Arabesque

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Team

Clare Merchant Andreou

Director

“Dance is music made visual” – George Balanchine

Clare Merchant Andreou began her professional studies at the age of 9 when she gained a place at a full-time arts school- The Arts Educational School, now named Tring Park School of Performing Arts. At 16 she continued her studies at the Royal Ballet School where she graduated and at 19 embarked on a teaching career. Clare decided she wanted to gain experience working overseas and had a teaching post in the Canary Islands and then a position in Limasol, Cyprus. Upon meeting her future husband, Clare decided to settle in Cyprus and took over the Nicosia Academy of Dance in 1991, renaming it Dance Works School of Ballet. In 1994 Clare was invited to become a Grades Examiner and Tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance and in 2004 also became a Dual Examiner.

 

Courses taught on behalf of the Royal Academy of Dance include: 

  • 2019 CPD Courses Cyprus, Portugal  RAD Courses
  • 2018 CPD courses- Cyprus- Discovering Repertoire and Inside The Exam, Summer School Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto
  • 2018 CPD Courses Cyprus, Sundance Summer School Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto
  • 2017 CPD Grade 6 &7 course, Turkey
  • 2016 CPD Courses Cyprus, Sundance Summer School Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto
  • 2014 Malta & Greece – Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 & Advanced 2 courses
  • Numerous in Cyprus since 1994 including New Grades 1-3 in 2012 & New Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 & 2 in 2013.
  • 2011 Barbados, Trinidad and Cyprus Introduction to Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate
  • 2010 New Zealand, Northern Ireland Summer schools
  • 2009 Northern Ireland Summer school
  • 2009 Malta and Cyprus Introduction to Pre Primary and Primary Teacher’s Course
  • 2000 Athens, Greece Teaching Certificate Course
  • 1999 Tokyo, Japan Summer School
  • 1997 Athens, Greece and Guadalajara, Mexico Teaching Certificate Course
  • 1995 Luxembourg Easter School
  • 1994 Korea Summer School

Andria Michaelidou

Dance Instructor

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself” – Mikhail Baryshnikov

Andria Michaelidou was born in Limassol in 1995. She graduated form the University of Nicosia with a BA Dance and continued her studies in Madrid, Spain at Carabdanza with an Eramus scholarship. There, she choreographed “TRILOGIA” (2018) winning second place in “Dance of Rivas” – the national choreographic competition, for a group piece. While in Spain she also performed with choreographers Gonzalo Diaz and Jessica Russo.

With Cypriot choreographers Andria has collaborated with Eva Panayiotou ( dance group aRttitude), Milena Urgen Koulas and Lia Haraki.

As choreographer, Andria has presented works at Flash Dance, Yard Residency17- 2017, the 16th Nea Kinisi Summer Dance Festival – 2019, Parallel Events “ Dance Throughout the Year –in the 2019 Dance Platform. Also she choreographed an experimental video “(IN)VISIBLE” shown at the NO Body Festival/ Moving On 2018, and later shown at the Inshort film festival in Nigeria Goethe-Institut. Her work Transfigurations was selected for the 28th Quinzena de Dance de Almada, International dance Festival, Portugal 2020.

In 2020 Andria has choreographed a new work – PRIVATE KINGDOM for the Nea Kinisi  17th Summer Dance Festival and has been selected to choreograph for the 2020 Dance Platform.

Eleni Ioannou

Dance Instructor

“I dance because there’s no greater feeling in the world than moving to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear” – Eleni Ioannou

Eleni began dancing at the age of 5 and continued her studies at Northern Ballet School, Manchester UK, where she graduated with a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Theatre Dance, Validated by Trinity college. During her studies she attained Advanced 2 (RAD) and completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with The Royal Academy of Dance.

After her studies Eleni opted to be is a freelance dance teacher where she has taught in Cyprus at Dance Works, La Ronda, Alexia’s School of Dance, Vattis Art of Dance, and also in Canada where she won prizes for her choreography and teaching. In 2013 Eleni was offered a scholarship to attend seminars in Los Angeles and New York USA and she performed with Sabrina Johnston.

Deciding to repatriate in Cyprus, in 2017 Eleni took over Kinisi Dance & Wellness Studio ( later named Center Stage Dance School) but due to personal resons closed the school in 2018.

Eleni is delighted to be returning to teach at Dance Works and looks forward to this future collaboration.

ZOE GEORGALLIS

Dance Instructor

“Dancing on the edge is the only place to be” – Trisha Brown

Zoe Georgallis began dancing at the age of 4, studying RAD ballet and continued her training in modern and contemporary. She has graduated from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a BA and MA in Dance Performance. She became a member of Transitions Dance Company, creating and touring performance works in the U.K. And internationally. She has worked with choreographers in London including Tino Sehgal, Rosemary Butcher, Sarah Blanc as well as creating original choreographic work. She has been commissioned by the Dance Platform in Cyprus, Pitch, Emerge and Blueprint Dance Festivals in London and Helsinki. Zoe is currently completing a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning, leading to a Qualified Teacher Status for dance education. She is currently teaching in primary schools and dance academies in London, including Masters of Ballet academy and Laban Centre for Advanced Training, preparing students for dance in higher education.

Zoe enriches her learning and knowledge by regular workshops with organisations such as Candoco Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance, Theo Clinkard, Frantic Assembly and regular anatomy and safeguarding seminars with Foundation for Community Dance.

Svetlana Tokatlian

Accompanist

“Do it big, do it right and do it with style” – Fred Astaire

Svetlana’s artistic life began at the age of seven when she began piano lessons and participated in many concerts. At 10 years of age she was accepted in to the Tchaikovsky school in Yeravan , Armenia. She continued her Professional studies there in Yeravan and after for 4 years attained Distinction and 2 diplomas: 1 for teaching and 1 as a concert pianist.

She taught for 20 years before moving permanently to Cyprus. For the last 19 years she has been accompanying ballet at Dance Works School of Ballet for Clare Merchant Andreou .Her musical knowledge and appreciation for the arts has stood her in good stead in this field and her life has been dedicated to music and says she has absolutely no regrets for that.

Anastasia Paschali

Dance Instructor

“There is no greater satisfaction then accomplishing something you have worked hard for” – Anastasia Paschali

Anastasia was born in Pennsylvania in 1987 to Greek-Cypriot parents. She started her classical ballet training at the Motion Art Studio in Nicosia, Cyprus, while later she continued training vocationally at the Rock School for Dance Education in Pennsylvania and the English National Ballet School in London.

In February 2006, at the age of 19, Anastasia signed her first contract with The Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen and became its youngest member at the time. During her time with the company she performed a diversity of repertoire and several soloist roles such as ‘Amor’ in Don Quixote, ‘Luciana’ in Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet, Pas de Trois in Kylian’s Bella Figura and ‘Duet Mabul’ in Naharin’s Minus 7.

In 2010 Anastasia chose to challenge herself on an academic level and returned to Cyprus to enroll in the University of Nicosia’s psychology program, while also teaching at the university’s dance department. She graduated in 2013 as Valedictorian with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also studied teaching at the Royal Academy of Dance and now holds a Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma.

In 2013, she joined the Leipzig Ballet in Germany where she danced several existing works and creations by Mario Schroeder as well as ‘Pax’ by Uwe Scholtz and the ‘Trio Mabul’ in Naharin’s Decadance.

In 2014, Anastasia joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders as a Demi-Soloist and was promoted to Soloist in 2016. She has danced a variety of soloist and leading roles including ‘Olga’ in John Cranko’s Onegin, ‘Dialoog’ by Jeanne Brabants, ‘Blue Bird’ in Marcia Haydee’s Sleeping Beauty, ‘4 Schumann Pieces’ by Hans van Manen, among others. The highlight of her career to date was the famed ‘Bolero’ by Maurice Bejart, a role which is considered among the most iconic and honoring roles.

Anastasia always tries to maintain contact with her home country and participate in the Cypriot dance scene whenever possible. In 2007 she performed in the production ‘White Magic’ by DanceCyprus. In 2009, she was a guest for the annual production by Lemesos Municipal Dance Centre. In 2016 she danced in the International Gala by DanceCyprus. In 2017 she performed in Davide Bombana’s creation ‘Galatea’s Myths’ which was part of the events for Pafos 2017 Capital of Culture. In 2018 she performed in Belong – Les Grand Ballets, curated by the Limassol Municipality and Lambros Lambrou. In 2019 she performed the creation ‘A Sunday Kind of Love’ by Claudio Cangialosi in the Gala ‘Entopion’, curated by Carolina Constantinou.

She has also taught classes and workshops to young dance students in Cyprus, always aspiring to share her knowledge, experience and love for dance with the young generation. Currently, after a diverse and fulfilling career abroad, she looks forward to combining her performing with teaching and coaching in her home country, Cyprus.

Athina Roditou

Dance Instructor

‘Dancing is like dreaming with your feet’

My passion for dancing started when I was 4 years old. I studied RAD ballet, completed all my exams by the age of 18 while also being a member of the Youth Ballet Company in Cyprus and taking part in dance competitions. While dancing, I also trained in acting and singing. In 2015, I attended the summer intensive in Musical Theatre at Urdang Academy in London and realised that was the career I desired. In 2016, I decided to move out and study Musical Theatre in London. While training at London Studio Centre I managed to perform in theatres around the UK and also participate at the MOVE IT dance festival which was an unforgettable experience for me. Through the years, I expanded my knowledge and still learning what it truly takes to become a successful performer. I enhanced my skills in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, commercial , singing and acting and played different roles in musicals such as Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, Made in Spain, On the Town and Follies.
After graduating in 2019 with a BA in Theatre Dance, I decided to stay in London and become a Certified Pilates Instructor while auditioning and working. Still expanding my knowledge and auditioning abroad while teaching and sharing my passion for the arts with students at DanceWorks.

Natalie Jones

Drama Facilitator and Director

“I love acting. It is so much more real than life” – Oscar Wilde

My name is Natalie Jones and I am a drama facilitator and director. I graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with an Honours degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. Over the past few years I have worked with hundreds of children both in the UK and US teaching theatre and performance art. I have worked in schools, for prominent theatre companies and summer camps facilitating and devising theatre. I have recently moved back to Cyprus and have started up a small theatre company of my own called Elevate Theatre company. My goal is to spread my love of theatre and performance.

Kristina Alexandrou

Dance Instructor

‘Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you’ve never lost’

Medallist at FIG tournaments Winner of National / International Competitions C.M.S. of Russia Cyprus National Team.

Themida Christodoulou

Dance Instructor

“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.”

Athletics Experience (Rhythmic Gymnastics):

  • Cyprus National Team (2010-2018)
  • Bronze Medalist Commonwealth Games ’14
  • 10 years Pancyprian Winner
  • Experienced in World and European Championships
  • Mediterranean Games ’13
  • World Gymnasiade ’13