- Competition Organizer
- Dance Studio Owner
After winning the title of Slovenian National Champions he and his partner Jagoda Batagelj also won the title of World Cup Champions just a few months later and in 2010 they became European Champions. In 2011 they became UK Amateur Champions and they also won the title of British Open Amateur Latin Champions. After that they turned professional.
In 2006 Jurij graduated with honors from the Faculty of Sport and wrote his masters degree titled Usage of creative visualisation when training latin American and Ballroom competitors, which was later, in 2009, transformed into a study book for the faculty in cooperation with prof. dr. Meta Zagorc in the book titled Visualisation in dance and other relaxation techniques.
In 2005 Jurij choreographed the first ever show that connected latin american dancing with ice-skating. He did it with then current ice-skating world champions Albena Denkova and Maxim Stavitsky in Bulgarian capital Sofia. After this amazing experience he wrote the script for “The 50s Show”, where he joined all the best dancers from Slovenia and created a theatre show that sold out every theatre in Slovenia and twice Narodni dom in Sofia that holds no less than 5000 spectators.
In 2017 Jurij recreated and updated the show and renamed it “Dance Amore” (danceamoreshow.com) and the show is currently very successfully running in Slovenia with plans to hit the foreign stages very soon.
n 2011 Jurij created another smaller but still successful theatre show called “A Dancer’s Heart – All or Nothing”, that was unfortunately staged only a few times since Jurij and Jagoda were more focused on their competitive career at the time …
Jurij has been passing on his knowledge onto younger generations all over the World since 2003. But his biggest passion is always learning something new, so he is a an eternal student but consequently also a great teacher.
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