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

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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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Jenny Kwon

Jenny is a performer and educator. Born in Korea and raised in California and Hong Kong.

Whilst studying Sociology at Seoul National University, Jenny continued her training in jazz dance under one of South Korea’s top musical theatre choreographers and performed numerous dance shows and musicals such as A Chorus Line, Kiss Me Kate, Fame. With a passion for the performing arts and creativity, she went on to obtain a BA in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong.
With a firm belief in the significance of nurturing self expression and imagination in young people, Jenny started teaching drama and movement worskshops, most notably at Faust International Youth Theatre. She wrote original scripts, directed and adapted plays for children of all ages. With extensive experience teaching over the last 12 years, and completing Early Childhood Development courses at Mesa College San Diego, Jenny is dedicated to her role as a dance teacher, and is passionate in being a part of the development of children's creativity, confidence and self-expression.