Let’s take a look back at one of the many great moments in Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova’s career, their unforgettable Blackpool in 2003. The performance they gave electrified the audience! Cheers of “USA” echoed through the hall whenever they took the floor. The Winter Garden’s audience was brought to their feet when they took 2nd place at 2003 Blackpool Amateur Latin event.
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Can we get any more fortunate to have some of the top coaches in the World share their knowledge and wisdom with us. We are grateful to Dr. Ruud Vermeij, Peter Townsend, and Muna Breitem for being our inspiration as we prepare for Nationals.
The surprise appearance of Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis was the icing on the cake met by thundering applause and great joy.
Thank you to all who partisipated and enjoyed this special event.
The Jan/Feb 2014 issue of “American Dancer” magazine gives us a glimpse into what Eugene and Maria think about teaching dance, their goals, and real values. Just recently celebrating a 3 year anniversary of Brooklyn DanceSport Club is no small achievement. No matter how many spectacular dancers will be coached and guided by Eugene and Maria, they still believe “that the results and everything else comes from being happy on the dance floor”.
American Dancer Interview with Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova
Coming Full Circle
Champions Inspiring the Next Generation of Champions
by Angela Prince
Celebrating an unprecedented 20-year year dance career, Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova, from Brooklyn, will always be best-known in USA Dance circles as our 11-time undefeated United States National Amateur Latin Champions. But before retiring from competition just a few years ago, they also became multiple-times World and British Open Amateur Finalists, Professional Latin World and British Open Finalists, WDSF Grand Slam Champions and WDSF World Games Gold Medal Winners.
Like so many young dancers today, Eugene and Maria met as juniors and had ambitions of being professional dancers. They had unconditional family support, and there were coaches who made a difference in their careers. They also created at an early age a partnership and friendship that formed their foundation.
Yet, competition wasn’t the dream’s end for Eugene and Maria. One important dream remained, unfulfilled. So in 2011, they formed their studio Brooklyn DanceSport Club, in the heart of where they began. It was time to complete the circle—to teach the next generation of dancers and champions, “helping them reach their full potential,” they said.
When did you realize that you would become champions? Was it your dream or did it just evolve?
E&M: We always dreamed of making a career in dance, but never planned on being champions per se. We lived and breathed dance from the very beginning, and after winning Under 21 British Open Championship in 1998, we dedicated ourselves full time to our dream of becoming professional dancers.
What are your goals for this teaching stage of your career?
E&M: Our goal is to offer dancers something we didn’t really have as competitors. A nurturing, supportive atmosphere, that caters to their every need and helps them become the best that they can be. Our doors are open for everyone, whether it’s just for one lesson, a practice session, or a dance lifetime.
Is it easy or difficult being a role model for dancesport kids coming through your tutelage and guidance?
E&M: We don’t give that too much thought to be honest. We just do what we do, and if we happen to inspire some people in the process, that’s great.
At the end of the day, when and how do you know that you made a difference in your young dancers’ lives?
E&M: We do our best to help them find joy in their dancing, as corny as that may sound. Because we believe that the results and everything else comes from being happy on the dance floor.
How have your students fared in competitions this year?
E&M: Our pupils have had many outstanding results this past year, but those are not the only benchmarks by which we measure success. Every obstacle overcome, every special performance, every breakthrough, every step forward is a success, and we’re proud of all of them.
What is important, of real value, when teaching children to dance?
E&M: What people should remember is that teaching is a responsibility and a that bears profound consequences on people’s lives, and it should not be taken lightly.
If you would like to experience the creative and friendly atmosphere of our studio contact us today at http://www.brooklyndancesportclub.com
Eugene Katsevman observes the sea of capes painting the drama of the Paso Doble at the 2012 Back to Dance Camp. Eugene’s artistry is evident as we practice under his watchful gaze.
If you want to experience some of this artistry for yourself, contact us today!
This week’s “Video of the Week” features Eugene Katsevman leading a Mambo demonstration for the Adult Latin Seminar with Anastasiya Danilova, Christian Yeung and Dasha Ryndych. Mambo is a dance that you must let loose in, and is a great exercise for body control and body movement. Eugene and Maria decided to teach the Mambo (a non-traditional choice for an International Latin Seminar) for exactly this reason: letting loose and having fun with your body movement. Don’t miss next week’s Tuesday Latin Seminar with Dance Legends, Eugene and Maria, from 7 to 830 PM!
Switching partners, using a cape, dancing side by side with Eugene Katsevman doesn’t intimidate us. On the contrary it brings the best in us. Even some creative cape work!
Stay tuned for more special events to take your dancing to the next level.
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!
“Video of the Week” – Samba Preparation for the 2013 NDCA Amateur Latin National Championships and the Final of the Event
This week’s “Video of the Week” features six couples dancing the Samba in a ‘competition simulation’ for this year’s NDCA Amateur Latin National Championships in Provo, Utah and then the final of the Samba for this event. What is key to note here is that 3 of the 6 couples were finalists in this event and all 6 couples placed in the Top 9! Yes, you read it right, 6 of the top 9 couples were preparing for this event at Brooklyn DanceSport Club with Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova and the results really show. From the 2013 NDCA Amateur Latin Champions, Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina, to fourth place finalists, Aleksey Karaulov and Vlada Semenova dancing in their first competition together, this was an impressive run-through and an even more impressive final. Come join us every Tuesday at 8:30 PM and Thursday at 8:00 PM to practice with the Nation’s best dancers.
(Another key statistic: of the 12 couples featured in the 2012 NDCA Amateur Latin National Championship Final, 9 of them were at this competition simulation)
“Video of the Week” – Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova Leading the Adult Latin Seminar in an Energetic and Rhythmical Cha-Cha
This week’s “Video of the Week” brings you a peek into our Adult Latin Seminar’s Cha-Cha class routine led by dance legends, Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova. Eugene and Maria showcase a rhythmical Cha-Cha and then our Latin Seminar follows by performing the routine with impeccable timing and rhythm while dancing with their ‘second’ partners. When you have inspiration coming from amazing dancing and coaching, it is much easier to take your own dancing to the next level. Don’t miss out on your chance to learn from these world class coaches and dance with our world class dancers!
This week’s “Video of the Week” features 11-Times Undefeated US National Amateur Latin Champion, Eugene Katsevman, leading the Youth/Adult Latin Seminar in a presentation of the captivating and enticing Rumba. Even though the dancers are not dancing with their original partners, they are still able to perform at a very high skill level. This mesmerizing Rumba performed by Eugene and the class shows the in-depth dissection that the class goes through with each step and how proper knowledge can help you take your dancing to the next level. Please contact us and check our schedule if you’d like to join us!