Latin American


(listed in alphabetical order)

Mark Robertson

Latin Teacher

Mark is the Managing Director of HeavenlyDance, and helps the team to reach for new heights.
Born in Scotland, Mark started his dancing career at the age of 7, and quickly became committed to competing at National level.

Mark excelled in his younger years becoming Junior World Champion by the age of 14, winning every title in that age category, and becoming World #2 in Youth ranks, just falling short of the coveted #1. Mark was nominated for the Carl Alan Award for their outstanding performances to dance in this year.

The dancing World was given an opportunity to display its talent and diversity when the hit stage show Burn The Floor was being created. The developers of this show approached Mark to join as one of the original cast. Mark joined the Show, which went on to become an International hit show filling theatres and arenas all over the World, stopping at a full house in Broadway’s Radio City. Mark appeared on numerous TV shows, adverts, and other PR related activities during his time with Burn The Floor.

Moving onto successful Amateur and Professional careers, Mark eventually retired from competitions at the early age of 28 with the ambition to move his focus towards the business side of the industry and the development of dance excellence. In 2011, Mark (and fellow partners), took over another established studio at the time called Heavenly Dance Centre to merge 2 Dance Studios into 1. Since then, HeavenlyDance has grown in stature and recognized as one of the most prestigious studios in the World with the World’s best dancing stars and Teachers at their disposal.

Michael Malitowski

Latin Teacher

World Professional Latin Champion, European Pro Latin Champion, British Professional Latin Champion, UK Professional Latin Champion…the list of titles that Michael has won goes on and on and one of the best Latin dancers in history keeps on adding new ones, bringing joy and amazement to the dance floors all over the world! However, probably the best way to meet Michael is in Hong Kong’s HeavenlyDance where he is co-director and instructor.

8 Times Open British Professional Latin Champion

Darren Hammond

Latin Teacher

Darren was born in South Africa and started dancing from a young age.

Youth Under 21 Latin American:
Dutch Open Champion
British Open Champion (Blackpool)
World Youth Latin Champion.

Amateur Latin American:
Naples Open Champion
Austrian Open Champion
Danish Champion
All South African Open champion
Dutch Open Amateur Latin Finalist
World Amateur Latin Finalist
Semi Finalist in ALL major championships – (U.K. Blackpool, and International Championships, Worlds)

2nd place in Season 2 “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” SA.

Dmitry Timokhin

Latin Teacher

Dmitry has been Russian Champion at every level in every age category.

He was World, European and Open British Champion before turning Professional.  In the Professional ranks, he was Vice World Champion and Finalist of every major event in the World.

Dmitry now spends his time developing the World’s best dance talent.  He is an energetic demanding teacher.

Espen Salberg

Latin Teacher

Espen Salberg is one of very few individuals who has earned the right to be titles as a Latin American Icon.

Holder of multiple titles at every level and now coach to the World’s best competitive dancers.

Ferdinando Iannancone

Latin Teacher

Fernando together with his beautiful partner Yulia, they are currently the top ranked couple in the World in the Amateur Latin division.

They have been finalists in all major World Competitions for several years.
They are currently the USA Amateur Latin Champions.

Fernando & Yulia have a growing following of fans all over the Word and are particularly a fans favourite in China & Japan.

Ina Jeliazkova

Latin Teacher

Ina, with her partner Troels, are currently the World’s most iconic couple in the World of Latin Dancing.

Some of their accolades list the following;

Professional World Latin Vice Champion 2019
Ranked Top 3 in the Professional Latin in Blackpool Dance Festival, UK Open Championships and International Open Championships 2019
3 times World Amateur Latin Champion

Enquire now for private lessons with these Dance mortals!

Ivailo Tonchev

Latin Teacher

Ivailo is an integral part of our Team and has been with us for several years, assisting and guiding students throughout their journey. A former World Vice-Champion in Latin-American Showdance, United Kingdom Championship and European Professional Latin semi-finalist, Ivailo has always nurtured a great passion for ballroom dancing.

After retiring from competitive dance, Ivailo had the opportunity to further widen his horizons into the dance and fitness industries.

Apart from being a World Dance Council licensed adjudicator and a professional dance teacher, Ivailo runs a successful boutique style fitness studio spanning over two locations in Hong Kong.

Klaus Kongsdal

Latin Teacher

Klaus is an integral part of the Team and has been with the studio for over 15 years.

Previously, Klaus was a finalist in all major Professional Latin events including World Championships, British Open Championships, International & UK Championships.

Now Klaus is a teacher to some of the Worlds best couples and an Adjudicator invited to many World Class events.

Korina Travis

Latin Teacher

Originating from St Helens in the North West of England, Korina now lives here in Hong Kong with her partner and our fellow teacher Stefano Grassi. Starting at the young age of 2, she has spent 24 years developing skills in many different styles of dance and is our most versatile teacher here in Heavenly. Her biggest achievements are attending The Royal Ballet School for 3 years & becoming the Under 21 Latin Champion at the Prestigious Blackpool Festival. Check out her other incredible results within our industry and her other accomplishments elsewhere.


  • Champion of the British ‘Open to the World’ Under 21 Latin Championships – 2014 
  • Vice Champion of the International Championships in the Under 21 Latin – 2014  
  • Finalist of the British ‘Open to the World’ Amateur Rising Star Latin Championships – 2014 
  • Finalist at the United Kingdom Open Championships in the Amateur Rising Star – 2015


  • Semi-finalist at the British Open Championship in Under 21’s Ballroom – 2013


  • Attended The Royal Ballet School for 3 consecutive years – 2005-2008
  • Solo National Cheerleading Champion
  • Figure 8 Fitness Certified
  • Achieved the ‘Young Dancer of the Year Award’ – 2015 
  • Performed for Her Royal Majesty the Queen at the Opening Ceremony for the new Britannia Cruise Ship – 2015

Versatile Member of our Team!

Klemen Prasnikar

Latin Teacher

Klemen is from Slovenia, who is passionate and dedicated to the art of dance.
With his partner Sasha, he is one of the World’s leading dancers.
Some of his achievements include;
– 2017, 2018, 2019 World Champion
– UK Champion
– European Champion
– Asian Open Champion
– Dutch Open Champion
– Blackpool China Champion
– Winner of World and European Cup
– Winner of All England Championship
– Winner of Universal Championship
– Winner of Imperial Championship

Marina Steshenko

Latin Teacher

Marina is from the Ukraine.  With her former partner, she was the German National Champion.
Ranked Top 20 of all major events.

Runner up Italian Open Championship.
3 place in the Blackpool Amateur Rising Stars Championship in 2014.

Great Team player!

Rafael Pierce

Latin Teacher

Rafael is a very a experienced Latin American dance professional.

Having been developing his career from the early age of 6, throughout the years he has been learning from the best teachers and accomplished a lot at each stage of his dance development. He became Polish Junior, Youth and Amateur finalist, medalist and champion. After turning Professional, Rafael won the Greek Closed Latin Championship, became IPDSC European Runner up, Canadian Open Champion, and finalist of the UK Open Professional Rising Star Championships, as well as placed in the top 48 of all major competitions.

Rafael has also a lot of experience in ProAm category, teaching and partnering ProAm students to win all the major competitions in Canada including the World Pro-Am Dance Sport Series events.

Stefano Grassi

Latin Teacher

At the age of 5, he started his dance journey and achieved great results by the time he was 9 years old, claiming the Italian Champion title and obtaining that for 3 consecutive years.  On top of that, he became a finalist of the prestigious Blackpool Open Championships and the International Championships in London. By the time he was 12, he moved up into the Junior category to which he achieved results such as; Blackpool Finalist, International Finalist & German Open Finalist.

Furthering his career into Youth, he was a regular finalist in all WDSF International competitions and Vice Champion in all Italian Championships from 2010 to 2012.  He achieved 5th place in WDSF World Ranking. In Amateur ranks, he has been crowned the Italian Champion and currently striving for continued success across the Globe.

Stefano is a key member of the HeavenlyDance teaching Team and very popular amongst our customers taking students to new heights.

Troels Bager

Latin Teacher

Troels in just one of the Global superstars we currently have in the Team.

3 x World Champion
– Originally from Denmark.
– Years of experience in teaching, coaching and
Choreographing Latin and Ballroom Dancing.
– Been working with Professional top dancers, Group Shows, TV Shows and ProAm Showcases.
– Lived and studied dance in New York and London.
– Been performing all over the world; New York, Hollywood, London, Shanghai, Moscow, Sydney and more.
– Has won all mayor championships including “The Blackpool Dance Festival”, “International Dance Championships”, “United Kingdom Open to The World” and “The World Latin Championships”.

Yulia Musikhina

Latin Teacher

Yulia together with her partner Ferdinando, they are currently the top ranked couple in the World in the Amateur Latin division.

They have been finalists in all major World Competitions for several years.

They are currently the USA Amateur Latin Champions.

Fernando & Yulia have a growing following of fans all over the Word and are particularly a fans favourite in China & Japan.

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