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Slawek Sochacki and Marzena Stachura

Slawek Sochacki was born in Poland. He started dancing when he was 17 years old. He studied International Standard and Latin under the supervision of the best coaches in Europe. Slawek has a masters degree in Marine Biology.

Marzena Stachura was born in Poland. She started her dance education in her Mom's dance studio at the age of 13, where she studied folk dance and ballroom. Marzena has a masters degree in Marketing and Management.

Marzena and Slawek have been dancing together for over 20 years. They moved to the United States in 2002. For three consecutive years, (2005-2007) they were Polish representatives to the World and European Championships in 10 Dance division and in 2005 in Standard. They were part of the TV show "Ballroom Boot Camp", which was produced for TLC. They choreographed many numbers for the American version of Dancing with the Stars. They were four-time undefeated US and World Open American Smooth Champions. Slawek and Marzena have won over 70 major competitions across both Americas.

Shane and Shannon Jensen

Shane and Shannon Jensen are part of the new generation of American ballroom dancers who have created a unique partnership that has quickly won them prominence throughout the United States and Europe. Upon turning professional in 2012, they immediately won their first National Professional title and have since risen to the top of all styles they compete in.

Among the successes they've had in their professional competitive career, they have also been featured performers on many public television programs such as America's Got Talent, NBC's "The Today Show", the PBS Special "The America's Ballroom Challenge", and ASN's "The Dance League".

Shane is originally from Sandy, UT and trained as a high level competitive gymnast from age 6 until he began ballroom dance at the age of 13. He trained in all styles of ballroom dance as an amateur winning several national amateur titles including becoming a National Amateur Youth Latin finalist, as well as 2 time National Amateur Cabaret Vice Champion. Shane later attended Brigham Young University where he received a degree in Spanish and completed a minor in Ballroom Dance.

Shannon began dancing in a beginning ballroom dance class at her junior high school also at the age of 13 and fell in love with the art after her first day. She won several amateur titles such as 2 time National Amateur Cabaret Vice Champion, and tying for 1st in the National Amateur Pre-Championship Latin at the age of 17. She also attended Brigham Young University where she graduated with a degree in Dance.

Shane and Shannon met at Brigham Young University where they were members of the World renowned BYU Ballroom Dance Company. While completing their education they were part of the 2010 winning Blackpool Amateur Latin Formation team and had the opportunity to perform and compete all over the world including Scotland, England, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Having turned professional in fall of 2012 they moved to Stamford, Connecticut to pursue their career teaching, competing and performing. Since that time they have enjoyed great success. Their accomplishments include:

Irina Gorolevici

Irina is a professional ballroom dancer, certified teacher, certified championship adjudicator, and WDC World Dance Adjudicator.

Originally from Kazakhstan, Irina started to dance at the age of 8. She subsequently won the National Championships four times, and was selected to represent Kazakhstan in the World Championships. Irina won many titles including first place in the International Standard division, and second place in the International Latin division at the Open Asian and Pacific Region Championships.

At the age of 16, Irina moved to Russia to develop her dancing. While there, Irina was invited to join the Standard formation team "Vera"--ten-time Russian champions, and World and European champions--and competed all over the World.

In 2007 Irina earned top honors at the acclaimed Tymen Academy of Art and Culture in Russia and became a professional dancer, art director, and choreographer. She accepted an invitation to the United States, and moved to Boston where she continued to focus on her professional career. Irina enjoys teaching, and her students are always a perfect example of that. Her students are United States national champions and finalists at major competitions. Currently, Irina is competing with her partner and husband, Anatoli Gorolevici. Irina is a finalist in all major competitions in the United States and continues to study and collaborate with the world's top ballroom coaches.

Anatoli Gorolevici

Originally from Moldova, Anatoli started dancing at the age of 7. He competed in International Latin, International Standard and 10 Dance Championships. At the age of sixteen, Anatoli moved to Italy where he continued to improve his dancing in Naples, Milano, and Rimini. In 2002 and 2003, Anatoli won the Italian National Championships in Formation Standard. In 2006, Anatoli moved to Boston, MA where he is currently teaching and competing in Professional International Standard division with his partner Irina Gorolevici.

Representatives at World and European Professional Standard Championships. During their dance career together they won and became finalists at many major competitions including US Nationals, Ohio Star Ball, Emerald Ball and many more. Anatoli continues to work with some of the greatest coaches in the world to constantly improve his dance knowledge.

Tatiana Banko

Tatiana Banko was born in Volgograd, Russian Federation and began dance training at age of 6. After a few years of ballet and figure skating at the age of 10, she made a decision to continue in Latin and Ballroom. The following year she became a finalist and semifinalist of major competitions in Russia. With in 5 years, she was invited to Italy and continue her career there in both styles. After 10 years in Italy, she received the opportunity to continue her professional career as a dancer and the coach in the United States.

Tatiana hold many nationals and International titles, including :Russian finalist in Latin and Standard division, two-time winners of Windy City and World Master Championships; three time winners Tri-State Challenge, Blackpool semifinalist and U.K. and Open to the World Finalist.

Currently she's continuing her work as an instructor, proAm teacher and choreographer in New York and Boston area.

Andre' Strinadko

Widely regarded for his artistry and technical precision, Andre' holds an array of national and international Latin titles, including: two-time World Masters Champion, US Open Professional Finalist, two-time US national Amateur Finalist, US National RS Champion, and UK Open RS Finalist. He has placed as a finalist or champion in all the major US competitions, and has been the highest ranked professional Latin competitor in New England for the last eight years.

Andre' began his dance training in Ukraine at age six, and then moved to New York City, where he enhanced his ballroom training with a variety of other dance styles before making the decision to dance professionally. In 2005, he moved to Boston to open his first studio.

As a teacher and coach, Andre' enjoys working with dancers of all backgrounds and abilities to help them advance to the next level. "I love it when my students realize something they thought was not possible," he says. "Each student is different, and each student is special. I work to highlight what is most special about each of them."

Andre's students have achieved many successes over the years, including World Pro-Am C Champion, World Pro-Am B Silver Medalist, World Pro-Am A Bronze Medalist, and National Pro/AM A Silver Medalist. He has also worked extensively with collegiate dance teams for more than a decade, including Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, and the University of Connecticut.

When asked why he made the decision to become a dancer, Andre says, "I can't imagine doing anything else. Dancing is a continuous self-discovery, and medium for self-growth. I love exploring those discoveries, and I love sharing them with my students."

Jaimee Tuft

Jaimee is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho where she began training in classical ballet at the age of 5. She trained exclusively with former principle dancers from the NYC ballet and Ballet West for 15 years. While in high school she began training and competing in International style Ballroom and Latin, and American style Rhythm and Smooth. She later attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Ballroom Dance. She was a member of their acclaimed formation ballroom dance team and placed 1st at the British Open Championships in Blackpool, England in 2010.

After their marriage in 2008, Travis and Jaimee teamed up to become the undefeated two time US Amateur American Smooth Champions. Since turning professional in February 2011 they have become the U.S. Professional Rising Star American Smooth Champions, U.S. Theatrical Arts Champions, World Cabaret Champions, and World Professional American Smooth Finalists.

Olga Kinnard

Olga began her training at the age of 5 as a rhythmic gymnast in St. Petersburg, Russia. From an early age, she was exposed to extreme body conditioning techniques that included ballet and flexibility training. After she suffered an injury, she retired from gymnastics and focused her attention on trying different methods of healing her body. She also became interested in Medicine. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University with a degree in Biology and took her MCATs with the intention of going to medical school. However, she found dancing to be therapeutic on many levels; she made a decision to postpone medical school and pursue a career as a professional dancer. After graduation, Olga moved to New York City where she trained intensively in Latin American Dancing. In her career as a competitive dancer, Olga earned many titles including Two-time Canadian Professional Latin Vice-Champion, United Kingdom Open to the World Professional RS Latin Finalist, World Professional South American Show Dance Finalist, U.S. National, U.S. Open and North American Professional RS Latin Champion, and Eastern U.S. Professional Rhythm Champion. She was placed in the top 16 at the World Professional Latin Championships.

Olga is a master choreographer and instructor in the International Latin and American Rhythm styles. Over many years of teaching and coaching, Olga has achieved much success with her students. Olga has been coaching the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team since 2008. She is a founder and owner of Dance Republic Studio located in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts where she is sharing her knowledge and experience with students of all levels and ages.

Lexi Andrea

Lexi Andrea is an accomplished dancer and aerialist. She is a graduate of the Performing Arts High School in Syosset and has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University. For the past eight years, Lexi has been performing onboard Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruises as a Featured Performer and Aerial Captain. This allowed her to not only perform, but visit multiple ports in the Mediterranean, Baltic, and Caribbean Seas. She has toured the U.S. with Debbie Reynolds in "Simply Ballroom" and took part in the inaugural cast of the Celebrity Reflection. She was featured in promotional material for both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance." Some of the aerial skills in Lexi's repertoire include Static Trapeze, Spanish Web, Silks, Bungee, and Lyra (Hoop). Currently, she is an instructor at Dance Magic Ballroom in St. James, NY.

Mark Nocera

Mark Nocera is a World-Class Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America and the World Dancesport Council. He is an organizer of the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships, held each February in Boston, and the Massachusetts Dancesport Challenge each August. As a competitor, Mark is a former North American Champion, United States Vice-Champion, and Semi-Finalist at the World 10 Dance Championships, and he has performed and taught on network and cable television. Mark has operated Studio 665 in Woburn for the past 33 years. He is a National Examiner for DVIDA and has served as the head coach of the Tufts Ballroom Dance Team for over 15 years. He is also the head coach of the UMass Lowell Ballroom Dance Team.

Tessa Antolini

Tessa Antolini is an All-Star West Coast Swing & Ballroom professional competitor, judge, experienced instructor offering partnered dance instruction to the people of the metro Boston area. She began her dancing career in her native California at age 4 and holds a Bachelors and certificate degrees in acting from Boston University School of Theater and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Tessa is an active competitor and judge on the World Swing Dance Council and the National Association of Swing Dance competitive circuits. Any given weekend you will find her in another US or European city, competing, training, and educating other dancers in this incredibly dynamic dance. When not on the road, she engages in teaching the principles of partnered dance in swing and in American Smooth and Rhythm at her studio in Burlington, Massachusetts. She specializes in the principles of connection, musicality, and performance. From beginners to advanced, social dancers to competitors, she is excited to share her passion for dance and technical expertise to you!

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