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Yuriy Simakov

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Born: February 21, 1976
Originally from: Ukraine
Current location: North Carolina, USA
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Yuriy Simakov, is a former Professional Ballroom Dancer specialize in International Style Standard and American Smooth. Fred Astaire World Rising Star American Smooth Champion, US Rising Star American Smooth winners, Owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Durham, NC.


Yuriy Simakov and his partner Oksana Klyuchnyk both began their dance careers at the age of 7. By the age of 12, Yuriy had become the champion of the Ukraine for his level. As a competitor, Yuriy won numerous International Ballroom DanceSport competitions in Germany, Russia, Poland, Moldova, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. Yuriy also graduated from the Kharkov National University of Art with a major in Dance.

In the Ukraine, Yuriy founded the Ballroom Dance Studio “Evrika”. His students became winners of several National and International tournaments such as Blackpool Dance Festival competition in England (junior category), Czech Republic (juveniles and junior category), Poland and Germany. Yuriy is also the organizer of International Classification and Rating Ballroom DanceSport Competition "Severskiy Donets" in 2001 and 2002.

Yuriy Simakov and Oksana Klyuchnyk came to the USA in 2003 to develop Ballroom Dance in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area. Their relationship later blossomed into marriage. Not only did they become the owners of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Durham, NC, but the couple is also still actively competing at the highest level all over the USA. Together they bring their knowledge and excellence to the Triangle area in NC.

Yuriy is also a highly-talented Choreographer with an exceptionally unique style. He also excels in the business side of the dance industry, and is available for staff and manager training.


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