Anna Serafinas Luk graduated from London's Rambert School of Ballet before dancing as a soloist with the Essen Ballet Company, Germany and later with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. In 1987 she obtained her diploma in dance education with distinction from the Royal Academy of Dance in London and lectured at various performing arts schools in the United Kingdom before settling in Hong Kong in 1991. She was the Ballet Mistress for the Hong Kong Ballet from 1992-1995 and has since been a guest teacher there as well as serving as a member of that institute's Artistic Advisory Committee. Anna's love of Pilates stems from her early introduction to the method in London as a dance student. Her interest in the field has continued to expand over the years, leading to her partnership Heather Thomas Shalabi in the establishment of Flex in 2005. Anna also teaches the adult advanced Ballet class as well as the Gifted Young Dancers Programme at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.Certified Polestar® Pilates Instructor Mat and Studio; ARAD dip PDTC
Anna is also a certified Xtend Barre instructor and has been a master trainer for Xtend Barre since 2013.
Originally from Taiwan, Fang started her classical ballet training at the age of 7 and lived abroad to pursue a career as a professional dancer. She danced with both ballet and contemporary dance companies in North America and Europe and toured extensively around the world before returning to Asia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, State University of New York and a Master of Fine Arts from the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.
Fang started practicing Pilates for rehabilitation purposes for a long-term injury, in addition to developing her physical condition for the performances. The benefits from the practice were rewarding, not only at a performance level, but also in daily life. This subsequently led Fang to pursue Pilates further in order to pass on her experience to others. She went on to advance her Pilates studies with the Polestar Teaching Certificate Training Course, and completed the Studio Comprehensive program in 2013.
With her background in dance, Fang likes to infuse her knowledge of movement and the Pilates concept into her workout.
Katie has always loved to dance and performed and trained in the Cecchetti and RAD ballet methods, receiving honors and distinctions in all levels completed. She was junior and senior Associate at the Australian Ballet School, and completed a Diploma of Arts (classical Ballet) with the National Theatre Ballet School. Katie has been dancing professionally for the past eleven years with Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, and was an aerialist trainer at Tokyo DisneySea.
Katie fell in love with Xtend Barre as it is a fantastic combination of everything she is passionate about. She is always enthusiastic when it comes to sharing her passion for dance and fitness, and to motivate, inspire and encourage others to achieve their goals while having fun along the way!
Anna Agawa started her journey in dance and ballet at age 6 and hasn’t looked back since. Anna joined Ballet Philippines in 2004 as a full scholar and was awarded “Most Outstanding Scholar”. Anna was also a full scholar at Ballet Magnificat Summer Intensive Workshop in Mississippi and after was accepted as a trainee in Light of the World Ballet Company in Syracuse, New York. Anna’s illustrious career in dance led her to perform all over Asia over the years, and fell in love with the art of aerial dance while with Airdance Company in the Philippines. Since then, Anna has performed professionally in numerous aerial shows across Manila, and most recently toured Seoul performing a contemporary and aerial piece with Airdance Company.
Elvin obtained his BFA(Hons) in ballet and was a professional dancer with Hong Kong Ballet company for 7 years. In 2004, whilst at Hong Kong Ballet, Elvin certified in the Pilates BASI method and in 2006, received certification in Gyrotonic Expansion® System. He believes functional movement training is not only beneficial for rehabilitation, but also helps people understand their bodies better to prevent injury, get and stay fit, and improve overall well-being.
Riel Bulos graduated from the Philippine High School for the Arts, majoring in Dance. During his stay at the academy, he was recognized and awarded as 'Artist of the Year'. Riel pursued his dance residency at Airdance, one of Philippines' premier and pioneering companies in Contemporary Dance and the Aerial Arts. Throughout his artistic endeavors, his quest to perfect his technique in movement nurtured a desire to seek a deeper understanding of the human body in motion. This propelled him to delve into the discipline of Pilates.
In 2011, Riel began training and shortly thereafter started another milestone in his career as a Pilates Instructor. Riel is a certified STOTT Pilates and Pilates Academy International (PAI) Instructor.
Riel is also certified aerial instructor.
Flex Studio is pleased to welcome Nicole Serje to our team of talented instructors. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Nicole is certified by the prestigious Australian Pilates Method Alliance, and has an impressive dance background. Also a certified personal trainer, Nicole has worked extensively with a wide range of clients from professional dancers, to rehabilitation clients, to pre/post natal mums. Merging technical excellence with a broad repertoire, Nicole brings a fresh perspective to her classes.