Founder / Coach
Lena is the founder of Origami Rhythmics Gymnastics Club. She has over 15 years of experience working as a choreographer & coach of recreational, performance and competitive level programs. Lena is an accredited coach, who continues to take part in raising Provincial and National level Gymnasts. Her passion in working with kids truly shows through her gymnasts aspiring characters and their achievements both inside and outside of Origami. Lena holds the title of Master of Sport in figure skating - the skill which has helped her with easy transition into the Sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics, and teach the work ethic to the kids of what it means to be successful. From a young age Lena took Ukrainian folk dancing classes, elements from which she uses today, to enrich her athlete's gymnastics routines with.
Head Coach/NCCP Level 2
Betty holds a Physical Education & Coaching Degree from Bulgarian National Sports Academy.
With over 30 years of coaching experience Betty has raised and continues to coach many Provincial and National level Canadian gymnasts. The gymnasts are very inspired to be coached by an instructor of Betty's caliber. She serves a great role model to all her athletes.
Prior to pursuing her coaching carrier in Canada Betty has raised many National level gymnasts in Bulgaria. Coached by T. Shishkova Betty earned 4 gold medals from University level competitions.
Coach NCCP Level 2
Former National Level Gymnast
Annie comes from a background in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She joined the world of Rhythmic Gymnastics at just 5 years old, and grew up to be a National Level Gymnast. She represented team BC at Canadian National events from 2008 to 2012. Annie has been coaching the young Recreational level gymnasts for over 8 years and has an incredible ability to connect with the kids. Annie’s personality and passion for gymnastics inspires the kids. She also has a unique way of making the kids feel comfortable, and they’re always thrilled to join her class.
Former Ukrainian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Member
Kateryna brings a world class coaching experience to Origami Rhythmics. Prior to joining Origami as a full time coach, she has coached and provided master classes for Gymnasts all over the world, including South Korea, Cyprus, USA, and most recently in China - where she helped prepare the Chinese National team for the 14th National Games. Kateryna loves coaching young gymnasts and sharing her athletic experience with the new generation of Rhythmic gymnasts. Some of Kateryna's personal athletic achievements include:
NCCP Level 1 Coach
Former National Level Gymnast
"I have been a gymnast for over 11 years, and I have grown to love the sport through competing in national and international tournaments. Rhythmic gymnastics is an elegant sport characterized by nuances of artistry, flexibility, and dance. As a coach, I strive to help my gymnasts explore these many facets of rhythmic gymnastics and foster the same fascination I have for this exciting sport. I am dedicated to helping kids reach their full potential while making incredible memories and learning valuable life lessons along the way."
Coach NCCP Level 1
Former National Level gymnast
“What I love about the sport is how dynamic and musical it is, and the fact that it's always evolving. After retiring as a National Athlete in 2018, I decided to stay in this fascinating sport and dedicate myself to working with children and upcoming gymnasts. My favourite part of working with young kids is that I get the joy from seeing them grow, get more confident, and celebrating their small victories.”
Being the founder of Origami Rhythmics, and having over 30 years of experience of working with children and young adults, I have learned that no two kids are the same. Every child is like a unique beam of sunlight that is ready to emit into the world. My job as an instructor is to help the kids succeed not only inside of the gym but help them discover their full potential in the real world as well. The reason we have founded Origami Rhythmics Gymnastics Club is for kids to have an equal opportunity to test their abilities and discover their talents while helping them emphasize on their strength. We provide an opportunity for the kids to learn new skills in a fun and engaging way. Music is a big part of our curriculum as it helps to set a very unique environment for every class and allows a child to better develop cognitive and motor skills. We also find that kids become excited whenever hearing music, as they get into the rhythm of every exercise. Step by step kids learn to take calculated risks, which allows them to adapt to more complicated movements. Rhythmic gymnastics is a unique sport as it combines elements of dance, theatre, circus and gymnastics. Once kids become more confident they start to transition into more advanced levels such us Performance and Competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics. The goal is to help every child reach their comfort level, and allow them to feel confident with their own body. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing kids laugh while they are having fun and enjoying every moment spent at the Origami gym. Kids really learn best whenever they’re happy!
- Lena Laki