Avgi Papakyriakou B.PHIL. (HONS), RTS, RAD Teach Dip
[Director & Classical Ballet Teacher]
Avgi was born in Morphou, Cyprus in 1966. She is an experienced teacher and choreographer of classical ballet and modern jazz. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and later on at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York. In 1988 she returned to Cyprus where she taught for two years in various schools. In 1990 she founded the Motion Art Studio. In 2003, Avgi acquired the Bachelor of Philosophy in Ballet and Contextual Studies of the University of Durham, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2005, she trained for the method of Pilates and gained the Diploma from Pilates Coach. Avgi is a registered teacher and member of the Royal Academy of Dance and the Dance Cyprus Association. She is also one of the founding members of the Lefkosia Youth Ballet, established in 1999 with the aim to promote the young talented dancers of Nicosia and dance in general. In 2009, Avgi develops ‘Babymotion’, a movement and dance program, specially designed for children of 12 months – 3 1/2 years old.
[Classical Ballet & Babymotion Teacher]
Penelope was born in Nicosia in 1984. At the age of 5, she started taking lessons in classical ballet and modern jazz at the Motion Art Studio. For 2 years she worked as an assistant teacher at the school before going for further studies at the “Rallou Manou” Senior Professional School of Dance, in Athens. In 2006, she graduated with the Diploma of Dance Teacher and Dancer. In 2003, she was awarded the 2nd Prize at the “Eurovision for Young Dancers’’ contest and won a Ministry of Education and Culture grant to attend the New York Dance Experience.She has also attended numerous dance seminars in Cyprus, Greece, London and New York. Penelope has participated in a substantial number of dance performances in Cyprus, Greece and elsewhere. For 11 years she has been a permanent member of the Dance Group “Amfidromo Chorotheatro” of Elena Christodoulidou. For two years, she danced and taught dance to all ages, in Athens. In 2010 she was among the 12 professional dancers which were chosen to dance for the official 50th anniversary celebrations since the establishment of the Cyprus Republic. In 2011 she took part in an educational musical called ''Cinema Dance Box". Ιn 2012, she took part in the performance "No Lines In The Horizon" which was chosen to participate in the" Contemporary Dance Festival " in Athens. Since 2008, Penelope is part of the team of Motion Art Studio.
[ Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Contemporary and Babymotion Teacher ]
Rafaella was born in Nicosia in 1991. At the age of 6, she started taking lessons in classical ballet, modern jazz and contemporary at the Motion Art Studio. She continued her studies at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Culture (2009-2012). In 2013 she moved to Florence, Italy, where she joined the Opus Ballet Academy, training in professional performance of contemporary and modern dance. Since January 2015, Rafaella is part of the team of Motion Art Studio.
[ Classical Ballet, Contemporary & Babymotion Teacher ]
Elina was born in Nicosia in 1992.At the age of 5, she started taking lessons in classical ballet, contemporary and modern jazz at the Motion Art Studio. In 2011 she went for further studies at the “Rallou Manou” Senior Professional School of Dance in Athens. In 2014, she graduated with the Diploma of Dance Teacher and Dancer. Since January 2015, Elina is part of the team of Motion Art Studio.
[ Art Teacher ]
Panikos studied at the Rome Academy of Fine Arts, Italy (1985-87), at the Perugia Academy of Fine Arts, Italy (1987-89) and at the Beijing University of Culture, China (1993-94). He worked as an Art primary and secondary school teacher. He also worked as an art director at various theatrical and movie productions. From 2001 until 2007, he was appointed at the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus at the Department of Educational Film Productions, as a set-designer and director. Panikos is the founder of the Cultural Organization “Aeschylou Arcade”. He participated in numerous group exhibitions and has done nine personal exhibitions: 1990 “Sarapart” Perugia, Italy - 1991 Festival “Dei Due Mondi” Spoleto, Italy - 1992 Exhibition Area “Melina Mercouri”, Nicosia - 1995 Famagusta Gate - 1998 “35E – 33N”, Nicosia - 2003 “Yacht’’, Larnaca - 2005 Gallery Pantheon, Nicosia - 2006 Opus 39, Nicosia - 2010 “Tribus Hybrid’’ Aeschylou Arcade, Nicosia – 2016 “The Remix of Charm & Politics” Municipal Market of the Old Town Hall, Nicosia. Since 2010, Panikos is part of the team of Motion Art Studio.
[ Drama Games Teacher ]
Eleana was born in Nicosia in 1972. Since being a young girl she would always seek opportunities to get involved in any artistic project which would include music and/or theatre. Eleana started voice art in 1994 as a fun hobby. She would never dare to imagine where this hobby would take her in Cyprus but also internationally! Eleana's work includes: Television and Radio Commercials, Dubbing, Stop Animation Voices, Animation and Cartoon characters, Narrator, IVR recordings, Storytelling, Documentaries as well as Jingles. If you would like to get to know Eleana a little better just visit www.eleanasvoices.com. Since 2015, Eleana is part of the team of Motion Art Studio.
[ Zumba Teacher ]
Aga was born in Poland in 1977 and started her dance career in 1984, in the dance school of Sport Dance “Flamenco”. Since 1993 she became three times Champion of Poland in Latin American Dances. She moved to Cyprus to continue her dance career in “Emphasis” show dance group, taking part in such events as Cypriot Eurovision Contest, DanSing For You 1 and 2. In 2010, she has started her adventure with Zumba, taking part in many Zumba seminars and teaching in various schools. She likes to mix a lot of styles, that is why her classes are not only made to burn calories but also to have a great fun. Since 2014, Aga is part of the team of Motion Art Studio.
[Pianist accompanist ]
Vasilis was born in Larnaca in 1987. His love for music appeared at the age of 15 when he was self-taught piano. In a time period of only four months, Vasilis succeeded in passing the Grade 8 piano examination of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the guidance of his teacher Mr. Christodoulos Vassiliadis. In 2002, he was awarded with the Certificate in Pianoforte Performance of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with High Honors. In 2004, he received the Licentiate in Performance of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with Merit. In 2006 - 2011, he studied at the Music Academy ARTE and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Music. Vasilis was also awarded with the ‘Mary Ioannou’ Award which is given to graduating students with the highest performance in musical instrument. Since 2015, Vasilis is part of the team of Motion Art Studio.
Nefeli Tsiouti was born in Australia and raised in Nicosia. She started dance in 1995 at the Motion Art Studio. She danced professionally with several Hip-hop & Jazz dance companies in Athens between 2006 - 2008. Her studies started with a BA in French Literature (University of Athens), continued with an MA in Dance Choreography (Middlesex University), a Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and an MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, supported by 3 scholarships. Nefeli has toured with contemporary dance and hip-hop/Breaking companies, but also with her own dance theatre company Scope Dance Theatre in the UK & Europe, between 2010 - 2017, but also solo hip-hop dance theatre in Europe & Canada. She has danced in performances of: Pascal Meringhi (ex Pina Bausch dancer) /Sebastien Ramirez (Sadler’s Wells), Jonzi D/Open Art Surgery/Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Folk Dance Remixed UK Τour 2015 & 2016 (Royal Opera House, Glasgow Commonwealth Games), The Place, Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 2012 in London and more. Nefeli is the Founder of Project Breakalign, a research project for prevention of injuries for dancers since 2013 in the UK. She has presented lectures and workshops on the subjects of Prevention of injuries, warm-up and cool-down, strengthening, stretching, physiology and biomechanics in dancers, in Conferences and Universities in Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Hong-Kong, Slovakia, UK, France, Italy, Malta and Cyprus. She has received scholarships and grants from: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Cultural Services (Ministry of Education & Culture), Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund, Bogliasco Foundation, Gill Clarke Resource Fund, Centre National de la Danse, Οne Dance UK and she was a finalist for the category Change Maker Award at the London Inspires Awards in 2015. Nefeli works as Associate Researcher at the Cyprus Musculoskeletal & Sports Trauma Research Centre, as Visiting Lecturer in Dance at the University of Nicosia, as a Massage & prevention of injuries therapist and she is studying Physiotherapy at the European University Cyprus. In December 2017, she will perform her latest solo ‘Cycle’ at the No Body Festival in Nicosia.
[ Admissions & Front Desk ]
Christiana was born in Nicosia in 1974. Since 1992, she has worked as a personal assistant, secretary and administration officer in various companies in Nicosia, acquiring valuable experience in this field. She is the secretary and admissions officer of Motion Art Studio, since 2013.