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Originally from: Belarus
Current location: Baltimore, Maryland
- Dance Studio Owner
- Competition Organizer
OverviewPolina Pilipenchuk and Igor Pilipenchuk, married since 1985, came to the United States from Belarus in 1994. Already dance instructors and Amateur dance champions in the former Soviet Union, they were introduced by some American friends to Glenis Dee, a Latin dance champion who ran a studio in Towson, Maryland and who was looking for a dancing couple to work for her. She sponsored the Pilipenchuks to come to America and has coached them since. In 1999, they took over Atlantic Ballroom.
Igor and Polina became U.S. Professional 10-Dance Champions in 2003, and held the title in 2004 as well. Incidentally, their son Nikolai and his partner Natalia Skorikova won the World Professional 10-Dance Championships in 2011.
Both Igor and Polina started dancing when they were young. According to them, Russian parents often get their children involved in art, music and dance at a very early age. Now, the Pilipenchuks are trying to encourage the same level of participation in America by holding classes for children as young as 4. They are also setting up a nonprofit organization to subsidize the cost of instruction, to help make dance lessons available to children in the community. "It's great discipline for the kids," says Igor. "When they get older, they appreciate it."
In addition to running Atlantic Ballroom, Igor and Polina have also acquired Capital Ballroom in Bethesda, Maryland.
They also organize 3 National Dance Council of America (NDCA) competitions: Atlantic DanceSport Challenge, Platinum Classic, and Kings Ball DanceSport Competition (with Rita Gekhman-Algarra).
- 2-Time U.S. National Professional 10-Dance Champion
- 4-Time North American DanceSport 10-Dance Champion
- UK Open to the World Professional 10-Dance Champion
- World 10-Dance Finalist
- United States Professional Rising Star Standard Champion
- Ohio Star Ball Professional Standard Champion
- 2-time Maryland DanceSport Professional Standard Champion
- Florida Superstars Professional Standard Champion
- St. Louis Star Ball Professional Standard Champion
- Philadelphia DanceSport Festival Professional Standard Champion
- North American DanceSport Professional Standard Champion
- Heritage Classic Professional 10-Dance Champion
- Florida Superstars Professional Latin Bronze Medalist
- St. Louis Star Ball Professional Latin Silver Medalist
- North American DanceSport Professional Latin Silver Medalist
- Accredited in the Fellow level (highest level) of the North American DanceSport Teachers Association
- National and World Class Adjudicator
- Atlantic Ballroom, Director, Instructor
- Capital Ballroom, Director, Instructor
- Atlantic DanceSport Challenge, Organizer
- Platinum DanceSport Classic, Co-Organizer
- Kings Ball DanceSport Competition, Co-Organizer