Oleg and Gemma
Oleg and Gemma are a Professional Ballroom and Latin dance couple based in London, UK. Oleg is originally from Ukraine, and Gemma is from Manchester. Their work encompasses teaching social, medallist and competitive dancers of all ages, performing in shows and events, and choreography and artistic direction for TV and Film. They often compete in 'ProAm' competitions with their students both in the UK and internationally, where their students regularly win or make finals in their categories.
Specialists in Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba, and Paso Doble, they are available as a couple, or individually for Choreography and TV & Film work both on and off-camera. They also work with a network of talented and reliable dancers and assistants in other dance styles such as Salsa, Rock and Roll, Lindy Hop and Brazilian Samba, and are happy to source dancers of such styles for your production. They are happy to appear on-camera in both dance and coaching roles.
Gemma is an I.S.T.D-qualified professional Ballroom and Latin instructor. Beginning to dance at a young age, Gemma initially studied Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance before later moving on to Latin and Ballroom styles. Her experience across different dance genres means she is adept at finding the best method of teaching for each individual client.
Whilst pursuing her career in dance, Gemma spent seven years working as an Assistant Director in the UK TV and Film industry, working on everything from commercials, pop promos, and multi-camera studio-based shows, to large budget TV Drama and Features. Her experience on set directing large crowds, alongside her dance training, means she is uniquely placed to understand and balance the artistic and logistic requirements of a changing production, with a unique eye to choreograph to camera.
Oleg started dancing when he was five years old in Ukraine. After finishing High School he went to study at the Kharkov State Academy of Physical Culture until 2005 and was in the Department of Ballroom Choreography and Directing. Oleg was the Ukrainian Ballroom and Latin American dance champion from 2001 to 2003 and reached the quarter-finals of the World Dance Championships in 2005 and 2006.
Oleg began teaching in Ukraine and Russia before moving to the UK in 2007 to continue his dancing career through competing, teaching and as a choreographer. Oleg has a particular ability in partnering pupils at competitions and enjoys frequent success, including many students who have placed first at our annual national grand finals.