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UNLEASHING YOUR POTENTIAL WITH THE POWER OF RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS.

BY OUR FOUNDERS.

In our Academy we believe that how we shape the young age will stay for life. It is not just about the Sports. Qualities such as diligence, devotion, respect, loyalty, friendships, and gratitude are very important, and we try to educate the young gymnasts through the training process.

Bianka Panova – BPA Co-Founder & Head Coach,

9-time Rhythmic Gymnastics World Champion

Bianka Panova

A word from Bianka

BY OUR FOUNDERS.

We feel like a big warm family living in a very inspirational environment while having the privilege to be trained by a world champion with a very unique personality. We believe every child is different and need a different approach to learn new skills. We also encourage friendships and mutual assistance between the gymnasts, which plays a role in enhancing their social skills.

Daniela Michaely – BPA Founder and Director

Daniela Michaely

A word from Daniela
we believe

We Believe

We firmly believe that by teaching the youth principles of Rhythmic Gymnastics, not only can they unlock their true potential but also be provided with a powerful foundation of sports and motion arts which will help foster positive education and habits that will aid in their long-term growth.

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Our Mission

With Rhythmic Gymnastics, we are committed to unleashing each child's highest potential by developing their physical, mental, and emotional strengths through sports and motion arts. We believe that the unique principles of Rhythmic Gymnastics can help foster great educational qualities and habits in children that can become integral to their future growth.

OUR PROGRAMS

FOSTERING EXCELLENCE, AND YET ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE.

We provide all-day sport and motion art activities for youth aged between 4-18 years old, with a clear focus on a strong Rhythmic Gymnastics foundation. Our Academy focuses on both nurturing excellence, as well as making the unique values of Rhythmic Gymnastics accessible to everyone.


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Student training
Foundation Program

This category is for girls in the ages between 4 to 12 years old with no prior training or experiences in gymnastics/ballet.

Foundation Program

Character Development:
Learning to overcome challenges and establishing an attitude of persistence.
Building mental resilience when encountering obstacles.
Encouraging independence and self-discipline during training.

 

Mental & Physical Development:
Exploring and developing their bodies for gymnastic potential.
Training muscles for natural execution of gymnastic movements.
Cognitive memory development through manipulation of the apparatus.

 

Social Skills Development:
Encouraging collaboration through group exercises.
Developing listening skills for rhythm, musicality, and performing arts.
Forming friendships with other students.

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Student training
Intensive Intermediate Level

This category is for girls aged between 6 to 10 years old who have received basic training in rhythmic gymnastics according to the Bianka Panova system.

Intensive Intermediate Level

There will be 3 sessions a week. Longer training hours are required to hone skills further for competitive preparation.

Gymnasts will be able to proceed to the next training level once they are able to execute the required skills, according to the coaches’ recommendations.

 

Character Development:
Developing the values of good sportsmanship.
Encouraging support and unity between gymnasts.
Establishing good habits for diligence and consistency.

 

Mental & Physical Development:
Learning advanced motion qualities.
In-depth study of basic body difficulties in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Mastering basic apparatus techniques for apparatus such as clubs, rope, ball, ribbon and hoop.

 

Social Skills Development:
Promoting good communication skills between gymnasts & coaches.
Emphasis on teamwork for group presentations and routines.

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Advanced Level

This category is for girls aged 8 and above who have trained several years at BPA and who have the determination to further develop their skills and talents in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Advanced Level

This is the first competitive group whose gymnasts will be eligible to represent Singapore in various national competitions. As such, the training commitment will increase per the competitive requirements to maintain and further improve skills.

The girls will be eligible to join the Elite group once they show enough progress and receive the recommendation from their coaches.

 

Character Development:
Developing confidence and persistence.
Encouraging support and unity between gymnasts.
Building further critical thinking skills for self-improvement.
Focus on managing competition stress.

 

Mental & Physical Development:
Learning advanced motion qualities.
In-depth study of advanced body difficulties in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Mastering advanced apparatus techniques for apparatus such as clubs, rope, ball, ribbon and hoop.

 

Social Skills Development:
Enhancing communication skills between gymnasts & coaches.
Emphasis on leadership within the group for training sessions.

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Elite Level

This category is for girls aged 10 and above who are well-trained and have fully developed their skills in Rhythmic Gymnastics with the Bianka Panova System.

Elite Level

The girls in this group will be eligible to represent Singapore in various national and international Rhythmic Gymnastics events. According to their competitive eligibility, greater commitment to training and holistic fitness and health will be required.

 

Character Development:
Developing a growth mindset.
Encouraging teamwork and support between gymnasts.
Building further critical thinking skills for independent training.
Focus on managing competition stress.

 

Mental & Physical Development:
Learning higher level motion qualities.
In-depth study of higher level body difficulties in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Mastering higher level apparatus techniques for apparatus such as clubs, rope, ball, ribbon and hoop.
Classical ballet, gymnastics, rhythm, musicality, expression, and physical conditioning.
Focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

Social Skills Development:
Enhancing communication skills between gymnasts & coaches.
Emphasis on leadership within the group for training sessions.
Gaining cross-cultural experience from international events.

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High Performance Level

This category is for girls aged 10 and above who are fully dedicated to develop their skills in competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics, by invitation only. The girls in this group will be eligible to compete locally and overseas.

High Performance Level

In SG: In and from categories “Stage 2” and “Stage 3” and above, under Singapore RG rules.

Overseas: Our program is aligned with FIG rules/CoP (Code of Points). The gymnasts can participate in any international RG tournament all over the world.

Upon reaching 13 years of age, and subject to qualifying for the National Squad (top-6 ranked on NC), the gymnasts will be able to represent Singapore on the World Stage of RG – such as SEA Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Championships, and more.

This group can take advantage of unlimited training hours during gym opening times. According to their high competitive requirements, greater commitment to training and holistic fitness and health will be required.

 

Character Development:

Developing responsibility and initiative for personal training.

Encouraging mentorships between gymnasts.

Building further critical thinking skills for independent training.

Focus on managing competition stress and self-care.

 

Mental & Physical Development:

Personalized preparation for the competition.

In-depth study of higher level body difficulties in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Building natural apparatus techniques for apparatus such as clubs, rope, ball, ribbon and hoop.

Classical ballet, gymnastics, rhythm, musicality, expression, and physical conditioning.

Focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

Social Skills Development:

Enhancing communication skills between gymnasts & coaches.

Emphasis on leadership within the group for training sessions.

Gaining cross-cultural experience from international events.

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Performing Groups (Juniors & Seniors)

This category is for girls aged 10 and above who have achieved the foundational requirements according to the Bianka Panova system for Rhythmic Gymnastics and represent the senior gymnastic demographic of the Academy.

Performing Groups (Juniors & Seniors)

Gymnasts in this program will receive sports enhanced training to further enhance their current physical skills and handling of apparatus as well as intensive training in the performing arts such as dance, expression, and acting.

These skills develop multiple important skills and competencies that are valuable to the artist- gymnasts in school, future work, and other endeavors they may choose to pursue in the future.

There will be a minimum of 2 sessions a week. Training may increase depending on the current requirements for each project and/or performance.

 

Character Development:

Developing responsibility and initiative for personal training.

Encouraging mentorships between gymnasts.

Building further critical thinking skills for independent training & performance.

Further development of confidence and independence.

 

Mental & Physical Development:

Preparation for group routines and in-house competitions.

In-depth study of advanced body difficulties in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Building natural apparatus techniques for apparatus such as clubs, rope, ball, ribbon and hoop.

Classical ballet, gymnastics, rhythm, musicality, expression, and physical conditioning.

Focus on a healthy diet, lifestyle, and self-care.

 

Social Skills Development:.

Emphasis on collaboration, empathy, and public speaking skills.

Gaining professional experience from performances and events.

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Empowering The Youth

Rhythmic Gymnastics is…

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Strong-willed - Foundational - Life Skills - Dance - Strong-willed - Foundational - Life Skills - Dance -

OUR TEAM

SHOOT FOR THE STARS. OUR TEAM WILL HELP YOU GET THERE.

Management
Daniela Michaely

MS. DANIELA MICHAELY

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

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MS. DANIELA MICHAELY

Daniela was born in Bulgaria and at the age of 13 she moved with her family to Israel. In 2014 she relocated to Singapore due to her husband’s business. Daniela was searching for a gymnastics club for her young daughter and she was not able to find what she was looking for. So she decided to open her own place and she is now the Managing Director of Bianka Panova Academy which has been operating since 2015 and has a clear vision to become the premier world-class academy in the Asia Pacific region.

Her prior work experience ranges from marketing manager roles to organizing high-end events for corporate clients. She holds a B.A of Business Administration as well as Marketing and Social Media diplomas.

Daniela is extremely passionate about dancing – she used to be a Ballroom and Latin dancer and an amateur actress. Her other interests include reading books and watching theatre. She genuinely believes that everybody has a huge potential to succeed in life if they do exactly what they love and passionate about. Her moto is to always dream big and follow-through in order to create and achieve incredible things.

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MS. BIANKA PANOVA

BPA Co-Founder

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MS. BIANKA PANOVA

Bianka has been living and working in five different European countries before finally settling in Singapore. Her professional experience ranges from being a Head Coach of RG clubs in Italy and Belgium, to the National Coach and Consultant for RG teams in Switzerland, Spain and UK. She was also selected as an International Judge for FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) between the years of 1996 and 2000. In 2015, Bianka relocated to Singapore and together with Ms. Daniela co-founded the Academy with the shared vision of developing RG world-class platform in Singapore for young and upcoming gymnast talents.

Her other hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and dancing. In 2013, Bianka published her first book “In The Name Of The Great Goal – Behind the Scenes” which is a book based on her fascinating life story as a young gymnast celebrating few euphoric moments as well as facing an incredibly challenging growing pains. It was definitely not an easy journey but as Bianka always says: “I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart for everything that happened to me.”

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Leong Wen-jin

MR. LEONG WEN JIN

FINANCE MANAGER

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MR. LEONG WEN JIN

Wen Jin is a Singaporean local through and through. One of his many achievements is holding a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance, the industry he is currently pursuing an ACCA certification for.

He started his finance journey working in various finance departments in multiple industries such as hospitality, banking and a SME start-up. Through the years in the said industries, he has experienced wearing multiple hats and experienced different roles such as HR and Operations. His passion for joining SME-cultured businesses stems from the idea of being with a team that is like-minded and shares a vision for the company’s growth and success, something that he found when he joined the BPA Team.

One of his main passions is being a cultural traveler where he is able to live and experience life there as a local. Some of his best memories include eating delicious street food at the heart of Thailand and living in a cabin in the Swiss alps.

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Christina Nyanamani

Ms. Christina Nyanamani

Client Relations Manager

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Ms. Christina Nyanamani

Christina was born and raised in Singapore where she earned a Diploma in Missions from Tung Ling Bible College, an LCCI Diploma in Marketing, a Certificate in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing, and an Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment.

With all these accomplishments, she has been in a plethora of industries including but not limited to Events, Education, Travel, and Retail. Most notably, she has 15-year experience in Tourism & Attractions specializing in Frontline Ops, Guest Experience, and Training.

Christina is excited to join the Academy because she has been inspired by Bianka’s holistic principles and methodologies.

In her free time, she enjoys walking in nature, hiking, and baking.

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MR. Samuel Tang Teck Ern

Sales & Events Executive

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MR. Samuel Tang Teck Ern

Samuel is a local Singaporean that has travelled to Beijing and Australia for two months each as a part of an exchange program.

He holds a Pharmaceutical Science Diploma, and is Certified in Teaching and Learning.

He proudly carries these education around as he dabbles in finance, education, consulting, and automobile. Despite these industries, however, Samuel’s strong suits are business development, content creation, sales, operation, and training.

Samuel is a person who always seek for constant growth, loves to try something new, and is a strong proponent of giving back to the next generation. Joining the Academy aligns with these principles, so he’s very excited to be a part of a platform that provides the youths a chance to pursue their passions and dreams.

Samuel’s hobbies include badminton, singing, and songwriting as he used to be a part of a band that performed in various places.

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Kevyn Vejerano

MS. KEVYN VEJERANO

MARKETING MANAGER

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MS. KEVYN VEJERANO

Kevyn is a born Filipino and continues working offshore there as the Marketing Manager for the Academy. Her degree in Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and passion for writing in school newspapers brought her to the Academy as a writer at first, and then eventually evolved into the marketing department.

Joining fresh out of college with an IT degree and armed with a Journalist of the Year award, she was determined to put her skills of web development and experience of article writing to use. The Academy has since invested in her further to make her knowledgeable in SEO and digital marketing as well which are all the things she loves doing now. She may not have had a strong background in sports, but she was able to easily join the team through the passion the Academy has for rhythmic gymnastics and in encouraging creativity in everyone.

Aside from technical stuff, Kevyn enjoys editing videos and drawing fan art of her favorite shows and groups. Clay sculpting, reading, and fiction writing are also some of her favorite outlets.

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Coaches

MS. BIANKA PANOVA

Head Coach

Bianka has been living and working in five different European countries before finally settling in Singapore. Her professional experience ranges from being a Head Coach of RG clubs in Italy and Belgium, to the National Coach and Consultant for RG teams in Switzerland, Spain and UK. She was also selected as an International Judge for FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) between the years of 1996 and 2000. In 2015, Bianka relocated to Singapore and together with Ms. Daniela co-founded the Academy with the shared vision of developing RG world-class platform in Singapore for young and upcoming gymnast talents.

Her other hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and dancing. In 2013, Bianka published her first book “In The Name Of The Great Goal – Behind the Scenes” which is a book based on her fascinating life story as a young gymnast celebrating few euphoric moments as well as facing an incredibly challenging growing pains. It was definitely not an easy journey but as Bianka always says: “I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart for everything that happened to me.”

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MS. BIANKA PANOVA

Bianka has been living and working in five different European countries before finally settling in Singapore. Her professional experience ranges from being a Head Coach of RG clubs in Italy and Belgium, to the National Coach and Consultant for RG teams in Switzerland, Spain and UK. She was also selected as an International Judge for FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) between the years of 1996 and 2000. In 2015, Bianka relocated to Singapore and together with Ms. Daniela co-founded the Academy with the shared vision of developing RG world-class platform in Singapore for young and upcoming gymnast talents.

Her other hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and dancing. In 2013, Bianka published her first book “In The Name Of The Great Goal – Behind the Scenes” which is a book based on her fascinating life story as a young gymnast celebrating few euphoric moments as well as facing an incredibly challenging growing pains. It was definitely not an easy journey but as Bianka always says: “I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart for everything that happened to me.”

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Sawako Enami

MS. SAWAKO ENAMI

SENIOR COACH HIGH PERFORMANCE

Sawako was born in Japan, but in 2009 she relocated to Singapore to further her career. She carried with her a degree in Physical Education from Tokyo Women's College of Physical Education, Japan. She is also certified as a national-level judge under Singapore Gymnastics.

Sawako has 10 years of experience working internationally as a Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach in
several gymnastics companies and schools. When she found out that Bianka Panova, her youth idol, chose to open a gymnastics school in Singapore, she was genuinely excited.

In the beginning, she was hesitant to approach Bianka, but after meeting her in person, she was even more eager to join the Academy with a clear purpose to learn and work alongside Bianka.

In her free time, Sawako enjoys watching movies, reading books, visiting the zoo, and watching circus, ballet and musicals.

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MS. SAWAKO ENAMI

Sawako was born in Japan, but in 2009 she relocated to Singapore to further her career. She carried with her a degree in Physical Education from Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education, Japan. She is also certified as a national-level judge under Singapore Gymnastics.

Sawako has 10 years of experience working internationally as a Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach in
several gymnastics companies and schools. When she found out that Bianka Panova, her youth idol, chose to open a gymnastics school in Singapore, she was genuinely excited.

In the beginning, she was hesitant to approach Bianka, but after meeting her in person, she was even more eager to join the Academy with a clear purpose to learn and work alongside Bianka.

In her free time, Sawako enjoys watching movies, reading books, visiting the zoo, and watching circus, ballet and musicals.

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ARAI-KONATSU

Ms. Konatsu Arai

Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach

Konatsu Arai, a native of Japan, completed her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education, Japan. Starting ballet at the age of two, she seamlessly transitioned into rhythmic gymnastics when she was twelve years old, excelling throughout her college years.

As a rhythmic gymnast, Konatsu represented the Tokyo Women’s College, her achievements are remarkable, including securing 2nd place in hoop & clubs at the Gwangju 2015 Universiade in Korea and clinching 1st place in group work at the All Japan National Championships in both 2015 and 2016. Additionally, she achieved 2nd place in group work at the Japan Interchange Competition in 2018.

Konatsu's career as a rhythmic gymnast has brought her to prestigious events such as the closing ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games and performances at Star Island in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and various other venues. Alongside her performances, she devoted herself to enhancing her gymnastics skills and giving back to the rhythmic gymnastics community by volunteering as a children's gymnastics instructor before joining BPA.

Driven by a passion for personal and professional growth, Konatsu sought mentorship from Bianka. She successfully completed the Bianka Panova Training Curriculum and now works with gymnasts across all levels.

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Ms. Konatsu Arai

Konatsu Arai, a native of Japan, completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education, Japan. Starting ballet at the age of two, she seamlessly transitioned into rhythmic gymnastics when she was twelve years old, excelling throughout her college years.

As a rhythmic gymnast, Konatsu represented the Tokyo Women’s College, her achievements are remarkable, including securing 2nd place in hoop & clubs at the Gwangju 2015 Universiade in Korea and clinching 1st place in group work at the All Japan National Championships in both 2015 and 2016. Additionally, she achieved 2nd place in group work at the Japan Interchange Competition in 2018.

Konatsu’s career as a rhythmic gymnast has brought her to prestigious events such as the closing ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games and performances at Star Island in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and various other venues. Alongside her performances, she devoted herself to enhancing her gymnastics skills and giving back to the rhythmic gymnastics community by volunteering as a children’s gymnastics instructor before joining BPA.

Driven by a passion for personal and professional growth, Konatsu sought mentorship from Bianka. She successfully completed the Bianka Panova Training Curriculum and now works with gymnasts across all levels.

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MS. MIHO HARADA

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS COACH

Coach Miho Harada is from Japan and has lived in Malaysia for a couple of years before recently moving to Singapore.

Back home, she studied Physical Education at Tokyo Women's College, and she went on to become an Assistant Coach at her alma matter's Junior Youth Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Team for three years. This experience opened the door for her to go abroad to Malaysia as a Coach at Rhythmic Excellence Unity Academy for four years. In 2016, Miho attended a seminar hosted by Bianka Panova which impressed her and impacted her coaching philosophy.

She looks forward to sharing her experience as a coach with our gymnasts in Singapore, as well as improving her coaching techniques through Bianka’s expertise. On top of this, she was also attracted by the coaches and staff's great teamwork, warm atmosphere, and cheerful students.

In her free time, Miho likes to travel, learn different languages, and unwind in a sauna.

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MS. MIHO HARADA

Coach Miho Harada is from Japan and has lived in Malaysia for a couple of years before recently moving to Singapore.

Back home, she studied Physical Education at Tokyo Women’s College, and she went on to become an Assistant Coach at her alma matter’s Junior Youth Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Team for three years. This experience opened the door for her to go abroad to Malaysia as a Coach at Rhythmic Excellence Unity Academy for four years. In 2016, Miho attended a seminar hosted by Bianka Panova which impressed her and impacted her coaching philosophy.

She looks forward to sharing her experience as a coach with our gymnasts in Singapore, as well as improving her coaching techniques through Bianka’s expertise. On top of this, she was also attracted by the coaches and staff’s great teamwork, warm atmosphere, and cheerful students.

In her free time, Miho likes to travel, learn different languages, and unwind in a sauna.

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Justin Zee

MR. JUSTIN ZEE

GUEST BALLET CHOREOGRAPHER

Justin was born in Victoria Australia, but has lived in Romania, Czech Republic, and Singapore since then. He has completed his Advanced Diploma in Arts (Classical Dance) at the National Theatre Ballet School in Australia.

Justin’s impressive work experience includes working with a variety of Ballet Companies around the world, including Melbourne City Ballet (Australia), Teatrul De Balet Sibiu (Romania), Národní Moravskoslezské Divadlo (Czech Republic), and currently dancing with Singapore Dance Theatre (Singapore).

Justin is enthusiastic about joining the Academy because working alongside inspiring, dedicated, and like-minded people drives him to be better. In fact, he is already a certified coach under Bianka Panova Academy’s own RG coaching program—which is designed to consistently deliver world class standards—and he is excited to be able to share his knowledge with the girls of the Academy.

Aside from his obvious passion for ballet and dance, Justin enjoys yoga, pilates, traveling the world, and café exploring. On his days off, he likes spending time alone but the day must be full of some activities!

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MR. JUSTIN ZEE

Justin was born in Victoria Australia, but has lived in Romania, Czech Republic, and Singapore since then. He has completed his Advanced Diploma in Arts (Classical Dance) at the National Theatre Ballet School in Australia.

Justin’s impressive work experience includes working with a variety of Ballet Companies around the world, including Melbourne City Ballet (Australia), Teatrul De Balet Sibiu (Romania), Národní Moravskoslezské Divadlo (Czech Republic), and currently dancing with Singapore Dance Theatre (Singapore).

Justin is enthusiastic about joining the Academy because working alongside inspiring, dedicated, and like-minded people drives him to be better. In fact, he is already a certified coach under Bianka Panova Academy’s own RG coaching program—which is designed to consistently deliver world class standards—and he is excited to be able to share his knowledge with the girls of the Academy.

Aside from his obvious passion for ballet and dance, Justin enjoys yoga, pilates, traveling the world, and café exploring. On his days off, he likes spending time alone but the day must be full of some activities!

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Guest Advisors

Simona Dyankova

Simona Dyankova, born 7th December 1994, began her gymnastics career when she was six years old. By the time she's twenty years old, she's already a reserve for Bulgaria's main senior group, from 2014 to 2016.

In 2017, she was finally given the chance to compete with the group, eventually collecting her first Group All-Around gold medal and a silver in the 5 Hoops Final at Pesaro World Cup. It's soon followed by another gold in the Group All-Around at Baku World Cup and Sofia World Cup. In the same year, she competed at the World Championships and finished with a silver in the Group All-Around.

In the following years, Simona went on to collect a total of 27 gold medals from World Cups, World Championships, European Games, and European Championships. However, her most notable achievement was her 28th gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where she led her Bulgarian group as their captain into the top of the Olympic podium, effectively breaking Russia's 21-year winning streak.

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Simona Dyankova

Simona Dyankova, born 7th December 1994, began her gymnastics career when she was six years old. By the time she’s twenty years old, she’s already a reserve for Bulgaria’s main senior group, from 2014 to 2016.

In 2017, she was finally given the chance to compete with the group, eventually collecting her first Group All-Around gold medal and a silver in the 5 Hoops Final at Pesaro World Cup. It’s soon followed by another gold in the Group All-Around at Baku World Cup and Sofia World Cup. In the same year, she competed at the World Championships and finished with a silver in the Group All-Around.

In the following years, Simona went on to collect a total of 27 gold medals from World Cups, World Championships, European Games, and European Championships. However, her most notable achievement was her 28th gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where she led her Bulgarian group as their captain into the top of the Olympic podium, effectively breaking Russia’s 21-year winning streak.

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Laura Traets

Laura Traets is a member of the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics group that has made history in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where they won the Group All-Around gold, which was a title that has been held by Russia since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

But before this record-breaking achievement, Laura started her gymnastics career in Levski Triaditza Sports Club at only four years old. In 2013, she competed in the juniors category before moving on to seniors in 2017. Together with four other members, Laura won her first Group All-Around gold at the Pesaro World Cup.

From then until her retirement in late 2021, Laura has won 28 gold medals from World Championships, World Cups, European Games, European Championships, and the Tokyo Olympics. She now remains active in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics by inspiring and training the younger generations.

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Laura Traets

Laura Traets is a member of the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics group that has made history in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where they won the Group All-Around gold, which was a title that has been held by Russia since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

But before this record-breaking achievement, Laura started her gymnastics career in Levski Triaditza Sports Club at only four years old. In 2013, she competed in the juniors category before moving on to seniors in 2017. Together with four other members, Laura won her first Group All-Around gold at the Pesaro World Cup.

From then until her retirement in late 2021, Laura has won 28 gold medals from World Championships, World Cups, European Games, European Championships, and the Tokyo Olympics. She now remains active in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics by inspiring and training the younger generations.

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Madlen Radukanova

Madlen Radukanova is a group rhythmic gymnast from Bulgaria. She was a member of "The Diamonds", dubbed as such by fans after winning the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold for Group All-Around, a coveted medal no other country was able to take from Russia in 21 years.

At five years old, Madlen started her rhythmic gymnastics training. In 2017, she became a member of the Bulgarian senior group composed of Simona Dyankova, Laura Traets, Elena Bineva, and Teodora Aleksandrova. This is when her golden streak began at the Pesaro World Cup. By 2018, her streak continued even when member Aleksandrova was replaced by a new member, Stefani Kiryakova.

In late 2021 after their remarkable feat at the Tokyo Olympics, Madlen retired with her group but remains active in the sport by sharing her knowledge and experience through masterclasses and training camps.

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Madlen Radukanova

Madlen Radukanova is a group rhythmic gymnast from Bulgaria. She was a member of “The Diamonds”, dubbed as such by fans after winning the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold for Group All-Around, a coveted medal no other country was able to take from Russia in 21 years.

At five years old, Madlen started her rhythmic gymnastics training. In 2017, she became a member of the Bulgarian senior group composed of Simona Dyankova, Laura Traets, Elena Bineva, and Teodora Aleksandrova. This is when her golden streak began at the Pesaro World Cup. By 2018, her streak continued even when member Aleksandrova was replaced by a new member, Stefani Kiryakova.

In late 2021 after their remarkable feat at the Tokyo Olympics, Madlen retired with her group but remains active in the sport by sharing her knowledge and experience through masterclasses and training camps.

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Erika Zafirova

Erika Zafirova began her rhythmic gymnastics career quite later than the other girls. She started training at age seven while everyone else started at four or five years old. This, however, did not present a challenge to her as she caught up to them quite fast. By the time she's 22, she's already an Olympic Gold Medallist.

She was able to achive this by being an individual gymnast first, where she competed at the 2014 Junior European Championships. In the 2016 season, she became eligible for senior competitions. The following year, she competed on her first World Challenge Cup in Portimao.

After two more years in the individuals, Erika finally joined the Bulgarian senior group with Stefani Kiryakova, Madlen Radukanova, Laura Traets, and Simona Dyankova that went on to make history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by breaking Russia's 21-year gold-winning streak.

In late 2021, Erika retired from active gymnastics but continues to contribute by sharing her knowledge to the next generations.

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Erika Zafirova

Erika Zafirova began her rhythmic gymnastics career quite later than the other girls. She started training at age seven while everyone else started at four or five years old. This, however, did not present a challenge to her as she caught up to them quite fast. By the time she’s 22, she’s already an Olympic Gold Medallist.

She was able to achive this by being an individual gymnast first, where she competed at the 2014 Junior European Championships. In the 2016 season, she became eligible for senior competitions. The following year, she competed on her first World Challenge Cup in Portimao.

After two more years in the individuals, Erika finally joined the Bulgarian senior group with Stefani Kiryakova, Madlen Radukanova, Laura Traets, and Simona Dyankova that went on to make history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by breaking Russia’s 21-year gold-winning streak.

In late 2021, Erika retired from active gymnastics but continues to contribute by sharing her knowledge to the next generations.

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Stefani Kiryakova

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Stefani Kiryakova

Stefani Kiryakova is a member of “The Diamonds”, a Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics quintet that broke Russia’s 21-year reign as the Group All-Around Champions in the Olympics. This feat was achieved by Stefani and her group members — Simona Dyankova, Laura Traets, Madlen Radukanova, and Erika Zafirova — at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Her journey to this peak started at six years old, when she began her rhythmic gymnastics career. By the time that was 17 years old, she’s already a member of the senior Bulgarian group that won the All-Around gold at the Sofia World Cup in 2018. From there, she continued to collect more accolades with her team from World Championships, European Games, and European Championships until their notable 2020 Tokyo Olympic feat.

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2021

Competitive Club of the Year (RG)

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In SG 2022

Bianka Panova

2021 Service Award for Education

2021

Community Engagement Award

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