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Our Team
Meet our fabulous, dedicated and professional teachers.
Lauren Choukri


Lauren Choukri - Dance Souk Owner
With over 25 years experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, teacher trainer & adjudicator Lauren is now the proud owner of Dance Souk. With credits such as teaching & choreographing for Dancing with the Stars - Australia, training National American Style Smooth & Rhythm Amateur Dance champions, winning choreographic awards, numerous television appearances and performing in & producing stage shows internationally, she is equally passionate about sharing her dance knowledge with students of all ages and abilities.
Known for her technical, inspiring and fun teaching style Lauren is excited to be able to offer Private lessons, Group classes, Workshops and social events in a range of dance styles including American style Smooth, Rhythm, West Coast Swing, Hustle, Salsa, Mambo, Two Step, Tap & Jazz.
Vlad Jelinek
Vlad Jelinke - Dance Souk Insructor
Vlad has decades of dance experience to share. Having grown up in the Czech Republic, he was initially trained in Internatiional Style, but gained competitive experence in both International and American style. He has a fun, caring and joyful teaching approach, which is infectious. With a young family and a corporate career, Dance Souk has been privileged to have Vlad on our teaching team for several years.
Vlad is available for a limited number of Private lessons in a range of dance styles including American style Smooth, Rhythm and Quickstep.
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Larissa Govender - Bollywood and Clasical Indian Dance Teacher
Lariissa is classically trained and a qualified instructor in Indian Dance, specifically Bharatanayum and Kathak. Having commenced her studies at the age of 3 and due to her talent and passion, she graduated at the very early age of 13 with teaching accreditations. She has continued to explore different dance styles including Hop Hop, Jazz and Salsa but is returning to her love of Indian dance with the introduction of her Bollywood classes at Dance Souk. She is thrilled to be bringing this free form, soulful style which will get everyone moving and feeling great. Larissa is a praticing Chiropractor who owns her own clinic with her husband in Neutral Bay. She is also available for Private lessons and Workshops.


Nana Shakur - Samba Rock Teacher
                     
Nana Shakur - Samba and Samba Rock Teacher
Nana grew up in a family of musicians and Samba was in her blood from an early age. Whether she was enjoying dancing with the family in the backyard or at Carnival Parades and Samba Events in Sao Paulo, Nana has always been passionate about Brazilian dance.
Nana has trained in various styles including Samba de Roda, Afoxe, Maractu, Coco and Candombe, Afro Brazilian, as well as Hip Hop with one of the world's leading dancers 'Bboy Storm'. 
As an accomplished and sought after professional dancer, Nana has wealth of knowledge which she loves to share with her students. Her commitment to excellence in performance & teaching whilst never losing the essence & enjoyment is loved by her students.
Nana is available for Private lessons, Group Classes & Workshops in both Samba Rock & Samba.​​