We would love for you to visit the Carolina Ballroom Dance Studio of Greenville, SC and meet our staff. We brag about our American and European trained Instructors and we take pride in their knowledge and instructional expertise!
Ihor started dancing in his hometown of Poltava, Ukraine in 1992. He was competing in the International Style, showing outstanding results in both Ballroom and Latin dance programs and becoming either a winner or finalist for numerous National and International dance championships. He studied at Poltava University with a major in choreography. Ihor was the National Ukrainian Champion in 1999 and was awarded the title of Master of Sport of Ukraine in 2004. Ihor is a certified instructor in both International and American Styles and with his knowledge, experience and great personality, you will enjoy dancing to the fullest extent.
Maddie began dancing in college at the University of Georgia. She auditioned for and was accepted into the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, where she continued her Ballroom dance education. In addition, Maddie was an instructor for the UGA Ballroom and Social Dance Club, specializing in beginner group lessons. She has competed and placed in several West Coast Swing Competitions as well. Maddie has a passion for dance, and she looks forward to share with you all the benefits dancing has to offer!
Alex is a world renowned championship ballroom dancer, choreographer and adjudicator. Born in Ukraine, Alex began studying dance at an early age and has been dancing for more than 22 years. He is a certified competitor, dance teacher and adjudicator of the World Dance Council and a member of the prestigious International Dance Council of UNESCO. Alex is a two-time National Ukrainian Champion, and he believes in an engaged and dynamically based method of teaching. And, above all, it should be fun!
Dmitri has more than 30 years of experience in both Ballroom and Latin dancing. He is a winner of The Super Cup of Ukraine as well as many major National and International championships. Dmitri enjoys the success of coaching top ranking couples both in Europe and the United States. He holds the International Adjudicator degree with the World Dance Council. Taking time to dance internationally, to teach and to judge, Dmitri traveled to Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Italy, and Czech Republic..
Lena started her ballroom dancing journey at the age of 8 in the famous Ukrainian town of Poltava. Since then, she has participated in numerous regional, national, and international competitions and dance festivals. She graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Dance with a bachelor's degree in Ballroom and Latin choreography. She is the winner of the Ukrainian National Cup, two-time Grand finalist of the Ukrainian National Championship, as well as the recipient of New York Top Teacher Awards. Her expertise, professionalism, kindness, and enthusiasm will make your dancing fun and memorable.
Grygorii is originally from Ukraine. He started dancing in the early age of seven and continued his professional career as International Standard and Latin dancer for 20 years. He has been a multiple time winner and finalist of national and International dance competitions and championships. After receiving his Master's Degree in Choreography and Psychology of Education, he chose to follow his heart to pursue a Professional career in teaching Ballroom Dancing. As an instructor, Grygorii derives a great deal of satisfaction in seeing his students achieving new heights in their dancing whether it is a high result at the National Competition or just learning a new step. He believes that dancing changes people's lives and feels honored to be a part of it.
Geoff started dancing in 2012 at the University of Georgia. While at UGA, Geoff was President of the Ballroom and Social Dance Club and Vice-President of the Ballroom Performance Group. As part of these groups, he became one of the leading choreographers and teachers in the Athens area. He has competed and placed at multiple events across the South East, including the Atlanta Open and the Grand National Dance Championship. A member of the WSDC and the NDCA, Geoff believes strongly that anybody and everybody can find joy in dance. He cannot wait to show you how fun and rewarding dancing can be!
Oleg's ballroom dance story began in Ukraine in 1985. Year after year, competition after competition, his love of dance has grown stronger. Performances, competitions, seminars, coaching, and judging brought Oleg to Poland, Moldova, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, England, and the United States. He has numerous great accomplishments including Ukrainian National Cup Winner, two-time Ukrainian National Championship Finalist, National Closed Rhythm Champion, WDC World Pro/Am Silver Medalist and many others. Oleg truly has a passion for dance and if you dance with him, we know you will too!
Maryna began dancing at five years old. She is a graduate of Poltava Art Academy, majoring in Choreography. She is a winner and medalist of numerous Ukrainian championships. Maryna also represented Ukraine at major International events in England, Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic. Maryna is a member of W.D.C. and N.D.C.A. and a certified instructor in American Style and International Style. With her skillful guidance you will feel very comfortable either making your first steps on the social dance floor or polishing your advanced moves.
Nickolai is the manager of Carolina Ballroom Dance Studio. He is also a certified dance instructor in both American Style and International Style.