Alina Sokulska is an internationally acclaimed jazz dance artist, choreographer, performer, instructor and researcher. Alina started her path as a solo dancer since the very early age gaining experience and knowledge in many dance styles and cultures. Jazz dance has become her major passion and for the moment she is one of those dancers in the swing dance community elaborating on her own dance language with intertexts of swing, blues, bebop, tap dance, UK jazz, afro and latin, comprehending jazz as an African rooted artform. Through her theoretical researches of jazz dance history she broadens the limits of what is called "swing dance" to African-American dance, both in practice, art and a teaching approach.
Originally from Kyiv (Ukraine), rigorously trained in a professional dance performance company Show-ballet A6 (Kyiv) since 8, Alina has been experimenting on and learning all possible dances. She met social dance at 17 and since then authentic jazz, swing, lindy-hop, tap, blues, be-bop, UK Jazz, latin dance, traditional African dance paved her artistic way.
Alina's major organizational project is a festival of African American Dance & Culture Evolution Solo Weekend held annualy in Saint Petersburg, Russia, starting from 2014. Co-organized with Casa Latina dance studio and her partner Fedor Nedotko, the festival carries the main philosophy of embracing exploration of the evolution and artistic development of African-American and Latin American performance arts from its African roots, through the twentieth century up to nowadays. Guests that have been featured on the event - Chester A. Whitmore, Frankie Martinez, Annelys Perez Castillo, Josette Wiggan, Dennis Adu, etc.
Her dance mentors, both met and never met ones are Al Minns, Leon James, Teddy Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Alvin Ailey, Brothers-in-Jazz and Irven Lewis, Chester A. Whitmore, Gordon Neil, Frankie Martinez, Annelys Pérez Castillo, Josette Wiggan, Roxane Butterfly, others and of course… Music!
In her art she tries to follow the quotation by Hope Boykin, Ailey dancer: Everything should be done with purpose, passion and style. Everything.
Full version of Alina's Bio on her website.