Elena Maxouti

Daughter of the musician Evis Maxoutis and the ballet teacher Androulla Maxouti, born in Nicosia Cyprus. After 1989 she moved to London where she graduated from the Royal Academy of London with honors. She was awarded the “Best Student of the Year” and “Choreographer’s Award of the year” and she was trained by distinguished teachers. In addition, with graduation she was awarded with licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (Honors). Following, she joined as an apprenticeship with the Junior Associates of the Royal Ballet School. Furthermore, she gained the Modern licentiate in theatre faculty and Associates in National, Free style disco and Latin.

In 1993 she teaches in Italy with the National School of Contemporary dance in Rome and attends courses in Classical, Modern and Contemporary dance. In 1995 she returns to Cyprus as a freelance dance teacher, teaching both in Cyprus and abroad. In 1996 she established her own dance school The Central Dance School Elena Maxouti and at the same time she graduates with Honors BPhil in Classical and Contextual Studies from Durhan University, UK.

In 1999, along with other teachers, she founded the Lefkosia Youth Ballet, where she is a member of the Board of Directors until today and served as President of the Board for several years. In 2017, she was unanimously elected as a president as well as a member and representative of the Dance Council at the Cyprus Center of the International Theatre for 10 years, representing Cyprus at world conferences on Dance.

Member of the jury at various festivals in Cyprus and abroad and also in cooperation with the Cyprus Cultural Services (e.g. Kypria International Festival). She has attended long-term seminars in the USA, Austria, Berlin, London, Greece and Italy. She has written articles on Postmodernism and the History of Dance in Cyprus.

Since 1994, she is a member of the Pancyprian Dance Association and she has participated as a dancer and ballet mistress in various performances of the Cyprus Ballet. Choreographs performances for the dance school and for children’s theatrical plays.

Today she is the president of the Governing Board of Lefkosia Youth Ballet and as Governing Board of Dance house Lefkosia.

In 2010 opens her second studio under the same name, The Central Dance School E.M which is now renamed Maxouti DanceArte.

Shushan Minasian

Shushan is well known in Cyprus and not only, as her accomplishments and recognition travel worldwide as a dancer, instructor, choreographer and International Judge!

Her training and education are wide and still expanding!!! She has accomplished:   

  • SHABBA-DOO (original waacking pioneer) SHWAY STYLE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATE, California USA  
  • JUSTE DEBOUT SCHOOL, Paris, France  
  • BACHELOR OF ART (BA) – University of Nicosia, Cyprus 
  • Street Dance Diploma of (IDTA) International Dance Teachers Association, UK 
  • Dancehall International Certificate, Russia

Shushan is also an INTERNATIONAL JUDGE of HIP HOP INTERNATIONAL, certified from Netherlands and Phoenix USA! Her judge experience though, is way bigger! She’s been a judge in various Hip-Hop competitions in Cyprus but also in Portugal, Switzerland, Romania and more countries!!!

As a competitor she stand out with her team and won various Hip Hop competitions:

  • Winner of ‘’Street Styles’’ dance competition (2014)
  • Winner of BLF competition (2014)
  • Winner of Hip Hop International, junior division (2017)
  • Winner of Hip Hop Summit, Cyprus (2018)
  • 2nd place in Hip Hop Summit, Cyprus (2017)
  • 3rd place of Hip Hop International, adult’s division (2017), UDO Europeans Championships 
  • 6 th place (2019), UDO World Championship, top 10, Glasgow (2018).

She’s been trained by the best in her field, and travelled worldwide to enhance her knowledge! Some of her trainers include Shabba Doo (USA), Tony Gogo(USA), Yannins Marshal(FR), Galen Hooks(USA), Les Twins(FR), Jake Kodish(USA), Aliya Janell (USA), Phil Wright(USA), Khan(Korea), Gemini (France), Lisa(Japan) and many more famous choreographers who have been working with Beyonce, Madonna, Snoop Dog, etc!

We could talk for hours and still not manage to mention all of Shushan’s accomplishments! And wait ‘till you know her amazing personality, positive vibes and endless energy! 

Hamilton Monteiro

He was born in Cape Verde, Africa. He graduated from the CSSC in 1996.

In 2001 he left for New York with a scholarship from the Alexander Onassis Foundation, where he studied and collaborated with artists such as Bill Young and Dancers, Terry Creach Company, Bill T Jones, Colleen Thomas, Barbara Grubell, Jeremy Nelson, Maria Hasabi and others! ‘

Returning to Greece, he worked in the choreographic group of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies Athens 2004. From that time he has worked with the “fleeing impossible”, amorphy.gr- Jenny, X-it Fotis Nicolaou, Dimension Group, Eldor, Alexandra Waierstall (Dusseldorf) , with the Hellenic Dance Company in the Uprising project of Hofesh Sechter. In Cyprus he cooperates with the AELION team.

He has presented his own work at the “Young Dance Festival of Hydra”, the Athens video dance project, the New World Theater, the Garage Performing Arts Center in Corfu and the Rabbit hole theater in Metaxourgeio, DIPE. TH. Patras and Dance days Chania.

From 2013 he lives permanently in Cyprus. Since 2013 he teaches at the University of Nicosia in the field of dance. In June 2013 he presented the “1nflow” (independent production) at the OLD OXIDAD participated in the 10th Summer Dance Festival, presented a new project at the Dance Waves Festival of Cyprus and the Cyprus Dance Platform with the project “9 in a row” in 2014 in 2015 with the solo “Marikas dress”, and in 2016 with the “Labeling U” duet. He collaborated with ETHAL as a co-author / assistant in 2014 and 2015.

Georgia Clark Constantinou

She is a graduate dancer from the De Montfort University, Leicester (2018). She designed dance classes for seniors and taught in the UK in collaboration with Entwined Dance, where she created the impetus to continue designing and teaching amateur contemporary dance for children, teens and adults. 

She collaborated with Lucy Suggate for the project ‘Swarm Sculptures’, Arianna Oikonomou for the projects ‘Sketching a dance: the world of Cyprus with women’ and ‘PINS-PINS: homage to Chr. Savva’, and with Maria Kamberi for the festivals‘ OMOU1’,‘ OMOU3 ’and‘ Aneradon Oneiremata’. 

She also participated in an interactive event for Erasmus + and was selected for the Artists in Progress 2020 program at the Nicosia Contemporary Dance Roof.

Marina Piperidou

She was born in 1994 in Nicosia. Started her studies at the Higher Professional dance school of Larissa where she received the Teacher’s Dance Diploma. During her studies she danced with the Thessaly Ballet under the artistic direction of Ges Mihov: “Bolero, Suite en Blanche, Freski, Vestalka, Harlequinade, Bournoville Conservatory,Red point, Crystallize, Home away from home, Good morning Mr. Petipa, Recalling, One bouquet Flowers, Nostalgia Chopin, Outburst, ”etc.

In 2018 he won the 1st prize in the “Panhellenic Modern and Classical Dance Championship ” in Athens and in “International Dance Competition Hellas 2018” Katerina Pavlaki, Athens, won the 1st prize in the category of modern dance.

She has attended many classic seminars and contemporary dance in Cyprus and abroad. She has also attended in various schools in Greece in amateur departments, as well as in nursery departments with more intensive training. She has been teaching in Cyprus for the last year. Through her lesson she wants to develop in children both their technical skills and their artistic expression.

Olga Talianos

Olga Talianos was born in Russia.  She studied in the  Vaganova school’s pedagogical faculty as a pianist and she worked for several years in Vaganova ballet school (St Petersburg). 

After moving to Cyprus, she continues to work with dancers as an accompanist in the department of Dance of the University of Nicosia and for the RAD exams.