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Life of a competitive dancer or what it really takes

Dance partnership - challenge and advantage


I had two serious dance partners in my dance life and my current one, Tatiana Dyakonova, who is as serious as it gets. It really benefits you when both partners have the same goal. However, humans are still humans! We fight, we laugh, we struggle and we win together. It is a long process to work on dance issues and it takes time and endurance to train your body. 

But if you do it together and do not give up, you will definitely succeed and win!

Special thanks to my sponsors


 All these medals and awards hide a long process behind the scenes. You need a strong support group staring with your family first. It is their commitment, their time, their resources. Then, your coach who believes in you and helps you grow as a professional. Also, unless you are extremely wealthy, you need great financial support to cover multiple pairs of your dance shoes, your tuxedo, shirts, trousers, practice wear, accessories, airfare, accommodations, transportation, meals, competition entries, tickets, dance organization annual memberships, dance camps and workshops and, most important, your private lessons with your coach and world-level instructors to name a few. 

Without my sponsors, I would not have gone this far and I am very thankful to each individual and I appreciate everything they do from bottom of my heart! My special thanks go to Moda Fashion Sacramento, Tim's Trucking, Olga's Lines, Nachtigall Tax Services, T. Warner Hudson, Steven Nemeth, and, of course, Malko Dance Academy for their sponsorships. 

I am affiliated with a non-profit organization (Youth Dancesport Fund) and always accept and appreciate any donations.

Blackpool Dance Festival definitely changes you


 In April 2017, I had the privilege to go to the Junior Blackpool Dance Festival in the UK to compete for the world title. When I got to the ballroom, I was very confident I could win the championship, but during my practice I saw that there were other kids that were 10 times better than me. I watched them practice and I saw that they were putting so much more effort into it than I was. I danced my first round very well, but for the second round the announcer didn’t call my number. I watched everybody who got into the second round and was pretty embarrassed of myself. From that day, my perspective changed of how to practice and act on the dance floor.

I realized that it is not only about fun. It takes real work, endurance and seriousness. I took my competitive dancing since then. As a dancer, it changed me into a more focused and on track competitor.

 I have a goal in dancesport to be a world champion and I will put all my efforts into what I do for the rest of my life. And with that I am not who I was before and what I danced like before, but who I am becoming and who I will be.

2019 Emerald Ball Featuring 10 Dance Couples

It is an honor to be a part of Emerald Ball official 10 day countdown! Olivia and I were featured on Day 7 as a competitive 10 dance couple. It is our first Emerald Ball together. As I mentioned before, we are a long distance partnership couple. We have to work five times as hard as other couples since we do have see each other every week. But, nevertheless, we make finals including 2018 Ohio Star Ball, 2018 Holiday Classic, 2019 California Open 2019 AND 019 US Amateur National Championships! We are looking forward to the most beautiful competition in the US. Emerald Ball, here we come!!!


TVDANCE.LIVE

Tvdance.live does a great job featuring dance videos, pictures and dance promotions. Last year, I competed at 2018 Dance Stars Festival with my former partner, Katerina Petrenko.  However, this year, Olivia and I were not able to participate. We did attend an amazing Dance Congress organized by Karina Smirnoff and Elena Grinenko and received great instruction from Karina Smirnoff, Eugene Katsevman and Justinas Duknauskas.

Surprisingly, this year, Tvdance.live still chose my picture with Katerina which was very unexpected yet flattering.  

INVICTUS Team

Being a part of this team has been my dream for a while. Living in California and training with a wonderful partner in Washington is not easy and I do not take it for granted. Now I am part of a great team!

Invictus is a team of very competitive, disciplined, hard-working young dancers with an amazing leader Umario Diallo. We ARE unique due to many of use have long distance partnerships. We value every minute of practice together. We support each other. We are a true dance family.

Viva Invictus! 

SEA-SAC Team

This picture was taken at the dance congress at 2019 Dance Stars Festival. We had an amazing time learning from the Latin king, Eugene Katsevman and may others.

When I say WE, I refer to our Sea-Sac Team which means Sacramento-Seattle Team. It consists of two incredible dancers, Olivia and Donae Sherman, my best friend Elliot Evans, and myself. Elliot and I live and train in out local studio in Sacramento and Bay Area. We fly to Seattle to train with these two amazing Sherman sisters. We worked out a great plan of practicing together and individually and it has been working great!

I am very happy that our Bay Area Ballroom family, Dance Vita, is very supportive as well. Our long distance partners fly to California to train in San Mateo and in San Rafael. As one can see, there is a lot of traveling involved in our partnerships. But, thanks to our coaches and parents, it is possible! Go Sea-Sac Team!!! 

US Amateur National Championship/Blackpool Dance Festival Fundraiser 2017

I am very thankful to Sergey Malko for organizing this Fundraiser in January 2017. Every March I go to US National Dance competition in Provo, Utah and any support is always very helpful and highly appreciated.