In his competitive career he has placed 5th on the Scandinavian Closed 10 Dance category and competed 5 times in Blackpool Dance Festival, England, World Youth latin and Amateur 10 Dance Championships. He has spent summers in England training with some of the best dancers in the world, as England is the international dance mecca. In 1996 he moved to the United States and began teaching 9 dance.
Gunnar is a coach for the UMASS Ballroom Dance team and coaches many of the couples for the UCONN team. In addition many pro couples in the area travel to him for his instruction, including Jared Vigneault and Sara Zirolla.
Gunnar and his wife Daryll Sverrisson began their professional competitive career in the American Rhythm division in 2003. In September of 2005, they came in 1st in the country Pro Rising Star American Rhythm. In September of 2006, they came in 1st in the country Pro Rising Star American Smooth, becoming the only couple in the United States ever to Champion Both US Rising Star Titles. In September 2007, they won the USA National 9-Dance Championship and become World Finalist in American Smooth.
I enthusiastically anticipated dancing with Jonathan Besse at Bay Path’s inaugural President’s Gala, and the experience was everything we'd hoped for! It was a proud moment watching Jonathan accept the mirror ball trophy after the hard work he put in to practicing our routine. Gunnar and I were honored to participate in what was surely an event to remember and look forward to in the future. There were a remarkable amount of dedicated people involved in planning this grand event, and we were proud to be a part of the performance for guests who came together to support Bay Path students in their own journeys of growth.”
– Daryll Sverrisson
- 13 time Icelandic Champion in International style Latin
- 13 time Icelandic Champion in Standard
- 13 time Icelandic Champion in 10 Dance
- Placed 5th on the Scandinavian Closed 10 Dance category
- Has competed 5 times in Blackpool Dance Festival, England
- Has competed at the World Youth International style Latin
- Has competed at the World Amateur 10 Dance Championships
- Pro U.S. Rising Star American Smooth Champion
- Pro U.S. Rising Star American Rhythm Champion
- Won the USA National 9-Dance Championship
- become World Finalist in American Smooth
- Member with National Dance Council of America
- Owner of "Ballroom Fever" Dance Studio