Co-Owner of EdanSe
Coach and Dance Instructor, Ballroom & Latin
Sara and Evgueni are the studio’s premier couple and through the past few years they have developed their dancing to be world-class. Currently, they compete in the 10-dance division (International Ballroom and Latin styles), representing Canada, Evgueni’s home country. Sara and Evgueni are the only couple in Connecticut to compete at the World Championships, not once, but 6 times! Tokyo, Japan in 2009; Kiev, Ukraine in 2010; Gatineau, Canada in 2011;Valleyfield, Canada in 2012; Valleyfield, Canada in 2013; and Innsbruck, Austria in 2014. They were also crowned Canadian 10-Dance Champions in 2010, and have been consistently Canadian National Finalists.
Sara and Evgueni are also judges of numerous competitions. They often perform live on TV, at corporate and special events, weddings, fundraisers, and more. In addition to teaching, they have proven to be great choreographers with their skill set ranging through all 4 styles of Ballroom and Latin.
In 1999, Sara was given the opportunity to teach and found she could not get enough of it! Wanting to challenge herself and be the best at it, she worked really hard and earned her Licentiate Certification from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and her Associate Degree from the Canadian Dance Federation (CDF). Passionate about teaching, she motivates her students to love dancing as much as she does. On top of teaching at the studio she also coaches the UConn , Trinity College, Weslyan University, and UMass Ballroom Teams.
Outside of the dance studio, Sara’s other addiction is horseback riding. That is how she discovered her passion for sharing her knowledge, when she began teaching riding lessons at a very early age. She knew then that she would be teaching forever. Finally, she holds a degree in Business, which combined with her teaching experience and thorough knowledge of dance, makes her completely qualified as an owner and an instructor.
Co-Owner of EdanSe
Coach and Dance Instructor, Ballroom & Latin
Evgueni started dancing Ballroom and Latin when he was 5 years old, growing up in Moscow, Russia. This was something that was quite common for kids of his age and he found that it was an activity that he looked forward to everyday. When he moved to Montreal, Canada with his family in 1996, he knew that he had to continue dancing. He soon found a studio and kept training hard to achieve excellence as a youth and adult Amateur competitor. In fact, among many of his achievements, he was ranked 2nd in North America in the 10-dance division, in 2006. This accomplishment encouraged him to turn professional when he met his current partner, Sara Schilling.
Evgueni and Sara are the studio’s premier couple and through the past few years they have developed their dancing to be world-class. Currently, they compete in the 10-dance division (International Ballroom and Latin styles), representing Canada, Evgueni’s home country. Sara and Evgueni are the only couple in Connecticut to compete at the World Championships, not once, but 6 times! Tokyo, Japan in 2009; Kiev, Ukraine in 2010; Gatineau, Canada in 2011; Valleyfield, Canada in 2012; Valleyfield, Canada in 2013; and Innsbruck, Austria in 2014. They were also crowned Canadian 10-Dance Champions in 2010, and have been consistently Canadian National Finalists. Evgueni worked very hard and earned his Associate Degree from the Canadian Dance Federation (CDF).
Outside from competing together, Evgueni and Sara are also judges of numerous competitions. They often perform live on TV, at corporate and special events, weddings, fundraisers, and more. In addition to teaching, they have proven to be great choreographers with their skill set ranging through all fourstyles of Ballroom and Latin.
Evgueni also brings with him a great track record as a talented instructor. His passion for teaching and the drive to truly invest in his students has won him numerous Top Teacher awards at some of the most prestigious competitions throughout New England and Canada. Thanks to his creativity and extensive knowledge of dance, he has also successfully choreographed special individual and group show routines for all sorts of events.
Additionally, Evgueni has had the opportunity to dance in Hollywood Productions. You can see him dancing in such motion pictures as “Get Smart”, 2007; “The Aviator”, 2003; and “The Great Gatsby”, 1999.
Aside from dancing, he has always had an intrigue and a passion for languages and is now fluent in three: English, French, and Russian. So, when he is not teaching, he keeps himself busy working at and running his translating company, Verbal Creations. That extra skill is very useful to him at the studio, as many students enjoy the ability to learn dancing from him in their native language.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Throughout her life, Rachel has been passionate and interested in helping people. She has explored numerous aspects of how she can benefit others from baking and office work to volunteering. Rachel excelled in customer service skills, but wanted to help people even more. She found her true calling in massage therapy.
Being an active person, Rachel has gone for many massages, some of them to help sore muscles, other times to get some relaxation in. No matter why she booked a massage, she always felt great after one. Wanting to help share what massage has given her, she earned her Massage Therapist License through the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.
Massage therapy helps people in all different aspects of life; physical, mental, and emotional. It is a great way to relieve stress and relax. For active people and dancers, massage will help enhance your performance by releasing muscular tension, it will help prevent injuries, and will speed up the body’s natural recovery process.
Rachel’s knowledge of sports, dance, and customer service makes her one of a kind in the massage field. She listens to you, and truly cares about each person and their individual needs. She specializes in Sports Massage, Relaxation Massage, and Swedish Massage.
Outside of massage you will find Rachel in the kitchen working on making amazing gluten free baked goods, dancing, or spending time with her horses and dogs. It doesn’t matter what the activity is, Rachel’s true joy is bringing smiles to people’s faces and helping others.
Dance Instructor, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Stretching
Haley always had a passion for dance that was unlike anyone her age growing. She is a Connecticut native who started taking dance classes when she was 5 years old. Haley also participated in multiple pre-professional dance programs, including Figments Youth Dance Ensemble and New England Dance Conservatory Pre-Professional program. Her dance experience as a child encouraged her to become a professional dancer because she believed that she was not done learning yet!
In 2010, Haley auditioned and got accepted into the State University of New York, College at Brockport Dance Department. For 4 years she studied under many world renowned professors and artists including Bill Evans, Mariah Maloney (former Trisha Brown Dancer), Karl Rogers (David Dorfman Dance dancer), Jonah Bokaer, Camille A. Brown, David Dorfman, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Telly Fowler, Heather Roff (Former Garth Fagan dancer),Vanessa VanWormer, Jim Hansen, Stevie Oakes, Kevin Warner, and Maura Keefe.
While studying at Brockport, Haley performed in faculty concerts and also in student choreography concerts. Haley danced at multiple concert venues with the Bill Evans Dance Company while she was studying at Brockport. She also showcased her own choreography in multiple locations in upstate New York. Haley Graduated SUNY College at Brockport Magna Cum laude with a BFA in dance in the spring of 2014.
Haley spends all of her summers completely enriched and dance. In the summer of 2011 she spent her summer as an arts administration intern at the Summer Stages dance at Concord Academy. In the summer of 2013 she was a full tuition scholarship recipient at the American Dance Festival at Duke University, North Carolina. Here Haley worked with former Merce Cunningham dancer Andrea Weber where they restaged various Cunningham repertoire to perform at the end of the summer. In the summers of 2014 and 2015 Haley worked as a modern and jazz teacher at the Russian American Foundations Bolshoi Ballet Academy summer intensive in Middlebury, CT.
Haley has been dancing professionally with Judy Dworin Performance Projects and DancEnlight Company since the fall of 2014. With these companies, Haley toured all over New England performing in festivals and in residency school programs, such as the REVERBdance festival in Boston, MA and at the Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. Haley also has the pleasure of working with the Legible Bodies dance company under the direction of Noel St Jean-Chevalier. Haley is currently working as a teaching artist with Judy Dworin Performance Projects at the Hartford Public Schools working with the Movement Matters programs and Bridging Boundaries program working with kids with incarcerated parents.
Haley formerly taught at New England Dance Conservatory under the direction of Shelley Ziebel and Kenneth Lipitz, where she found her true passion for teaching. Haley is also a guest teacher at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, as well as the Assistant Director of Figments Youth Dance Ensemble out of Hartford, CT.
Haley teaches modern, ballet, Pointe, jazz, and stretch and conditioning. She believes that ballet is the foundation of all dance, and that understanding the core concepts of ballet can help you in any dance form. She teaches mainly a Vaganova based class, but explains all ballet methods in class when needed. Haley bases her modern classes on many different modern dance forms, but her main influences are of Laban Movement Analysis and Barteniff Fundamentals. Haley also believes that it is important for dancers to have full body awareness of themselves and others during class and outside of class. She believes that dance is an art form that can heal, liberate, and enlighten anyone who tries it!
Among all of this Haley is currently establishing her own company out of Connecticut where she plans on traveling to perform at festivals and other performance spaces. Haley is extremely excited to be teaching at EdanSe Company! She hopes that every student from EdanSe Company finds joy in knowing that just being able to express themselves through dance is a joy in itself. Haley is so passionate in her teaching and in learning from her students! She believes this makes a successful teacher and an exquisite learning environment for all!
Dance Instructor, Ballroom & Latin
Dance was always in Nam’s heart and mind, to the point where his parents were constantly telling him to calm down and sit still. Unfortunately, Nam did not have the opportunity to join dance classes in his early childhood, as some of his friends have, and instead was mesmerized with dance as he watched it on TV.
When he became a freshman in high school he found out there was a dance club after school. He joined the club and took advantage of that amazing opportunity to make his dream come true. He spent countless hours of practicing what he learned to ingrain it into his body and mind. Shortly after, Nam started competing, and very quickly, moving through each level, became the undefeated champion in the New England area. Dance has led Nam to meet great people and make good friends. Dancing was the outlet for stress relief and brought him happiness every time he danced. Now his passion became his career.
Outside of dancing, Nam enjoys creative activities such as art, drawing, and graphic design. And thanks to his creative mind he is a very thorough fabulous teacher.
Dance Instructor, Ballroom and Latin
Garrett started ballroom dancing in high school. He happened to be performing his juggling at a school event and saw a ballroom dance demonstration. After that, he found out more information about ballroom and joined the ballroom and latin team at school. As an after-school activity, he found it to be a phenomenal way to make friends and get some exercise after a long day of classes.
Ballroom and Latin ended up becoming a passion in his life that he didn’t want to break away from. When applying to universities for mechanical engineering, he kept in mind which ones had ballroom teams. The same thought process applied to his decision to study abroad in Scotland for a semester where he continued his dance education as well. Garrett quickly rose through levels, becoming a dancer many others strive to be. Garrett is currently co-captain of UMass Amherst’s Ballroom Dance Team and helps mentor numerous new dancers. In addition to ballroom and latin, Garrett has a special fondness of West Coast Swing. He enjoys the creativity and music of the dance. He enjoys both teaching all styles and the thrills of competition, but his favorite thing about dancing remains the connections he makes with people.
Outside of dancing, Garrett can still be found juggling. He continues being creative by working on the occasional art project or reading, and he also enjoys spending time with his cats.
Dance Instructor, Ballroom & Latin
Scott started dancing, in 2006, due to peer pressure, as all his friends pushed him into giving it a try. That was the start of his addiction to dance. He then went on to mastering his skills and has developed into a fabulous dancer quickly moving through the ranks to the very top.
Scott wanted to take his dancing farther and, therefore, went on to finding a dance partner (or two) to join a competitive team. He has traveled and competed throughout New England, ranking high in all levels, ranging from Beginner through Open. Together with his current dance partner, Scott is now a finalist in the most important and prestigious competitions in the New England area.
Scott is a teacher at heart. when he is not at the dance studio teaching dance, he is teaching high school biology and anatomy. As a teacher, he knows that the details are what make a difference and he certainly uses that skill to help his students achieve excellence. On a personal note, Scott confirms that dance has been the stress relief he craves. He looks forward to going to the studio whether for working with students or for practicing. It was due to dancing that he forged new relationships, giving him many great friendships.