Hometown: Medford Lakes, NJ
Current location: New Jersey, USA
- Active Competitor
- Division: International Latin 5 Dance
After falling in love with this new specialty, Michelle began training in the International Latin division and soon afterwards began her competitive path as a Youth athlete.
Michelle began progressing very quickly. In 2014, she became the Champion title of the Youth Latin Pre-Championship at the City DanceSport Challenge. It was her first competition with a partner and deemed itself a rewarding experience.
After only a couple of years, Michelle had come from the very basics of syllabus dancing to competing in Amateur Championships. In 2015, she met Igor Golovach, a young dancer who had just arrived from Ukraine to dance in the USA. Together, they would continue their competitive paths.
After just one year together, they became the 2016 Virginia State International Latin Champions as well as the Liberty Ball Amateur International Latin Champions. They have also placed in the semi-final of the 2017 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.
- WikiDanceSport.com: Founder, Lead Editor
- DanceSport Studio (DSS): Founder, Owner
- Michellino, Founder, Owner
At a very early age, Michelle was actively involved with her father’s work, learning hands on on how to build and run a business. Her early business training led her to become a determined entrepreneur with highly developed business acumen.
As soon as Michelle and Igor 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.
Igor and Michelle also started working on a new venture known as DanceSport Studio. The proposed platform would offer navigational help to anybody who would want to learn the physics and art of Ballroom Dancing. DSS would offer online skill evaluation and a training platform to allow the highest ranked instructors to offer training sessions via web interface from the comfort of their own surroundings without any geographical boundaries. DSS would provide invaluable service to the community of dance admirers and professionals to find their own place for communication and social connections.
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.
Michelle is also working on her own fashion brand known as Michellino, which will offer a wide range of clothing, shoes, and accessories specific to the DanceSport industry's performance and training.
Michelle is currently undergoing professional USISTD training to become a certified instructor in the International Style Latin division. (United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing).
Aside from training and competing for her own athletic career, Michelle also began getting involved with the careers of the younger generations. She instructs all levels and age groups of competitive dancers from juveniles to seniors at locations including Spotlight Dance Center and Medford Fitness.Bryan Watson, Vladimir Karpov, Allan Tornsberg, Vibeke Toft, Hans Galke, Carmen Vincelj, Colin James, Rufus Dustin, Markus Homm, Maria Manusova, Eugene Katsevman, Andrei Gavriline, Elena Kryuchkova, Slavik Kryklyvyy, Ruslan and Katusha Wilder, Melanie LaPatin, Michael Wentink, Andrej Skufca and Melinda Torokgyorgy.
HALL OF FAME
Vladimir Karpov, Maria Manusova, Eugene Katsevman, Allan Tornsberg, Vibeke Toft, Andrei Gavriline, and Elena Kryuchkova with whom she continues expanding her competitive career.
- Vladimir Karpov (New York, USA)
- Maria Manusova, Brooklyn DanceSport Club (New York, USA)
- Eugene Katsevman, Brooklyn DanceSport Club (New York, USA)
- Allan Tornsberg, Stepping Out Studios (New York, USA)
- Vibeke Toft, Stepping Out Studios (New York, USA)
- Andrei Gavriline, Paragon Ballroom (New Jersey, USA)
- Elena Kryuchkova, Paragon Ballroom (New Jersey, USA)
- Igor Golovach (2015 - current)
The couple has achieved numerous victories in the competitive arena since beginning their partnership. Not only have they become the 2016 Virginia Open Amateur Latin Champions as well as the Liberty Ball Amateur Latin Champions, but they have also placed in the semi-final of the 2017 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.
- New England DanceSport Amateur Latin Championship (2017), USA Dance National Qualifying Event for 2018 - Winner
- American Star Ball Amateur Latin Championship (2017) - 3d Place
- USA Dance National DanceSport Championships (2017) - Semi-Finalist
- Mid-Atlantic Championships Amateur Latin (2017) - Finalist
- Virginia Open Amateur Latin Championship (2016) - Winner
- Liberty Ball Amateur Latin Championship (2016) - Winner
- City DanceSport Challenge Latin Champion (2013) - Winner