Alina Sachs, the founder of Dancify dance studio, started dancing seriously at the age of 6 in Saratov, Russia and competed in both International Latin and Ballroom for 12 consecutive years. From her earliest competitions, she was reaching the finals and often winning her divisions. She has been coached personally by some of the finest coaches in the world. In 2006, Alina was brought from Russia to teach and compete for a large Boston Fred Astaire studio. She immediately distinguished herself, and within a few years was also representing all of New England at National Competitions, both in American and International Styles.
Over the last ten years, Alina has increasingly concentrated on Pro/Am competitions, and has had great success in developing strong competitors and many DanceSport champions.
Alina has also participated in a major community fund-raising event - Dancing with the South Bay Stars - since its launch in 2012. Her training and choreography took her "star" students to first place two years in a row!
Recently, Alina has moved her studio business from an initial location in Torrance to a beautifully remodeled studio space in Redondo Beach. It features a comfortable reception area, a larger dance floor and inviting ambiance, as well as ample parking attached to the studio. Her students have raved about the improved location, enjoying the move from an industrial warehouse district to a pleasant, landscaped section of Redondo Beach surrounded by shops, boutiques, bistros and restaurants.
Alina is excited to share her knowledge and expertise in both teaching students how to dance and training instructors in the art of teaching dance. She has deep experience in teaching competitive and social students of all levels: new-to-dance and accomplished adults, kids, wedding couples, celebrities for different shows and events, including numerous competitors for "So You Think You Can Dance" TV show, some of whom made the top 20.
With 22 years of dance experience, 11 of those as a dance teacher as well as a competitor, Alina believes that learning to dance provides valuable benefits in many areas of life, and that dancing should not be a challenge but a fun activity! But if you want to challenge yourself, she is able to take your dancing to whatever level you want to achieve!
Camille Parillo has been dancing since the age 5 in different styles and has been teaching and dancing ballroom professionally for the past 7 years. She has participated in competitions and choreographed/performed in shows throughout the US. She has been trained by some of the top dancers in the world. Having taught in Phoenix Arizona and in Ohio, Camille is now joining Dancify in Redondo Beach and is excited to bring her love of dance to a new community.
Through her extensive involvement as a professional and social dancer, Camille believes that dance is an incredible way to experience joy and have fun through movement and music. She knows that it not only enhances the dancer’s social experience and provides great exercise, but it offers an exciting challenge to enrich one’s life.