DANCE: Under 21 Ballroom | PARTNERS SINCE: December 2014 | REPRESENT: Ukraine | PLACES OF BIRTH: Igor: Odessa, Ukraine | Mariya: Luhansk, Ukraine | BASED: Professional Dance Studio, Kiev, Ukraine.
ACHIEVEMENTS: Semi-Finalists in the UK Championships Amateur Ballroom (2016), Semi-Finalists in the International Championships Amateur Ballroom (2015), Finalists Under 21 Ballroom, Finalists Amateur Ballroom World Championships (2015), Winners of 2015 International Under 21 Ballroom, Winners of Blackpool Dance Festival Amateur Rising Stars and Under 21 Ballroom (2015), Winners of UK Championship Amateur Rising Stars Ballroom 2015.
FAVOURITE DANCE: Igor: It all depends on my mood that day! | Mariya: I totally agree with Igor!
FAVOURITE COMPETITION/VENUE: Igor: Blackpool definitely! | Mariya: I like all the big events such as Blackpool, UK Open & International, because it has a special magical atmosphere!
BEST MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER: The best moment for us was our first success together at the UK Open last year! That was the moment when we started believing in ourselves!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A COMPETITION: There is no particular way of preparing for the events! We just practice harder and become more focused in our minds!
HOW TO RELAX AFTER A COMPETITION: The best way is to relax our bodies and minds until we start missing dancing again!
MOST RESPECTED OPPONENT COUPLE: Our main opponents are our club mates with whom we are training with everyday and who are motivating us to develop and improve our movements in dancing!
ADVICE FOR ANY YOUNG DANCER READING THIS: Believe in yourself and achieve your goals no matter what! And also: Be yourself!
DANCE WORLD ICON/INSPIRATION: Igor: Many dance icons motivate me but I can't figure out the only one, because all of them deserve respect! | Mariya: It's hard to say because I always try to take something great from the icons and icons are unchangeable over time!.
WHY CHOOSE INTERNATIONAL DANCE SHOES?: International Dance Shoes has a great team which will always help you! Their shoes are very comfortable and elegant, it suits perfectly to us!
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF A DANCE SHOE?: Comfort, support, elegance.
AWAY FROM DANCE
FAVOURITE SPORT AWAY FROM DANCE: Igor: Skiing | Mariya: Skiing & Tennis
FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Igor: Winter holiday destinations | Mariya: Anywhere where I can go skiing
FAVOURITE FILM: Igor: The Equalizer | Mariya: Forrest Gump
FAVOURITE MUSIC ACT/ARTIST: Igor: Different, it's hard to choose one | Mariya: Ross Mitchell and his band
INTERESTING FACT: Igor: I actually danced in International Dance Shoes before and understood that they suited me before we actually got sponsored. | Mariya: I once jumped with a parachute and swam with sharks!
TEACHING, LESSONS & BOOKINGS
Igor & Mariya teach in Kiev but are ready to travel to other places to share their experience with you! They offer individual or group lessons and showcases, Email them here - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Sponsors Page - Anna Lebiedzińska (Click here)
Header Image - Iain Carruthers (Click here)