You started dance at a young age. Was dance something you chose yourself?
It was definitely not my choice. It was my parents’ decision, but at that time already, lots of kids were ballroom dancing. Since then, I think the interest of kids participating in ballroom dancing has grown even more so. I think the number of kids participating in ballroom dancing in the Ukraine, where I am from, is booming now.
Do you have a favorite dance?
I love Rumba- to teach, to dance, to live it.
I love it when I see male dancers who are great role models for young boys. It’s sad that there seems to still be somewhat of a stigma around boys dancing. Did you ever have to deal with any friends or family having any sort of negative attitudes towards you dancing because you are a guy?
Not at all. I cannot recall even one instance when somebody showed a negative attitude towards me dancing. Even though most of my non-dancing male friends are very macho, they still have always respected and appreciated my dancing career. I do believe though, that in our life we attract people that would match us. Those that do not match us do not stay for too long. However, over the years that I’ve been dancing and teaching, I have seen numerous cases in which the idea of boys dancing has been regarded as being sissy or just not taken seriously. Continue reading