Alexandrina Stoyneva (Ina) started practicing dancesport at the age of 12. She developed her skills in one of the most prestigious dancesport clubs in Bulgaria – KST Levski Brilliant “, where she worked with Mr. Vladimir Bozhilov, qualified Bulgarian coach and international judge. She started dancing salsa in 2001. over the years, repeatedly falls in the top three on the Bulgarian salsa scene in the selection of pairs for the World Salsa Championship. She has taken lessons with Billy Fajardo – chief judge of the World Cup salsa, Tanya Kesindzhar and Jorge Burgos, known as Ataca & Alemana – one of the best bachata pairs in the world. Within her dancing career, she realized herself as a professional dancer, choreographer, coach and judge and one of her brightest appearances has led her to the international scene in Greece, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, England, USA and others. She represents Bulgaria and Romania in two consecutive World Salsa Championships in the United States. She has taken part in TV formats. She has finished all of the semesters in the National Sports Academy, with a major in Dancesport Coach ( she is about to receive her diploma.) She is one of the founders of the innovative dance ensemble Latin Force.
Zahari Zahariev dances and teaches salsa for more than 13 years now. He combines flexibility, speed, technic and his own dancing style. He has had private lessons with world famous names like Billy Fajardo – Chief Judge of the World Salsa Championship, Tanya Kesindzhar and Jorge Burgos, known as Ataca & Alemana – one of the best bachata couples in the world. He has participated in TV formats, numerous competitions and international congresses. He represented Bulgaria and Romania on two consecutive World Salsa Championships in the USA. He relies on his personal contact during his coaching career. The dancing lessons he teaches, pass in a pleasant and easy to learn way. He is one of the founders of the innovative dance ensemble Latin Force.
Emilia Tzvetkova (Emi) – grew up in a family of dancers and choreographers, has discovered the magic of dance since she was young. As a child she has been dancing classical ballet, later becoming part of the modern ballet dance ensemble “Astra”, Blagoevgrad, where she participates in various festivals in Bulgaria and abroad. The Latin rhythms had always been her weakness, and the love for salsa sparkles from the very first dance. Together with the salsa, she also discovers the not so popular Zouk dance, which attracts her with the smooth moves and the specific music rhythm. Since 2013, Latin dances have become an indispensable part of her everyday life and little by little they have grown into a professional interest. As a Darvish Yoga Certified Instructor and other psycho-body practices, Emmy pays a great attention to connecting with the body and she identifies the dance as one of the best ways to do so.
Sergey Stalev (Serge) – his roots come from the cold Russian taiga but they are not an obstacle to devote his heart to the Latin rhythms. His first interest was in music which has quickly grown into an attraction to dancing, and since 2010 he has been exploring and dancing different styles of social dances. The Salsa remains the closest to its temperament, and in recent years he is devoted to developing in this direction. In parallel, he starts developing his skills in another attractive style – Zouk, and dreams of popularizing it among other dance lovers. Along with that, Serge has been performing martial arts for more than 10 years and is currently a Wing Chun assistant instructor. His interests complete each other and contribute to his development as a dancer and instructor.
Emi and Serge are part of the Latin Force Dance Studio Instructors’ team since the beginning of 2018.
Kristina Alexieva was born in Sofia. Ever since she has been in love with music. She has been involved with choir singing, she has several TV performances, as well as a performance in Bulgaria Hall. In 2010 she attends a new Salsa beginners group in Salsa la Vista. This turns out to be fate and dance becomes part of her daily life. Two years later she joined the Salsa la Vista team. She has participated in the shows of famous Bulgarian festivals such as Fanta Dance Festival, Mundo Latino, World Salsa Festival, Summer Salsa Festival, as well as in festivals abroad. She has also been involved in sports dances. She has 2 years of teaching experience in New York style salsa, bachata, cha-cha, kizomba and others. She also has her own choreographies and participates as an artist in various events. Being fluent in Spanish makes it one step easier to understand the salsa culture and the spirit of the mambo. Krisi has been feeling the rhythm of the dance for eight years now and wants to help others feel this magic. Since February 2019, she joined the instructors’ team at Latin Force.
Valentin Poromanski grew up in a family of musicians, and art has been a inseparable part of him over the years. From a very young age, he became an actor, taking part in many performances, some of which in the opera. At the age of 13, he started playing basketball and martial arts, moreover, his skateboarding skills are on a professional level which he continues to develop these days. A few years later he discovered his new vocation – a salsa dancer and instructor. He has participated in Bulgarian and international festivals as well as salsa competitions, some of which he wins. From February 2019, he joined the Latin Force instructors’ team with his talented partner Kristina, and they began teaching salsa together for the first time at the Latin Force halls.
Latin Force brings together two of the most talented and positive dancers on the Bulgarian stage – Krisi and Valentin. Enjoy this absolutely amazing combination! The new couple will give you with countless good emotions and even more knowledge of the dance!
Emilia Stankova or Emi – born in Varna, drowns into the dance hall when she is 12 back then she begins to dance modern and jazz ballet – ballet “Element”, Varna.
She has participated in a number of Bulgarian competitions and concerts for modern ballet. She had to give up ballet for personal reasons, but years later – in 2012, she starts feeling the absence of the dance and began dancing salsa in “Malambo”, Varna. She first meets the Kizomba rhythm at parties, and this leads her to lots of training and learning from festivals. In 2015, she met with Billy Angelov at a party (they matched from the very first second, when they begin to dance together), after that they realize that their dreams are very similar and both have ambitions to develop in this direction. So they decided to start teaching together. Since 2015 she leads regular classes and workshops together with Billy, developing ever her skills constantly at international festivals with some of the best instructors. In 2016, together they begin the project of Albir & Sara – Random Roots, creating a team in Sofia. She dreams of becoming a world famous Kizomba dancer and instructor!
Boris Angelov or better known as Billy was born in Pleven, but grew up in Sofia, he accidentally goes to an art festival in Sozopol 2011, where he falls in love with the social dance. He began dancing in MONTFIZ with Georgi Georgiev (SalsaHolicsBG) salsa, bachata and merengue. Going in this direction, he was stunned by the strong beat of Kizomba, despite the ease of movements. Falling in love with this dance, later, he rediscovered himself, his dreams and began traveling and attending festivals, developing up to this day. His curiosity in hip-hop and oldschool RnB, slowly enters his Kizomba style, and this is how Billy was born! He accidentally met with Emi at a Kizomba party and they instantly “clicked”. They began teaching together in 2015 and to develop in other styles such as: semba, afrohouse and tarraxinha. In 2016, together they started the project of Albir & Sara – Random Roots, creating a team in Sofia. He dreams of becoming a world famous Kizomba dancer and instructor!
Alena Sterk or Ali, as most people know her, started dancing when she was little. She met the classic preparation of the ballet, and went through dance sport, aerobics, salsa and bachata. When she met Garo Uzunyan, she found the infinite charm of Kizomba, which she developed in the recent years, visiting a numerous international festivals and lessons with the best instructors: Kvenda Lima Morenas and Anais, Ricardo and Paola and many others. She has a certificate for successfully completed course for instructors “Teacher’s Training” of the Afrolatin Connection, Porto, Portugal. She was part of a troupe for typical dances with performances in India and Spain.
Zdravko Kostadinov (Groovez) is a professional with great experience, style and innovative ideas. He has participated in most Bulgarian video clips, in reality formats such as X Factor. He has participated in workshops with the choreographers and dancers of Usher, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Madonna in the US, Germany, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. He has worked with artists such as Mario Winans, Crisco, Maria Ilieva, Miro, 100 Kila, Divna, Santra and others. Zdravko has participated as leading dancer and choreographer in the largest and most successful tours, LIVE concerts and events, both in Bulgaria and abroad: Coca Cola HAPPY ENERGY Tour, BG RADIO MUSIC AWARDS, Media Music Awards (Romania), Top of the pop (Poland), Eurovision.
He draws experience and inspiration while visiting international hip-hop workshops. In 2013. He won a scholarship given by the “Dancing art – Iliev” foundation and he moved to Los Angeles, where he spent a month learning from the choreographers of the stars on the world music scene.
In 2016 together with Plamen Andreev (Pacho & Zdravko), he won the 359 Hip-Hop Awards – “Best Hip-Hop Dance Formation” 2016.
Petar (Pepi) Ivanov is one of the main instructors at the uMove Hip-Hop Dance School, with years of experience in different street styles. Pepi is an example of the admissions in the school. He starts dancing just as a hobby, but later on his will and consistency helped him climb every step up in the hierarchy. Today he is not only an instructor, but also the heart of uMove’s representative “crew”.
Over the years, as part of the uMove Crew, he has won a number of prizes at street dances competitions around Bulgaria. In 2017 he had two huge successes – he got in the top 8 BG pairs with a solo at the European Street Masters Competition in Plovdiv “European Street Masters 2017” as well as in the top 16 at the European BackToStylez competition in Pisa, Italy.
Pepi is part of the Eurovision Children’s Eurovision 2016 crew, dancer in the new ad of Toyota Yaris 2017 for Europe, semi-finalist with uMove Crew in Bulgaria’s Got Talent 2016, part of the team of professional dancers in the movie Eyes, was shot in Nu Boyana Film Studios.
Last but not least, Pepi is part of the uMove choreographic team and co-choreographer and dancer of two dance and theater productions “Episodes” (2016) and “Fragments” (2017) which were played in front of a full hall in the Independent Theater. Shortly, Pepi is an example of the spirit and culture of the school – different but with team spirit.
You are welcome to meet him personally!
Dilyana Popova (Didi) is performing dance sport for 14 years. She competes in a number of Bulgarian and international competitions (Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the most prestigious tournament in the world – Blackpool in England). She has developed her skills attending numerous seminars and she has been trained by some of the highest ranked coaches in the dance sport field from Denmark and Slovenia. She gained even more knowledge of the dance sport thanks to the world champions in Latin American dances, the amateurs Troels Baer and Ina Zhelyazkova (Denmark).
She graduated NSA with a major in “Coach Dance Sport” and also “Spanish Philology” at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski “. This preparation made her extremely good at her work with children’s groups and her work with pairs that take part in competitions.
Dilyana part of the Latin Force Team.
How do the lessons with Dilyana proceed you can see HERE 😉
Bella Haritova has been dancing many different dance styles, including
classical ballet, contemporary dance, sports dance and salsa. In 2007 she discovered the Argentine tango and together with her partner Pavel Nedev they began taking
lessons with Ivo Parushev and Chavdar Krumov. They have private lessons and attend a number of seminars with Argentine and Italian instructors. After that, they both strat teaching at various dance studios in Sofia and participate in the tango demonstrations, organized by Tango BG. Bella studied modern dance and graham technique with Tsvetanka Gerginova. She has attended professional training in classical ballet and contemporary dance. She studied ballet with the dancer Tsvetanka Petkova, then with Mary Gezentchova and with the prima ballerina Vesa Tonova. She finished a training program in contemporary dance, Dance port Derrida in 2014 and crrently she is part of Derrida’s Dance Center. She has participated in various performances and projects, including Metronome of the choreographer Zhivko Zheliazkov, Fortified spaces of the American choreographer Sidra Bell, In the eyes of others – choreographer Michaela Grivev, Home – of the Portuguese choreographer Louis Marafa and others. She continues to seek new ways of expression in order to make her dance skills perfect in each style she performs, she practices yoga, and she is actively engaged with various forms of the contemporary and classical dance and together with that she is interested in Nuevo tango.
Pavel Nedev started dancing salsa in 2006. Shortly after, he discovers the Argentine tango and starts intensive lessons with the founders of the tango
community in Bulgaria – Chavdar Krumov and Ivo Parushev. He has attended seminars with Argentine and Italian teachers, including Monika Parra, Maximiliano
Paradiso, Mazen Kiwan, Luca Lamberti, world champions in tango salon for 2012, Facundo De La Cruz and Paola Sanz, the creators of the Body Awareness Method Applied to Argentine Tango – Marcela Trape and Mario Ferraro, and many others. After a few years of training, he was offered to teach and together with his partner Bella Haritova they begin leading classes in various dance studios in Sofia. Meanwhile, together with Bella they began lessons in modern dance and graham technique. The went to a dance competition show in 2008 and won first place. They participate in tango demonstrations organized by Tango BG. Pavel is interested in Nuevo tango and contemporary dance techniques and continues to look for new ways of expression and to practice new various dance styles.
Gogo and Mila are part of the team of Lindy Hop Bulgaria – the biggest Swing dances school in Bulgaria. Since their very first steps in the hall, they find out that swing dancing would become their passion and lifestyle.
Both started practiccing swing dances professionally in 2014 as they have number of participations in international festivals, competitions and workshops with some of the most popular swing dancers in the world. They have finished intensive courses in swing styles such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Shag college with internationally recognized instructors.
Gogo is part of a team of Lindy Hop Bulgaria since 2014, when he began to teach an intensive program for beginners – Swinging Sofia. After that he broadened his skills as a teacher in Charleston, Lindy Hop and Shag. Gogo is one of the fastest growing instructors in the team, and the first to win the Jack & Jill competitions, organized by the school in Bulgaria. He won third place in the Strictly Lindy discipline in Sofia Swing Dance Festival 2015.
Mila’s interest in jazz music and tap dance slowly took her to the hall where she discovered her passion for the authentic swing rhythm and movements of the early 20th century. After just one year she managed to pass all levels in the school and she began to teach. Coincidentally, her partner turns out to be her first teacher in swing dancing, Gogo.
Both of them are extremely charming and positive instructors who manage to transfer to their students with such ease and grace their love for swing dance.
Boriana is a longtime professional dancer, currently a professor of contemporary dance for children and adults. She has participated in numerous Bulgarian and international television and stage dance projects, films, videos and commercials. She graduated with an MBA in “Contemporary dance techniques” at the Art Academy in Plovdiv. In 2008 she began working as a children and sports animator. Over the past few years she focused on the choreographic and educational work with children at different ages. Her students have won medals at international dance festivals multiple times.
In order to keep the good shape of her body on stage and in the everyday life, Boryana discovered the “Pilates” method. The daily workouts turned into passion and she began working in several halls as an instructor and to lead individual workouts in Pilates and Kardiobalet. She has gained experience from some of the best instructors during various trainings and workshops. She has a certificate from the Union for Aerobics in Bulgaria and A.F. Studies Fitness School.
Yana Marinova was born on 30.11.1972 in Sofia, she is a ballet dancer in the Sofia National Opera and Ballet since the beginning of 1991. In 1990 she graduated secondary school in one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world – Kyiv State Choreography School. During the same year she was accepted as a soloist together with her professional partner, Maxim Belotzerkovski (currently premier at the American Ballet Theater) in the Varna Opera house, where she played all soloist roles from the repertoire of the ballet. In 1997 she graduated the State Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” – Sofia with a BA in Ballet Choreography and Pedagogy, and currently she is studying a Master’s degree in the same sphere. She has participated in international competitions in Varna and Osaka, where she was a finalist, as well as in various tours around the world.
Since 2016 she is a teacher at the National School of Dance Arts.
She has many stage choreographies and her students have won first prizes in International contests.
TIARA Classical Ballet Studio offers ballet training for children between 4 and 11 years old, based on the Russian methodology – Vaganova. The ballet exercise is adapted to the children’s age and the little insecure steps very quickly become dancing ones!
The school teaches over 160 children who get to know the ballet art and create! The studio opens in 2015 with the artistic director Nina Gachevska – a professional ballerina and pedagogue, who graduated from the National School of Dancing Arts with a major in “Classic Ballet” in 2005. and a major in “Ballet Pedagogy” at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov “in 2010.
The school year begins in early September and finishes at the end of June. The stage performances of the children are an important part of the calendar of the creative year – solo performances and concerts, participation in competitions and festivals, participation in TV shows. Previous students in the school have been awarded with a number of awards from different forums.
The motto of the studio for classical ballet Tiara is “Because behind every successful ballet dancer stands the support, patience and love!“
Boryana Dimitrova is a professional instructor in oriental dancing. She teaches at several places in Sofia, director and choreographer in the group for oriental dancing Sarab. She regularly attends workshops with teachers from different countries – Egypt, Greece, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Russia, France, Bulgaria. She is a soloist and choreographer in different oriental dance performances in Bulgaria. Together with Sarab, she represents different styles of oriental dances – classical Egyptian, modern belly dance, folklor styles. They have numerous performances at various stages in Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, participation in TV shows on BTV, BNT2, channel 3, show programs.
Lilia could not even remember when she falls in love with the dance . Over the years she has been interested in folk dances, sports dances, k-pop, hip-hop and oriental dances, and in the face of the last two styles she finds her greatest love. The two seemingly distant worlds of hip-hop dancing and oriental ones enter in an absolute symbiosis into her greatest passion – the tribal fusion style.
She has been trained and is a part of the Sarab Oriental Dance group under Boryana Dimitrova’s leadership for four years now, where she builds a solid foundation in different Oriental styles. In her own tribal fusion version, the base is the Oriental dance with elements of popping, hip-hop, contemporary dance, as well as music from different modern styles.
Lilia has attended seminars and workshops in Bulgaria and Greece led by Eva Handzikristou (Greece), Isa Logonovich (Poland), Kira Lebedeva (Ukraine), Polina Shandarina (Russia), Alexandra Zervu (Greece), Dimitra Diamanti (Greece) Erifli Nicholas (Greece), Dimitris Pekos (Greece), Ashley Lopez (USA), Olesia Baglay (Russia) and others, and she actively continues to develop and attend lessons, seminars and workshops.
She has participated in a number of dance performances – Oriental dance performance “Mirage”, dance performance of the Sarab School “1001 Nights”, she won the Sarab school’s first place for excellent performance in the 11th International Youth festival ” The Muses”, Sozopol. She has participated in the performance “Oriental’s scent” 2017, Vratsa. She is part of of Pedro Bonato de Castro’s photographic project “The Orientalist.” She has her own Youtube channel with dance videos.
Marina is one of the professional choreographers in the Bulgarian folk dances club “Vitosha”, founded on November 8, 2010 by the chief artistic director and choreographer – Radoslav Todorov. Since then, the group has taken part in many prestigious concerts, festivals and competitions in Bulgaria and abroad. The main goal of the “Vitosha” club is to study and keep the authenticity of the folk-dance patterns. In the repertoire of “Vitosha” club already exist several developed stage dance productions.
Since first grade Marina, began studying “Choreography” in the class of Donka Yordanova in 74th School “Gotse Delchev” in Sofia. Even before completing her secondary education, she became part of the children and youth folk ensemble “Spring” under the guidance of Acad. Krassimir Petrov and Rahila Petrova. In 2012 she graduated from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, with major in Bulgarian folk choreography under the direction of prof. Daniela Geneva and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anton Andonov. Upon graduation, she received an award for contribution to the work of the academy. During her university education Marina works as a performer in the dance formation “Plovdiva.” From 2012 to 2015 she danced in “Pasha Dance Theater” – Antalya, Turkey, where she has participated in more than 900 performances. From 2015 until now, she teaches Bulgarian folk dances in kindergartens and schools for the Emotion Dancing school. Since November 2015 is the chief instructor of the Bulgarian folk dance lovers in “Bodifolk” club, and together with thay she started working as an artist in the professional folk ensemble “Bulgarian rhythms.” Since January 2017, Marina is an instructor of Bulgarian folk dances in Latin Force Dance Studio.
Mihaela is one of the professional choreographers in the Bulgarian folk dances club “Vitosha”, founded on November 8, 2010 by the chief artistic director and choreographer – Radoslav Todorov. Since then, the group has taken part in many prestigious concerts, festivals and competitions around the country and abroad. The main goal of the “Vitosha” club is to study and keep the authentic folk dance patterns. Several stage developed dance performances exist in the “Vitosha” repertoire.
Mihaela started dancing when she was 8 years old for a dance troupe which was part of the Community Centre “Miner” in Bobov Dol – Dance Ensemble “Sun”. There, under the guidance of artists and soloists of “Pirin” Ensemble Milen Dimitrov and Asen Kolev, she participated in numerous prestigious concerts, competitions and festivals across the country. Immediately after she completed her primary education in primary school “Nikola Yonkov Vaptsarov” in Bobov Dol, she was accepted at the National School of Dance Art in Sofia in the class of Kristina Aleksandrova. During her professional education she was dancing for “Iskar” ensemble, led by Nikola Kolev and Nadia Koleva. In 2014 she participated in the “Golden crook” contest in Kotel, where she won second place! Immediately after graduation Michaela Shilegarska started working as a performer in the professional folk ensemble “Bulgarian rhythms” with artistic director Dimitar Mitev and choreographer Radoslav Todorov, where she participated in numerous folk television productions, concerts, festivals and performances across the country. In 2015 she started working as an assistant instructor at the school for amateurs, part of “Vitosha” dance club and in 2016 she became a professional instructor at the club. Marina is teaching Bulgarian folk dances in Latin Force Dance Studio.
Emanuela Alvarez (#EMSI) is a certified Zumba Fitness instructor since 2012, Zumba Toning – 2015, STRONG by Zumba – 2016.
In 2018 she developed a new HIP-HOP FITness® program. She does sports actively from an early age – boxing, athletics and various types of dancing such as hip-hop, modern ballet, folk dances, Latin dances and others.
Sport is not just a physical activity for her which we we practice to look nice, but it is a way of life, shaping her view of the world. All that makes us strong and makes us develop and change in a positive direction. The classes with her are a good way to relax and maintain good health through movement. Positive, energetic and always wearing a big smile on her face, she is expecting you!
Margarita Georgieva’s passion for sport (Megy) starts in full force in 2009. She begins doing bodybuilding, gradually realizing that her role in life is to help people to mentally and physically build a new self. Therefore, she puts all of her efforts in this direction. She graduated a Gym Academy and later starts high intensity interval training. Of course, she tries to figure out how this method works and builds on knowledge working on herself. She studied the physiology and anatomy of the body, and later starts learning more about nutrition, training and self-control, finishing up this whole cycle. She includes different methodologies. Goes through Crossfit, HIIT and finally opens the Tabata Protocol. Just a few years later she manages to achieve achieve the perfect athlete vision – durable, functional and powerful. She graduated in Nutritionology at the Canadian University of Nutrition, and later at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. She works as a private nutritionist. Megi is a certified bodybuilding instructor, HIIT and TABATA, as well as a personal bodybuilding and fitness trainer.
During Megy’s classes, the amateur tabata is structured according to the group’s levels. The training will include various methods of athletics, gymnastics, HIIT and Crossfit will make it an interesting, different and enjoyable time. The groups will slowly progress within a few weeks in order to reach the perfect athlete vision – strong, durable and functional.
Velin Yordanov was born on November 30, 1971 in Plovdiv. He studied masters in Kinesitherapy and masters in Clinical Biology.
He trains Aikido under the leadership of Sensei Georgi Ivanov and Jeet Kune Do trained by Hristo Manushkov.
He stated training Wing Chun in 2009 for EEO Bulgaria, headed by Sifu Stanislav Bagalev. After numerous international seminars with Grandmaster K. Kernspecht, in 2013 he defended 1 TG. In 2015 he won two gold medals from the First Republican Championship for Wing Chun in Bulgaria. He defends 2 TG. On 01.04.2017 he became a member of Wing Chun International under the direction of Dai Sifu Tommy Luke Böligg and during the same year he was awarded the Sifu title in Wing Chun. He is head of the school in Sofia and a judging instructor for Bulgaria.
From the beginning of 2012 until the end of 2016 he has participated in more than 100 seminars both on the territory of Bulgaria and abroad – Vienna, Mallorca, Hockenheim.