Irena Meletiou
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1990 – 1995
Irena has rendered her own unique style and vision which is sought after by Pop/Hip-Hop Celebrity artists to Royalty, to recording Artists. She received formal dance training at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Arts, and Broadway Dance Center. With over 15y of teaching experience and passion in choreography, her style can be described as a fusion of Urban, Jazz, Street Jazz, Hip Hop and Latin. As a dancer, choroegrapher and a dance/fitness instructor, Irena has been featured on VH1's reality show with "Salt & Pepa", music videos with Mary J Blige and Zumba® Fitness Artists at Zumba® Conventions. She choreographed and performed at The NYC's Madison Square Garden for the WNBA half time show and featured on Zumba® Zin DVD Volumes with Beto Perez ( Creator of Zumba® Fitness), TV shows like "The Today Show" with Zumba® and Lil Jon and "The View" with Zumba® Step and Kelly Rowland . She is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor with AFAA and ACE and her biggest accomplishment is becoming an NYC ZES™ (Zumba® Education Specialist) with the ability to train and license future Zumba® Fitness Instructors. With hundreds of followers she is now an International Presenter for Fitness Trade shows, Fitness Conventions and Master Classes Internationally with Zumba® Fitness.
Christina Sorokou
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1990 – 1995
Christina studied Dance and Psychology at the University of California – Santa Barbara. She then taught modern jazz, ballet and contemporary dance at Motion Art Studio for two years. She now has her own Center of Psychotherapy and Psychometrics in Nicosia.
Harry Mavromichalis
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1991 – 1994
Harry studied modern dance in Copenhagen and then continued his studies at the Alvin Ailey School and at Steps on Broadway. He worked as a dancer in New York for many years and in 2000 he founded his modern-dance company Dance Anonymous. From 2001-2011 he was the Creative Director of Dead Famous Productions, a non profit organization that organized, amongst many other, ToNY (Taste of New York Summer Intensive Dance Program). Harry is now a film director, working to finish his first feature-length documentary on Olympia Dukakis.
Elena Samara
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1990 – 2000
Elena graduated from Doreen Bird College UK with a first class degree BA Hons in Musical Theatre and Performance. She performed at the Peacock Theatre London playing the part of Hotence in 'The Boyfriend'. She then worked as a Performer at Eurodisney Paris afterwards returning to Cyprus where she continues to run her own Dance School in Nicosia.
Marina Poyiatzi
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1997 – 2000
Marina studied at the “Rallou Manou” Senior Professional School of Dance, in Athens. In 2006, she graduated with the Diploma of Dance Teacher and Dancer and is now teaching and choreographing in Cyprus.
Rania Charalambidou
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 2001 - 2002
Rania attended Jacksonville University, where she was awarded the Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore awards by the Dance Department. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Education and a Math minor from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She also trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and with Elena Kunikova at Steps on Broadway. Rania has been a company member with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Sarasota Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet San Antonio and currently with Boulder Ballet, in Colorado. She has danced soloist and principal parts such as Adult Clara and Arabian Pas De Deux in the Nutcracker, Princess Vasilissa in Firebird, Lead Bride in Dracula, Summer Fairy in Cinderella, Scheherazade in Scheherazade, Beauty Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, The Assistant in Matthew Bourne's Boutique etc. In 2009, Rania performed with the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Susan Stroman’s Tony-Award winning musical Contact as Trouble. Rania guest performed with a number of companies such as San Angelo Ballet, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, Diesel | Fusion Dance Theater, Dance Cyprus, Amfithdromo Chorotheatro, Florida Ballet, Freespace Dance etc. She also performed in the 50th anniversary celebration of the independence of Cyprus in 2010. Outside of dance, Rania is the co-owner of Long Body Yoga.
Penelope Georghiadou
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1991 – 2003
Penelope studied 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. In 2010, she was among the 12 professional dancers chosen to dance for the 50th anniversary celebrations since the establishment of the Cyprus Republic. . Since 2008, she is teaching at the Motion Art Studio.
Angelica Georghiadou
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1990 – 2004
Angelica studied at the Laban Centre in London and later trained as a Pilates instructor. She has recently opened her own Pilates Studio in Nicosia.
Evita Elia
Period studying at the Motion Art studio: 1992 – 2003
Evita studied at the “State School of Dance” in Athens. She graduated with the Diploma of Dance Teacher and Dancer.
Anastasia Paschali
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1991 – 2004
Anastasia left the Motion Art Studio in 2004 to continue her dance education vocationally at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia and later at the English National Ballet School in London. In 2006, after a short apprenticeship with the English National Ballet, she joined the Royal Danish Ballet as its youngest member at the time. In 2010 she chose to challenge herself on an academic level and returned to Cyprus to study Psychology at the University of Nicosia from where she graduated as valedictorian. In 2013 she returned to the world of dance and joined the Leipzig Ballet in Germany. In 2014 she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium as a Demi-soloist. During her short time with the company she was given the opportunity to dance a number of soloist and principal roles including Olga in Cranko's Onegin, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Kylian's Forgotten Land, Dialoog by Jeanne Brabants and 4 Schumann Pieces by Hans van Manen. In June 2016, following her debut in Bejart's Bolero, she was promoted to soloist.
Theano Makariou
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1991 – 2004
Theano studied with full scholarship at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in London and graduated in 2007 with a First Class BA(Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance. Her first professional job came in 2008 on the No1 UK Tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. A year later she landed a role in the Grammy and Tony Award Winning Musical “Wicked” which took her to Germany for the first time. Theano performed in ''Wicked'' for two and a half years, first in Stuttgart and then in Oberhausen, where she became Swing and cover Nessarose. From 2011 until 2013 Theano was involved with the European Tour of “Cats”. She played the leading role of Sillabub/Jemima and covered the roles of Jellylorum/Griddlebone, Rumpleteazer and Victoria. In the summer of 2013 she played as Lulu (Kit Kat Girl) in the musical “Cabaret” in Gelsenkirchen before she moved to Hamburg to play the main role of Meg Giry in “The Phantom of the Opera”. In the summer of 2015 she performed in “Zorro” and “Cats” at the Open Air Theatre in Tecklenburg. In December 2015 Theano played the leading role of Maria in “West Side Story” at the Opera of Wuppertal. Theano recently graduated from the Open University of Cyprus with an MA in Theatre Studies. She is thrilled to soon be joining the cast of “Mary Poppins” in Stuttgart, as Swing and cover Miss Lark.
Mary Kasapi
Period studying at the Motion Art Studio: 1999 – 2005
Mary studied dance at the University of Wolverhampton and received her BA (Hons) in Dance Practice and Performance and later did a Master, MSc Dance Science. She now has her own school in Nicosia.
Rafaella Kattou
Period studying at Motion Art Studio: 1997-2009
Rafaella continued her studies at the University of Surrey, from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Culture (2009-2012). In 2013 she moved to Florence, where she joined the Opus Ballet Academy, training in professional performance of contemporary and modern dance. Since January 2015, Rafaella is teaching classical ballet, ‘babymotion’, modern jazz and contemporary at the Motion Art Studio.
Elina Kakoulli
Period studying at Motion Art Studio: 1997-2011
In 2011, Elina went for further studies at the “Rallou Manou” Serion 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, teaching classical ballet, ‘babymotion’ and contemporary.
Evi Oikonomou
Period studying at Motion Art Studio: 2008 - 2013
Evi has gradated from the professional school of the Greek National Opera (June 2016). She worked for the choreographer Andonis Foniadakis for the Performances of "Links". She has joined the professional company of the Greek National Opera as a corps de ballet dancer for "Cinderella" and "Nutcracker". She worked for Stewart Hops for the neoclassical piece "Spirit of a fox". Evi was chosen to participate in Linda Kapetanea’s seminar. She won the award "Female dancer of the year" in 2015 at Kokogiannis Cultural Foundation during a dance competition. She is about to join the Greek National Ballet company in Kalamata's annual Dance Festival for Andonis Foniadakis . In the summer of 2016, Evi is also about to attend Panos Malaktos dance seminar and from September 2016 she is going to teach, part time, ballet technique at Elpida Zorba’s Dance studio.
Konstandinos Katsoudas
Period studying at Motion Art Studio: 2010 – 2012 & 2013 – 2014
After his first experience with dance in Motion Art Studio, Konstandinos had the opportunity to take various classes of contemporary, lyrical, commercial, ballet and hip hop in Balettakademien in Stockholm. In 2014, he started his studies at the “State School of Dance” in Athens and later on, joined the professional dance school “Aktina” with a full scholarship. During his studies he had the chance to work with Antonis Foniadakis for Athens Festival, with Persa Stamatopoulou and Nikos Kalogerakis.
Anastasia Georgalli
Period studying at Motion Art Studio: 2001-2015
Anastasia is studying Ballet and Contemporary Dance at the “Rallou Manou” Senior Professional School of Dance, in Athens. Currently, she is preparing to participate at the 2nd Athens Youth Dance Gala, 2016.
Charis Georgiou
Period studying at Motion Art Studio: 2009 – 2015
Charis is currently studying at the London Studio Centre doing a BA Hons Theatre Dance degree (2015-2018).