MEET THE TEAM

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ELENA SAMODANOVA

BALLROOM/LATIN INTERNATIONAL TEACHER

Elena Samodanova is an international multi-award winning artist originally from Russia, who has worked extensively throughout Asia, United Kingdom, Australia, North America and Europe as a judge, choreographer and dancer while also being a mentor to many dancers across the world. Some of her major credits include being featured in the Russian version of TV hit show “Dancing With The Stars” as a JUDGE and Choreographerin 2015, touring North America with “Dancing Pros Live”2016 and creatively assisting Gleb Savchenko in Strictly Come Dancing in the UK 2015, also in Series 7 of “Dancing With The Stars” in Bollywood aka “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” 2014 on the Colors TV Channel in India to great acclaim.

Prior to that she has also worked on both the Australian and American versions of hit TV show “Dancing With The Stars” as well as the Australian version of “So You Think You Can Dance”2014.

Elena also holds the highest credentials and qualifications to teach in Russia, Hong Kong, Australia and England. She has also won the 4 major dance titles down under and as a result she has represented Australia on the World Dance Championship reaching Top 10 world ranking in Latin American with WDC. Her international championship titles also include being the Australia Professional, Asian, Japanese, Singaporean and England Champion.

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GLEB SAVCHENKO

BALLROOM/LATIN INTERNATIONAL TEACHER

Gleb is the National Australian Professional Latin American Champion having won 4 major dance titles down under and as a result he has represented Australia at the World Dance Championship. His titles also include being the Asian Professional, Hong Kong, Japanese, Singaporean and English Champion. His dancing progressed further when he joined the Top 10 professional dancers in the World ranking of Latin American. Gleb has previously taken part as a pro on the Australian, Russian, US and UK versions of Dancing with the Stars. In 2013, in the US on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Gleb partnered rLisa Vanderpump and in 2015 he made his debut on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing where he reached the semi-final with his partner the presenter Anita Rani. Following his Strictly appearance, UK viewers were left wanting more and so Gleb appeared on the BBC prime time show Celebrity Masterchef.

When Gleb had finished filming in the UK, he made his return to Dancing with the Stars in the US and was partnered with Jana Kramer. The duo reached the finale, but were most known for their tango which has amassed millions of views on you tube. After the finale, Gleb flew straight to the UK to make his West End stage debut in the spectacular show ‘One More Dance’ which was choreographed by his wife, Elena. For season 24 Dancing with the Stars and was partnered with Erika Jayne, and  with Pretty Little Liars actress Sasha Pieterse in season 25. Soon after he did the first ever PRO Dance Camp which was produced by his wife Elena. The Camp was a unique experience for dancers and fans. Most recently, Gleb will be on season 27 of Dancing with the Stars with comedian Nikki Glasser.

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OUR DANCE TEACHERS

Cole Mills

LATIN  | CONTEMPRORARY | BALLET | PRO-AM

Cole has over fifteen years of Latin DanceSport experience, winning at more 25 national competitions including a national title. In 2012 Cole was accepted into the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University where he began training classically in Ballet as well as in Modern dance. The following year he was nominated for the 2014 Princess Grace Award, and performed work by Frederick Earl Mosley at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently he finished in the Top 8 of So You Think You Can Dance Season 15. 

Kids love lessons with Cole. He is a strict teacher but a good friend. Cole will teach your children to feel music, rhythm and tell beautiful stories using dance language.

Tatiana Vasilieva

LATIN | SWING | BALLROOM | PRO-AM

“It’s Never to Young to Start Dancing”

I started dancing when I was 11 years old in Sochi, Russia with my brother. My parents put us together to dance. So I started dancing mostly because of him. We danced together for about a year but then he quit. But I got a new partner and I started liking dancing more and more. And as a result I got better and been professionally dancing since about 12 years old. After I went to a championship in a bigger city, I saw the world differently and decided I want to dance more professionally. It was in Siberia and that’s when I asked my mom for me to leave me there because I want to dance more, learn more.

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Vlad Kvartin

LATIN | SHOWDANCE | SALSA | PRO-AM

Vladislav  began his dance career at the age of 8, studying under renowned Latin American Ballroom coaches and adjudicators. In 2009, Vlad was named Junior National DanceSport Champion, and subsequently earned substantial national and international titles. Beyond his competitive career, Vlad is also involved with TV shows including troupe dancer on Dancing With The Stars and assisting choreographer on Why Woman Kill and Kidding. Vlad has also appeared on Fuller House and Saturday Night Live and has made an appearance on So You Think You Can Dance as a top 20 dancer. Additionally, Vlad was a cast member on a 2-time US tour titled Our Way and MVP Confidential as well as performed in SWAY: A Dance Trilogy pt.1 and pt.2.

Valts Liepniek

BALLROOM | SMOOTH  | SWING | LATIN | PRO-AM

I started to dance when I was four. My parents took me to dancing classes because at every event we’d go together I’d pull them on the dance floor just to dance with me. So, they were like, this kid’s going to be a dancer.

I’ve been dancing all this time until now when I’m 26. During this time, I was seven-time National Champion, World Vice Champion and Blackpool Vice Champion. I’ve won many competitions and hold other championships.

I came to the United States eight years ago when I was 18 because one studio invited me to work so I moved to Manhattan, New York. I lived there for seven years. I found my husband and we moved to LA because he’s originally from there. We live here now.

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