Kristina most known to the public for her 8 years appearance as a professional dancer and choreographer on BBC1 TV show “Strictly Come Dancing”. She started dance and drama lessons at the age of 7 and has an impressive dance background, having studied Ballet, Salsa, Mambo, American Rhythm, American Smooth, Ballroom and Latin. This extensive knowledge alongside her natural talent and flair for dance saw her become one of the world’s most accomplished performers at the peak of her competitive career ranking in top 12 in the world in the Professional Latin division.
Since retiring from competition, Kristina has carved a name for herself after appearances on the ‘Dancing with The Stars’ Tour in 2007, and it wasn’t long until she was lured to the UK to join the TV phenomenon of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. The UK have grown to love her choreography and well composed routines for both her fellow Professionals and learning Celebrities. With a diverse range of previous partners on the show, she has managed transform these contestants into polished performers in the ballroom, thanks to her exceptional teaching abilities and choreography masterpieces.
Kristina now wants to use this wealth of experience which will ultimately provide her with the perfect platform to utilise her knowledge and create the ‘’Bespoke Ballroom’’ performing arts school in her home town Northampton.
Kristina has nearly 25 years of teaching experience and is well known for her hard work, dedication, skilful choreography and most importantly her patience. Kristina loves working with children and young adults and believes that learning dance and drama improves youngsters social skills, boost confidence and promotes self-expression. Kristina is very excited to partner up with highly skilful and experience teachers and create her performing arts academy “Bespoke Ballroom” and offer dancing and drama lessons to all ages from babies to young adults. In her age appropriate courses, Kristina will bring her extensive knowledge of ballroom techniques and stage presence.
Anthony Foreman, Our Musical Director. He is a fully qualified teacher, now full-time session, rehearsal and performance musician. Anthony also runs a highly successful events supply company providing sound, lighting, and technical solutions to all manner of occasions and peripatetic teaching in schools. He has lost count how many musicals, pantomimes and showcases he’s musically directed, let alone professional gigs and other performances. Among the portfolio of directorships is Les Misérables; Fiddler on The Roof; Grease; Oliver; Little Shop of Horrors; West Side Story; Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Our House; Addams Family; and We Will Rock You. A graduate from the University of Salford, former secondary school Head of Music, ex-deputy head teacher, football club administrator, and charity trustee.
Nauris Kalva have been dancing and performing since the age of 6. For the next 13 years he competed at local and international level becoming vice-champion in Latvia, touring Europe, representing his country and regularly competing as a finalist.
In 2010 he moved to Riga where he studded danced jazz, contemporary, improvisation, contact improvisation and classical dance. After graduating he worked as a professional dancer, appearing in a range of classical and contemporary performances, concerts and music videos across Latvia and Lithuania. In 2012 Nauris worked as a professional dancer at the National Theatre of Latvia.
Since 2013 Nauris have trained and worked as a dance instructor teaching adults and coaching students and competitors in Ballroom and Latin with a wide range of abilities.He also teaches American Smooth and Rhythm styles. In the beginning of 2014 he was invited to moved to New York and worked at Dance With Me USA studios and performed side by side with many professional dancers from Dancing with the stars TV show.
In June 2015 he moved back to London and started his own company. Nauris is also Kristina Rihanoff’s professional partner and he is really excited to become a part of Bespoke Ballroom kids academy team.