Alyosha started his dance career at the age of 7 in Kiev, Ukraine. At 11 he became a champion of the Ukraine, and at 13 of the Soviet Union. He won numerous International Ballroom DanceSport competitions in Latvia, the U.K., and France.
In 1995, Alyosha passed the professional exams for the United Kingdom Dance Alliance to become a member of the Imperial Ballroom, and in 1997 founded A-Dance Ballroom Dance Studio in Kiev. Alyosha graduated from the Ukrainian National University of Art with a major in dance. In 2001-02 he was performing and coaching in Hong Kong and Japan.
Moving to the U.S. in May of 2002, Alyosha has since won the National FADS Championships in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Orlando. He was a National FADS Top Teacher in 2004, and his students have won several national awards. Alyosha is a member of the Ukranian Dance Board (U.D.B.) and the World Dance and Dance Sport Council (W.D.&D.S.C.).
Dasha started her dance career at the age of 6 in Kharkiv,
Ukraine, and began competing at the age of 7. At 9 she became a finalist at the Ukrainian National Dancesport Championship. Throughout her youth Dasha won numerous International Ballroom DanceSport competitions in Belarus, Russia, Romania, Moldova, Israel, and Armenia. At 15 she passed the professional exams for the United Kingdom Dance Alliance and became a teacher at the Dance Studio Sozvezdie, where her students became winners of several national and international tournaments.
In 2005 Dasha graduated from Kharkiv National University with a Master degree in Psychology.
She began her career here at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in New York, and in 2007 moved to Greensboro, where she eventually became studio manager. Dasha is a certified instructor in American style of dance. Throughout her career with Fred Astaire, Dasha has won numerous awards: National Fred Astaire Dance Studios Top Teacher in 2005; Top Performance Award in 2005; Platinum Award, Top Specialist Award, and Platinum Award in 2007; Platinum Award, Top Teacher Overall, and Most Hours Taught in 2008. Her students have also won several national awards. Dasha enjoys being a studio manager as well as a dance instructor.
Sasha began dancing at the age of 7 in Kerch, Ukraine and entered competitions at age 8. During his dance career he has been a champion of Criemer, Ukraine, the National Ukrainian Champion, and a finalist in Germany, Italy, Poland, and Russia.
At the age of 16 Sasha founded a dance studio, Rhythm, where his students became National champions, and he passed the professional exam for the United Kingdom Dance Alliance to become a member of the Imperial Ballroom.
Sasha came to the U.S. in 2001 to develop the International Style of dancing at Fred Astaire Dance Studio. He was a National FADS Top Teacher in 2003, and his students have won several national awards. Sasha is a member of the National Dance Council of America (N.D.C.A.) and W. D.&D.S.C.
Gulya was born in Baku, Azerbatjan. She started dancing at the age of 8 and competing at 10. She was a National Champion and finalist of several International DanceSport Championships in Azerbatjan, Russia, and Ukraine.
In 1996 she became a certified dance instructor, coach and adjudicator. Her students were many times National Champions of Azerbaijan and winners of International tournaments.
In the U.S. Gulya is still competing professionally (finalist of Carolina Challenge in 2006) and became a certified instructor in American Style of Dance.
Gregory started dancing at the age of 6 in Kiev, Ukraine. At 10 he become a city of Kiev Champion and since then he has been representing Ukraine and reaching finals in numerous International Dance Sport Championships in Poland, Russia, Slovenia, and Romania.
In 1998 Gregory passed the professional exams for the United Kingdom Dance Alliance, and became a member of The Imperial Ballroom. From 1997-2002 he attended and graduated from the Ukrainian National University of Art with a major in dance. In 2002 Gregory founded the dance studio “Rhythm,” and in 2005-2006 he was performing and coaching in South Korea.
Gregory Mishura is certified in American Style of Ballroom and Latin dance curriculum, and he is a member of the Ukrainian Dance Board (U.D.B), and the World Dance Sport Council (W.D.& D.S.C).
Catherine Cameron holds a B.A. with Honors in Dance and a B.S. in International Business with a minor in Russian, graduating magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014. She earned the Virginia Moomaw Scholarship for Dance, the Bryan Scholarship, and the Bryan Outstanding Student Award, one of 8 students graduating with Full University Honors, and the only Dance Major to complete the Senior Honors Project. While studying abroad, she coached American-style jazz jumps and turns for National Champion dance teams in Estonia, and judged the Golden Trophy Dance Cup in Tartu, Estonia. Catherine began dancing at the age of 2, and began competing (in styles including jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, musical theatre, modern, and tap) at the age of 7. She earned multiple State and Southeast Regional titles in both solo and group competition. She began working as a professional musical theatre choreographer and stage manager in 2014, having choreographed 9 productions, and stage managing 3, including 2 world premiere performances, and earning the 2015 Sandra B. Turek Award for Choreography for her work in “Annie Get Your Gun,” Gallery Players (Burlington, NC), 2014.
Oleg Gorianskyi holds a Master’s degree in Ballroom Dance Choreography, graduating from the Ukrainian National University of Art and Culture in 2015, after earning his Bachelor’s degree in 2014. He begin teaching dance professionally in 2011, in fitness clubs and dance studios in Kiev, Ukraine. During his time in University, Oleg performed and choreographed dance in multiple venues around the world including the Kyiv National Academic Theatre of Operetta, the National Palace of Arts “Ukraina,” the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Canada, L’Opera de Montreal, and the Grand Theatre de Quebec. He has appeared as a ballet dancer on European television in “X-Factor,” “Vid pacanku do panyanku,” “Novyi Kanal,” and “Turkish vision.” He served as choreographer for European pop band “NuAngels.” He began dancing at age 10, and is the Ukrainian National Champion in Salsa.
Alyssa Marie started dancing tap, jazz, and ballet at a young age and fell in love with ballroom. She has been teaching with Fred Astaire Dance Studios for over 4 years. She is so excited to join us here in Greensboro and looks forward to meeting you all!
Maksym Hrusha began dancing at the age of 6 in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. As a competitor, Maksym was a multi-time Champion and Finalist in Regional dance competitions, and a Finalist in Ukrainian National Championship competition. He graduated from Rovno State University of Ukraine with a degree in Choreography in 2012. After graduation, Maksym began coaching at the Youth DanceSport Club “Sphere,” where, as Head Coach, he led his students to top prizes in Ukrainian national and international championships and finalist rounds in countries including Israel, Holland, and Italy. Maksym also served as a judge, commissioner, and event organizer for many of Ukraine’s top competitions. He holds a Level I judging License, and is 1 of only 10 licensed DanceSport Commissioners in Ukraine. Maksym played soccer alongside his competitive dance career for 8 years, and played for his High School Varsity Men’s Soccer team in Kiev, Ukraine. His son Ilya is also a trained competitive dancer.
April Shurtleff has a background in administration, organization and fundraising. She has spent the last 16 years as a stay at home and military wife, volunteering most of her time at her children’s schools. She is a mom of two amazing boys and one adorable Bichon Frise. She also has a background in photography having worked as an assistant for the last 4 years.