Lena is one of the most trained zouk dancers in the USA, having formally studied dance around the world. She has a warm loving energy that is very contagious! We welcome her to Zouk Beach Week!

June 16, 2014

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Lena was trained in classical and contemporary ballet, jazz and modern dance since age of 7 across the U.S., Europe and Japan including;

  • Fumie Kanai Modern Ballet School, Tokyo, Japan
  • Westside Ballet Academy, Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Rock School for Dance Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • American Ballet Theater, New York City, New York, USA
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Confidance Dance Intensive, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet from the University of Utah with an emphasis in performance and teaching. She has danced for companies including Utah Ballet, Dreamscape Dance Theatre, and Daurden Contemporary Dance theatre, as well as various projects in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

She was first introduced to Zouk Lambada in 2009 when she met Shani Mayer in Los Angeles. She loved the new challenge of dancing by follow and lead, which has lead to a passion for a dance that was unlike anything she had felt previously. She continued to study from many international instructors, including Mari Hodges, Pablo Schmoller, Romina Hidalgo, and Leo Bruno from Brazil. She also attended the Berg’s International Zouk Lambada Congress in 2011 and 2013 held in the birthplace of the dance, Porto Seguro, Brazil.

She has taught group and private zouk classes for the last couple years, as well as classical ballet for ages 5 to adult for the last 8 years.  She is also a physical therapist with focus in Pilates and dance rehabilitation.

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