About Studio Dance4u

Studio Dance4u strives to make an impact on their students each day, teaching them how to improve their craft and believing that growth and continual learning are the key to success. The instructors at Studio Dance4u strive to pass on their passion to people of all ages! From kids to adults, we specialize in teaching a variety of classes and skills. When working with adults, StudioDance4U offers a variety of dance instruction — anywhere from how to move in the club to looking elegant while dancing at a wedding or social event. We teach a variety of dance styles —cardio burning to ballroom — and offer individual as well as couples’ instruction. For children, our classes are specially designed to improve coordination, posture, flexibility, and metal agility, as well as enhance manners and the ability to work as a team. At Studio Dance4U, we seek to provide a foundation that will benefit your child for the rest of their life, all while they’re having fun learning how to dance.



Owner and Director

Alla Kocherga

Dancer

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Alla Kocherga is more than your typical ballroom dance teacher. She’s an international star. Originally from the Ukraine, Ms. Kocherga moved to Los Angeles at the age of 5, where she began to pursue her first love, dance. With ballet as her foundation, she later developed a love for ballroom, a passion that has continued unabated to this day. Winner of multiple awards including a California State Championship, a U.S.A. FInalist in the World IDSF Open Competition, and even the first segment of Ballroom Battle on ABC’s popular Dancing with the Stars, she combines a serious work ethic and with a love for teaching. The consummate professional, Ms. Kocherga is the teacher and mentor students will find once in a lifetime-the guide needed to finally living an art and a dream.

Owner & Director

Vadim Lyubushkin

Owner & Director

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Vadim Lyubushkin began his dancing career at a very young age in Russia. He has trained with the best coaches and has traveled all over the world participating in the most prestigious Ballroom competitions. He has many national titles and was a finalist in the European Championships. Recently, he was on the Russian version of Dancing With The Stars. Vadim is also one of the most sought out coaches for competitive ballroom couples in the Los Angeles area. He trains many students who later went on to become national champions. Vadim brings compassion and inspiration to all of his students.

Dance Instructor

Oksana (Dmytrenko) Platero

Dancer

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Oksana spent five seasons on Dancing with the Stars and joined Great Britain's Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer in season 14. 🥇Before becoming a national dance celebrity she had a very successful competitive career. Oksana was a Ukrainian National champion in 2004, 2005, 2006
Some of her most memorable titles include
  • 1st place The International Dance Union World Cup in Moscow, 2005
  • 1st place Dutch Open in 2005
  • 1st place Aarhus Open in Denmark in 2006
  • 1st place the International Dance Union World Cup in Kiev 2006
  • 3rd place in the U.S. National Championships 2008
  • 2nd place in the U.S. Nationals Championship 2009
  • 1st place in the World Masters 2010
  • 1st place in Professional Rising Stars Latin at Yankee Classic 2011
  • 3rd place in World Masters Open Professional Latin at Yankee Classic 2011
  • 1st place in United States Championship Professional Rising Stars
  • 1st place USDC Open to The World Professional Rising Stars.
  • We are so lucky to have her expertise and knowledge passed down to our students!

Dance Instructor

Magda Fialek

Dance Instructor


MAGDALENA FIALEK was born in Poland and moved to Canada at the age of 4. She started dancing in a Polish folk dance company and eventually began competing in ballroom dancing at 7 years old. Soon after falling in love with ballroom, she became Canadian Champion in the Junior level and went on to place at numerous competitions in her Junior and Youth career. At 18 Magdalena moved to the United States to further pursue her dancing. She is 2x National USA Latin Champion, Blackpool Under 21 and Amateur semi-finalist, and Rising Latin finalist and has represented the USA at the World Latin Championships 3 years in a row. She is also a principal dancer in stage shows Dancing with a Twist, Dancing to the Movies, Dancing with the Stars at Sea, and has toured with DWTS’s Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy on their first stage show; Our Way. Most recently she made the top 8 on Fox’s hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance.


Dance Instructor

Nick Garcia

Dance Instructor


NICK GARCIA was top 20 on Fox TV’s So You Think You Can Dance Season 11. He has been seen on popular television shows such as NBC's America’s Got Talent and NBC's new show World of Dance. He's also been seen on Disney Channel and Univision Network programs including Sabado Gigante and The Christina Show. He was a part of the new Palazzo Hotel production Baz: Star Crossed Love in Las Vegas, NV. He was featured on Derek and Julianne Hough's Move Beyond Tour. He has recently performed with Jennifer Hudson and with Il Divo in their Residency show in Las Vegas. Nick continues to train in many styles of dance that include Contemporary, Latin ballroom, salsa, jazz, ballet and hip hop. He currently lives in Los Angeles, working and teaching in all styles.

Dancer/Choreographer/Actor/Instructor

Jonathan Platero

Dancer

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Dancer/Choreographer/Actor, Jonathan Platero gained national notoriety with his athletic dance ability as a ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, Season 5 Finalist. Before SYTYCD, Jonathan had already won titles including; World Undisputed Salsa Champion and was the head choreographer for Salsa Heats Pro-Team, making them one of the top team finalist in the world. Jonathan has landed guest appearances on ‘GLEE’ alongside Olivia Newton-John, The Disney Channel’s ‘Shake It Up’, Celebrity Apprentice, and also performed along side the incredible Jennifer Lopez, in her tribute to Celia Cruz at the AMA Awards. Jonathan was also featured on Dancing With The Stars Season 16 and 18, and was the head Choreographer for Estrella TV’s ‘Mi Sueño Es Bailar’, and also debuted his choreography on Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, seasons 10, 11 and 12. You can now catch Jonathan on this season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 13 “The Next Generation” as one of the All-Stars and Mentors.

Instructors

Edgar Khachaturov & Money Pinkett

Ballroom Couple

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A Ballroom Couple Destined for the Spotlight.
When 21 year-old Edgar and 17 year-old Monet dance, they're completely, intensely connected. Whether they're doing a sharp, energetic jive or a smooth, sensual rumba, their bodies move as one. Their technique is impeccable. Their chemistry is electric. And over the past year and a half, ballroom judges all over the world have taken notice. They may be young, but their experience and knowledge in dance is way beyond their years!
Acrobatics / Tumbling
Acrobatics/tumbling is centered on fundamental acrobatic technique to increase flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, endurance, timing, body awareness, self-discipline, and confidence.
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Toddler Dance

We develop an enjoyment of music and movement as well as a positive self-image as primary goals. Basic ballet terms and steps are taught along with tumbling skills.

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Jazz / Contemporary

We teach sharp and fluid movements to create a visually technical dance and style. It is usually done to popular music. Body isolations, stretch, turning, leaping and technical steps are taught in this class.

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Beginner Ballet
Ballet is the “backbone” of all dance training. In ballet the student will learn grace, elegance, technique, discipline, flexibility, stamina, and endurance. We strongly feel that ballet is the most important dance form that a child or adult can study. We offer Ballet for all ages and abilities. 

7:10-8:00pm Improv Ages 8-12

About the improve class: Fun exercises and loose structures will help students cultivate their unique voice as a moving body and artist. Students will choreograph solo material and will work in groups together.

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Hip Hop
Hip Hop is designed to help the dancer loosen up, gain rhythm, and have fun in an aerobic workout. Moves from MTV and other videos on TV with popular artists will be taught. This is a great way to get a good workout, have fun and gain confidence. 
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Kids Latin
In the Latin class you will learn how to add grace, femininity, & flare to your Latin dancing. We teach choreography that focuses on arm & leg styling, body isolation technique, footwork/shines, hand & foot placements, and much more. Kids  will also learn how to incorporate styling in  partner dancing, as you will gain confidence and improve the fluidity of body movements. 
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Adult Salsa
Inspired by Latin dance & music, more like a Salsa workout class that uses a variety of styles in its routines, including, merengue, salsa, pop, mambo, rumba, & flamenco. No dance experience required.
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