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.
- Fred Astaire World Rising Star American Smooth Champion
- Fred Astaire World American Smooth Finalist
- Fred Astaire National American Smooth Finalist
- US Rising Star American Smooth winners
- Finalist: "Heritage Classic" 2007 (3rd Place), "Carolina Classic 2007 (1st Place), "Millennium DanceSport Championships" 2007 (2nd Place), "Atlanta Open" 2007 (4th Place), Manhattan DanceSport Championship 2008 finalist
- Open American Smooth finalist: "Puerto Rico (2006 2nd Place), "La Classique du Quebec" , Canada(3rd Place), 2007, "Nashville Stars Dance Spectacular" 2008, "Mexico Open" to the World (Mexico finalist, 2008)
- His students became National champions and International tournaments such as Blackpool Dance Festival,in England (junior category)
- Owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Durham, NC
- Fred Astaire Top Teacher in Regional & National Levels
- Top teacher Nationally, at the United States Championships
- Published in newspapers and magazines: Herald Sun, News and Observer, 15-501, and Skirt