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Valentina Pavlova (Principal)


Valentina Pavlova Valentina studied ballet for 8 years at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. After graduation in 1985 she worked as a principal ballet dancer at the Moscow Festival Theatre. In 1991 Valentina was invited by a prominent Russian choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev to join the State Kremlin Ballet of Russia as a soloist and principal dancer.

Her repertoire includes: Swan Lake, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Ruslan and Lyudmila, Napoleon Bonaparte, Tom Sawyer, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Walpurgis Night.

During her career, Valentina toured worldwide across Great Britain, Japan, Ireland, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Taiwan, China, Norway and Canary Islands.

Valentina has worked with prominent Russian choreographers like Yuri Grigorovich, Vladimir Vasiliev, Andrei Petrov and Marius Liepa.

Valentina has taught ballet classes for professionals when she worked in the Kremlin Ballet and in Moscow Ballet La Classique. Valentina also conducted rehearsals. She enjoys working with children, and has extensive experience teaching youngsters in Russia, Japan and Great Britain.

In 2004 Valentina choreographed a composition from ‘Swan Lake’ with students from Charles Campbell Secondary School.

Jessica Statton


Jessica Statton Jessica Statton is a local dancer; graduating from a Bachelor of Dance Performance at ACArts in 2005. At ACArts Jessica had the opportunity to work with many local and international choreographers and perform their works. Soon after graduating Jessica travelled overseas to Britain where she worked for a youth break dancing company and then undertook a week long hip hop-intensive program with an array of professional, international Hip hop artists and choreographers in London. These experiences developed her hip hop and break techniques as well as utilised her teaching skills. Further travels saw Jess teaching dance and music at a number of international schools in Thailand to students ranging from 3 to 18 years for the following year.

On returning to Australia Jess began her Master of Teaching at the University of South Australia, while continuing to teach at a number of Adelaide’s private dance schools, and numerous primary and secondary schools as a tutor for Ausdance SA’s Artists in Schools programme. Towards the end of 2009, Jess worked as an Artist in Residence in two disadvantaged schools in the Creative Education Partnerships Programme, as well as beginning to teach regionally through Country Arts SA. Completing her Master of Teaching and a Certificate 4 in Business in 2010, this year also saw Jess become a successful applicant of the 2010 JUMP mentorship programme, supported by Carclew Youth Arts and the Australia Council. Mentored by Sally Chance, this opportunity allowed Jess to develop her skills in Community Arts Practice and showcase her first youth, community dance work ‘Waiting For…’ at Ausdance SA’s 2010 Choreolab season. Since then Jess has continued to teach in a range of South Australian schools and dance schools, has been involved in numerous projects through Ausdance SA and Riverland Youth Theatre working with at risk and indigenous youth, as well as becoming a tutor at the University of south Australia for pre-service teachers.

Professional performance work has included shows with the State Opera SA as well as with independent choreographers including Jade Erlandsen ‘Out of The Dark’, 2009 Adelaide Fringe, Aidan Kane Munn ‘Scandalous’, 2009 Cabaret Fringe. Most recently Jess became a member of newly formed dance company - One Point 618 Dance Theatre and Education Company Directed by Katrina Lazaroff performing in the premiere of ‘Involuntary’ 2012 at the Space Theatre, Festival Centre.

Jessie McKinlay


Jessie McKinlay Bachelor of Dance Performance, 2004, Adelaide Centre for the Arts (ACArts)

Jessie worked with Melbourne company BalletLab in 2005 & 2006, and travelled with the company to perform in their work ‘Amplification’ in Romania & Bulgaria. In 2010 Jessie worked with Lucy Guerin and Tere O’Connor in a HotBed Residency, and with Luke George as part of Melbourne independent collective Phantom Limb on ‘Further Fantasy’. Jessie worked with Adelaide choreographer Daniel Jaber on ‘Degradation’, and ‘Scum’ and joined him in Malaysia on an AsiaLink Residency at Rimban Dahan, to perform in ‘WG Spiel’. In 2011 Jessie performed in the Melbourne Dance Festival DanceMASSIVE with Canadian dance theatre group Bluemouth Inc. in their work ‘Dance Marathon’. In 2012, Jessie performed in the Adelaide Festival in Leonard Bernsteins ‘MASS’ directed by Andy Packer, with choreography by Larissa McGowan. She was also a part of an inter-disciplinary arts residency in 2012 at Vitalstatistix Theatre Company, co-creating ‘Dance Hall’, directed by Sydney artists Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward. In 2013 she performed in Alison Curries ‘Build. Hold. Destroy’ as part of the Adelaide Fringe Window World. In 2014 Jessie performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in ‘MONO’ by Melbourne company House of VnHoly.

Jessie spent time in New York doing an internship with Movement Research Centre in 2008, and in 2012 with Danspace Project. Jessie travelled back to New York in 2015 to partake in Movement Research’s MELT Festival, a 5 week intense series of workshops with Jeremy Nelson, KJ Holmes, Vicky Shick, Jimena Paz, Kyle DeCamp, Juliette Mapp, Barbara Mahler, Donna Uchizono, Darrell Jones,Yvonne Meir, RosAnne Spradlin, Hristoula Harakas, Steven Petronio, and Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Jessie choreographed her first dance work ‘Foxing Round a Story’ in 2010 for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and was nominated for 2 Fringe Awards, including Best Dance. Jessie premiered her work ‘The Isabetta Project' for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival, it won a Best Dance Award at the Weekly Fringe Awards, and the inSPACE Development Award. In 2017 Jessie had a Residency at the Adelaide Festival Centre, developing a new work as part of the inSPACE Development Program. In 2018 Jessie had a choreographic residency at LWDance Hub (Leigh Warren & Dancers), continuing her development of new work ‘A Supposed Truth’.

Olga Buglak


Olga Buglak Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach, Senior Coach at Mitcham

Olga has had over 10 years’ experience coaching Rhythmic Gymnastics and over 15 years’ experience teaching dance, including contemporary, jazz, hip hop and Ukrainian folk dance. Olga’s coaching style is full of life and energy and your child is sure to have fun in her class whilst improving their flexibility and bodywork technique. Olga has coached several National and international medallists.

Olga Buglak holds an Advanced Silver Coaching accreditation and an Advanced Judging accreditation

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