Elena & Vadim Serykh
Vadim & Elena Serykh are an award winning husband and wife acrobatic adagio dance couple. Together they have recieved numerous awards and honors as stars in their field in the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. In 1997 the Couple recieved a Presidental award for their outstanding contributions to the Russian Culture. Together they have preformed many times for the President of Russia, including official functions at the Kremlin and have also recieved and award from President Bush. Vadim's excellence in sports acrobats & tumbling earned him the award of Master of Sport of the Soviet Union in 1978. He is Champion of the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union and recieved 1st place in the Soviet Competition. Elena began performing at the age of 6 with her Professional Dance Academy School Troupe. Her training continued at the prestigious Russian Academy of Art, Theatre and Dance. After a 25 year professional career in both teaching and performing, Elena is extremely proud to be the owner of Premiere Dance Academy, teaching Russian technique ballet, ballroom, folk dance, contemporary and modern dance and acrobatic Rock & Roll. Elena Serykh and her husband, Vadim are both professionally trained in their respective disciplines. They have performed worldwide and have received several of the highest honors available in their native country, Russia as well as the USA. Prior to taking over the ownership of the studio, Elena and Vadim were the star attraction on the Branson Showboat as the acrobatic adagio dance couple for 10 years. Elena maintains a standard of excellence for the level of teaching at the studio; all of the faculty have had extensive performance and teaching and teaching experience and training. Elena has recently had the honor of choreographing for the Warner Brothers' Polar Express, Kenny Rogers' Toy Shoppe, and Silver Dollar City WorldFest.
Bethany Tuckett Hansen
Ami Bremer is the founding partner of Premiere Dance Academy, which opened in 1993. She graduated from SMSU with a BFA in Dance and danced professionally throughout the Midwest from the age of 15. Ami has been teaching dance for over 25 years in a studio setting, in National Workshops as well as at the college level. Highlights of Ami's career include, professional lead roles in productions of A Chorus Line and 42nd Street as well as others. Ami enjoyed her long running career in Branson as a Saloon Girl in Silver Dollar City and in several productions on the "76 Strip". She is a Nationally Certified Clogging Instructor (C.C.I.).
Bethany Tuckett Hansen grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where she began dancing at the age of 8. She began her training in the Vaganova method at The Ballet Center where she grew to become Prima Ballerina at the age of 16. She went on to perform in Ballet West's (the ballet company featured in the CW's Breaking Pointe) production of The Nutcracker. She is trained and versatile in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and musical theater. She danced on the Theater Ballet company at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Dance Theater. She also performed and toured Japan, Russia, and Canada with BYU's The Young Ambassadors. She began teaching ballet when she was 16 and taught Beginning Jazz classes amongst her peers at Brigham Young University. She was the Assistant Choreographer to the production The Light of the World which was seen during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. She took a break from teaching at 20 when she began performing professionally in leading roles including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Footloose, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. After moving to Branson with her husband Cameron 9 years ago, they were both seen in the Stuck on the 70's show, SDC's A Dicken's Christmas Carol, Red, Hot, and Blue, The Magnificent 7, and The Showboat Branson Belle's show Showstoppers where she shared the stage with Vadim and Elena. She is happily a mother of two, Kashton and Syrena, and is looking forward to returning to teaching again
Blake Bartlett-Dunn is a nationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and instructor. She has been dancing since the age of 5 and began instructing at the age of 12. Blake's instructional and choreography abilities have catapulted her to the top of the list of America's most desired and sought after instructors. She has had the opportunity to teach in more than 25 states across the US, as well as internationally. Blake is the Director and Choreographer of the Southern Belles (the 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Clogging Champions of America and the 2002 & 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Clogging Champions of America Team of the Year). In addition to these accomplishments, Blake was given the distinct honor of Director of the Year in 2000 by the Clogging Leaders Organization, won the Clogging Champions of America Female Soloist title in 2000, and was inducted into the National Clogging Championships Hall of Fame in 2002. In August of 2003, Blake appeared on the ABC Family television show Dance Fever. As winners of their episode, they moved on to the Grand Finals where they placed in the top five of contestants from around the country. In the winter of 2004, Blake performed in Giddy Up, a country variety show at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In April 2008, Blake traveled with the Southern Belles to Oslo, Norway to appear on an internationally televised benefit for the Norwegian Red Cross. In the summer of 2008, Blake, along with three other Southern Belles, was featured on the NBC television series America’s Got Talent, where the girls advanced to the semi-finals. In 2008, 2009 & 2010, Blake was selected by America On Stage to choreograph and instruct for their prestigious All-Around Solo program. In March of 2013, Blake was hired by Mirage Entertainment to choreograph for the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. For the last 20 years, Blake, along with her sister Heather, coordinates and contracts dancers from around the country to entertain annually at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri in a show, Championship Cloggers, that features clogging and Irish Step Dance. Most recently, Herschend Family Entertainment contracted Blake as a choreographer for the 2015. 2016 & 2017 Showboat Branson Belle “Celebrate America” show, which features the clogging group, Rhythm.
Clint Nievar training in dance at the age of 15 at Karen’s Kids Dance Studio in Midwest City Oklahoma. Winning multiple competitions at the regional and national levels he eventually worked my way up to being crowned “Mr.Dance Masters Oklahoma”.
In 2001 he was hired as a primary male dancer in the original Branson musical “Mississippi Love”. Clint has been a professional Branson entertainer appearing in; The Lawrence Welk Show, Smoke on the Mountain, Stuck On the 70’s, Magnificent 7, and in Silver Dollar City’s productions Dickens Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life, and at Echo Hollow. He also contributed choreography and script writings to Yakov Smirnoff, Comedy Jamboree, and Dancing through the Ages. Clint is happiest when tap dancing. Getting to pass that happiness to others is the most humble of honors he knows.
Ollie started dancing at a young age at the Ranger School of Dance in Dorset, UK. He studied as a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School & the Urdang Academy in London before completing a BA(Hons) Degree in Dance & Theatre Performance at Doreen Bird College.
He has performed & toured in many Classical Ballets, Pantomimes & Musical Theatre productions including ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ (UK Productions, UK Tour), ‘Aladdin’ (Qdos Productions), ‘Dream Party’ (Tokyo Disney National Tour Japan), and ‘Spirit of the Dance’ (Spirit Productions Worldwide Tour).
Ollie moved to Branson, MO in 2013 to continue working for Dublin Worldwide Productions. He also enjoys teaching & choreographing for all ages from young children through to adults.
Clark Roberts started his dancing career at a very young age as a member of Oklahoma Kids, and Kandid Kids Children's Theater Company. He sang and danced all through high-school, then went on to study Musical Theatre at the University of Central Oklahoma. From there, he moved to Los Angeles and studied at some of the biggest dance schools in LA. Recently, he was a part of the equity national tour of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan! And played Captain Hook at the Palace Coliseum Arena in Vancouver, BC. He now lives in Branson, and has danced in many shows here in town. Currently, he's a member of "Rhythm" on the Showboat Branson Belle. He loves tap! And is very excited to be on board as the tap teacher for Premiere Dance Academy!
Mariya Serykh is originally from Moscow, Russia. She made her first professional dance appearance at the young age of 4, on the Showboat Branson Belle. Since then she has trained with world-class teachers from all over, in every style of dance possible to eventually become a competitive dancer at Premiere Dance Academy. During her competitive career she has won numerous National Championships, World Championship, and Choreography Awards, as well as winning the titles of Miss Dance America, Miss Nexstar, and Miss Power or Dance. She was also chosen by the Hollywood Dance Jamz Convention/Competition to become an assistant teacher with their company, traveling around the US. Her professional performances include: the Silver Dollar City WorldFest, Cirque Montage, the Toy Shoppe Broadway Musical, the Showboat Branson Belle, the Texas Tenors, and most recently Hamner's Unbelievable Variety Show. Along with her long list of achievements as a dancer, she has been the featured aerialists/acrobat numerous years of her career.
Gwen Bliss is originally from Poteau Oklahoma but has lived in Branson for 16 years. She attended Oklahoma CIty University where she attained a Bachelor in performing Arts in Dance Performance as well as a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness. She has traveled all over the world including China, Japan, Australia, Europe, SIngapore and Italy performing in major Shows. Se has also performed in and managed 4 different Six Flags productions. While in Branson she has performed in countless shows and choreographed for them as well. She is currently the dance captain and co director of the Taylor Reed Magic Show. She resides in Branson with her 3 children ages 4, 2 and 3 months. Gwen has taught and choreographed in Branson, Springfield, OKC, and Ft. Smith Arkansas. Gwen's forte is in Ballet and pointe as well as specializes in children's dance education.