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Igor Golovach & Michelle Blank - Dance Couple

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Couple formed: January, 2015
Current location: New Jersey, USA
Category: Adult Amateur
Division: International Latin
Division: Showdance (2018 USA Dance National Vice Champions)

Igor Golovach and Michelle Blank are an Amateur Latin couple representing the United States of America. They are the founders of two enterprises: WikiDanceSport and DanceSport Studio (DSS) as well as Virginia State, Liberty Ball, and Regional New England Amateur Latin Champions. As a competitive couple, Michelle and Igor have been trained by Maria Manusova, Eugene Katsevman, Andrei Gavriline, Elena Kryuchkova, Allan Tornsberg, Vibeke Toft, and Vladimir Karpov.

Overview

Michelle Blank and Igor Golovach began dancing together in 2015. Igor, 21 years of age, had just arrived from Ukraine and Michelle, age 17 at the time, grew up in the United States. The couple came together to represent the USA in the Amateur Latin division.

WikiDanceSport

As soon as Igor and Michelle started working together, they immediately bonded as not only a dancing couple, but also as partners who were alike in their views and goals regarding their future careers. Together, they soon realized the need of a community data center to provide all dance enthusiasts with a one-stop information hub. The idea was to create an encyclopedia that would become an information center for all things DanceSport. Together, they founded WikiDanceSport.com, a free-access, free-content Internet encyclopedia of Ballroom Dancing.

They are actively participating in the development of this DanceSport collaborative platform by gathering data of the DanceSport industry, interviewing top celebrities, performing industry research, analyzing new articles and examining their accuracy to help professionals and all dance enthusiasts organize information into one user friendly data source.

DanceSport Studio

Igor and Michelle also started working on a new venture known as DanceSport Studio (DSS). DSS is a cross-federation collaborative training platform, pertaining to the Freedom to Dance and Equality & Fairness decree, that is on the path to establishing one uniform Art of DanceSport Training System for competitive and social dancers in all aspects of fitness, health, and wellbeing (physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual). DSS encompasses organizations as well as individuals of multiple federations that work together as one unit in order to accomplish the highest standards of DanceSport training and education. The first DSS location is soon to open in Medford, New Jersey (USA).

DanceSport Rankings

The couple is also developing DanceSport Rankings (DSR). This idea was driven by the necessity to uniform and synchronize DanceSport industry related activities. The platform will offer a way to  rank and rate the individuals, organizations, and events of the industry based on various criteria, historical  data, performances, and popularity and will allow athletes to participate in the opinion sharing and evaluation of said models.

Instructors

Both Igor and Michelle are certified as Instructors under the North American Dance Teachers Association (NADTA) in the International Style Latin division. They instruct all levels and age groups of competitive dancers from juveniles to seniors at locations including Spotlight Dance Center in Philadelphia, PA (USA). They will soon offer such training at the very first DanceSport Studio in Medford, NJ (USA)

Competitive Career

After just one year together, Igor and Michelle became the 2016 Virginia State International Latin Champions as well as the Liberty Ball Amateur International Latin Champions. They also placed in the semi-final of the 2017 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.

In May of 2017, Igor and Michelle became the New England DanceSport Amateur Latin Champions. Soon afterwards, October brought them to the second year of the American DanceSport Festival where they won the Bronze Medals at the WDSF Amateur Rising Star Championship.

In December, Igor and Michelle traveled to Riga, Latvia to compete internationally for the first time at the Baltic Grand Prix in the WDSF Amateur Rising Star and International Open Championships. The days prior to the competition, they participated in the Baltic Grand Prix Workshops where they met and trained with Alexey Silde and Zoran Plohl.

2018

As the year of 2018 kicked off, Igor and Michelle took first place at the Islanders DanceSport Challenge in the Amateur Latin division.

In April, the couple became the USA National Amateur Latin Showdance Vice-Champions, a great feat to achieve in their first ever Showdance performance. Later in the month, they traveled to San Marino to compete at the San Marino DanceSport Festival. They became semi-finalists, placing 9th out of 33, in the Latin Rising Star Championship. The same day, the couple competed in the WDSF World Open Latin Championship, out-dancing the champions of the Rising Star competition. Making the quarter-final, placing 23rd, out of 67 couples, proved quite the achievement for Igor and Michelle's 2nd international competition.

May brought a strong victory for the couple as Igor and Michelle took 2nd place at the WDSF Rising Star Latin Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Trained With

Igor and Michelle have had the opportunity to train with some of the top coaches of the industry including:

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