Latin American

Teachers (in alphabetical order)

Mark Robertson

Latin Teacher

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. 
Dance Styles:
– Latin, Ballroom


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:
Danish Champion, All South African Open champion, Dutch Open Amateur Latin Finalist, World Amateur Latin Finalist, Semi Finalist in ALL major championships.

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.

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.


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.


Troels Bager

Latin Teacher

Troels is just one of the Global superstars we currently have in the Team. 3 x World Champion, years of experience in teaching, coaching and Choreographing Latin and Ballroom Dancing. Has worked with Professional top dancers, Group Shows, TV Shows and ProAm Showcases. Has performed all over the world; New York, Hollywood, London, Shanghai, Moscow, Sydney and more. Has won all major championships including Blackpool, International, UK and World Championships. 

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 has accomplished a lot at each stage of his dance development. He became Polish Junior, Youth and Amateur finalist and champion.  Rafael has enjoyed a successful Professional career.
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 ProAm Dance Sport Series events.


Petur Gunnarsson

Latin Teacher

Petur is a 3x World Latin American U21 Champion with his partner Polina. He was born & raised in Reykjavik, Iceland. With his partner, Polina Oddr, they have been at the top of their league, winning mostly all major Championships around the world and holding the record of being the only couple to win The U21 World Latin American Championships 3 times in a row.   In addition to being 3 times U21 world champion Petur and Polina are also;

-The International U21 Champion

-The Dutch Open U21 Champion


Stefano Grassi

Latin Teacher

Stefano was Junior Italian Champion and Blackpool and International finalist.  In 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 was Italian Champion. Stefano is a key member of the HeavenlyDance teaching Team and very popular amongst our customers taking students to new heights.


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! 
8 Times Open British Professional Latin Champion

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