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Meet the Avant Instructors

Kristin Sutton

Kristin Sutton

General Manager/Hip-Hop/Jazz/Tap/Zumba

Kristin Sutton has been dancing in some form or another for the past 40 years. Kristin began her dance education with Encore Dance Center in Augusta under the direction of Keltie Collins. At the age of 16 Kristin was introduced to Rhythm Tap at Oak Street Dance under the tutelage of Laurie Chaisson. She taught tap, jazz and hip hop at Feet First Dance in Gardiner, Maine from 1998-2002. Kristin has danced as a member of of Rhythm and Sole Tap Company, Rhythm Factor Dance Comapny, and Red Hot & Ladylike Dance Company. Kristin is the current dircetor/choreographer of G-tric Dance Crew and teaches Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and Zumba at Avant Dance and Event Center in Westbrook, ME.

Polina Kirilova

Polina Kirilova

Ballroom

At the young age of 6, Polina started ballroom dancing and participating in competitions throughout Ukraine and Russia in both Ballroom and Latin. She later moved to the United States where she continued to compete professionally in Ballroom and Latin.

Dancing is her passion and when sharing this art with her students, the subtle elements of correct form, posture, styling and rhythm are all taught with the utmost care.

Polina teaches all four disciplines (Ballroom, Latin, Smooth and Rhythm) from beginning to award-winning competitive level.

Wendy Edwards

Wendy Edwards

Salsa

Wendy grew up in Maine and began dancing ballroom in 1997 and discovered salsa shortly thereafter. She owes her introduction to salsa to Seemore Johnson of Costa Rica who is now part of the Hips on Fire Team (formerly of Boston, MA; now in Barcelona Spain). Wendy began her studies with him and continued to learn from as many different sources as possible. She has been teaching for 10 years, and has attended Salsa Congresses in Boston, New York, and Connecticut. When she travels she makes it a point to check out the local clubs!