We would like to congratulate Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova for reaching a wonderful milestone of dancing together for 20 Years! Since starting to dance together on August 1st, 1993, Eugene and Maria have become true dance legends and icons in ballroom dance history. Together they have become 11-Times Undefeated US National Amateur Latin Champions and Professional World Latin Finalists (read more here: Eugene and Maria Bio), and have truly cemented their legacy. Although Eugene and Maria are not competing together anymore, they are still dancing and teaching together; they train some of the world’s top couples including multiple national champions/finalists and a number of world finalists at their second home, Brooklyn DanceSport Club. A crowning milestone for these amazing dance legends. CONGRATULATIONS Eugene and Maria!
2012, BDSC’s second year in operation, was a year that was filled with a lot of pleasant results and unexpected surprises.
First and foremost, we started off the year with our First Year Anniversary Party and things have been rolling since.
BDSC put on an amazing showcase at the 2012 Dance Legends Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom
Our National Preparation Camp and Back-to-Dance Camp were a huge hit and success (thanks to all who attended)
BDSC won multiple “Top Studio Awards” including at the Nyemchek’s Junior All-Star Classic and The City DanceSport Challenge – this is an award more for our members than for us, and we want to thank you guys for this wonderful achievement
We had multiple couples representing BDSC and the USA at various World Championship Events
Dance Legends is an annual event featuring the best current and former ballroom dancers in the world. For two nights, the best of the best put on an unforgettable show and this year we are proud to have our very own, Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova headlining the show! This is straight from the Dance Legends website:
Eugene and Maria have been dancing together since they met in 1993. As Amateur Youth Latin competitors, they were US National Youth Latin Champions (and representatives for the United States at the World Championships ), UK Rising Star Latin Champions, and British Open Under 21 Latin Champions – the first ever US couple to win that title.
As Adult Amateurs, Eugene and Maria were finalists in all the major international championships, and won the US Open Championships, the Masters Gala Trophy, and the IDSF Grand Slam Series Championship. They are perhaps best known for their 11-year undefeated streak as US National Amateur Latin Champions from 1997-2008.
Immediately after turning professional in 2008, Eugene and Maria broke into the final of the British Open, and the following year they became Professional World Latin Championship Finalists.
Eugene and Maria retired from competitive dancing in 2010, and have since opened their dance studio, the Brooklyn Dancesport Club.
Some very heartfelt words about two of the best dancers in the world!
Last month’s fabulous results at the US Nationals were followed by a collection of exciting events and news at Brooklyn DanceSport Club.
BDSC’s April first started off with hosting 2 of the greatest Latin couples in the world, Michael Malitowski with Joanna Leunis and Sergey Sourkov with Agnieszka Melnicka. Michael and Joanna taught private lessons and a seminar at the studio on April 12th while Sergey and Melia taught a couple of private lessons on April 13th! It was amazing seeing such talented dancers teach our students and the energy and vibe that they give off is truly astonishing!
Following the visit, a group of BDSC couples (Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina, Pasha Stepanchuk and Anastasiya Danilova, Jason Dai and Patrycja Golak, Dmitry Nikishkin and Olena Shvets, Guy Platt and Victoria Mroz, Stas Pavlov and Beatrice Polyakova, and Ryan Raffloer and Shelby Joy Cole) performed at this year’s Dance Legends. The show, which was choreographed by BDSC’s very own Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova, was quite breath-taking and was received very well by the crowd, with some people even giving a standing ovation.
Quite possibly the most exciting news of April thus far were the results of our Junior couples at the Junior Blackpool Festival. Patryk Ploszaj and Anna Kaczmarski had an incredible Junior Blackpool experience, placing 10th (out of 170) at the Junior Latin and 5th (out of 125) at the Junior Jive. Christian Yeung and Alexis Turko also had a successful Blackpool, placing 52nd (out of 170) at the Junior Latin and 36th (out of 125) at the Junior Jive. Larry Tokar and Juliana Hoff’s best result came at the Junior Samba, where they placed 32nd (out of 164).
Due to the Brooklyn DanceSport Club staff performing at the Dance Legends event this Friday, April 13th, BDSC will be closed! We apologize for the inconvenience and if you are interested in watching our couples perform along with other great dancers, such as Bryan Watson and Carmen, check out the Dance Legends website.
With the Dance Legends (April 13th and April 14th) quickly approaching, BDSC was able to book two of the premier attractions of the show to teach in our studio!
On April 12th, Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis are going to be teaching private lessons throughout the day and a seminar at 7 PM
Michael and Joanna are:
2-time Professional Latin World Champions
2-time Professional Latin European Champions
9-time Professional Latin Polish Champions
4-time Professional Latin Blackpool Champions
6-time Professional Latin UK Open Champions
7-time Professional Latin The International Champions
2-time World Professional Showdance Champions
2-time European Professional Showdance Champions
On April 13th, Sergey Sourkov and Melia are going to be teaching private lessons throughout the day before performing at the Dance Legends later in the evening.
Sergey and Melia are:
5-time Professional Latin World Championships Finalists
6-time Professional Latin Blackpool Dance Festival Finalists
Finalists of all major Professional competitions, including British Open, UK, German Open and International Championships
Finalists of all major Amateur competitions, including British Open, UK, German Open and International Championships
Learn advanced technique and cutting-edge theory from two of the best dancers in the world! Michael and Joanna’s visit will include an engaging program of events that include private lessons and one seminar covering the International Latin style. Do not miss this exclusive event that takes place at Brooklyn DanceSport Club’s beautiful venue on Thursday, April 12th. Register early, as space is limited!
* Private lessons by appointment only