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About Bianka Panova Sport and Art Academy

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Who We Are

The Bianka Panova Sport and Art Academy was founded in 2015 in Singapore with the clear mission of providing the young upcoming talents with the highest levels of artistic and professional gymnastics training. Our Head Coach, Ms. Bianka Panova, is a nine-time World Champion in Rhythmic gymnastics. She has made significant contributions to the European rhythmic gymnastics and dancing world, as well as local.

What We Do

All students here in Singapore can now benefit from the opportunity to be trained at the highest levels of this beautiful sport brought to them by the Academy. Ever since the Academy’s inception, we have participated in several international competitions, representing Singapore on the world stage. Our students have achieved great success in China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Germany, and Netherlands. Hopefully this is just the first short chapter of our long journey in Singapore.

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If you would like to check our facilities before trying us out but you live somewhere far from the venue, you're in luck! Our state-of-the-art studio is available on Google for a virtual tour!

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Why Choose Us

As a global sport and art academy nurturing young gymnastics talents to become world class performers, inspired by RG core disciplines, BPSAA makes sure that:

Coach

Our coaches and choreographers are professional when it comes to their occupation but at the same time keeps the family-friendly environment!

Facilities

Our studio is high-end to make sure that the students can train very comfortably! We kept in mind their safety and enjoyment when the venue was designed.

Goals

At BPSAA, we teach the young gymnasts to be goal-oriented while at the same time knowing the importance of the way to the goal. Their coaches then collaborate with them for great results!

Groups

By keeping the gymnasts in small groups, the coaches are able to give every single one of them a personal attention. This way, the results are visible in a short period of time!

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Our Vision and Objectives

Our key objective is to develop young talents and ultimately produce world-class dancers, gymnasts, and choreographers right here in Singapore. To this end, we have developed a unique, proprietary programme that is designed to help young gymnasts achieve high results. We are now working towards building a rhythmic gymnastics centre of excellence in Singapore and position it as a world-class hub for young and upcoming talents in Asia. Through this sport, we are building a strong and confident personality of each gymnast who is training with us.

Bianka Panova Academy is committed to provide high quality of gymnastics classes to everyone who is interested. The services of our company are available for all ages, from youngsters aged 4 years old, through advanced and elite levels.

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The Academy Team

Our founders and coaches are a group of accomplished people that are full of dreams for themselves, the academy, and its students.
They have achieved as much as what they want our students to achieve. Get to know them here!

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MS. DANIELA MICHAELY

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF BPSAA

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Daniela was born in Bulgaria and at the age of 13 she moved with her family to Israel. In 2014 she relocated to Singapore due to her husband’s business. Daniela was searching for a gymnastics club for her young daughter and she was not able to find what she was looking for. So she decided to open her own place and she is now the Managing Director of Bianka Panova Sport and Art Academy which has been operating since 2015 and has a clear vision to become the premier world-class academy in the Asia Pacific region.


Her prior work experience ranges from marketing manager roles to organizing high-end events for corporate clients. She holds a B.A of Business Administration as well as Marketing and Social media diplomas.


Daniela is extremely passionate about dancing – she used to be a Ballroom and Latin dancer and an amateur actress. Her other interests include reading books and watching theatre. She genuinely believes that everybody has a huge potential to succeed in life if they do exactly what they love and passionate about. Her moto is to always dream big and follow-through in order to create and achieve incredible things.

MS. BIANKA PANOVA

CO-FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Bianka, born in Bulgaria, is a renowned World and European Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Her sports achievements include nine gold World medals, five gold European medals, and two gold medals from World Cup. She is also a Guinness record holder for excellent performance on all apparatus exercises in the 1987 World Championship.


Bianka has been living and working in five different European countries before finally settling in Singapore. Her professional experience ranges from being a Head Coach of RG clubs in Italy and Belgium, to the National Coach and Consultant for RG teams in Switzerland, Spain and UK. She was also selected as an International Judge for FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) between the years of 1996 and 2000. In 2015, Bianka relocated to Singapore and together with Ms. Daniela co-founded the academy with the shared vision of developing RG world-class platform in Singapore for young and upcoming gymnast talents.


Her other hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and dancing. In 2013, Bianka published her first book “In The Name Of The Great Goal – Behind the Scenes” which is a book based on her fascinating life story as a young gymnast celebrating few euphoric moments as well as facing an incredibly challenging growing pains. It was definitely not an easy journey but as Bianka always says: “I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart for everything that happened to me”.

MS. DIANA CHRISTOVA

HEAD COACH OF BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE GROUPS / MS. BIANKA'S ASSISTANT

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Diana was born in Bulgaria and has been living in Singapore for the past seven years. She moved to Singapore due to her husband’s work and dedicated the first year to her family's wellbeing. When she discovered that Bianka Panova Academy has been opened in Singapore, her passion for gymnastics was reignited. She joined the unique team and the Academy’s vision of turning children’s dreams into reality. From her perspective, she describes the gymnasts’ development as a journey where the trainers are merely the tour guides revealing the secrets and the beauty of this sport.


Her educational background includes courses in the field of Rhythmic and Aesthetic Gymnastics as well as Master of Science in Education with specialization in pedagogy. Her Work experience is diverse ranging from chemistry teacher and University research associate to trainer in aesthetic and rhythmic gymnastics.


Diana’s interests include reading, travelling, and kitchen chemistry. She was a fast runner with medals from national competitions and part of a Bulgarian folk dance troupe for more than eight years and managed to discover many countries in Western Europe during the iron curtain.

MS. MILA LIMFORD

BALLET CHOREOGRAPHER, SPECIALIZED IN RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS

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Mila was born in Kazakhstan, and has been living in different countries such as Russia, Ukraine, USA, and Singapore. She has obtained two Masters Degrees; one in Fine Arts (Dance), and the second in Management. After visiting Singapore in 2015, Mila heard of the unique opportunity to join Bianka Panova Academy. Her objective and passion is to enrich the Academy programs by introducing specialized ballet classes for Rhythmic Gymnastics and helping gymnasts to gain new perspectives in technical and artistic aspects.


Her extensive professional background includes over 20 years of experience in teaching ballet, dance, and gymnastics in various institutions ranging from special artistic and sport schools to university level. Mila brings a unique combination of skills which includes teaching Classical Ballet as well as professional choreographer for Rhythmic Gymnastics compositions. She is also the founder of the first Russian Ballet School in Alaska, Stretch Pointe, which created and produced multiple theatrical dance programs, and successfully participated in multiple National and International Dance Competitions.


Mila is keen to further explore Asia, learn about new cultures, and acquire new experiences. Her hobbies and passions include traveling, studying, reading, writing, fashion, astrology, psychology, animals and fitness. She values education, and if she had more time she would probably choose to be a permanent student in all universities of the World.

MS. KERYNN LEE MEI XUAN

ADMIN EXECUTIVE

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Kerynn was born and raised in the sunny island, Singapore. She studied Logistics Management in Ngee Ann Polytechnic and in 2017 she received her Bachelor degree (BSc) in International Relations, as certified by the University of London. Apart from studies, Kerynn has worked in various sectors such as logistics, tourism, sales and administration work.


Her main reason for joining the academy is her genuine love for sports and art. Even though she has not been professionally trained, she remains curious and holds keen interest in areas such as Dance and Music. In her secondary school days, she joined the school’s concert band and played the trumpet.


Kerynn supports the development of early childhood education which encourages kids to start building their confidence and social skills at a young age. She also believes in life-long learning and wish to gain great experiences while working and interacting with people from all around the world.

MS. ASSIA TURNER

MUSICAL CONSULTANT

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Ms. Assia Turner was born in Bulgaria and has been living in the United States. She is a professional singer, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, US and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale University. She joined the academy to contribute to the development of the young gymnasts' ability to interpret and express music through dance movements as well as to gain higher skill set to become the music they are dancing.


Ms Assia educational background includes extensive knowledge in voice – trained by top professionals of Vocal Studies from reputable universities in the US. Her international experience includes performing with the Children's Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio and TV (1986 to 1996), The chamber ensemble Te Deum Adoramus (1996 to 1998), The Amherst College concert choir (2000 to 2003) and The St. Bart's Choir, London (2008-2011). Since 2011, Ms Assia has been performing with the Singapore Symphony Chorus.

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The Head Coach's Principles

Ms. Bianka has some philosophies that she lives up to, and they are:

  • It wasn’t easy but the sports discipline helped me a lot. Some evenings I had to study until very late to complete my homework for the next day. But in the gym I’ve been taught that if you have started something you have to finish it, and I never allowed myself to go to school unprepared. My motto has always been that if you can do something it’s best not to procrastinate. If you can be good at something, don’t stop there – try to be perfect!

    Ms. Bianka Panova, BPSAA Co-founder and Artistic Director
  • Good teachers have a scientific approach that preserves not only the physics but also the psyche of children to ensure smooth development and secure progress, without traumas and collateral effects.

    Ms. Bianka Panova, BPSAA Co-founder and Artistic Director
  • I was never been a career-oriented person. I always did what I love. So, when you do what you like and you receive money for it, you have to be happy and fulfilled.

    Ms. Bianka Panova, BPSAA Co-founder and Artistic Director
  • A great athlete not only impresses with physical qualities, but should touch hearts and inspire people.

    Ms. Bianka Panova, BPSAA Co-founder and Artistic Director
  • I have a vision: to share my knowledge to the new generation and to create a better world.

    Ms. Bianka Panova, BPSAA Co-founder and Artistic Director