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Hometown: Warsaw, Poland
Current location: San Diego, California
- World Class Adjudicator
- Certified Dance Instructor
- Competition Organizer
OverviewKasia Kozak has been lighting up the scene and burning up the floor since she arrived in the United States as a teenager. She had already created a minor stir in Europe, where she was Poland’s National Amateur Junior Latin Dance Champion and had performed well in World Amateur events.
Kasia was born in Warsaw, Poland. She first became interested in dance after responding to a local newspaper advertisement announcing social dance classes. She quickly became attracted to the competitive side of dancing, found an Amateur partner, and became a serious 10-Dance competitor. After deciding to concentrate on Latin American Dance only, she rose to become the Polish Champion.
Following the relocation of her family, Kasia immigrated to the United States and continued to dance in Amateur competitions.
Donald Johnson had terminated his existing Professional partnership at the Emerald Ball in California. At that same competition, a mutual friend introduced him to Kasia. His Latin coach later suggested that he consider dancing with her and after a short period, they decided to begin a new partnership together.
While attending college in California, Kasia now found herself turning Professional at the tender age of eighteen dancing with Donald Johnson. It turned out to be an excellent partnership. Juggling school assignments and competition schedules, Kasia and Donald competed successfully for six years, performing and teaching in almost every state and representing the United States in competitions in Europe and Japan. Together they accumulated many prestigious titles, including British Open Rising Star Champions, Show Dance Champions, and Latin Couple of the Year. They were also featured dancers in the movie “Dance With Me” starring Vanessa Williams and Chayanne and appeared twice as Professional Latin Finalists on the popular and nationally televised PBS series "Championship Ballroom Dancing".
Since Donald’s retirement from competitive dancing, Kasia continued her competitive carrier with Andrew Phillips and Louis Van Amstel, adding a few more prestigious titles to her resume. She captured the nationally televised "Championship Ballroom Dancing" title in Columbus, Ohio.
Kasia and the Dance CommunityToday, Kasia is not only interested in pursuing her own dance career but is also looking to help the entire dance community. Her goal is to share her passion, her enthusiasm, and her knowledge of dance with as many people as she can. She wants to make dancing accessible to everybody and anybody that wants to dance.
Kasia is traveling throughout the country teaching high level competitors as well as their students. She is not only working on their technique, but their mental preparation as well with the way she empowers and inspires her clients.
Kasia Kozak, along with Louis Bar, is the organizer of the Great Gatsby Gala DanceSport Championships hosted in San Diego, California.
Training Tools and DVD'sKasia is the master mind behind seminars for women called the High Heels Boot Camp where she is working on making females stronger, more independent dancers as well as empowered human beings.
Also, along with Diane Jarmolow, Kasia has created a program known as “Move Like a Champion”. This training teaches principles of dynamic alignment and functional movement through exercises and experimental anatomy.
Kasia is also an inventor of a great teaching tool known as the “Attitude Belt”. This particular device is designed to instantly bring awareness to where the body should be in order to have great posture and alignment.
Kasia has filmed a wide range of DVD's to help people learn their favorite Ballroom Dances or to sharpen up one's skills in the privacy of their own home.
- "Anyone Can Dance" DVD's – the ultimate set of DVD’s for people just learning how to Ballroom Dance. Kasia and Donald Johnson break down each step clearly and concisely to get one moving fast. By the end of each DVD, one will be up and dancing away.
- "Variation Latin and Rhythm" DVD's - contain advanced patterns, enhanced with additional elements, intended to help one take his or her dancing to a new level; excellent for social dancing as well as showcase and competition routines.
- "American Rhythm DVIDA Syllabus" DVDs – learn the DVIDA syllabus in an easy to understand format together with valuable technical information.
- "Body Strengthening & Arm Awareness" DVD - gain strength and awareness of the arms.
- "Turns and Arm Styling DVD" - learn principles of turning as well as how to use the arms while dancing.
- Poland’s National Amateur Junior Latin Dance Champion
- Latin Show Dance Champion
- Received the title of Latin Couple of the Year with partner Donald Johnson
- Blackpool Dance Festival Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
- International Championships Professional Latin Semi-Finalist
- Ohio Star Ball Champion (captured the nationally televised "Championship Ballroom Dancing" title)
- United States Open to the World Professional Latin Finalist
- Professional Rising Star Latin National Champion
- Professional Rising Star Latin U.S. Open to the World Champion
- Nevada Star Ball Professional Latin Champion
- Texas Challenge Professional Latin Champion
- California Star Ball Professional Latin Champion
- Kansas City Star Ball Professional Latin Champion
- Emerald Ball Professional Latin Champion
- Representative to the Asian Championships
- Southwest Regional Professional Latin Champion
- Holiday Dance Classic Professional Latin Champion
- International Grand Ball Professional Latin Champion
- Sapphire Ball Professional Latin Champion
- California Open Professional Latin Champion
- Heritage Classic Professional Latin Champion
- Has performed and taught in almost every state
- Has represented the United States in competitions in Europe and Japan
- Featured dancer in the movie “Dance With Me” starring Vanessa Williams and Chayanne
- Vlad Pavlov (2007)
- Louis Van Amstel (2003)
- Andrew Phillips (2001 - 2002)
- Donald Johnson (1995 - 2000)
- Corky Ballas
- Shirley Ballas
- Michael Stylianos
- Lorna Lee
- Colin James
- Lene Mikkelsen (also known as Lene James)
- Espen Salberg
- Ruud Vermeij
- Peter Townsend
- Lorraine Reynolds (also known as Lorraine Rohdin)
- World Class Adjudicator
- Certified Dance Instructor
- Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA) - Associate Degree
- Championship Licensed Adjudicator and National Judge for the National Dance Council of America specializing in:
- International Style Standard (Championship Certified) - Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA)
- International Style Latin (Championship Certified) - Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA)
- American Smooth (Championship Certified) - Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA)
- American Rhythm (Championship Certified) - Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA)
- Theatrical Style (Championship Certified) - Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA)
- Great Gatsby Gala DanceSport Championships, Organizer
- "Kasia's High Heel Boot Camp" Seminars & Workshops, Creator, Instructor
- “Move Like a Champion” Training Program, Co-Founder
- “Attitude Belt” Ballroom Dance Training Tool, Inventor
- Filmed a wide range of DVD's to help people learn their favorite Ballroom Dances or to sharpen up one's skills in the privacy of their own home
- "Anyone Can Dance" DVD's
- "Variation Latin and Rhythm" DVD's
- "American Rhythm DVIDA Syllabus" DVD's
- "Body Strengthening & Arm Awareness" DVD
- "Turns and Arm Styling DVD"