WHO WE ARE
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Ballroom Entertainment Professional Dance Company was created in 2007 by Michael Kuka and Natalia Lind, founders of the Ballroom Dance Academy of Los Angeles. The Dance Company performs and provides instruction in dances from all over the world, specializing in the Ballroom and Latin styles. Its performers are nationally certified and competitively ranked professionals of the highest caliber. In 2012, the Company began to work with acclaimed choreographer Alicia Michelle Richardson to achieve its vision, and she now plays a key role in the creative team.
THE TEAM OF MICHAEL KUKA & NATALIA LIND
Natalia and Michael met as dancers in the show “Tango Fiesta” in 2004, and they have been partners in performance and teaching ever since. Between them, their credits include such major motion pictures and TV shows as Poseidon, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Will & Grace, as well as commercials for Honda Motors, Domaine Chandon, and others. They have performed and competed around the world and are recognized experts in ballroom dance (American and International styles), Argentine Tango and Salsa.
Michael and Natalia’s shared passion for teaching led them to create the Ballroom Dance Academy of Los Angeles, with programs designed for all levels, from beginning to expert. They went on to establish the Ballroom Dance Academy Teacher Training Program as a way to train new professionals.
Born in Milwaukee, Michael’s interests ran to motorcycles and rock bands until he discovered dancing in high school as a great way to meet girls. He hasn’t stopped dancing since.
As a competitive Ballroom and Latin dancer, Michael has won championships all over the United States and Canada. Michael also discovered he has a gift for teaching as well as performing. First at Arthur Murray, where he received the national Top Teacher award, and later through the Ballroom Dance Academy of Los Angeles, Michael aims to instruct and inspire students with his passion and professionalism. In addition, Michael is a regional examiner for the DVIDA professional certification program.
In those rare moments when he gets to take off his dance shoes, Michael enjoys tempting fate with his pursuit of adventure sports, scuba diving, kite surfing, sailing, and flying private planes.Click here for a list of Michael’s professional credits.
A native of Moscow, Natalia studied ballet and classical piano as a child and pursued her love of the arts at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, where she received an MFA with honors. Her studies there encompassed intensive training in voice, theatre, and dance. After graduation, she danced professionally in Moscow before touring the world as a performer. (more…)
ALICIA MICHELLE RICHARDSON
Alicia has been involved as a professional in Ballroom and Latin Dance for over 20 years. She is a United States National champion in American-style Latin-rhythm dance, Theatrical Showdance, International-Latin dance and World Salsa Champion. She has been awarded as a top female instructor and Pro-Am competitor with the United States Dancesport Association. As a performer, she has worked with the ‘greats’ of Ballroom dancing such as Mary Murphy, Louis Van Amstel, Shirley and Corky Ballas, Donny Burns and Gainer Fairweather.
In addition to her experience in performance, Alicia’s chorography has been seen in film, TV, and music video such as Fox’s “Night of the Headless Horseman”, “Dancing with the Stars”, HD Net’s “Svetlana”, Oxygen Network’s “Dance Your Ass Off”, and Robin Thicke’s “Dreamworld” as well as others.
Alicia’s passion for dancing and instruction are awarded and regarded within the dance society. Whether the impact is great or small, she perseveres to connect with the pupil and audience, embody the organic essence of the dance and music, and do so with simplicity and clarity.Click here for a list of Alicia's professional credits.