We would love for you to visit the Carolina Ballroom Dance Studio of Greenville, SC and meet our staff. We brag about our American and European trained Instructors and we take pride in their knowledge and instructional expertise!
Ihor started dancing in his hometown of Poltava, Ukraine in 1992. He was competing in the International Style, showing outstanding results in both Ballroom and Latin dance programs, and becoming either a winner or finalist for numerous National and International dance championships. He studied at Poltava University with a major in choreography. Ihor was the National Ukrainian Champion in 1999 and was awarded the title of Master of Sport of Ukraine in 2004. Ihor is a certified instructor in both International and American Styles and with his knowledge, experience, and great personality, you will enjoy dancing to the fullest extent.
Diana Barrera is originally from South Texas. She started her 14-year Ballroom career training along the major cities in Central Texas (San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas), then settling in Tulsa, OK where the performing arts are thriving. She is a 2020 graduate double majoring in Theatre and Musical Performance while simultaneously teaching as an adjunct professor at the prestigious University of Tulsa. Diana has an extensive performing background with a fortuity to perform with Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Oklahoma Showgirls, and Royal Caribbean entertaining audiences in a multitude of musicals including Company, Cabaret, West Side Story, Chicago, and Mamma Mia! to mention a select few. Diana has regularly attended DVIDA Mastery Camp in Las Vegas, College Thespian Festival, and Open Jar Institute Broadway College Summer Intensive. Besides teaching advanced dancers, Diana excels with beginners. Her students describe her as a fun and most patient teacher. She is also a choreographer for wedding dances, specialty dances, and formations. Get ready for an unforgettable self-expanding experience and come out to the dance floor!
Alex is a world-renowned championship ballroom dancer, choreographer, and adjudicator. Born in Ukraine, Alex began studying dance at an early age and has been dancing for more than 22 years. He is a certified competitor, dance teacher and adjudicator of the World Dance Council and a member of the prestigious International Dance Council of UNESCO. Alex is a two-time National Ukrainian Champion, and he believes in an engaged and dynamically based method of teaching. And, above all, it should be fun!
Ellina Veres began dancing in Stavropol (Russia) at the age of five, where she was introduced to the fundamentals of dance through Russian Ballet and Rhythmic Gymnastics. She graduated Stavropol Dance Academy by the age of 15 and then she relocated to the United States. Ellina continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Ellina is a member of N.D.C.A, the recipient of North Carolina Top Teacher Awards, and is certified Ballroom dance instructor.
Ellina has dedicated her career to the art of Ballroom dancing, and she shares lifelong passion through teaching. During fun lessons, social or competitive dancing, Ellina will help you to find your comfort zone on the dance floor!
Dmitri has more than 30 years of experience in both Ballroom and Latin dancing. He is a winner of The Super Cup of Ukraine as well as many major National and International championships. Dmitri enjoys the success of coaching top-ranking couples both in Europe and the United States. He holds the International Adjudicator degree with the World Dance Council. Taking time to dance internationally, to teach and to judge, Dmitri traveled to Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Italy, and Czech Republic.
Lena started her ballroom dancing journey at the age of 8 in the famous Ukrainian town of Poltava. Since then, she has participated in numerous regional, national, and international competitions and dance festivals. She graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Dance with a bachelor’s degree in Ballroom and Latin choreography. She is the winner of the Ukrainian National Cup, two-time Grand finalist of the Ukrainian National Championship, as well as the recipient of New York Top Teacher Awards. Her expertise, professionalism, kindness, and enthusiasm will make your dancing fun and memorable.
Grygorii is originally from Ukraine. He started dancing at the early age of seven and continued his professional career as an International Standard and Latin dancer for 20 years. He has been a multiple time winner and finalist of national and International dance competitions and championships. After receiving his master‘s degree in Choreography and Psychology of Education, he chose to follow his heart to pursue a Professional career in teaching Ballroom Dancing. As an instructor, Grygorii derives a great deal of satisfaction in seeing his students achieve new heights in their dancing whether it is a high result at the National Competition or just learning a new step. He believes that dancing changes people’s lives and feels honored to be a part of it.
Sasha Rondol was born in Poltava, Ukraine. He has degree of Master of Sport of Ukraine in Ballroom and Latin dancing. Merited Coach of Ukraine, and multiple winner Ukrainian Championships and Cup participating in World and European championships in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Belorussia, Lithuania, Denmark, the International tournaments in Russia, Moldova, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Austria, Slovenia. He was the President of the dancing centre “Rondo”, Regional branch of the Ukrainian Dance Sport Association. In addition, he was the chairman of the Committee of the development of Ballroom dancing of the regional organization "The Dancing Poltavschyna”, member of the Ukrainian Dance Sport Association and World Dance Council.
Sasha choreographed for dance franchise in New York area (Tarrytown, Cold Spring, Bardonia), California Dance Studio, and Durham, NC. He also choreographed dance show that won World Open Festival on Slovakia. He is also an International adjudicator since 2010.
Sasha is great with both beginners and advanced dancers. His energy, positive attitude and expertise will make you feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor.
Oleg’s ballroom dance story began in Ukraine in 1985. Year after year, competition after competition, his love of dance has grown stronger. Performances, competitions, seminars, coaching, and judging brought Oleg to Poland, Moldova, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, England, and the United States. He has numerous great accomplishments including Ukrainian National Cup Winner, two-time Ukrainian National Championship Finalist, National Closed Rhythm Champion, WDC World Pro/Am Silver Medalist and many others. Oleg truly has a passion for dance and if you dance with him, we know you will too!
Maryna began dancing at five years old. She is a graduate of Poltava Art Academy, majoring in Choreography. She is a winner and medalist of numerous Ukrainian championships. Maryna also represented Ukraine at major international events in England, Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic. Maryna is a member of W.D.C. and N.D.C.A. and a certified instructor in American Style and International Style. With her skillful guidance you will feel very comfortable either making your first steps on the social dance floor or polishing your advanced moves.
Nickolai is the manager of Carolina Ballroom Dance Studio. He is also a certified dance instructor in both American Style and International Style.