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Beata Santora

Beata Santora began her dance training in Odessa, Ukraine and by the age of seven, she and her partner were winning local and regional ballroom dance championships. Upon immigrating to America in 1989, Beata was recruited by a local rhythmic gymnastics coach. Rigorous daily training led to success in numerous national competitions, including the Junior Olympics. Beata quickly progressed through the ranks, achieving Elite level and subsequently becoming Head Coach and Choreographer of the school's competitive team, working alongside Natalie Kirienko, former coach of the Russian International Team. Beata discovered, and fell in love with, classical ballet during her years at Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. To this day, she credits ballet with rescuing her back and joints, which were severely taxed by years of rhythmic gymnastics. After graduating with top honors from LaGuardia, Beata received several dance scholarship offers. However, by this time she had been coaching for several years and realized that teaching, rather than performing, was her passion. Beata chose to attend Fordham University and study English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing and then went on to complete her Masters Degree. During this time Beata continued to coach, and in 2000 was invited to join Steps' ballet faculty by teacher, mentor and former School at Steps director, Jane Miller Gifford. Besides teaching at The School at Steps, Beata is also an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University and at LaGuardia High School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.