Hi, I'm Anna Afanasyeva
I’m a dancer and dance teacher from Belarus, living in Finland. I’ve been dancing since 2011, and have tried out various different styles all the way from locking and popping to afro and contemporary. My focus has been on street styles with my main styles being hiphop and old school. I have also competed in the Street SM with Danceteam and dance group Shameless. As an instructor my main goal is to create an inspiring and safe environment for everyone, and to encourage kids and teens to be themselves and to do their best both in class and on stage.
Hi, I'm Edwin "Edu" Mokaya
I come from Kenya, where I have managed to reach a position as one of the country’s most valued professional male dancers. I have wide experience in different dance styles from contemporary to variety of african dances, both traditional and modern. I have also danced, performed and created productions with many african and international dance crews, such as YAWA Dance Company, International Dance Theatre of Netherlands and Danceteam International. As a teacher I inspire and encourage everyone to give their all, but not forgetting to smile. I’m enthusiastic and energetic teacher and I wish my students to enjoy dance with their entire body and mind.
Hi, my name is Heidi Laakso
Dance has belonged to my life as long as I can remember. After ending a ten-year-long figure skating career, I started to get more and more involved in dance. Since then I have performed and choreographed for musicals, music videos and different shows, in addition to studying dance pedagogy. This will be my fifth year of teaching at DTI. My key priority as a teacher is to create safe and encouraging atmosphere, where everyone is recognized as an individual. In addition to technique and choreography, I emphasize the mind-body connection and finding your own unique way of dancing.
Hi, I'm Godwin "Gody" Otieno
Hey I’m Godwin Otieno commonly known as Gody, a Kenyan born performing artist and choreographer. I have over 10 years of experience in the field of arts and culture in various styles, as I would say from ‘street to treat’. I have studied dance and didactics in renowned dance schools and dance projects in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Netherlands, which gained me the experience I needed to venture into the creative world. I’m quite diverse in my trade but I mostly major in; afro-house, afrobeat, African traditional, afro contemporary, funk/hip hop, contemporary and house.
Hi, I'm Henna Räsänen
I have graduated as a dance pedagogue from University of Dance and Circus in 2016, focused on street and contemporary dancing. After my studies I have taught dance classes in various schools in Finland, travelled around Europe for different choreographers‘ workshops and been involved in different dance projects both in Finland and abroad. As a teacher I want to create versatile and fun exercises to help my students develop and use their body in various ways. In the classes I encourage my students to practice hard, without forgeting the good mood that dance creates. In Danceteam I teach Street master class, Performing Arts and Street showcase groups.
Hello, I'm Julia Nurmio
I started dancing at a young age and I’ve gained experience in different areas of dance throughout the years. I’ve studied dance and dance pedagogics in Juste Debout (Paris) and in Stockholm University of Arts among other places. I work mainly with contemporary and street styles as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. As a teacher I’m demanding and motivating, while paying attention to the individuals and challenging them to grow. My classes have positive and active vibe, and I focus on creating a good and motivating team spirit and environment. Throughout the years I’ve taught teams from beginners to advanced and from kids to adults. My strength as a teacher is the understanding of body and movement developed through my broad experience in different dance styles.
Hello, I'm Khoa Nguyen
I’m from Saigon, Vietnam and I’ve been dancing from when I was 12 years old. I started choreographing at age of 17 and have been doing it ever since. I like to combine elements from different dance styles, my favourites being popping and hip hop. In my classes we focus on technique, sharpness, and every student’s own flow and movement through short choreographies. This way the students get a chance to see themselves in a different perspective. I’m a demanding teacher and want to see my students push themselves. I also expect a lot from myself and like to share my knowledge and skills forward, while encouraging my students to train persistently.
Hi, my name is Maria Lehto
My dance journey started at the age of seven when my mom took me to my first ballet class and I’d say to was love at first step! After several years in classical ballet and gymnastics I decided to broaden my repertoire and started to take on other styles as well: street styles, contemporary, show, latin styles, afro… I can’t seem to be able to choose just one! During the last five years my main styles have been contemporary and latin styles. Last year I completed my studies in dance pedagogics to be able to offer the best possible classes to my students.
Hello, I'm Linda Uusihakala
I started teaching in 2012 at Danceteam, and since then I have taught a wide variety of groups from kids to adults. As a dancer hiphop is my first love, but in addition to street styles I also practice eg. contemporary. I have also gained some experience in competing in Street dance Nationals, and had the privilege to be a part of winning teams three times. As a dance teacher I am positive and encouraging, and aim to create a fun and supportive atmosphere for my students to work hard and let go!
Hi, my name is Saara Saturo
I’ve been dancing almost my whole life and teaching almost half of it, over 10 years with Danceteam International. I teach different street dance styles, African dance, Afro fusion, contemporary dance, kids classes and body control classes. I’m also RYT200 yoga instructor graduated from Africa Yoga Project in 2017. As a teacher I aim to be inspiring and want to make sure each student is enjoying and progressing. I want everyone in my classes to feel welcome and free to express themselves.
Hello, I'm Anna Häkkinen
I started working for Danceteam International in the fall 2018. I have graduated as a professional dancer in 2015 (Munich/Germany). After that I have worked as a freelance artist and as a dance teacher. I taught my first classes 10 years ago and at the moment I am teaching classical ballet, contemporary dance and street dance. As a freelance artist I’m mostly working with contemporary dance and physical theatre.
Hi, my name is Ella Enqvist
I’m a jazz, modern and commercial dancer, educated at Stockholm University of the Arts as a dance pedagogue. Regardless of age or level, I want to guide my students to increased body awareness and to inspire them to find joy through dance and movement. In addition to technique and joy, expression is one of my keywords in dance.
Hi, I'm Gerli Ridal
Dancing has been part of my life since I can remember. Through the years the passion for dance has grown and dance has become a lifestyle to me. I have learned various styles and it is my goal to improve myself as a dancer and a teacher constantly. I love my job and I feel truly thankul that I can share my passion with kids on daily basis. As an dance instructor I am motivational, encouraging and with my positive energy through the classes I will spread the love and passion for dance, because there is nothing more enjoyable! I find that teaching dance and sharing my knowledge is a great way to inspire people and enjoy the art of dance.
Hello, I'm Emmi Luoto
Itse tanssin monipuolisesti eri tyylilajeja ja haluan haastaa oppilaani kehittymään ja tuoda heille onnistumisen iloa. Tunneillani ei tarvitse ottaa kaikkea niin vakavasti, vaan pääasia on, että on hauskaa ja oppilaani nauttivat tekemisen ilosta ja yhdessä olosta. Tuntini ovat energisiä ja monipuolisia. Olen iloinen ja kannustava opettaja. Tervetuloa tunneilleni!
As one of our goals is to empower our young and talented dancers to get their first employment, most of our junior instructors have grown from Danceteam and know our values by heart. We support them on their journey from a dancer to junior instructor, and for most of them some day to a full instructor status.