MEET THE TEAM


Biliana Mateva
Founder

Biliana is a working mom of two girls, ages 6 and 8, who attend Pierce school in Brookline. As any parent of young children knows, finding after school activities that fits with the work schedules is nearly impossible. Another nearly impossible feat - finding dance studios that offer variety of dance classes.  And this is how The Village Dance Studio came to be.  Situated in the midst of the quaint Brookline Village, the studio offers different styles of dance classes; as well as a variety of services designed to alleviate the busy lives of working parents: school picks-ups from nearby
 schools, school vacation programs, full day programs, birthday parties, and more.

Biliana and her family have lived in Brookline Village for 10 years and they love it’s diversity, energy and culture. She is delighted to be able to add to the Village's rich tapestry of family-friendly businesses, and to be able to help kids get moving in a fun and safe way!
Kristina started her dance career in Ukraine. She graduated from Lviv National University with a major in  dance/choreography. She has participated in numerous performances as well as international competitions. After earning her bachelor's degree, Kristina continued her training in renowned schools in Europe, New York and Boston. Kristina also has an extensive experience of teaching kids at dance studios and summer camps. She enjoys many forms of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop.​

Kristina Henney
Hip-Hop, 
Ballet, Jazz
Musical theatre became Jackie's hobby at the age of 9, and by the time she was in high school, it was her passion! Her favorite musical theatre rolls she's had include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Charlotte in Charlotte's Web the Musical, and Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, and she is currently in the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Cohasset Dramatic Club (playing the role of the Baker/ ensemble). In addition to performing on stage, Jackie can also be seen in front of the camera! Her favorite on-screen roll she's played was in 2011 when she played the role of young Olivia in the inspirational film called Olivia.
Jackie’s knowledge of the art of Musical Theater is not only based on her vast experience but also on a number of classes that she has completed - she studied acting and directing in film, at Emerson College’s Pre-College Program; she also went on to attend acting and directing classes for both film and theatre at Suffolk University, in which she also participated in Variety Shows, Cabarets, and was an active member of Suffolk’s Show Choir.
Jackie’s theatrical directing experience includes co-directing Disney’s Peter and the Wolf and Mary Did You Know, and The Children’s Nativity Pageant, and the Easter Pageant. Jackie’s future aspirations include being a Theatre Director at a local school, and eventually being the founder of a Children's theatre company!

Jackie DiVito
Musical Theater
Hana is currently a Psychology major who has a passion for dance and young kids. Her dream, growing up, has been to be dance teacher and share her love for this form of art with the others. She has been dancing for the last 19 years and has been working with kids for the last 8 years. Dancing is her most favorite form of movement and art. She is trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz. Her guilty pleasure is going to see The Nutcracker every winter.
Hana Fisher
Ballet, Jazz,
Modern,
Musical Theater
Hailing from Rome, Georgia, and, most recently, McAllen, Texas, Mary is a former competitive gymnast and performance dancer of many styles. Her specialties are hip hop, modern, and Latin dance (salsa, bachata, merengue, cha-cha). She has previously coached gymnastics, and was a 6th grade math teacher for 2 years, as well! She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and is now working on her Master's in Public Health at Boston University. When not dancing, Mary loves reading, exploring Boston with her husband, watching mystery shows, and playing with her giant cat, Fabio! 
 
Mary Heida
Tumbling
Hip-Hop
Latin Dance
Without any fitness and dance background, Agnes slowly but surely became obsessed with ZUMBA® ever since taking her first class in 2009. The passion for ZUMBA® grew steadily over the years, taking over more and more of Agnes' life, until it became so overpowering that she decided to take a next step and became an instructor. Agnes is excited to share her passion for ZUMBA® and active life. In her classes, she wants everyone to feel included, relaxed, connected, and a little silly! Agnes also recently became licensed to teach POUND®, which is another way to be active through music and fun. Agnes enjoys connecting with people through these fun fitness programs, and working together on a common goal of feeling good and strong.
She cannot wait to meet her new students!​​

Agnes Zalewska
ZUMBA® 
POUND® 
Shannon grew up dancing at Kathy Blake Dance Studios in Amherst, New Hampshire, where she studied a variety of styles including lyrical, jazz, ballet, modern, musical theatre, and more. She also completed the Assistant Teacher training program and began assisting and substitute teaching in high school. Shannon graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. At Simmons College, she was a member of the Simmons College Dance Company for four years and on the electoral board for two years. During her summers off from school, Shannon worked full time at Lochearn Camp For Girls in Post Mills, Vermont as a dance teacher and camp counselor for two years.
Shannon Fitzgerald
Ballet
Jazz
Mariya started learning Bulgarian folklore dancing at the age of 8, when she joined a children’s dance ensemble in her hometown Vidin, Bulgaria. After moving to Boston in 2008, Mariya joined the local Bulgarian folklore ensemble Ludo Mlado and has been performing with the group ever since. As a result of her love for dancing and the Bulgarian traditions, as well as the numerous years of training and performing, she has gained an extensive knowledge of the different regional styles of Bulgarian dancing and is excited to share her passion and expertise with anyone who wants to learn about and enjoy the beauty of this unique dance form.
Mariya Atanasova
Bulgarian Folk Dancing
Svetla Mincheva, originally from Pazardjik, Bulgaria, discovered the beauty of dance at the age of 7 as she joined the local ensemble “Albena”. This passion stayed with her all through high school after which she had to part with friends as she ventured into college life in America. After graduating and getting settled in Boston, Svetla rediscovered her passion for dance when she joined Ludo Mlado in 2009, a Bulgarian folklore dance ensemble. She has performed with the ensemble since then and is excited to share her experience and passion for Bulgarian folklore dance.
Svetla Mincheva
Bulgarian Folk Dancing