Tamaz has over 25 years of teaching experience with children and adults. He was born in Georgia, USSR and started learning to dance when he was 8 years old. Tamaz started dancing competitively shortly after and had consistently held top places.
When Tamaz was 16 years, his family relocated to Israel where he met Ilana. Together they became Israeli National Champions in Latin and Ballroom. In 2000 Tamaz and Ilana were invited to teach at the prestigious Fred Astaire Studios in Boston, MA. In 2006 Tamaz and Ilana opened their own studio “ILTA Dance” in Framingham.
Ilana was born in Lithuania, USSR. She started dancing when she was 6 years old and was one of the top competitive dancers in Lithuania, USSR.
Ilana and Tamaz met in Israel, where Ilana’s family relocated when she was 16 years old. Together they became Israeli National Champions in Latin and Ballroom. In the year 2000, Tamaz and Ilana were invited to teach at the prestigious Fred Astaire Studios in Boston, MA. In 2006 Tamaz and Ilana opened their own dance studio “ILTA Dance” in Framingham.
Jenya started dancing at a very young age. In addition to ballroom dancing, she was also learning ballet, contemporary dance and hip-hop. From her early years, Jenya loved to choreograph and teach others to dance. When she was only 16, her students were winners and finalists at many Ukrainian competitions and dance talent shows. In 2010 Jenya moved to the USA. After 4 year of dancing as amateur, Jenya became professional dancer and instructor.
Her accomplishments include:
Twin Cities Open Ballroom Champion
The Commonwealth Classic Champion
Dancing a la Carte Champion
Nashville Stars Champion.
Ever since my first lesson at ILTA Dance Studio in the fall of 2006, I knew I had found the perfect place. I had absolutely no dance experience, let alone in ballroom, and I was widely known for my two left feet. During my very first lesson, I found Tamaz to be a very patient and understanding instructor. I could never have imagined loving ballroom so much. Tamaz has a gift for altering his teaching techniques to fit each individual student, which has helped me improve much faster than I ever thought possible. His understanding as a teacher and his talent as a dancer and choreographer has fueled my love of ballroom. Illness in the beginning of 2008 kept me hospitalized and away from the studio for almost a year. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of support I received from ILTA during that time. Regular phone calls from Ilana and other members of the ILTA community only made me that much more eager to return to dance. I am proud to be a member of ILTA and highly recommend the studio to anyone who wishes to dance with such amazing, caring and qualified professionals. Thanks to their support I can say that I no longer have two left feet!
ILTA Dance Studio is a truly rare find. The owners are not only remarkable pro dancers, but they also possess a unique ability to teach both children and adults the art of dancing. They are committed and passionate teachers and also fun loving, amicable people.I never imagined my husband on the dance floor, now, thanks to the skillful work of ILTA, he searches the web for places to CHA CHA! Boston night life has a whole new meaning.
Learning ballroom is the most fun I have ever had. It is worth every bit of the investment it requires in effort and money. Tamaz is an amazing teacher. He always finds a way to make difficult movement understandable. Sometimes students need a visual, sometimes a verbal description or a demonstration is enough. Whatever it takes, he finds the way and then personalizes instruction depending on an individual’s learning style. Tamaz is kind while giving honest feedback. He is supportive and understanding when his students inevitably struggle with something. What has impressed me perhaps the most, however, is the high level of professionalism at Ilta Dance Studio. Tamaz and his wife, Ilana, have created an atmosphere that is joyful yet purposeful. They share a commitment to providing the highest quality instruction. They are scrupulously honest in the running of their business. They also organize and participate in a wide variety of dance performance opportunities, hosting their own annual Showcase as well as travelling with their students to national dance competitions. One afternoon, after a lesson, I was chatting with the next student waiting to get started with her lesson. I told her that my lessons were my favorite part of the week. She said, “They are everyone’s favorite part of the week. No matter what goes on in your life, you know you are going to enjoy this
As soon as I had my first lesson with Tamaz, I knew I would learn a lot from him. His knowledge and experience, his skill as a dancer and teacher left no doubt about it. As I continue to study with him, I realize that his patience and creativity as a teacher, his confidence in me, and the depth and breadth of his experience as a dancer are making me a better dancer than I ever dreamed possible. Tamaz is the best teacher I have ever had. He encourages me, and inspires me to continue to learn and improve as a dancer.
I have been a student of Thomas’ now for over two years. I’ve danced for over 20 years with a variety of teachers and none has been as influential or as talented as Thomas. Thomas is an amazing dancer and also an innovative choreographer. He has taught me so much about dance and also about myself helping me gain the confidence to perform with a partner and to compete as well. Thomas creates dance programs that are individually tailored and has a keen ability to assess just how much pushing or nurturing students need to challenge themselves and make them the best dancers they can be. Thomas cares deeply for each one of his students and it is truly a pleasure taking lessons from him. He has my highest recommendation and I personally look forward to many more years of learning from someone who I believe to be one of the best in the business.
Whether you are new to dancing, have tried it before, or are a seasoned student, you will truly enjoy the experience of learning from Tamaz. What separates Tamaz from other teachers is his dynamic energy for the dance and for teaching, his dedication to each student’s goals and progress, and his training as a student and teacher of ballroom dance. Tamaz is always encouraging and creates new ways of describing steps and technique to make sure students clearly understand. He appreciates the joy and beauty of dance, and having participates in every role (dancer/competitor, judge, audience) he uses his skills as a choreographer to create elegant and exciting routines. I’ve had the chance to take coaching lessons with Tamaz and Ilana and have found it very useful to have both lead and follow explained and demonstrated. Ilana’s grace and athleticism is a model example for ladies, and her humor and experience as a teacher allows her to easily describe the “how” and “why” of each movement.
If you are looking for a great ballroom dance studio, look no further. ILTA Dance Studio is a fabulous find! First impressions are lasting impressions as the saying goes and I knew immediately that ILTA Dance Studio would be a great place for me. From my first conversations with Ilana and Tamaz I was impressed with their warmth and genuine interest in my needs while articulating clearly what ILTA had to offer. I have danced ballroom for approximately 10 years and have had the good fortune to have danced with and been coached by some very good professionals.I had been dancing in Connecticut but the 160 mile round trip began to wear on me. When my Internet search showed there was a studio just 12 miles from my home I was thrilled but cautious because it was a priority for me to work with teachers of very high caliber. After my first lesson with Tamaz I knew I need not look any further. I had found an extremely well trained, talented instructor who can not only clearly articulate the technical aspects of the dance, the essence of its feeling and meaning but he could also dance exquisitely. Believe it or not that is not always the case elsewhere. In just a few short months, my understanding of the art and my technique has improved immensely. Ilana also coaches me and her keen eye catches troubles before they turn into habits and corrections are given with immediate results. Both have the innate ability to bring out the best in you. I was most impressed too with how professionally the studio is managed, how hard they both work and their commitment not only to their students but also to family and friends is most evident and of great importance to them. This coupled with their strong character and high level of integrity provides a safe environment in which to learn and have fun.