Meet our fabulous, dedicated and professional teachers.
Lauren Choukri - Owner, Director & Instructor
With over 30 years of 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 - Instructor
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.
Nunzio Saitta - Instructor
Nunzio started dancing street Latin in 2008 and has been a professional dance instructor for over 5 years. Nunzio’s life is dance and he is devoted to progressing his skills in Ballroom and Latin with training and personal development a huge part of his weekly routine. A kind and loyal professional, Nunzio is originally from Italy and is committed to giving everyone the opportunity to dance. Highly trained in teaching beginners through to advanced dancers, Nunzios’ current group class schedule consists of American Style Smooth and Rhythm, technique and club dance classes. Each new skill is taught in a very thorough manner and we know you will enjoy the professionalism of Nunzio’s lessons. Nunzio is also highly skilled in wedding teaching and choreography and is available for private lessons.
Maria Okladnikova - Instructor
Maria has been a professional dance teacher for over 8 years, and is an accomplished performer. She is also a qualified yoga instructor and has completed various certificates including Nutrition, Aerobics and Computer Science. Maria is a highly motivated individual who has a desire to teach and bring out the talent in all of her students. Originally from Russia, Maria has found her home here in Sydney and is excited to share her experience and knowledge in various art forms. Maria’s current group class schedule consists of Yoga, Belly Dance, Cabaret, Stretch, Barre, Heels, Salsa, Boogie Fit and is also available for private lessons in all of her expert styles. We know you will love Maria’s warm, nurturing energy and her dedication to each lesson. Maria is available for private lessons in all of her expert areas.
Johan Bolivar - Instructor
Johan is forward thinking in his approach to dance and has been a choreographer and teacher for over 7 years. Johan regularly attends professional development workshops and is continually building his knowledge in a range of dance styles. Bringing his culture of dance from Venezuela, Johan is inspiring and charismatic. He’s devoted to teaching people of all ages from all backgrounds as teaching is his passion. Having owned his own business, Johan appreciates the individual needs of every student and will ensure you walk away confident and having learnt something new each lesson. Johan’s current group class schedule consists of various styles of Salsa, Reggaeton, and Hip-hop with private lessons in all of his expert styles available. With an energy that could lift the roof off and a friendly nature we are sure you are going to enjoy every minute of Johans’ classes. Johan is available for private lessons in all of his expert areas.
Sophie Tesoriero - Business Support/ Customer Service
Sophie is our front and back of house business support superstar. With over 9 years’ experience in business development, administration and customer service, Sophie is an integral part of our team and a fantastic energy in the studio. With a passion for ensuring each client is valued and supported Sophie’s generosity of spirit will ensure you feel welcomed from the first contact. Born and raised in Sydney, Sophie has extensive community ties and has a passion for being a part of her neighbourhood. When she is not in the studio, Sophie is teaching children with disabilities how to swim or enjoying the beach with her pup.