Teachers

Anne Mäyrä

// Jazz, Children's Dance, Show Dance // Anne has been studying dance since she was five, starting with classical ballet. Jazz dance and steppe also quickly joined the patterns. Anne has been a freelance student at Tanssivint since she was 9 years old until her journey took her to New York in -91. Initially, Anne studied dance in New York with a work-study scholarship at Steps and later at Ballet Arts and Dance Space. New […]
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Anneke Lönnroth

// Ballet, Pointe // Anneke Lönnroth began her studies at the age of 5 as a student of Airi Säilä and later Marin Veltchev in Helsinki. Deepened his studies at the Sofia Choreographic Ballet School in Bulgaria and participated in domestic and international ballet competitions (Varna, USA). Attached to the Finnish National Ballet from 1984 to autumn 2010. Dance in countless works from a wide and varied career, from modern and contemporary ballet to classical lead roles for almost 30 years […]
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Anni Jokimies

// Ballet, Children's Dance // After graduating from the National Opera and Ballet School, the Basel Theater Ballet School, I started my career in the Finnish National Ballet in 2014. In addition, I danced with Ballet du Rhin and Oklahoma City Ballet with France and the United States. I have gained experience in many summer courses eg. In St. Petersburg and Copenhagen and received during my career to work with many internationally renowned teachers and choreographers with. I'm [...]
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Annika Mäkelä

//Baletti, Commercial, Hip Hop, Nykytanssi, Show// Annika Mäkelä valmistui tanssitaiteen kandidaatiksi London Studio Centren Jazz-linjalta kesällä 2020. Jazz-linjalla hän opiskeli monipuolisesti eri lajeja (mm. balettia, erilaisia jazz-tekniikoita, Street Dancea ja sen alalajeja ja steppiä) kansainvälisesti tunnettujen tanssijoiden ja koreografien ohjaamana (mm. Ricky Jinks, Lisa Spencer ja Robbie O'Reilly).   Ennen yliopisto-opintojaan Annika suoritti Kuopion Musiikkilukion tanssilinjan […]
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Elisa Da Silva Nascimento

// Hip Hop // Elisa is a Brazilian street dance teacher with over 20 years of experience as a dancer. She has experience in many different genres of Hip Hop culture, including hip hop, House, afro House, locking, dance hall, and Brazilian funk or “passinho”. Elisa has been in the world of well-known Hip Hop dancers such as Parris Goebel, Les Twins and Laure Courtellemont. […]
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Ella Snellman

Ella is a professional dancer who graduated from the Stockholm Ballet Academy and has worked internationally as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer in Finland, Sweden and Spain. Ella is e.g. worked as a dancer at gala and corporate events (Nobel Prize ceremony, Samsung, WDM), music videos (The Night Flight Orchestra, Donny Montell, Antti Tuisku, Kasperg), and musicals and contemporary dance works such as “Robin Hood The Musical” at Dröse & Norberg Theater musical at Seinäjoki City Theater and Virpi Pähkinen's work “Monolit Polygon” at Stockholm Stadsteatern. Ella's dance career has also been preceded by a 10-year racing career in rhythmic gymnastics, advancing to the Finnish and Nordic championships. Ella wants to pass on to her students the perseverance and patience she has learned from her gymnastics career in training, and her teaching style is characterized by creating a safe learning environment where the joy of her own inner dance and, above all, daring and success experiences are paramount.
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Felicia Karrenberg

// Show, Children's Show, Children's Dance, Hip Hop, Street, Commercial Dance // Felicia Karrenberg has been following her passion since childhood and it has always been Dancing. From the beginning, it became a hobby dear to Felicia and then developed into a profession. Felicia is a warm-hearted and encouraging dance teacher. She graduated from Scandinavian Dance Academy in the spring of 2020, in Stockholm. Dance background consists of competition, versatile training, EK groups […]
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Gabriella Serra

// Classical Ballet // Gabriella is originally from Italy. She was educated in Cannes at the famous ballet school Center de Danse International Rosella Hightower (now Ècole Supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower), where she studied under the direction of Paris Opera teachers and star dancer Rosella Hightower. She has performed as a dancer in Belgium, Italy, Germany and in several productions of the Finnish National Opera with work-specific […]
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Ida Hentunen

// Children's Dance, Lyrical Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Show // Ida Hentunen, a native of Kuopio, has graduated as a dance teacher from Savonia University of Applied Sciences and has developed her skills in various courses in Paris. After graduating, Ida has worked as a dance teacher and dancer all over Finland, worked on the works of several different choreographers, and participated in various interdisciplinary projects and performances. As a teacher, Ida is energetic, encouraging and punctual. He wants […]
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Ida Mäkelä

// Ballet, Children's Dance, Lyrical Jazz, Show, Dance // I've been dancing ballet and contemporary dance since the age of 4. I graduated in 2019 as a dance teacher from Iwanson International School, Germany. The main focus of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance, which I have also taught after graduation. Prior to my professional studies in dance, I completed dance lines at Sibelius High School and Västra Nylands Folkhögskolan. Dancing has always been a way for me to develop and challenge myself. As a teacher […]
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Karl Hedman

// Ballet // Karl Hedman is a graduate of the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera (1958-68). He was attached to the Finnish National Ballet in 1973-96, but has also worked abroad (Gothenburg Stora Teatern 1969-71, Stockholm Cullberg Ballet 1977 and 1979-80). As a soloist at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Kalle danced 1986-96. Kalle's choreography for the Salome Opera was performed in Philadelphia and the Finnish National Opera in 1996-97. He has been a director of the National Opera's educational projects 1994-96 […]
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Krista Nyström

// Salsa, Commercial Latin // Krista on kokenut tanssinopettaja, jolla on monipuolinen tausta latinalaisista tansseista street-lajeihin. Viimeisen kymmenen vuoden aikana hän on kilpaillut ja esiintynyt useissa eri ryhmissä sekä matkustanut tanssin perässä oppiakseen jatkuvasti uutta. Krista on aloittanut katutansseilla kilpaillen SM, EM ja MM -tasolla, jonka jälkeen hän on keskittynyt yhä enemmän latinalaisiin tansseihin ja […]
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Linnea Havimäki

// Baletti, Lastentanssi, Nykytanssi, Show // OPINTOVAPAALLA Aloitin tanssin harrastamisen 3-vuotiaana. Jo pienestä asti olen tiennyt, että haluan tanssista itselleni ammatin ja intohimo tanssia kohtaan on vienyt minua eteenpäin. Tanssin pitkään ainoastaan balettia, josta olen saanut vahvan teknillisen pohjan. 15- vuotiaana aloitin Footlightin erikoiskoulutusryhmässä, jossa tutuiksi lajeiksi tulivat myös nykytanssi, showtanssi, street sekä steppi. Siitä […]
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Margarita Susi

// Ballet // Margarita began her career as a dancer in St. Petersburg at the Vaganova Ballet Academy at the age of 8. In addition to the ballet school, she has participated alongside professionals in ballet performances as a classical ballet dancer and character dancer. She graduated from the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera in 2011, while working as a visiting dancer in the works of the National Opera. Margarita has performed as a dancer in a total of 7 different countries (eg Finnish National Opera, Ballet Classique de Paris, Saint-Petersburg Ballet Theater, Kuopio City Theater), […]
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Maria Grotell

//Broadway Show// ÄITIYSLOMALLA Maria (o.s. Härkönen) on harrastanut tanssia taaperosta asti. Klassinen baletti vaihtui 12-vuotiaana katutansseihin, joita hän pitkään myös opetti. Maria suoritti Footlightin EK-ohjelman 2003-2005, ja on opettanut koulussamme vuodesta 2004. Hän on myös tanssinut tanssiryhmä Five Stepsin riveissä aktiivisesti vuodesta 2005 lähtien, ja vastaa nykyään suuresta osasta ryhmän koreografioista. Vuonna 2007 hän vietti […]
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Marianna Savela

// Ballet, Children's Dance, Show // As a teacher, Marianna is positive and encouraging, but also accurate. She wants to emphasize the importance of expressive skills and a positive atmosphere within the group in her teaching. Marianna has been dancing all her life since she was 8, with the main genre being ballet. Dance background can also be found in show dance, contemporary dance, jazz and commercial dance. Marianna's goal is to help each of her students find the joy of dancing, without forgetting the in-depth technique […]
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Oona Yliperttula

// Irish Dance // Irish dance took her with her in 2006, when Oona started the sport with Footlight classes. Over the years, experience has come as both a dancer and a teacher. In addition to Finland, Oona has danced in both Ireland and Russia, and has been influenced by the styles of different teachers. Currently, Oona is dancing in Footlight’s JigIt group. Working in music, Oona is inspired by Irish folk music, and Maltese is not […]
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Oskari Kela

// Tap // Oskari Kela's family background is strongly contemporary dance-oriented, the first choreography he designed as early as 1997 at the age of 13 at Zodiak - a new dance center together with the top names in the field, Jorma Uotinen, Riitta Vainio and Tiina Lindfors. She began her dance studies at Dance Center Footlight in 1998 with rhythmic dances. Tap and Irish Dance were his main genres. The teachers have been e.g. Taina […]
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Outi Kallinen

// African Dance // Outi Kallinen is a multi-talented dancer and musician: a teacher, performer and choreographer who started studying dance and music at an early age. Outi specializes in West African dances; Since the late 1980s, she has studied traditional dance and music in Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso and the Gambia in various groups. She has performed with numerous dance, theater and music groups in Europe […]
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Päivi Anttila

// Ballet // Dance teacher, choreographer and dancer, and Master of Early Childhood Education (kindergarten teacher). Master of Dance 1990, member of STTL. As a dance teacher since 1987 in several dance schools in Turku, Tampere and Helsinki, e.g. At the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera 1999-2001. Most recently worked as a teacher at the Jyväskylä Dance Institute 2005-2010, before that at the Jyväskylä Conservatory 2001-2004 and at the Dance School Sara 1993-1999. As a class teacher of dance pedagogy at the Department of Sports Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä 1993-1999 and 2001-2006 […]
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Petia Ilieva

// Baletti // Petia valmistui tanssijaksi Bulgarian Kansallisbaletin koulusta vuonna 1993. Hän on ollut tanssijana Suomen Kansallisbaletissa vuodesta 2001 Valmistuttuaan Petia on tanssinut mm. seuraavissa ryhmissä, Bulgarian Kansallisbaletti, Rostockin baletti, Tanskan Kuninkaallinen baletti, Norjan Kansallisbaletti. Tähtitanssijan nimityksen Petia sai vuonna 2009. Opettajana Petia on teknisesti tarkka, kannustava ja pyrkii korjaamaan oppilaitaan mahdollisimman henkilökohtaisesti.
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Reine Antonio

// Commercial Dance, Show, Street, Children's Dance // Reine is an energetic and encouraging teacher whose classes do not smile! Reine has started at Footlight since 2013 with majoring in Show, Jazz and Lyrical Jazz. As a dancer, she strives to be as versatile as possible and over the years she has also gained experience in Broadway Dance, Contemporary Dance, Dancehall, Street and Commercial Dance. Previous experience can also be found […]
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Saana Paakkanen

// Lastentanssi, Show, Steppi // Saana on Footlightin erikoiskoulutusryhmän kasvatteja ja kuuluu Tanssiryhmä Five Stepsin vakiokalustoon. Opettajakuntaamme hän liittyi vuoden 2003 alusta ja on opettanut lastentanssia, lasten balettia sekä showtanssia.
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Sanna Lepoaho

// Commercial Hip Hop, Street, Children's Street // Sanna, who started dancing at the age of 12, has more than ten years of experience in dance teaching. Sanna has mainly focused on street dance, teaching groups of all ages from toddlers to adults at both the hobby and competition levels. She has been recognized for her reliable and inspiring work in teaching children and young people, and received a 2017 FDO Scholarship for her choreography in the Adult2 competition series. In her teaching, Sanna follows […]
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Sathis Hettithanthri

// Hip Hop, Show // As a dance teacher, Sathis Hettithanthri brings a rich collection of skills and experiences that are unique to the dance world in Finland. His origins are in beautiful Sri Lanka, where he grew up in a family with a long history in the art world of that country. She began his dance career at the age of five with his father, Thumula Sena Hettithanthri, who was a leading advocate of traditional Sri Lankan dance […]
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Satu Anjala

// Steppi // Satu Anjala on Tanssikeskus Footlightin kasvatti. Satu innostui steppaamisesta vuonna 1990 ja oli Footlightin erikoiskoulutusryhmässä vuosina 1995-99. Steppi on ollut aina Sadun päälaji. Taina Schorin-Keltto on ollut suuri vaikuttaja ja innostaja Sadun tanssiopinnoissa.  Satu opettaa tunneillaan stepin perustekniikkaa, askeleita ja askelkuvioita.
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Shervin Shirazi

// Break, Hip Hop, Lyrical Hip Hop // Shervin on tanssinut pienestä pitäen, mutta erikoistunut viime vuosina breakiin ja sen alalajeihin. Iranilaissyntyinen Sepe on kerännyt meriitteihinsä mm. Breakin SM-kisojen ryhmäshown suomenmestaruuden vuonna 2002.
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Silvia Verges

// Ballet, Pointe // Silvia graduated from the Institut del Theater in Barcelona, her hometown. From 1993 to 2002 he worked at the Ballet de Euskad, the Mexican National Opera and the National Theater in Mannheim, Germany. He has performed in classic roles such as Pas de Vendange in Gisel, The Four Swans in the Swan Lake, The Shadows of the Bajadeerie, The Nutcracker, and Mark Goden, Octavio Zeyvy, Antonio Gomez, among others […]
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Taina Schorin-Keltto

// Irish Dance, Tap // Founder and Principal of Footlight, is a second generation dance artist. Taina started her dance studies at the knee height under the guidance of her mother Ritva Kuusinen. Taina has a diverse dance career behind him, including Tap, Irish Dance, Character Dance and Finnish folk dances. Before founding her own school, Taina has worked as a teacher in many educational institutions in the field and as a dancer, e.g. Folk dance group in Katrill from its establishment until 1985 […]
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Tanja Patronen

// Babyballet, Fairytale Ballet, Pre-Ballet, Toddler Dance, Children's Dance, Show // Tanja started studying jazz dance at the age of 13 at Tanssivintti and soon expanded into ballet and contemporary dance. At the age of 16, Tanja became a Footlight student. In that case, Tap study also came along, e.g. Under Taina's leadership and for about a year, Tanja also danced in the crew of Dance Group Five Steps until her studies took her to Kuopio. In 1996-2000 Tanja studied at the Kuopio Conservatory […]
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Teija Nenonen

// Show Dance, Commercial Dance, Commercial Heels // "Tepa's" life full of dance started with show dance at the age of 9 and after that many other dance genres took over as well. Commercial, Commercial Heels, Hip Hop, Contemporary Jazz and Lyrical Jazz are his fields. She has also gained experience from other street sports, Vogue and Dancehall, as well as technical skills from Ballet. Teija was originally raised by Footlight […]
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Virpi Juntti

// Nykytanssi // OPINTOVAPAALLA Virpi on valmistunut Teatterikorkeakoulusta tanssijaksi vuonna 1996. Opiskeluaikana ja valmistumisen jälkeen hän on työskennellyt noin kolmenkymmenen eri koreografin kanssa ja erilaisten tyylilajien äärellä mm. improvisaation, tanssiteatterin, argentiinalaisen tangon ja suomalaisen kansantanssin. Konseptuaalisia – ja puhtaasti liikkeeseen perustavia nykytanssiteoksia ja kaikkea siltä väliltä. Tanssijan työn ohella Virpi on jatkuvasti opettanut ja suorittanut tanssinopettajan pedagogiset […]
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