Yulia Bobovik Bubnelis - Founder/Director
Yulia Bobovik Bubnelis has a prolific background in a wide variety of dance genres including International Latin and Standard as well as American Rhythm and Smooth. Yulia has nearly a decade of formal dance education studying with world-class coaches and has multiple dance degrees under her belt. She has been coaching aspiring dancers for more than 22 years all over the globe, including Israel, Italy, Russia, and the United States. Her competitive awards include being two-time International Latin National Champion in Israel and reaching semifinals and finals across the United States, Latvia, Italy, and Malta. She is also an NDCA-certified Championship Level adjudicator and teacher, and is regarded as one of the most creative and innovative Latin and Standard choreographers in the Northeast.
Yulia’s is incredibly passionate about teaching. She believes that learning to dance is more than just developing technique – dancing teaches emotion, discipline, trust and respect. She interprets dancing as both an art form and a sport, and takes great pride in nurturing not only her students’ technical skills, but also their ability to translate music into feeling, inner sensation, and movement. One of the cornerstone concepts Yulia brings to DanceStream is that the body is an instrument. As with any other instrument, you have to first explore it and get to know it, then learn how to use it, and most importantly take care of it. Yulia weaves this guiding principle into her teaching, taking her students by the hand and showing them how to discover, develop, and protect their muscles and bodies. Her students are consistently ranked among the nation’s top competitors.
“One of the aspects I love most about working with students is the abundance of new discoveries I continue to make every day as a teacher.”
Keith Claeys - Dance Instructor
Keith began dancing while attending Northeastern University, and began competing in Standard, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm across the northeast United States. He quickly rose through the competitive levels and became a leading member and mentor within the Northeastern ballroom club. His dancing skill, patience, and ability to guide the rookie members of the club saw him elected captain of the team for multiple years, teaching lessons and workshops for the club at multiple proficiency levels across all 19 competitive ballroom dances.
Keith has made finals in all major collegiate and amateur competitions in the northeast USA, and is a National Amateur Finalist in Pre-Championship Standard and Smooth as well as Novice Latin. His competitive drive has taken him to tournaments in all corners of the United States, and he has represented American universities abroad in China.
Keith's passion for dance has helped him accrue a long list of accomplishments, forge lifelong friendships, and develop an inability to sit still when there is music on. He has taught dance classes and lessons at Northeastern University, MIT, and Harvard, and now brings his expertise to DanceStream.
"The only thing I love more than dancing is sharing my love for dancing with others."
Alexis Turko - Dance Instructor
Alexis discovered her passion for ballroom dancing at the age of 6 and quickly rose through the competitive levels, becoming a national Ten Dance finalist in all Junior and Youth divisions from 2012 to 2016. She represented the USA at the Junior Blackpool Dance Festival, reaching Latin quarter finals at the age of 15.
Her final accomplishment before retiring from competition was becoming the 2017 National Vice Champion in Amateur Pre-Championship Latin, and reaching semi-finals in the Under 21 Championship Latin division.
Since 2016, Alexis has coached children competing at the regional and national level in both Standard and Latin. She also taught for the Rutgers University Ballroom team, where she attended college. Now, Alexis brings her passion for teaching to DanceStream.
"I am passionate about helping dancers discover their individual strengths and develop their personal dancing style, achieving both confidence and technical proficiency along the way."
Phil Kudryavtsev - Dance Instructor
Phil started dancing when he was 10 and just wanted to follow in the footsteps of his older brothers, and by the age of 15 he had made a name for himself in the competitive scene. In 2011 he became a Youth National Finalist. At both the 2013 and 2014 National Championships, he placed 3rd in the Under 21 Championship Latin category.
Phil's success also reached across the pond - in 2013, he placed in the top 48 out of 250+ couples at the International Championships in the United Kingdom, which qualified him for an honor performance at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. He was also a Youth Semi-Finalist at the WDC World Championship in Paris. Phil placed 15th out of 300+ couples in the Under 21 division at the Blackpool Dance Festival, which is the most prestigious ballroom dance competition in the world.
"I've always found pure joy in the ability dance gives you to express yourself in ways that words cannot."
Amanda Bogdan - Dance Instructor
Amanda Bogdan is a professionally trained dancer and choreographer who grew up in Andover, Connecticut. She is currently an online student in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Amanda began her training at the age of 2. She joined a professional ballet company at the age of 8, where she spent 8 years performing in the Nutcracker, as well as other works such as American In Paris, Minister's Black Veil, Borodin, Peter and the Wolf, Swan Lake and Rachmaninoff. Throughout middle and high school, Amanda spent her summers working with Joffrey Ballet School in their Ballet Summer Intensive and Jazz/Contemporary Summer Intensive. Amanda participated in the Rockettes Summer Intensive as well, and spent her summers of 2018/2019 working with Artiston Pro Ballet in Pula, Croatia.
Amanda enjoys teaching and choreographing ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and pom pom/drill team. Amanda is currently a professional dancer for the NBA team, Boston Celtics, as well as the WNBA team, Connecticut Sun.
"I look forward to sharing my love for dance through performing, teaching and choreographing."
Stella Zilberberg - Dance Instructor
After moving to the US from Kazakhstan, Stella began her career in Latin dancing in a small studio in California! Then, as her level escalated, she began competing at a national and international level, becoming a US National Finalist in the Under 21 category at the young age of 14 and a World Semi-Finalist in 2019. Starting from 2018, she and her partner began attending the most prestigious competitions in the world, representing the US at the Blackpool Dance Festival and The WDC World Championships. Becoming more and more passionate about ballroom dance, Stella constantly travelled to New York, Miami, and England for lessons with top coaches, whose valuable information and lessons she now brings to DanceStream!
She cares deeply for her students and loves to see them blossom into amazing dancers, gaining flexibility, speed, and power in their movements. Stella knows that each student requires a unique approach as well as patience, concentration, and the utmost attention to detail. After moving to the east coast in 2021, Stella is now studying International Business at Northeastern University and is simultaneously continuing to dance and travel on a competitive level! Her most recent dance adventure was participating on Season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance - where she performed on live television, filmed in sunny Los Angeles’s Hollywood studios.
"Teaching is not only my passion, it's a work of art."