Maria Kyriacou, Dip (RAD) PhD (Oxford)
Ballroom & Latin Dance Teacher
Maria is a dance artist, Ballroom dance teacher and choreographer. She graduated from the World Renowned Royal Academy of Dance with a Distinction in Dance Performance and Teaching. She was also a Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she obtained a Doctorate in Child Development. Maria has a wealth of experience as a ballroom dance teacher, teaching both adults and children as young as 3, preparing them for exams, performances or simply teaching them to Ballroom dance.
Maria started her dance training at the age of 8 in Classical Ballet. Since then, life hasn’t been the same. Growing up, she received intensive training in Ballroom dancing and Latin American dancing from some of the world’s best teachers and took part in a number of competitions over the years, receiving highly commended awards. Maria loves the stage and had the honour to perform in various shows in England and Wales.
Using her knowledge and skills from two of the most prestigious institutions in the world, Maria decided to dedicate her time and experience on what she believes can make a real difference in the lives of children and those in their environment. Live 4 Dancing was inspired not only by her passion for Ballroom dance but also by the lifelong physical, social, personal benefits that Ballroom dance has to offer. Maria’s Ballroom dance teaching aims to build a standard of excellence in dance for every student, regardless of their level of experience or confidence and is fun, friendly and motivating.
Efi (Eftychia), IDTA (Latin American)
Latin Dance Teacher
Efi is a trained dancer, Latin dance teacher and choreographer. She has always loved to dance and started dancing at a very young age. She holds the Associate Teacher’s Qualification in Latin American Dancing by the International Dance Teachers Association.
Efi has taken part in many competitions throughout her competing career in both Greece and England, where she was frequently a finalist.
Despite her teaching obligations, Efi regularly attends workshops and seminars by some of the world’s leading dance experts to extend her knowledge and experience.
Efi has extensive experience teaching children, and adults. She is currently teaching our Ballroom Star classes as well as our energetic Latin Fitness class for adults. Her classes are full of energy, stamina and positivity. Efi strongly believes that dancing brings so much happiness into student’s lives and she is devoted to this purpose.
Efi has joined our team in March 2021 and we are thrilled to have her on board! She is excited to be part of our team and looks forward to witnessing her students’ development both as dancers and people.
Soon Hee, BA (Dance)
Ballroom & Latin Teaching Assistant
Soon is a trained dancer with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Kingston University. Her dance background lies in contemporary dancing, as well as African / Caribbean contemporary dancing.
She has been with the Live 4 Dancing team since 2019 and has been a true star!
Soon has developed an interest in Ballroom & Latin dancing over the years and is receiving frequent training on the choreographies taught in our syllabus, so that she can best assist students who need more support in class.
Her gentle voice, kind manners and patience puts all new students at ease straight away. Students who need more support in class, often work with her at a slower pace with lots of practice and repetition, so that they can make the most of their dancing and feel happy and accomplished.
In addition to her dance background, Soon is an excellent singer and loves to paint in her spare time.