Originally from Ukraine, In 2013 Mariya joined the Fred Astaire organization and is very grateful to be a part of this amazing family. Since than she has helped a lot of amateurs and professionals. She worked hard and became a top regional and national teacher and manager! Together with her partner Ilya Velednitsky they have become 11 time Fred Astaire national rhythm champions as well as USA Open rhythm finalists and 5 time Ohio star ball finalists. In 2019 they opened the popular Ahwatukee studio. They love being a part of this warm, welcoming, and exciting community and watching their students and budding professionals grow!