What do parents look for when selecting a dance studio for their children?
Your choice of dance school can drastically effect the quality of education your child receives. Additionally, when your child is in capable hands, they will enjoy the process and experience the joy of learning! We'd like to take this opportunity to point out just a few of the many reasons why We Dance Academies is the best choice for the highest quality dance education in Broward County.
At WDA we encourage prospective families to compare the qualifications of our instructors to our competitors. It is our strong belief that an instructor is only truly qualified after many years of dedicated training in the arts. WDA offers a team of world-renowned instructors who are directly involved in the day to day hands on training of our students. We do not delegate the important task of fundamental training to student teachers or assistants.
WHO WE ARE?
WDA Director & Ballroom Coach
Mrs. Ekaterina Vaganova-Yachmennikova is the Director of WDA. Ekaterina herself is a three-time World Champion ballroom dancer, WDC European champion, multiple champion of Italy (WDSF), Russia (IDSF), Ukraine (WDC) and Spain (WDSF). She won her first World Cup at the Under 21 age category in Los Angeles, USA in 2006. She was the winner of the prestigious Festival of Dance in Cervia, Italy; the Imperial Dance Championship; and Universal Dance Competition in London, England. She has been a pro teacher on Dancing With The Stars in Italy for five seasons and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, Russia. She brings the highest level of ballroom experience to Broward County and offers private coaching in ballroom technique that is on par with the most elite of international ballroom schools.
Ballroom faculty presented by Latin-American & Standard experienced professionals: Yevhenii Stetsenko & Yana Moseichuk, and Sergei Goncharov. Professional dancers and coaches, Yevhenii & Yana, they gained Silver medals at the Ukrainian Open Championship 2019, they are finalists of the International Ballroom Dance Championship YDC 2017 in China, USA Dance National Crowing Championship 2023, Finalists of Vilnius Dance Festival 2021, winners and finalists of the Ukrainian Open Championships, Starlight “Grand Prix” Cup and numerous Ukrainian and International prestigious competitions. They are also the Semi-finalists of the «Ukraine's Got Talent»! “By working with our dancers and using the training methods, we become a participant in the fulfillment of a students’s, or maybe already an athlet’s dream and help to achieve the desired goals. We try to open to students new sensations in their body through dance and music.” (Evhenii & Yana) Combined, our instructors have developed a unique and challenging progressive curriculum that is supplemented with additional opportunities to learn during hand selected Master Classes throughout the year.
We Dance Academies is a highly respected and acclaimed institution in the world of ballet that offers a supportive and nurturing environment for students who are passionate about dance. Our ballet curriculum adheres to the unique Russian classical ballet technique in the tradition of the esteemed Vaganova method. Our Head Ballet Teacher, Mr. Artem Yachmennikov is a graduate of the prestigious Vaganova Academy, he was the First soloist of the Bolshoi Theater; soloist at The Mariinsky Theater; Principal dancer at the Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Artistic Director of We Dance Program with the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. We Dance Academies Artistic Director (2017-2023). During his artistic career, he has danced all the leading roles in works by many of the twentieth century's master choreographers including George Balanchine, Natalia Makarova, Peter Wright, Hans van Manen, Alexei Ratmansky, Rudi van Dantzig, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Francesco Ventriglia, Patrick de Bana, Aidar Akhmetov, Helgi Tomasson, Ted Brandsen and more. He partnered with the stars of ballet world including Uliana Lopatkina, Svetlana Zakharova, Anna Tsygankova, Maria Alexandrova, Igone de Jongh, Sofiane Sylve, Tan Yuanyuan, Larisa Leznina, Ilze Liepa, Ylia Makhalina and more. Yachmennikoff’s repertoire includes numerous main roles in productions of “La Bayadere”, “La Sylphide”, “Swan Lake”, “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle”, “Romeo & Juliet“, “Coppelia”, “Chopiniana”, “Le Corsaire”, “Don Quixote”, “Symphony in C”, “Serenade“, “Steptext “, “Sarcasmen”, “Adagio Hammerklavier”, “Black Cake”, “Kammerballett”, “Russian Seasons”, “The Flames of Paris”, “Scheherazade”, “The Firebird”, “Cleopatra”, “Ghost Ball”, “Fourteenth”, “The Nutcracker”. He performed on the most prestigious ballet stages in the world such as Covent Garden in London, Grand Opera in Paris, Metropolitan Opera in New-York, The London Coliseum Theater, and Champs-Elysees Theater in Paris. World famous ballerina, Natalia Makarova, a true legend of the ballet world, selected Artem for the role of Solor and personally rehearsed with him for the world renown premiere of La Bayadere at Net National Ballet. Pierr Cardin, an italian-born, French top fashion designer has created all of Artem’s costumes for the world tour with the Russian Seasons produced by another legendary ballet artist, Andris Liepa. Audiences of London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo and other capitals of the world enjoyed the privilege of admiring this production. Artem has also been invited to perform as guest star at the Italian franchise of Dancing With The Stars.
REAL WORLD PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Our students train to compete in national and international ballet and ballroom competitions, gaining top award placements. We consistently collaborate with Top Ballroom specialists, such as Slavik Kryklyvyy & Karina Smirnoff, to name a few.
We Dance Academies has the Exclusive Right to collaborate with the world-renown professional ballet theatre of the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine in Fort-Lauderdale & Coral Springs! WDA students are encouraged to participate in the full-scale ballet productions. Students of WDA have the opportunity to share the Parker Playhouse stage with some of the brightest stars of the professional ballet world in full length classical productions, such as Cinderella & Snow White in 2023 winter season. Our award winning students and their proud families experience the importance and scale of a professional level of performance from an early age.
WDA boasts spacious clean studios outfitted with professional flooring for the safety of our students and our instructors. We limit class sizes to provide the best learning experience. Smaller class sizes allow our students to receive personalized instruction. We find that students learn best in smaller and more focused classes. Proper technique is critical to a young developing dancer and there is no replacement for the skilled and careful hands on corrections our instructors provide in every class. We make very careful decisions about placement levels specifically because we consider this to be paramount to a proper dance education.
WIDE VARIETY OF CLASS STYLES AND TIMES
WDA offer classes six days of the week. Our schedule was created with careful attention to the needs of our students and their parents. We make every effort to provide comprehensive dance training while avoiding excessive or late evening hours so that our families have the time they need for school, for work, and for time spent together outside of the studio.
Many studios do not permit parents to observe their children while in dance class. WDA recognizes the joy that observing your children brings to our families. We understand that you likely wonder about what happens during class time, what your children are learning, and how they are progressing from week to week. We offer observation though the cameras in all of the classrooms and we permit observation at all times during classes. We do not restrict observation to specific days or parts of the year. We are delighted to know that our families take an interest in their child's dance education and we welcome your attention.
WDA always provides a dedicated administrator to answer your questions and provide guidance to our families during our operating hours. Without this dedicated staff member our teachers could not focus fully on the important task of educating your children. We respond quickly to your emails and messages. Outside of our operating hours we maintain accurate and up to the minute information on our Parent Portal. Prompt, professional and helpful customer service will always be our priority. We respect how valuable your time is.
LOCATION & FACILITY
Our students not only get to enjoy intensive dance sessions but also immerse themselves in the rich variety of infrastructure that this beautiful corner offers. From upscale restaurants to cozy cafes, from captivating beaches to endless views of the bay with yachts – there’s something here for everyone’s taste. Our instructional sessions take place in a spacious dance studio, with windows that unveil a unique and inspiring view of the bay. It’s a place where movement and elegance blend with picturesque scenery, creating an atmosphere conducive to creativity and development. Our students are able to dive into a world of dance, inspiration, and natural beauty all in one place.
Our floors rest on a system of high density foam, designed to absorb shock and protect our student's still developing bodies. Outfitting our floors with only the highest quality materials ensures that your child is learning in a safe and appropriate environment. Students learn best when they have the proper tools to work with. Parents can rest assured that the health of your child is our first priority.