Elizabeth Smailes has been active in ballroom dance since 1990 and teaching professionally for over 20 years. Before turning professional, she enjoyed success in competition, followed by several contracts to perform and teach on cruise ships.
As a professional she has achieved a Licentiate designation in Latin, and a Fellowship designation in Standard, the highest possible, with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. Elizabeth believes ballroom dancing is the ideal activity, combining the opportunity to express oneself artistically, to incorporate regular physical activity into our lives, and most importantly, to meet people, make friends, and develop strong social networks.
Emma has come to Victoria from Sydney, Australia and has her Associate accreditation in International Latin Dance.
After falling in love with Dancesport as a teenager and spending a short time competing in pro-am and then amateur categories, in recent years Emma’s focus has turned to choreographing and teaching. While at university, she began teaching beginner dance classes in Latin, and this led to choreographing and performing for the university’s annual dance production for five years, and being the production’s Artistic Director in 2014. Having recently relocated to Victoria she is excited to continue to teach and to meet with others who share a passion for dance!
Victor is a Russian-trained dancer who has over 27 years of international dance and performance experience, including over 10 years of intense teaching and training of amateur and championship-level dancers in Russia. Since 2012, He has been teaching and training in Victoria, BC, Canada.