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Our Team

Director

Principal Teacher

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Senior Teacher

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Senior Teacher

Roswitha
Roswitha Wetschka
Director, Principal teacher

Roswitha is a dance teacher, coach, choreographer and former competitor, originally from Vienna, Austria and was in 2011 the European Champion in Latin American Dances, Women Seniors. She has a Master degree in Psychology from the University of Vienna and the highest qualification level in dance sport, the Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). At the ISTD she was involved in research about inclusive dance syllabus, has published several times in the ISTD magazine and is part of the Think Tank for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. She is teaching 'Partnering in Social Dance' at the London Studio Centre  ('BA (Hons) Theatre Dance', for Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz Theatre Dance, Contemporary Dance) as well as chairing the organising team of the Vienna Dance Contest, a longs standing international same-gender dance competition in Austria.

 

Roswitha has more than 25 years of teaching and choreographing experience (14 years of that in Vienna), and is known for her contagious enthusiasm for dancing and for her musicality. Her deep knowledge of dance technique, body, mind and movement informs her creative and fun-focused teaching approach and her endless search for new ways of teaching. She is very successful with making people dance and enjoy within a short period of time, with developing choreography adapted to each Wedding Couple, with improving the technique of dancers on any level, from Beginners to medallists to competitors to professionals, and with making Ballroom & Latin dancing more inclusive for all abilities or ages, including people with any kind of physical or mental restrictions or disabilities or simply older age. She also prepares dance teachers for professional exams in Ballroom, Latin and Viennese Waltz with the ISTD.

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Charles Chan

Charles Chan is a dance teacher and DJ in Latin and Ballroom dances; as well as a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Born in Hong Kong, Charles moved to London as a teenager and for many years had a successful career as a dental surgeon. During this time he discovered Ballroom and Latin Dancing – a hobby which soon turned into a passion, eventually leading him to pursue a professional career in dance.

Since then he has built up a budding profile as a teacher of students from social dancers to medallists; as well as a DJ and compère for social events and dance competitions. 

Charles is a member of the teaching/organising team of the long running dance club The Pink Jukebox and part of the organising team of the international dance competition, The Pink Jukebox Trophy. He performs and competes regularly with the show-dance team The Pink Dancers.

Charles believes Latin and Ballroom Dancing is for everyone, at any age; it is a healthy, sociable pastime which is a lot of fun - and can even be life-changing.

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Kevin Haycock

Kevin started Ballroom and Latin American dancing at the age of 9 and competed regularly until he was 16. At college he discovered a love of contemporary dance and went on to study contemporary, ballet and Jazz dance at the Coventry Centre for Performing Arts, followed by The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He is qualified in Ballroom with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Kevin had a varied early performing career dancing and singing throughout the north east of England, in nightclubs, social clubs, and holiday camps with several bands and dance performance groups.

 

In 2011, after a long break from dancing, Kevin rediscovered his love for Ballroom dancing and started taking classes again in London, just in time to audition for and then perform in the 2012 London Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

Currently, as well as teaching, Kevin competes regularly, nationally and internationally in Ballroom, Latin and 10 Dance. He has a passion for all forms of social dancing and enjoys helping others discover a love of partner dancing.

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Laurie Yates
Senior teacher

Laurie started dancing at the age of seven at which time he studied both Ballroom and Latin American and undertook a series of ISTD medal tests. Two years later he became a competitive dancer commencing in the Juvenile division and then continuing in the Junior and Adult amateur category before joining the Professional ranks. With his Professional dance partner, he was rated within the world's top 12 couples in Professional Ballroom, achieving a semi-final place in both the British Professional ‘Open to the World’ Ballroom Championship at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool and the ‘International’ Professional Ballroom Championship at the Royal Albert Hall, London. During that time Laurie was in great demand for Ballroom shows and demonstrations.


Since retiring from competing, Laurie has concentrated on teaching, coaching and choreographing. He teaches adults and children of all ages and grades from beginners through to competitors and students studying for Medal Tests and Professional examinations. His passion for teaching encompasses technical accuracy, musicality and choreographic artistry.

 
Outside of the studio Laurie is often invited to adjudicate competitions both in the UK and abroad and to date has adjudicated championships in over twenty countries. He is also a regular contributor to the newspaper ‘Dance News’.

Laurie holds Fellowship level qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in both Ballroom and Latin American together with the ISTD Certificate in Dance Education. In 2011 Laurie was honored to be appointed as an examiner for the ISTD and has since assessed medal test candidates throughout the UK and in Asia.

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Joseph Samya

Joseph Samya has been teaching dance for eighteen years and is qualified as Associate with the ISTD. He started in Australia, having great success teaching and competing and soon found himself in London. Joseph continued to learn and teach and to develop his craft with world champion dancers and world-renowned teachers while in Europe. Joseph prides himself on his unique teaching method, which he is recognised for, teaching beginners and coaching competitors and performers. He teaches Latin and Ballroom and is specialised in Salsa and Argentine Tango.
Joseph has always had a fascination in how the mind works, which ultimately influences his teaching and coaching style. This has led him to complete a bachelor in applied social science and psychotherapy, majoring in positive psychology.

 

Joseph believes that every one can dance. This stems from his years of experience in people telling him that they can’t dance and Joseph helping to show them otherwise. His Mantra is based on avoiding giving rigmarole confounding information on how to dance a particular style or step. Rather focusing on addressing the fundamental constrictions based on the merit of each individual he works with, and addressing those. These constrictions can be physical but Joseph has learned through out his teaching carrier that it is usually more a mental hurdle that he must work with, with the student to bridge any impasse that the student faces. In doing so giving the student a sense of autonomy and self-belief to work towards becoming the best dancer they can be.   

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Ralf Schiller
Senior teacher

Ralf started dancing as a teenager in Germany and competed successfully in Latin and Ballroom.

He was the Principal of Kensington Dance Studio in London, as well as a member of the Club Dance Faculty of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) and is the co-founder and organizer of the Pink Jukebox, Pink Dancers, and Pink Jukebox Trophy. He wrote the ISTD Syllabus in Argentine Tango. Ralf together with Kele Baker were choreographing for many years the Argentine Tango for BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

His teaching is guided by his great musicality, his immense knowledge and deep understanding of dance technique and dance history as well as of the thousand little tricks that make learning dancing so much easier. He is the master of teaching complicated steps and technique in a simple way and of choreographing always new advanced routines. 

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Ilias Agoras
Guest teacher

Ilias was born in Greece and has achieved a BSc Degree in Physical Education. He has been dancing Ballroom, Latin American and other forms of dancing for more than 25 years. He started his teaching career more than 20 years ago and is qualified with the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). In 2003 he was awarded a scholarship from the IDTA, for his remarkable success in the professional Ballroom exams.


Ilias who is able to teach Greek Dances as well, enjoys passing his knowledge to his students and see them happier at the end of the class. 

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Monica & Omar
'LosOcampo'
Guest teachers

“LosOcampo” are Monica Romero & Omar Ocampo. They are teachers, dancers and choreographers of Argentine Tango and Argentine Folklore, are located in Argentina, but visit London regulary and can then be booked, for shows, group classes and private lessons.

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