Valera Golubev – Professional Instructor

Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Doylestown

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life” – Mark Twain.

Val started dancing when he was 10 years old in his home country of Russia. He was invited to be in a dance concert at school, where he thought would be the perfect beginning of his dance career. His first ballroom dance competition was in 1996 in which it took 4 years to become the champion in his region. After he left home to study at the university and to travel and dance, he came to the United States in October of 2017 where he became a member of the Fred Astaire Doylestown Team. Together with his fellow dance instructors, Val was able to help the studio win the award of Top National Dance Studio of 2019. To Val, it is a pleasure being a dance instructor at a place of many dance styles and respected and genius dancers. His favorite thing about dancing is expressing himself through movement and teaching others what he has learned.

International Achievements:

  • Argentine Tango Russian Champions 2015
  • Winners of the Baltic Cup in 2014
  • Bronze Medalists to the World Artistic Dance Federation version of the World Championships in 2016
  • Soloists in a performance of “Tango Passion by A. Piazzolla” and “White Ball of Johann Strauss”, held on the largest Russian stage of Kremlin palace
  • Performed on stage with Tango stars Silvio Grand and Martin Alvarado
  • Dancer and choreographer in musical “Glenn Miller. Sun Valley serenade”
  • Dancer at the Ceremony of the Opening and Closing FIFA Football Confederation Cup 2017 in Saint-Petersburg


Together with his wife Rita, Val has earned many advanced titles at numerous competitions in the United States, including:

  • 1st place: Rising Star Rhythm at the 2019 Grand Nationals (Miami, FL)
  • 1st place: Fred Astaire National Bronze and Silver Rhythm Champion 2019 (Orlando, FL)
  • 2nd place: Official Argentine Tango 2019 USA Championship (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2nd place: Theatre Arts and Cabaret at the 2020 Golden Star Championships
  • 3rd place: Rising Stars Rhythm (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 2nd place: Showdance at the 2018 Northeastern Championship (Boston, MA)
  • 2nd place: Theatre Arts at the 2018 New York Dance Festival (New York, NY)
  • 2nd place: Theater Arts and Cabaret Maryland Dancesport (Baltimore, MD)
  • 3rd place: Rising Star Rhythm at the 2019 Tri-State Dancesport Championships (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • 3rd place: Open Professional Showdance at the FADS 2019 National Dance Championships (Orlando, FL)
  • 3rd place: Rising Stars at the 2019 Kings Ball
  • 3rd place in Showdance (Rye Brook, NY)


As a dance instructor at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Doylestown, Val has earned the following titles:

  • 1st place Top Teacher: 2019 Winter Dancesport Championships
  • 2nd place Top Smooth Teacher: 2019 National Dance Championships
  • 3rd place Top Overall Teacher: 2019 National Dance Championships
  • 4th place Top Teacher: 2019 Summer Games
  • 6th place Top Teacher: 2019 NY/NJ Dance Sport Challenge
  • Awarded Top Sales in 2018 and Top performer 2019 at the Pennsylvania Regional Staff Seminar

One of the Top 20 Professionals in the 2019 FADS World Cup Series