My name is Elena.
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About me, Workshops, Schedule & Price, Photos & Videos, Reviews, Contacts

My name is Elena.
Let's get to know each other!
About me, Workshops, Schedule & Price, Photos & Videos, Reviews, Contacts
Dancing and body practice have been with me all my life. I've started dancing when I was 5 and I've been a 'prima' in the small children dance team. Later the active school studies began. But dancing was always there: folk dances, ballet, a bit contemporary. I was an A-student in school and got a MA degree in economics.
In 2022, I became the top student in my MA in Psychological Counseling course at the University of Manchester (with distinction).

After my first graduation I got back to body development and started doing aikido. The philosophy of cooperation, no competitiveness and similar body work created an excellent basis for tango. Tango came into my life in 2008 and very soon it drove all other things out. In the dance I've found everything I've been interested for: communication, deep body work and self-discovery, music and improvisation.
Argentine Tango
Magic that is being born at the present moment.
A few years later, my partner and I opened «Tango Motivo» dance school in Kiev. It started occupying more of my time and eventually replaced my work. I've quit my job as project manager in BNP Paribas and dedicated myself to tango.

Since 2012 tango is my only job: I've moved to Moscow and started teaching at GallaDance. Since 2014 I work as a freelance teacher, giving privates and workshops and travel a lot.
I moved to Prague in March 2022 and stay here for now.
Argentine Tango
I was lucky to perform and give classes in Turkey, Italy, Austria, Latvia, China, Finland, Belarus, Poland, Moldova, Ukraine and all over Russia. Performance at the famous milonga Salon Canning in Buenos Aires was an important event and unforgettable memory.

It happened upon the recommendation of a legendary dancer and teacher Graciela Gonzalez, who influenced my tango more than anyone else.

Besides, I was honoured to study with other wonderful teachers. The list is huge, so I will not name them all. But my gratitude to them is endless.
I keep learning all the time.
However, the range of my interests is wider than just tango. The last few years I've dedicated my whole free time to explore psychology, body and mind balance, quality of movement, physiology, neurobiology. Trying different systems of the body work, I began to notice more freedom and lightness in how I dance and teach. Such a multi-level approach turned out to be not only pleasant, but also very effective.

My students understand me better now, and the desired result comes easier and faster. Sometimes the changes are so strong they seem a kind of magic. Although, when you understand how it works, the name of my project comes to mind:
Argentine Tango
I use this new approach both in privates and group, offline and online classes.
All workshops are built from simple to complex, it allows students go from the basics to profound dancing. I also share my ideas and exercises in the small videos you can find on this web site.
  • Technique Сlasses
    Here we discuss basics of movement and connection with partner. Exercises improve coordination and ability to concentrate, free the body and help finding a minimal muscle effort to get the desired result. We look for a state of mind when the external aesthetics is a continuation of internal dancing story.
  • Individuals
    Here we analyse the blocks on the way to the free dance, both in the body structure and ideas. The shape is static, but the dance is dynamic: we look for a balance. Here we adapt the general principles to individuality and look for images and exercises for each case to get involved into the dance with the integrity of body and conscious.
  • Workshops for Couples
    Step-by-step analysis of every movement allows learning complex figures easily. The main focuses are geometry and dynamics, work with the couple's space and musicality. Even if everything doesn't work perfectly at once, one gets a tool for future work and understanding of the ways to reach the goal.
Teacher's best recommendation is students' reviews
Lena has some super structured system, explaining which one can see clearly the principles of dance. And she also has a gift to explain in a manner when it gets clear. It is funny to watch yourself, when after long dancing you suddenly understand what Lena wanted to say at the lesson.
Sometimes tango is taught as some set of movements ,but Lena has an integrated concept about how body moves and why. And when you use it all in your dance, all movements come as consequence. Not because you have to do them, but because cooperation with partner is built in a certain way, because it is easier to stand that way.
Ales Zhuk
Organizer of popular tango (and not only) events, Moscow
Lena is a rare type of tango teachers. She gives a synthesis of various approaches existing in tango, which is well thought, transmitted and translated into universal language clear for everyone. There is nothing accidental. If it is a series of classes, you should take all of them; each next class comes logically from the previous one and is based on it. This is a teacher who has answers to all students' questions. Even for those who do not understand and are frustrated by it.
Marina Zhukovskaya
Architect, Rostov-on-Don
Calligraphic accuracy of explanations – this is what I like the most in Lena's classes! Attention to details in both dancing technics and geometry of movement. How to dance clearly and softly, precisely and smoothly – Lena knows the answers.
I myself have been teaching tango for a long time. Capricious tango-veterans like me usually carefully choose from whom to learn. Lena is included into my personal short-list of teachers.
Julia Papilova
Tango teacher, Moscow
Schedule 2023

Every Thursday at 18-30 Regular Tango Classes at Caminito
Future events to be announced (if you are interested in WS organisation, please PM)

Individual classes are constantly available in Prague, Czechia
IČO: 17116325 (contact me for more information)
Price: 1500 CZK/65 EUR per 1 class (60 min)


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