Ilya has been with Fred Astaire dance studios for over 15 years! He started at Fred Astaire Wisconsin, where he developed the skills of many great amateur dancers who became national and regional finalists and champions. Ilya has been the top teacher in Wisconsin for many years as well as a national top teacher. He also was a dance director and Manager of one of the top studios in the country. He became a regional dance director of Wisconsin and had the privilege to work with many amazing students and professionals.
Along with his partner Mariya Ilchenko, Ilya is an 11 times Fred Astaire National Rhythm champion, Fred Astaire Showdance champion, 5 time Ohio Star Ball champion, and 2 time United States Open Rhythm finalists. He loves developing professionals and amateurs and help them grow. There is nothing better than watching people grow physically, mentally, and emotionally!