Meet our team

"My aim for BallroomBees is to give children the confidence to partner with their peers in a fun, active environment "

Katya (Founder of BallroomBees)

Katya Virshilas

A former National Ballroom Champion, Katya was a professional dancer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance.

Katya’s career in the entertainment business started very early. Moving from Lithuania to Israel at the age of 6 she became a child star there appearing  in TV and commercials at an early age.

Moving to Vancouver at age 13, she saw a ballroom dance competition on TV and fell in love with the style. She asked her mom to take her to her first class. This led to her becoming the youngest Canadian National Champion at the age of 16.

One day, while training in a studio in New York, she noticed an audition for a film next door, and her coach encouraged her to “just try”. She ended up booking the job - stumbling into a new career. This led to her working with incredible actors such as Antonio Banderas, Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez as a dancer and choreographer for the Hollywood films "Take The Lead" and "Shall We Dance".

In 2007 Katya was invited to work with the incredible Bollywood choreographer Shaimak Davar to star in his show “I Believe”. She spent an entire year travelling India and teaching in all major cities. She returned to Canada and decided to start her own dance school, but when the BBC asked her to become a professional on “Strictly Come Dancing”, it was an opportunity she could not refuse. After 3 years on the show, Katya produced her own show and toured the UK, performing in over 300 shows! During this time she also choreographed for the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”

After the birth of her first son and moving with her family to Hong Kong, Katya has truly found her calling. Though BallroomBees, Katya found a way to empower children through the medium of Ballroom Dancing


Klaus Kongsdal

Klaus was born in Esbjerg, Denmark. His grandmother was a dance teacher so as the oldest child of three he was taken to his first dance class at the tender age of 2.

A huge fan of all sport Klaus played football, tennis, badminton and swam on a competitive level but dancing had a special place in his heart. He also continued his studies while training to dance and won the world championship under 19 title in 1992.

In 1993 he enrolled into Aarhus University to study law, but after two years of trying to combine his studies and continue his top level dancing, he left university to pursue his career as a dancer full time.

Klaus is a 6 time undefeated Danish Champion, European and World Champion and has been a finalist at all major championships around the world.

After stopping to dance himself in 2006, Klaus is now hugely in demand as a coach to the best couples in the world, and he regularly is invited to judge the most prestigious major championships. He has served as the vice-chairman for the Danish Dancesport Association and he currently sits on the board of education for The World Dance Council.

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Painey Lai

Majoring Chinese dance and minoring in Choreography in
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts now.

She is a dancer who starts practicing Chinese dance since 4 years old and finished the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Graded 11 Exam.

She also experienced in teaching various dance style like Chinese dance, contemporary dance, ballet, hip hop and so on for 6 years. She got her 200 hrs RYS yoga teacher certification in Rishikesh, India.

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Anca Covalschi

Anca Covalschi is a dancer, personal trainer & nutrition coach.
Mother of Edward, 5 years old

Anca brings a wealth of experience as a dancer, personal trainer, and fitness coach.

Having worked everywhere from Singapore , Macau & Spain as performer and teacher, Her high energy personality will keep your tots on their toes!

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Magdalena Baranowska

Magdalena Baranowska is a professional Latin American dancer, teacher and Zumba certified instructor from Poland.

Magda's dance career started when she was 10 years old, and she won the title of Polish champion at age 12! Since then, Magda has won multiple championships in Poland in Latin, Ballroom, and combination of 10 dance.

In 2016 Magda became amateur Polish champion with her husband. They are in the top 24 of International Championships in UK, and finalists in the Amateur Rising Stars Blackpool Dance Festival 2019.

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Angelique Hammond

Angelique is a Professional Latin American, Show Dance and Exhibition Dancer

Angelique started dancing at the age of 4 and has had burning passion for dance ever since.

After finishing her studies at the Performing Arts School in South Africa, she earned the title of All South African Open Latin Champion and joined "Dancing With The Stars" SA as a professional dancer.

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Ryan Hammond

Ryan is a Latin American and Ballroom dancer, and the Winner of 'Strictly Come Dancing' SA

Ryan was born into a dancing family and started dancing at the age of 7. He is a qualified Ballroom dancer, IDTA Latin American instructor and adjudicator and has been competing and performing around the world.

He has choreographed various theatre shows, music videos and trained championship dancers, as well as being the head dance coach at one of the biggest universities in South Africa.