Ms. Elina Wisung – Ballet Teacher , Choreographer, Soloist
Elina Wisung, from Sweden, started dancing at the age of 6 training in Sweden, Malaysia and later with Yana Lewis in India from the age of 15. After graduating from high school in Bangalore, Elina studied Theatre Dance at London Studio Centre, UK in 2004/2005. She received her B.A.Hons in Dance Education from the Royal Academy of Dance in London in 2008. Since then, she has worked both with The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet and with several vocational and recreational dance schools in Sweden. In 2014, Elina received her introductory II Iyengar Yoga certification from the Ramanmani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. She conducts ballet and jazz classes at all levels and general and beginners yoga classes at The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet. She also assists in choreography and managing the bi-annual shows.
Ms. Sushmitha Margad – Ballet Teacher , Choreographer, Soloist
Sushmitha Margad started her professional career in dance when she joined the Yana Lewis Dance Company (YLDC) in 2003 as a performing member. Under Yana’s continued guidance and training, 2012, Sushmitha attained a distinction in the Intermediate Vocational Exam in Imperial Classical Ballet from the Imperial Society of Teachers for Dance ( ISTD) in Athens, Greece. In 2015, she received the Associate from the ISTD in Rome, Italy mentored by Yana. Sushmitha is also trained in Bharathnatyam under Guru Nirupama Rajendra. As a core performing member of YLDC, she has performed in national and international events for MNCs, award ceremonies, cultural festivals and advertisement. Sushmitha’s training and experience in other art forms such as western classical voilin, kathak and contemporary dance drives her to study and understand dance in a deeper sense, fueling her passion for dance and teaching. Sushmitha holds an engineering degree from the Visveswariah Technology university and an MBA from the Ohio University. Sushmitha currently teaches ballet, jazz and callanetics at TLFCB and is a soloist with our performing company. Sushmitha has a clear methodical approach to teaching. She is naturally graceful which transfers to her students.
Ms. Pooja Mehta – Ballet Teacher
Pooja began her training at the Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet in Bangalore in 2009 at the age of 19. She trained for 3 years with Yana, and in 2012 Pooja achieved Distinction in her ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Intermediate Vocational examination in Athens, Greece.
She continued her training at Laine Theatre Arts in the UK specializing in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, commercial, musical theatre, acting, singing, and tap, graduating with a Diploma in Performing Arts in 2015. Pooja is the first Indian to graduate from Laine Theatre Arts in its 45 years of existence.
She specializes in jazz dance, incorporating lyrical, musical theatre, Broadway, street and modern styles into her repertoire. As a dancer she has performed in television and movies, and worked with the Love Rudeye Dance Casting Agency in London, UK.
Pooja also holds the ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction in Imperial Classical Ballet since 2014, and in Modern Theatre since 2015.