We pride ourselves in having a truly international and diverse team, with each bringing their unique experiences and skillset to the Academy.
Wojtek is the Director and Principal Teacher at WPDA. He started his dance journey as a little boy in Poland, competing successfully and reaching the finals of all major competitions. Upon moving to Ireland in 2009, he quickly ranked as the best dancer and competed internationally representing the country across Europe and USA.
In 2017, Wojtek was awarded with the highest grades in his professional Standard and Latin exams and he now proudly holds full Irish National DFI DanceSport Adjudicator Licence. In 2020, he received the World DanceSport Federation Adjudicator Licence – the highest judging license there is for DanceSport competitions around the world. Being a WDSF judge, Wojtek travels to the best competitions in the world to share his knowledge with aspiring professional dancers, apart from adjudicating alongside highly esteemed panels. He has starred in a number of TV commercials and appeared on Irish TV shows. He is the most-loved teacher at the Academy , highly respected and looked up to by all his students. When not working, he enjoys going for challenging runs and wouldn’t say no to a good ol’ Sunday roast!
JACEK SNOCHOWSKI (A.K.A B-BOY ARMSTRONG)
Jacek started as a dancer in 1999 – he is known for his unique b-boy style which combines strong power-moves with footwork elements and air freezes. Over the years, he has also explored other dance styles such as House and Contemporary. In addition to dancing, he is also an established performer, actor and videographer. Jacek is certified as an International Dance Instructor and is experienced in conducting workshops with groups of different age groups and levels. He is also regularly invited to judge some of the biggest international competitions. He is multiple times winner and finalist of the most prestigious break dance competition – ‘Red Bull BC One Cypher’ – which is no mean feat to achieve! A seasoned performer, Jacek has starred in numerous dance shows, music videos, TV commercials and shows – Bank of Ireland, The Late Late Show’ to name a few. As an actor, he has performed in classical and street dance theatre (The Watchmaker), and more recently is working with Seventh Land Theatre. Some of the corporates he has worked with include – Google, UPC, Smirnoff, HMV, Red Bull and Bank of Ireland. Jacek is also the organiser of the ‘Street Art Festival’ a charitable event in Poland.
Elaine has been involved with ballroom dancing since age 8 having danced & competed throughout that time. Elaine has a BA degree in Business Studies and 20 years experience in the finance industry. She has been training with WPDA for over 7 years both as a dancer and teacher. In that time Elaine has won national titles in both UK and Ireland in adult & senior categories. Having completed her teaching qualifications Elaine now teaches both adult and children within our academy across all levels. Her children’s classes are a great way to introduce dancing from a young age through fun, music and dance. In addition Elaine places a big focus on helping adults overcome any fears of learning to dance or returning to dancefloor.
Being involved in the performing arts since childhood and having competed in high level sport since the age of 8, Rakhee is no stranger to the world of dance, sports and events. She brings to the team years of experience gained through her exposure to a multitude of events across the board. At present, she manages the Academy’s Ops and PR/ Marketing – she is involved in and hands on with all of the happenings and activities at WPDA. She began her Ballroom & Latin journey in 2009, has been training with Wojtek since 2019 and is an active DanceSport athlete. Formally qualified with a Master’s in International Business and Law, B.A. in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Rakhee currently balances working full-time in Financial Services with a Dublin based MNC along with supporting the Academy. Her previous experience includes having worked as an educator, one of her most memorable experiences being training differently abled children at Special Olympics. When not in the studio, she enjoys music & theatre, practising yoga and continues to compete representing her club in Badminton Div 1.
Chris is a skilled and highly trained dancer and choreographer with over 15 years of experience. He is the co-founder of multi-award winning XOD Dance Agency. From representing Ireland at the World Hip Hop championships in Las Vegas, to choreographing and directing a nationwide and international Micheal Jackson Tribute Tour, to appearing in many commercials and even blockbuster Bollywood movies, he does it all! Apart from dancing, he is also a fully qualified Snowboard Instructor and he has a Masters Degree in Physical Education.
Backing Dancing: Haddway, Ace of Base, Londonbeat, Ottawan, Sanita, Corona, Akon, Coolio and the 2011 MTV Music Awards!
TV Shows: Katherine Lynch, Podge and Rodge, and more recently, The Late Late Show, The Ray D’Arcey Show, Centenary, Laochra, 2018 Festival of Families and 2019 Culture Night. He has also directed and choreographed most recent 2022 Eurosong entry.
Advertisements: Nike, Jameson, Intel, Guinness, Heineken (‘Live Your Music’), campaign ‘Bin It Your Way’
Film: Top Bollywood productions such as ‘Housefull 3’, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’
Theatre Credits: Micheal Jackson Tribute Tour, 2009 & 2014 Gaiety Theatre, Robin Hood Pantomime, 2016 Gaiety Theatre, Rapunzel Patomime, 2017 Helix Theatre, Robin Hood Pantomime 2018
Elvin has been dancing for as long as he can remember and has trained with multiple world champions in both Ballroom and Latin. Some of his best achievements include being ranked in the top 20 in the European Championship (Ballroom), top 23 in the World Championships (Latin) and being multiple time national champion in Romania, Ireland and Bulgaria. Elvin has years of experience competing internationally, and as a teacher is proud to have helped some of his students achieve top-class world rankings!
Victoria has been dancing since she was 5 years old – she is a confident performer with lots of experience of live audiences, theatre and competitive dance. She loves to express who she is through performance and competition, and also help others find themselves through dance. She has been a Ballroom and Latin teacher for the past 8 years and is qualified as a FITSTEPS and Zumba Instructor. Victoria has represented Ireland world over in Ballroom dancing and attended many international training camps with top coaches across Europe and the UK. Some of her accolades include being 7 times All Ireland champion and representing Ireland at the World and European Championships in Ballroom dancing.
DESISLAVA HRISTOVA TRIFONOVA
Having begun dancing at the age of 5, Desislava has trained in Latin and Ballroom with some of the best teachers in the world. A hard-working individual – she has previously been 15 times National Bulgarian Champion, several times Irish Champion and 2 time World Semi-Finalist, making it to the top-10 in the world rankings. She began teaching in 2018 – her best achievement being training a Junior 2 couple to become national champions & world championship quarter-finalists in a short span of 5 months.