin and Ballroom as well as the Ten Dance category.
He graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy teaching became his passion and this has been his profession for the past fifteen years.
He was part of a Formation team that entered 'Hungary's Got Talent' and achieved a good result. The same team became Hungarian champions and competed in European and World Championships.
His extensive travel experiences to International competitions and invitations to give guest performances have given him amazing opportunities to exercise his passion for dance, to experience new environments and cultures and to meet with new people around the world.
Daniel is a professional dancer, choreographer and qualified teacher. The majority of the past fourteen years have consisted of dance training in Ballroom and Latin, Salsa and Bachata and Argentine Tango. Recently he has invested a great deal of time in learning about the technique and the evolution of the dances he specialises in.
Born in Malaga, in South of Spain. Daniel started dancing when he was six years old. He began competing when he was eight years old, winning the European Retro Championship. Subsequently, he won a several National Championships and was a finalist in many International Championships in the Ten Dance category.He arrived London in 2016. He says: “My main goal is to inspire people to dance and create a new dance generation where there are no rules and limits. Dance is a means of expressing your feelings with your body which you can’t do if you hold back”.
Daniel is a very talented dancer with a real skill for teaching and making even the most nervous clients feel confident. He has already become one of our favourites. He is qualified as a Salsa teacher and is also able to teach Ballroom and Latin.
Janis’ dancing career spans sixteen years. He studied with the best teachers in Latvia and has attended many International workshops in Ballroom and Latin where he gained valuable experience. This also gave him the opportunity to meet and practice with great teachers from all over Europe. Janis achieved excellent results in both Latvian and International competitions.
Janis graduated in Contemporary Art and Dance from the Latvian Academy of Art. It gave him wonderful opportunity to experience different kind of dancing techniques and styles such as Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Improvisation, Modern, Physical Theatre and others which has enhanced his dancing and choreographing skills. Janis has danced and performed with several contemporary companies in major events in Latvia.
Janis has over ten years of teaching experience in Latvia, Lithuania and Russia where his students have achieved great results in International competitions. He has also created dance shows and performances.
Janis came to London 2015 to develop his own dancing skills and continue teaching Ballroom and Latin Dancing. His students make fast progress and have a great deal of fun in his lessons as he has a great sense of humour. He believes that good dancing habits are keys for success.
Elza is from Riga, Latvia and is a professional ballroom dancer. During her competitive career she concentrated on Latin American dancing, reaching many finals and won several international competitions.
Her highest achievements include winning the UK Championships Latin Amateur Rising Stars, the prestigious semi-final in International Championships in the Royal Albert Hall, the final in the Imperial Championships and many more.
Since then, she has performed in several shows such as the Broadway production of ‘Burn The Floor’ in the USA. She was also a professional dancer on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in Latvia.
Elza is licensed as a judge in Latvia for competitions based on the International syllabus of Ballroom and Latin dancing.
Elza strongly believes that dancing can become a part of lifestyle for everyone as she speaks for herself- after 20 years in the industry she can't imagine a day without it! Come and dance with her!
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