MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

JACK IACOVOU - Director and Lead Dance Instructor

Jack is a Member of the International Dance Council (CID) and has been Greek dancing from the age of 8, and has built up a wealth of knowledge in the area of Greek folk dance over the years.

Jack has maintained his continued interest through years of teaching, training and performing. He has performed both nationally and internationally and frequently visits Greece to see other performing groups, meet with other instructors and he also regularly takes part in seminars both in the UK and abroad. 

Jack has appeared on numerous TV programs and shows over the years which include: 

2019 - Greek channel Alpha TV on the show ' Happy Day Στον ALPHA'

2019 - BBC1's prime time television show 'Michael McIntyre's Big Show' where he surprised celebrity singer Peter Andre.

2018 - Greek channel Alpha TV on the show 'Σαββατοκύριακο με το Μάνεση' 

2018 - BBC1's 'The ONE Show' as part of a special Mama Mia exclusive launch with ABBA singer Björn Kristian Ulvaeus.

2014 - On ITV,  Jack taught celebrities on the popular Saturday night show 'Dancing on Ice' alongside British ice dancers and former               British, European, Olympic and World champions, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

2011   Channel 4's  'Celebrity Come Dine with me' with Jodie Marsh, Debbie McGee, Lembit Öpic and Iain Lee.

“We're a fast growing Greek dancing class based in London ensuring we are fully committed to your Greek dancing development and helping you gain confidence through our proven structured teaching methods in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. I've always taken Greek dancing seriously, because dance woven with culture has always been important to me. There is so much to learn and I love nothing more than spread the infectious passion I have for it to all our students at Figoura"

KYRIACOS SHIAMTANIS - Dance Assistant, Adult Division

Kyriacos is a qualified and registered dietitian having worked both in the NHS as Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, he is currently a university lecturer in nutrition and also works freelance. Kyriacos still finds the time in his busy schedule to pursue his passion for Greek dancing. He met Jack during their time spent together in a performing group back in 2001, where their mutual passion for dancing led them to true friendship. Kyri has performed both nationally and internationally and is no stranger to the Greek dancing circuit.  So passionate, that on his wedding day he dressed in traditional costume to dance.

Kyri now lends his dedicated assistance to Jack, and loves every moment of it. Kyri has a strong passion for his roots and loves Cypriot dances, and is particularly fond of Pontian dances too. Kyri's warm and friendly approach is a testament to the class ethos and students quickly warm to his assisting approach.

 

If all this wasnt enough, in 2014 Kyri began his part time Masters course in sports nutrition, and is working towards becoming a fully qualified sports nutritionist in 2016.

 

“When I offered to help Jack as an assistant, I knew right away that I would love the classes and learn more dances as we went along, but my experience with him has been a real eye-opener,  one you have to see and experience for yourself!"