2008 Canadian National Professional Champions in American Style of Ballroom dancing – Egor Belashov and Maria Golovanevski

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For both Egor and Maria it was the most successful dance partnership of their life. They were competing together for 4 seasons and participated in 4 national championships, as well as many other top North American annual competitions held in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Boston, New York, Cleveland, San Diego, Phoenix etc.

They had a chance to work with amazing people – former champions and superstar coaches like Brian Torner, Konstantin Antonov, Olga Foraponova, Vladimir and Janna Chalkevitch, Irina Chalkevitch, Tanya Cardinal, Denis Tremble, Wendy Johnson, Rufus Dustin. Thank you for your inspiration, challenge and hard work!

Maria and Egor find the style they competed in known as American Smooth the most creative, elegant and beautiful. They really enjoyed dancing together – practicing, creating, refining their routines and finding their unique image and style of dancing. They traveled a lot and enjoyed being part of this glamorous world of ballroom dancing. They were quite ambitious too. And by the end of 2008 their hard work paid off when they won a title of Canadian National Champions. Now they are available for lessons and will gladly share their experience with you!

Article from Inside Toronto

Our teachers win the national dance championship!

Maria Golovanevski has fulfilled her dream of becoming a national champion in American ballroom dancing.

The North York resident and director of Shall We Dance Studio, along with partner Egor Belashov, were crowned the winners at the Canadian National American Ballroom Championships Nov. 9 in Toronto.

“I was so excited,” she said of the first-place finish. “We really, really worked hard. We put so much time and effort into getting really good. This is what I always wanted to be.

I don’t just dance for the title, but because this is my passion in life.”

Golovanevski began dancing at age five in Russia, focusing on ballet, ballroom and folk. By age 17, she became a dance teacher.

A graduate of St. Petersburg State University with a masters degree in arts, Golovanevski furthered her teaching expertise in Russia, Europe and North America.

After moving to Toronto, Golovanevski opened Shall We Dance Studio at Victoria Park and McNicoll avenues four years ago. Three years prior to opening her studio, she found herself entering competitions again at the suggestion of a teacher.

Over the last seven years, Golovanevski has competed across Canada and the United States with two different partners in dance styles foxtrot, tango and Viennese waltz, and has competed in the Cleveland Dance Sport Challenge, New Jersey State Open Competition, Yankee Classic Championship, Golden Stage Challenge California and the San Diego Open Championship.

“(Competing) is for the purpose of getting stronger,” she said. “I train and I have my own studio. My partner is a teacher at my studio. The image we have created is a very sleek and elegant couple.”

Training has definitely paid off for Golovanevski, who was the Crystal Leaf International Dance Sport champion in 2008, the Dance Sport Montreal Professional American Ballroom champion in both 2008 and 2007, and the South Ontario Rising Star champion in 2004.

Golovanevski is now focusing on promoting her styles of dance in Canada through her studio and watching her students compete.

“In America, these styles are already developed,” she said. “They need to be developed in Canada. I want to pass on my knowledge to my students and other dancers. It’s a great thing if I can inspire people.”

See original article on http://www.insidetoronto.com/

By FANNIE SUNSHINE
November 25, 2008 5:16 PM

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