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Academy Directors & Professional Latin American Instructors Arkady Bakenov & Cheryl Yuen


Arkady Bakenov (Academy Director & Professional Latin American Instructor)

Arkady Bakenov is one of the world’s top professional Latin American ballroom dancers. He has worn many world championship titles and was most recently the Champion in the very prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival 2016 Professional RS Latin. He is the highest ranked coach based in Singapore training top competitive dancers both internationally and locally for competitions and shows.


Cheryl Yuen (Academy Director & Professional Latin American Instructor)

Cheryl Yuen is Singapore’s top professional  Ballroom Latin American dancer and teacher and the nominated Singapore representative in the World Latin Championships.  She currently represents Czech Republic with her partner and they are the top ranked Czech Republic Representative to the World Championships. She is finalist of the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival China 2018 Professional RS Latin category. She has vast experience teaching social, competitive and performance  or show dances at schools and clubs such as NUS Staff Club, NUS Social & Ballroom (NUSSNB) club, Singapore Management University (SMU Ardiente). She is currently the residential team coach at Yale-NUS College.


Irina Cherepanova (Professional Standard Instructor)

Irina Cherepanova is currently 2nd in the World in all major dance championships with her partner Stanislav Zelianin. She trains all the top Singapore standard dancers in Singapore and is a renowned coach worldwide.

Ian Gillard (Professional Standard & New Vogue Instructor)

Ian Gillard is one of the best Professional Standard and New Vogue dancer in Australia and New Zealand. He is 3 times Australian Representative to the World Professional Standard Championships; Runner Up IDSF World Professional New Vogue; Australian Professional Rising Star Champion; New Zealand Open Professional Standard and New Vogue Champions; Singapore International Amateur Champion; Malaysian Open Amateur Champion.

Ryan Lee & Jessica Pang (Latin American Dance Instructors)

Ryan and Jessica are one of Singapore’s leading Latin American couple representing Singapore in numerous international championships world wide. They are highly respected dancers and coach many university students here in Singapore.

Lucas Neo & Trinity Goh (Latin American Dance Instructors)

Lucas Neo and Trinity Goh are Singapore’s top promising Latin American couple, and also formerly Singapore’s top Junior Latin American couple. They are currently ranked Top 24 in the world in the prestigious Blackpool Junior Dance Festival. They continue to improve and rise in international ranking and currently teach both teacher-student couples and juveniles.

Scarlette Yuen (Latin American Dance Instructor)

Alan Lai (Latin American Dance Instructor)

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