REVIEWS

"We feel so fortunate that Astra was able to continue her Horton practice with you. All of your time and efforts with her are so appreciated. I'm not only referring to the dance technique aspect of your classes with her, but also the comrardery and insight that dance is more than steps and movement. And, that you believed in her and combated the negativity she received from her school dance instructors. I know that she has grown as a dancer and a person because of her time with you. She will most certainly miss her Horton classes and conversations with you!" - Mother of private student Astra Elliot

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"I highly recommended Yelena’s dance instruction. My daughter’s ballet improved rapidly and drastically once she started taking lessons from Yelena.  Yelena has many years of experience both as a dancer and a teacher and she is great at analyzing the weaknesses in a dancer’s technique and knowing exactly what the dancer needs to do to improve.  Plus Lena is never harsh or critical, she is able to achieve fantastic results with kindness and smiles.  Yelena designs beautiful choreography, and her creative side doesn’t detract from the fact that she is highly organized, always reliable, and very professional." - Joyce Spears, Mother of private student

"I have had several experiences with Yelena and they have all been positive. Yelena has subbed my adult ballet class.   She has an easy-flowing yet demanding style and a great knowledge of classical ballet technique. My daughter has taken classes with her in ballet, modern, and character during her dance intensives at Ballet Arts of Austin. She loves taking her classes and has learned a lot. When my daughter decided she wanted to perform Marie Taglioni’s variation from Pas de Quatre, we asked Yolena to work with her in private session. Yelena was amazing. She started off with teaching the steps and polishing the technique. Then she explained who Marie Taglioni was and the style of dance in her era. My daughter had a beautiful performance. I highly recommend Yelena for private coaching for student who are learning variations for competitions or performances." - Sarah Thomas, Mother of Private Student

"You have made a huge positive impact on my daughters dancing ability. She has gained skill and confidence in all areas of dance because of what you are teaching her! She has learned more with you in a year than she had in 7 years of dance classes." - Sharon Rutman, Mother of private student
 

"Ms. Yelena has a magical combination of sweetness and firmness. Over the last three-years, I’ve seen tremendous improvement in not only Marian’s ballet technique but also in the overall way that Marian carries herself. I believe Ms. Yelena’s instruction has formed the foundation for Marian’s improvements in other areas of dance, especially Jazz. Ms. Yelena’s constructive criticisms and critiques have helped both my daughters, Marian and Emmalee, celebrate their strengths and focus on their areas of growth.  In Marian’s own words, 'Ms. Yelena has a cheerful personality, yet is firm so we learn and practice lots of skills and techniques. She explains things well and provides good feedback on the big and the finer points of movement and technique. She always answers your questions. I like her fun combinations and the fact that she provides room for creative expression.' And Emmalee adds, 'She’s kind and helpful. She has a soft voice and doesn’t yell at us. She makes up dances that are fun! She’s a wonderful ballet teacher because she’s my ballet teacher.' ” - Nikki Stahl, Mother of students Marian (age 12) and Emmalee (age 8) 

 

"After six years of not dancing I decided to take a modern class from Lena and I'm so happy I did. She is an amazing teacher, dancer, and choreographer. Dancers of all levels and ages would benefit greatly from her expertise. I personally loved her musicality and how she added a fluidity to my movement without sacrificing sharpness. I'm so sad I had to move from Austin and can't continue to work with her!" - Brittany Zelikoff, Adult student

 

"Lena has choreographed for three of my company's productions. In each case, she worked with a mix of professional dancers, experienced amateurs, and beginners. She is able to calibrate the difficulty level perfectly for each type of dancer, and she targets her instruction carefully to each person. And everyone - from dancers to musicians - loves working with her!" - John Cecil, Director of Texas Comedies

 

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