Our Owners

Rebekah Klyukin
Studio Owner, Instructor

Rebekah Klyukin is a Hampton Roads native. Rebekah has always loved music and dancing.  Her parents took her to her first ballroom dance and from then on she was hooked. A year after she began taking lessons, she met a young man from Russia, Zhenya, who had been ballroom dancing since he was a child. Her interest in competitive Ballroom and Latin dancing was piqued. Once Zhenya returned to Russia she continued her dance training in Washington D.C. and the Baltimore area.  Eventually, Zhenya returned to the states where they continued to dance together and eventually were married.  They now have two beautiful children Izabella and Dmitry. Rebekah strives to encourage others to start or carry on with their dance journey. She loves teaching beginners as well as doing competitions and performances with her students.  You may have seen her over the years performing with her students at local fundraisers for the Virginia Beach SPCA and Virginia Musical Theater held at Chrysler Hall and the Sandler Center where her students have won five mirror ball trophies!  

Zhenya Klyukin
Studio Owner, Instructor

Zhenya Klyukin began dancing at the age of 6 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. While in Russia he competed about every other weekend, winning Regional Championship titles in both Latin, Standard, and 10-dance.  He first visited the United States in 2003 with a work and travel program; and continued to travel back and forth between the two countries until 2007, when he moved to the U.S. to continue his education.  He and his wife, Rebekah, have owned A Time to Dance since that time.  He actively competes with his students (Newcomer through the highest level Open Gold) in competitions throughout the nation.  He enjoys teaching students of all levels and abilities.  Zhenya teaches all styles of Ballroom dancing including International Standard and Latin, and American Smooth and Rhythm.  While Zhenya is a highly trained and technically advanced dancer, he is an excellent communicator and great at catering his lessons to each individual student's unique goals and learning styles.  Zhenya also enjoys performing and competing with his students at various fundraisers to support the Virginia Beach SPCA, Virginia Musical Theater, and Judeo Christian Outreach.  

Our Instructors

Allie Powers
Director of Social Media, Instructor

Allie Powers has danced most of her life, beginning at the early age of 4 with ballet. At a young age she showed great promise and natural ability.  She took up Ballroom Dancing in 2004 focusing initially on the Latin dances and then progressing to learn all forms of Ballroom Dancing. She has competed in Maryland and Washington D.C., placing 1st and taking the overall categories in all of her competitions. Allie has been dancing and teaching for A Time to Dance in Virginia Beach, VA since 2005, initially teaching for the kids program.  Allie now teaches all levels of social dancing and International and American styles.  Allie excels in International style Latin and is known for her spirited energy on the dance floor and great performance personality! 

Anni Fulcher
Instructor

Anni Fulcher moved to Virginia in 2012 and like most people new to the area, was looking for a place to hang out ant make friends. She soon found the Banque to be her "watering hole," and  fell in love watching everyone dance. After some time she started attending the line dance lessons and from then on there was no turning back.  Eventually, she added social partner dancing to her repertoire, starting with basic two step. The "dancing spark" was ignited and Anni desired to learn more.  In 2018 she learned of a Country Swing workshop that was being offered and figured this would be her next step. It didn't take long before becoming obsessed with this style of partner dancing and the rest was history. Anni met Chris Lansford through taking some additional skill classes where they eventually were asked to assist with teaching...and have been dancing and teaching ever since. 

Christopher Lansford
Instructor

Christopher moved to Hampton Roads in the Fall of 2013 to attend ODU where he was introducted to dancing through an Intro to Ballroom Dancing class. From there he discovered the local country dance scene and learned the line dances but always wanted to do partner dancing. Early in 2018 he attended a series of country swing classes at The Banque where he discovered his passion. Through private lessons, continued classes at The Banque, and many hours spent weekly on the dance floor, he progressed until he was asked to take over teaching the classes when both teachers had to move from the area. Since Fall of 2018 Chris has been teaching country swing dance classes weekly, moving classes from the bar scene into A Time To Dance studio where he currently teaches Country Swing for Beginners and Intermediates.

Emily Drinkall
Instructor

Emily Drinkall started dancing at 3 years old, primarily in Latin & Ballroom. Emily moved into competitive Line Dance and Country Couples at the age of 12. Emily is a 12-time UCWDS (United Country Western Dance Council) World Champion and holds titles in solo and couples dancing.  Emily has been living in the USA for 8 years, hailing originally from Great Britain.  Emily travels the world to teach, create personal instructional videos, as well as actively competing and judging on the UCWDC circuit. 

Jay Leary
Instructor

Jay has been dancing for 13 years, starting in ballet and jazz with the Arizona Youth Ballet where he danced for two years. He extended his dancing styles to include other genres, including modern, contemporary, and hip hop. Jay attended Grand Canyon University majoring in Dance Education, where he choreographed and performed. He began dancing ballroom in 2012 with Fred Astaire Dance Studio, where he instructed and competed professionally. In addition to teaching dance, he currently is serving in the Navy on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Riccardo Pacini
Instructor

Riccardo Pacini started dancing when he was 6 years old in his native Italy. After meeting Sonia Spadoni in 2002, and only one year of partnership, they achieved 1st place in Latin, 2nd place in Standard, and 1st in the Combined 10 Dance competition at the Italian Open Championship. By 2006, they were ranked 2nd in the world. That same year they placed second in the under 21 category at the World 10 Dance Championships in Spain. After switching to the adult age division, they quickly gained success as well and placed 2nd in the Italian Open in both Standard and Latin in 2008. Over the last ten years they gained many prestigious awards across the globe until their recent retirement from Professional Latin dancing. Riccardo continues to teach competitive dancers, as well as social dancers, in both American and International styles.

Sara Austin
Studio Assistant,
Social Dance Instructor

Sara Austin has been teaching dance for over 5 years and has partnered with A Time to Dance in various capacities for over 10 years. She specializes in connection for social dancing. Her favorite styles are West Coast Swing, Two-Step, and Waltz, but she can teach a wide variety of dances and styles. She loves teaching group classes and private lessons, and she has a heart for working with couples and helping people connect through dance.  Sara has a fun sense of humor and makes everyone feel at ease during their lesson.  

Sonia Spadoni 
Instructor

Sonia Spadoni started dancing when she was 6 years old in her native Italy. After meeting Riccardo Pacini in 2002, and only one year of partnership, they achieved 1st place in Latin, 2nd place in Standard, and 1st in the Combined 10 Dance competition at the Italian Open Championship. By 2006, they were ranked 2nd in the world. That same year they placed second in the under 21 category at the World 10 Dance Championships in Spain. After switching to the adult division, they quickly gained success as well and placed 2nd in the Italian Open in both Standard and Latin in 2008. Over the last ten years they gained many prestigious awards across the globe until their recent retirement from Professional Latin dancing. Sonia continues to teach competitive dancers, as well as social dancers, and those looking to learn some beautiful choreography for their wedding or special event.

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