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Vladimir Karpov

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Born: February 9, 1985
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Current location: Staten Island, New York (USA)
Current status:

Vladimir Karpov is a former Professional Ballroom dancer specializing in International Style Latin. One of the most accomplished athletes within the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), his accomplishments include but are not limited to becoming a WDSF World Latin Showdance Champion, a 2-time WDSF World Cup Amateur Latin Champion, and Champion of the first World DanceSport Games in the Latin Division.

Overview

Vladimir Karpov was born in Moscow, Russia on February 9, 1985 and began dancing at the age of six-and-a-half. He took interest in the venture because he fell in love with a girl who went to those dance classes. From the very first lesson, the instructor noticed that he, along with his friend who came with him, was catching on quite quickly. Three months later after he began dancing in a couple with this young love, the girl sadly was to relocate and could not continue dancing together in a pair with Vladimir. This did not stop the young talent from continuing on a journey that shaped and continues to shape his life's career and pathway - it all began in Moscow's "Russian Club".

Vladimir's competitive career began at the age of 8 and he ended up dancing his first competition with four various partners. A year later, at the age of 9 years old, he became the Vice-Champion of Moscow in the "E" Class, competing in the 6 dance program (...) Soon, he changed partners and began dancing with a girl who was one age category older - this meant that the young boy had to compete with older couples in the Junior II division, when he was only yet a Junior I. Nonetheless, even with such an obstacle, he and his partner began their journey in the top 48 of the Russian National Junior II Championship and finished in the final.

After some time, Vladimir once again transitioned back into the Junior I age division as he began dancing with a new partner his age. After only half a year of dancing together, the duo went to their first ever international competition, the German Open Championships (GOC), one of the most prestigious competitions of the DanceSport world. They ended up winning the Junior 1 Latin Championship, taking 3rd in Standard, and 3rd in 10 Dance - Vladimir's very first international competitive experience.

In his first year as a Junior II, he made the final of the Russian National Championships. He soon became the Champion of Russia and won all major Russian events. With partner, Elena Erchova, Vladimir also achieved becoming 4th in the World Championship, a semi-finalist of the Junior Blackpool Dance Festival in Latin and standard, and make the final in the Viennese Waltz at the Junior Blackpool Dance Festival.

Even with such an array of changing partner, Vladimir proved his success with dedication and strength in skill, quality, and performance by making the finals and semi-finals of all major competitions as an adult.

Focusing on Latin

Vladimir's Standard coach was Igor Litvinov and he dedicates all of his success in the Standard division to this man. Once Igor moved to America, it was difficult to find a new trainor that was just as interested in Vladimir's couple to keep sustaining constant improvement. As a result, it was a challenging to continue with Ballroom - Vladimir, as a result, transitioned into focusing solely on the Latin division.

This decision was supported by the fact that Vladimir's new partner, Maria Tzaptashvili, was dancing only latin for the last 12 years of her competitive. career. So, Vladimir, aged 22, had no choice but to go full-on with one style.

Their first year of partnership was quite difficult they say, but it did not stop them from dancing all major events and coming from the semi-final of their first Grandslam in Aarhus, Denmark in April of 2008, to the final of the GrandSlam in Ostrava, Czech Republic, just 6 months later in October where they finished in 4th, one sport away from pedestal placement.

On January 9th of 2010, Vladimir and Masha became the Bronze Medalists of the Russian National Amateur Latin Championships among the best of competitors and as a result of their placement, were supposed to attend the European Cup that year in representation. However, just a few weeks later, they ended up dancing the WDSF Latin World Cup on the 22nd of January in Vancouver, Canada as Andrei Zaitsev & Anna Kuzminskaya, Russian National Silver Medalists, had issues with their passports. Vladimir and Masha took this World Cup title that day.

In addition to attending the World Cup, the couple would still attend the 2010 European Cup that June in Szombathely, Hungary. Vladimir and Masha arrived one week before the event, but sadly, this preparation did not help their standings. They lost by one placement to Ferdinando Iannaccone & Yulia Musikhina of Italy. One week later, at the European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the couple flew out of the final! However, without given up, they analyzed and made their observations for a new plan of action. Just two months later, the couple proved victorious in Prague by winning over their competitors that placed in 3rd at the European Championship back in June, when Vladimir and Masha were 8th.

In terms of the WDSF GrandSlam Tournaments, Vladimir and Masha's highest results were in Platja d'Aro, Spain in 2009 where they finished in 2nd. They will never forget the German Open Championships (GOC) of that same year, in Stuttgart, Germany, where they concluded in 4th place, just one step from making the pedestal. Such energy experienced here gave them a great push for the rest of their dancing careers.

2011 awarded the coupled another chance at the European Cup, and this time, they came out victorious, winning the event by one placement.

The Baltic Grand Prix held December of 2012 brought Vladimir and Masha their second victory as WDSF Latin World Cup Champions in Riga, Latvia. This was the couple's last event in which they competed as Amateurs.

Showdance

In 2012, Vladimir and Masha decided to push their limits by trying themselves out in Showdance. Their dancing experience aided them in taking the Russian National title, and as a result, representing in the World Championship just a month later in September in Beijing. This was their first year's experience in Showdance.

The year of 2013 was the time when Vladimir and Masha were deemed one of the best couples of showdance and took part in the first ever, and last, World DanceSport Games in Kaohsiung of the Chinese Taipei, where they were victorious in being crowned the Show Dance Latin Champions.

The Professional Division

After the WDSF World Cup in December of 2012, Vladimir and Masha soon came to the understanding, a realization that they a lot to say. This realization, Vladimir states, needed to time to formulate clearly in their minds, and as a result, they decided to transfer to the Professional Division – to find new qualities within themselves. So, a new year was began on a new leaf.

The couple's first event as Professionals ended up being the Russian National Championships, where Vladimir and Masha took their first Professional title. They also became 3rd in the European Championship, as well as Professional Vice-Champions of the World.

Final Conclusion of a Competitive Career

Masha ended up breaking her leg, which deemed her a very long, and difficult recovery that sadly would never allow her to compete the way that she had. The couple decided to focus only on performing shows throughout the world because continuing their main competitive career after such a trauma was too difficult.         Vladimir is one of the most accomplished athletes within the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF). His competitive titles include but are not limited to becoming the World Latin Showdance Champion, a 2-time World Cup Amateur Latin Champion, Latin Champion of the first World DanceSport Games, as well as the Russian Latin National Champion in both the Professional and Amateur divisions.

Karpov's passionate showdances have received worldwide recognition and led to invitations to perform across the globe for both dance and non-dance audiences. At the highest point of their careers, Vladimir and Masha were ranked 5th in the WDSF World Ranking List.

Career After Competition

Vladimir Karpov relocated to the United States after an invitation detailing the initiative to the advancement of DanceSport training and coaching in the U.S., he not only raised his family, but also has become a highly sought after coach and choreographer in the United States. Trying his forces in another country proved quite the success.

Coach

The first lesson that Vladimir Karpov ever taught was at the age of 13. He began working fully, as a true instructor, at age 15. Soon after, he was teaching champions, couples that began taking titles and high level placements in various championships.

At the age of 18, Vladimir was given an opportunity to go to Kharkov, Ukraine and teach, his first official invitation to travel internationally to instruct. Ever since that point in time, he was traveling to various cities throughout Russia and Ukraine, as well as Canada to teach.

After getting together with Maria Tzaptashvili as a competitive couple, the duo was quite often invited to compete, perform shows, as well as to lecture and instruct Master Classes at various locations throughout Israel, Latvia, Poland, China, the Czech Republic, Spain, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. He has coached dancing couples that have become finalists of World Championships and pedestal placers (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) of National Championships in Russia, Latvia, Slovakia, Singapore, Poland, Kazakhstan, Israel, China, and Canada.

At the age of 30, Vladimir moved to America. Within just a short amount of time, four years, he was able to reestablish the meaning of DanceSport in the U.S.A. Couples with whom he worked with and continues to work with have become multiple time National Champions, dancers from the Pre-Teen age division all the way to Senior dancing champions. Couples with whom he has worked with in the U.S. have already made become 2-time finalists of WDSF World Championships as well as multi-time WDSF finalists.

With his decision to share his love and passion in another country, he advanced the level of DanceSport in the United States. Based out of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York (USA), his couples, which include current USA Dance World Team Members, have become champions and finalists in various competitions throughout the country. As a result of his talents and dedication to his field, he was elected as the 2018 USA Dance National Latin Coach of the United States.

2018: Opened Karpov Dance Studio, owner – team of dancers that are all under one team of athletes

Choreographer

From his time as one of the most renowned showdance performers of the World DanceSport Federation, Vladimir now passes on his expertise of choreography in creating various piece that have already taken multi-USA Dance national Champion and vice-champion titles as well as semi-finalist placements at the WDSF World Championships.

Adjudicator

Vladimir is currently a USA Dance Nationally Certified Adjudicator (A+B+C+D+) as well as a World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) "A" (since April of 2017) and "Professional" (since April of 2020) Licensed Adjudicator.

Accomplishments

Competitor

Professional

  • WDSF PD Show Dance Latin World Championship
    • 2013: Merano, Italy - Vice Champion (2nd Place)
  • WDSF PD Latin World Championship
    • 2013: Ostrava, Czech Republic - Vice Champion (2nd Place)
  • WDSF World DanceSport Games Show Dance Latin
    • 2013: Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei - Champion (1st Place)
  • WDSF PD Latin Super Grand Prix
    • 2013: Stuttgart, Germany - Vice Champion (2nd Place)
  • WDSF PD Latin European Championship
    • 2013: Moscow, Russia - Bronze Medalist (3rd Place)

Amateur

  • WDSF Show Dance Latin World Championship
    • 2012: Beijing, People's Republic of China - Champion (1st Place)
  • WDSF Latin World Cup
    • 2012: Riga, Latvia - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2010: Vancouver, Canada - Champion (1st Place)
  • WDSF Latin European Cup
    • 2011: Elblag, Poland - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2011: Szombathely, Hungary - Vice Champion (2nd Place)       
  • WDSF World Open Latin
    • 2012: Moscow, Russia - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2012: Helsinki, Finland - Champion (1st Place)
  • WDSF International Open Latin
    • 2012: Krasnodar, Russia - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2012: Moscow, Russia - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2012: Cambrils, Spain - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2011: Prague, Czech Republic - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2011: Moscow, Russia       - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2010: Riga, Latvia - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2010: Prague, Czech Republic - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2010: Moscow, Russia       - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2010: Vancouver, Canada - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2009: Prague, Czech Republic - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2009: Bucharest, Romania - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2008: Platja d'Aro, Spain - Champion (1st Place)       
  • WDSF Latin GrandSlam
    • 2012: Antwerp, Belgium - Finalist (5th Place)
    • 2011: Salou, Spain - Finalist (5th Place)
    • 2011: Aarhus, Denmark - Finalist (6th Place)
    • 2011: Ostrava, Czech Republic - Bronze Medalist (3rd Place)
    • 2011: Stuttgart, Germany - Finalist (5th Place)
    • 2011: Chengdu, People's Republic of China - Finalist (4th Place)
    • 2010: Shanghai, People's Republic of China - Finalist (5th Place)
    • 2010: Platja d'Aro, Spain - Bronze Medalist (3rd Place)
    • 2010: Tokyo, Japan - Finalist (5th Place)
    • 2010: Antwerp, Belgium - Finalist (5th Place)
    • 2009: Shanghai, People's Republic of China - Finalist (5th Place)
    • 2009: Stuttgart, Germany - Finalist (4th Place)
    • 2009: Platja d'Aro, Spain - Vice Champion (2nd Place)
    • 2008: Ostrava, Czech Republic - Finalist (4th Place)
  • WDSF Open Adult Latin
    • 2009: Chorzow, Poland - Champion (1st Place)
    • 2008: Omsk, Russia - Champion (1st Place)

Adjudicator

WDSF World Championships

  • 2018 WDSF PD Standard Showdance World Championship (Riga, Latvia)
  • 2018 WDSF Youth Latin World Championship (Riga, Latvia)
  • 2018 WDSF Latin Showdance World Championship (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2018 WDSF Standard Showdance World Championship (Bratislava, Slovakia)

WDSF GrandSlams

  • 2018 WDSF GrandSlam Standard (Taipei, Chinese Taipei)
  • 2018 WDSF GrandSlam Latin (Taipei, Chinese Taipei)

WDSF World Opens

  • 2018 WDSF Standard World Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2018 WDSF Latin World Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2018 WDSF Latin World Open (Tbilisi, Georgia)

WDSF International Opens

  • 2019 WDSF International Open Latin (Toronto, Canada)

WDSF Opens

  • 2019 Senior IV Standard WDSF Open (Toronto, Canada)
  • 2019 Senior II Standard WDSF Open (Toronto, Canada)
  • 2019 Senior I Standard WDSF Open (Toronto, Canada)
  • 2018 Senior I Standard WDSF Open (Riga, Latvia)
  • 2018 Senior III Latin WDSF Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2018 Senior I Standard WDSF Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2018 Youth Standard WDSF Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2018 Junior I Standard WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2018 Youth Latin WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2018 Junior II Latin WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2018 Junior I Latin WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2018 Adult Rising Star Latin WDSF Open (Tbilisi, Georgia)
  • 2018 Youth Standard WDSF Open (Tbilisi, Georgia)
  • 2018 Adult Ten Dance WDSF Open (Tbilisi, Georgia)
  • 2018 Senior II Latin WDSF Open (Dedham, Massachusetts, United States)
  • 2018 Adult Latin WDSF Open (Dedham, Massachusetts, United States)
  • 2018 Adult Standard WDSF Open (Dedham, Massachusetts, United States)
  • 2018 Senior II Standard WDSF Open (San Marino, San Marino)
  • 2018 Under 21 Latin WDSF Open (San Marino, San Marino)
  • 2018 Senior II Latin WDSF Open (San Marino, San Marino)
  • 2018 Youth Standard WDSF Open       (San Marino, San Marino)       
  • 2018 Juvenile Latin WDSF Open (Pieve Di Cento, Italy)
  • 2018 Junior Latin WDSF Open (Pieve Di Cento, Italy)
  • 2018 Adult Latin Rising Stars WDSF Open (Pieve Di Cento, Italy)
  • 2017 Senior IV Standard WDSF Open (Miami, Florida, United States)
  • 2017 Senior II Latin WDSF Open (Miami, Florida, United States)
  • 2017 Junior II Latin WDSF Open (Miami, Florida, United States)
  • 2017 Adult Standard Rising Stars WDSF Open (Miami, Florida, United States)
  • 2017 Senior I Standard WDSF Open (Miami, Florida, United States)
  • 2017 Senior II Standard WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2017 Junior I Standard WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2017 Youth Latin WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2017 Junior II Latin WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2017 Youth Standard WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2017 Adult Latin Rising Stars WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2017 Senior III Standard WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2017 Senior I Latin WDSF Open (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2017 Senior II Latin WDSF Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2017 Senior I Standard WDSF Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2017 Youth Latin WDSF Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2017 Senior I Latin WDSF Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • 2017 Youth Standard WDSF Open (Bratislava, Slovakia)

PD Events

  • September 23, 2018: WDSF PD Open Latin (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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