Dance teacher, Principal, Artistic director

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Master of Arts (University of Arts Helsinki) and Dance teacher (Turku University of Applied Sciences)

Katja is the founder and artistic director of Hurja Piruetti. She has over 20 years of experience of working with children, youth and adults, as well as with people with disabilities.

“For me the most important thing about teaching is to bring out that spark for dance, expression and diversity of art. Familiarising myself with different art forms and using that knowledge to compose new is an organic way of working for me. Processing through the body, indulging in dance together, without forgetting some pirouettes...”

At Hurja Piruetti Katja teaches

contemporary dance, show, ballet, classes for the adults, 60+ classes and DANCE, and oversees Special Education groups, education of people with disabilities, and international relations

Dansinstructor, choreographer, dancer, admin


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Shanti started dancing by the age of 11 and has since competed with groups both in Finland and internationally. She herself started dancing in Hurja Piruetti and still does. In addition, she have also danced for “iPOP” in Los Angeles. Shanti is currently studying for a subject teacher and engineer dubbel degrees, and wants to work with young adults and children.

“Dance have always been very important for me, a way of expressing myself and forgetting about the actual world. “If you hit a wall, climb over it, crawl under it, or dance on top of it.” Art Education has been proven to increase the performance of children and young adults in all areas of life. Art is important för both mind and soul.”

  

At Hurja Piruetti Shanti teaches:

Children's creative dance classes, Commercial, Ladies, Show och Dancemix

Dance teacher

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Dance teacher (BA)/ Turku University of Applied Sciences 2000
Master of arts (MA), Dance teacher / University of arts Helsinki 2007

”Joy of dancing and doing together are the most important things for me when it comes to teaching classes. A dance class can be a break from the everyday life or a wonderful training session in good compnay. It can also be an explorative journey into bodily expression, or strict technical finetuning. In my classes technical training as well as expression, joy and letting go with the means of dance walk hand-in-hand. With the words of Ernst Bacon: ” Dancing is poetry of the body.”

At Hurja Piruetti Ulla teaches

SE-group, Contemporary dance, Ballet, Dancemix and children’s classes. In addition, Ulla works as the student advisor and is responsible for mentoring the final projects of dancers graduating from the advanced dance studies of Basic education in arts.

Danceteacher

  
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Dance has always been a big part of my life and it’s also a big part of me. I started dancing when I was five years old in Baletti- ja liikuntakoulu Hannele Soulasmaa and danced there for 14 years. After that I went to Västra Nylands Folkhögskolas one year dance program in Karjaa, which helped me find my path I dance. In 2018, I graduated from the Bachelor Program in dance pedagogy (jazz dance as main program) in Stockholm University of the Arts. I also did a part of my studies in University of Stavanger, Norway.


As a dance teacher, I want to inspire people to find the joy in dance and help them to feel confident. Hard work and sweaty classes are also my thing!

At Hurja Piruetti Emilia teaches

Ballet, contemporary dance, jumps&turns and children's classes.


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Dance teacher, choreographer, dancer

Our street dance teacher from Sri Lanka has been an active member of the dance community in FInland for around 20 years.

“My career as a dance artist is the biggest part of who I am. Dance taught me to stand on my own two feet, and so I appreciate the value of art in life. As a teacher, my aim is to make sure I can provide my students with the tools to make their dreams come true, and to guide them in dance to the best of my abilities.”

At Hurja Piruetti Sathis teaches

hiphop, locking, street competition crews, dancehall reggae, performing&techniqu, production classes

Dance teacher

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I started taking dance classes at the age of five in Helsingin tanssiopisto, though most of my memories with dance begin with Hurja Piruetti where I joined classes at the age of seven. Over the course of fourteen years, I attended a range of classes, every possible style offered. In 2016, I graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, UK) with a Bachelor of Honours in Contemporary Dance. I have since been teaching and doing projects in Finland as well as abroad. I strongly identify as both a dance artist and a pedagogue, and I am also increasingly interested in (dance) research. Versatility and the possibilities it holds are fascinating to me, and they are what gets me inspired time and again.

In my work, I am interested in the use of gravity and breath as ways to initiate, ease and power movement, and as ways to bring out the authentic. Recently, I am also exploring the art of witnessing (watching and engaging in what we see), which is intertwined with my current MA studies in Dance Pedagogy at the University of Arts in Helsinki.

At Hurja Piruetti Reettaleena teaches

Creative Children Dance, Contemporary dance and Show dance

Dance teacher (BA)

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Paula grew up dancing in Hurja Piruetti, and is currently undertaking degree studies to become a dance teacher. She has been part of Hurja Piruetti’s Young Culture Ambassadors –group for several years, and participated in various international projects during her years as an ambassador. Paula teaches children’s classes and contemporary dance, as well as street styles.

“In my opinion the best thing about teaching is seeing the student’s development. Dance is an amazing hobby because it gives space to self expression in addition to being a diverse form of exercise, regardless of age. Not to mention the open atmosphere, good laughs and moments of accomplishment in the classes!”

Classes

School Projects, ballet, children classes, contemporary dance and bodymaintaince


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Acrobatics teacher

Alex has 15 years of experience of working with children in kindergartens, after school clubs, and in schools as a class and substitute teacher. He has been awarded the title of a capoeira teacher by Master Marrom, and has taught capoeira for over 10 years, working with different age groups from children to adults. Acrobatics – an essential part of capoeira – Alex has been teaching for a couple of years.

In addition, Alex has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine form the school of Neijing, and is a father-of-five.

At Hurja Piruetti Alex teaches

Acrobatics, trick groups

Dance teacher

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Jenny is a mum-of-four, whose interest for dance started as a 3-year-old in Ethel Gustaffson’s ballet school. In 1995 she went on to study dance in VNF. Jenny has been part of the Young Culture Ambassadors group performing internationally, as well as participated as a choreographer in different projects. Through hobbies in sports and her work in the health care in the last 15 years, she has worked with people of all the different ages. Jenny is a qualified masseuse and a practical nurse, which led to a nurse’s degree in 2016. To give all her students the chance realise their dreams is where her passion lies, as well as in the interest to combine dance and health care as she sees it is important that the patient is seen as a whole.

”The best thing about Hurja Piruetti is the sense of community that is built through dance. The dance school gives everyone a chance to participate. For me dance is so much more than just dance, and I think anyone regardless of age, cultural background, disability or such, can take part in dance in one way or another.”

At Hurja Piruetti Jenny teaches

Children's classes (4 to 6 y.o.) and beginners' contemporary dance (7 to 8 y.o.)

Circusteacher

 

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At Hurja Piruetti Janni teaches

Circus

Dance Instructor, choreographer, dancer

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Annette started dancing as a five-year-old and has since then competed in disco and hiphop, both in Finland and internationally. She has studied dance in e.g. “Stepup” in Helsinki and “Balettakademien” in Stockholm. Annette have also worked as a choregrapher for musicals. At Hurja Piruetti she began in 2010 and started teaching in 2018.

“Dance is my way of expressing myself. Dance is about  freely being yourself. In difficult times, it is always movement that gives me release. “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it`s learning to dance in the rain.”

 

At Hurja Piruetti Annette teaches

Commercial

Dance teacher, dance, choreographer

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Dance teacher (BA), Turku University of Applied Sciences 2015

On maternity leave

I started dancing ballet when I was seven. After high school I continued dancing at Västra Nylands Folkhögskola in Karjaa. I did my bachelor studies is Turku University of applied Sciences and partly in Dans och Cirkushögskola in Stockholm and in Isafjörður in Iceland.

I get especially exited about teaching ballet, because of its technique, which has developed under a long time period and gives a solid base for any dance style. The important thing for me when teaching dance is softly helping each student discover new things and helping them grow as dancers.

At Hurja Piruetti Janna teaches

Ballet, contemporary dance, jumps&turns, dance and children's classes.