Maks is a professional dancer who specialises in Russian, Ballet and Jazz dance. He trained at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts in Ukraine, where he was the principle dancer at The National Folk Dance Ensemble, Mukolaev.
After spending time performing around the world with Worldwide Entertainment Productions, Maks passed an audition for Riverdance and moved to Dublin, where he was a Head Dancer of the Russian dance team. After this he started taking on more teaching work, working as a Flexibility and Acrobatic teacher at Italia Conti Arts Centre in Guildford (where he recently became a Head of the Extracurricular Department) at the Italia Conti Arts Centre in London.
Maks is an enthusiastic teacher who creates a fun and energetic atmosphere in class. He always tries to make his students work as hard as possible and loves sharing his passion and knowledge for dance with them.
Melanie has worked with Wayne McGregor and performed in Secret Cinema among other productions.
Melanie began her training at the Dance Education Centre in Tauranga, New Zealand, before attending the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) in 2002. Here she trained in classical and contemporary techniques, performing works by David Massingham (Bare Bones Company), Gary Stewart (ADT) and Sue Healy, and choreographed her own works.
After graduating in 2004 she co produced, choreographed and danced in The Unit Dance Theatre Company, touring original works accompanied by live musicians throughout New Zealand. Melanie also taught at the NZSD, choreographing works for first year students, and for private dance schools in Auckland, Tauranga and Wellington. As a freelance dancer she also performed with Java Dance Company, World of Wearable Art, and in Peter Jackson’s feature film ‘King Kong‘.
Melanie has completed a Masters in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, London and has been working as a research assistant for Wayne McGregor’s dance company Random Dance. During her time in London she has performed with Nutshell productions in ‘Secret Cinema’, danced in works by Gary Lambert and performed and danced in several short films including ‘How they never met themselves’, Ron Arad exhibition at the Roundhouse (London) and ‘body music’, for exhibition at the Royal College of Art. Melanie also created a short work, ‘Lacrimosa’, which premiered at the Bonnie Bird Theatre, London.
Read an interview with Melanie about her courses here.
The Ballet – Beginners course starting on 17 July will be taught by both tutors.
17 July: Melanie Clark
24 July: Melanie Clark
31 July: Maksym Shpachynskyi
7 August: Maksym Shpachynskyi
14 August: Maksym Shpachynskyi
21 August: Maksym Shpachynskyi