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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.

Romana Becker


Romana Becker Romana is an Advanced Silver rhythmic gymnastics coach and an Advanced judge.

Currently she is the Head Coach of Allegro Rhythmic Gymnastics, a club which she founded in 2012.

She has many years’ experience as a gymnast in Ukraine and coach in Australia, where she has been a State Team coach and twice Australian levels team coach.

As a choreographer, she has created numerous displays, including Cirque de Gymnastique for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Special Olympics closing ceremony, and for the Port Adelaide Football Club (AFL) annual dinner.

As a coach she works with a diverse range of ages from 3 year old beginners through to elite gymnasts who compete internationally.

Her gymnasts have successfully competed and won medals in New Zealand, Japan and the US

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