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 2013, she became the Champion 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 Adult 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, 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.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.
- 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 how to build and run a business. Her early training led her to become a determined entrepreneur with highly developed business acumen.DanceSport. Together, they founded WikiDanceSport.com, a free-access, free-content Internet encyclopedia of Ballroom Dancing. 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 (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. Michellino, which will offer a wide range of clothing, shoes, and accessories specific to the DanceSport industry's performance and training. North American DanceSport Teachers Association (NADTA) in the International Style Latin division. She instructs all levels and age groups of competitive and social dancers from juveniles to seniors. She will soon offer such training at the very first DanceSport Studio in Medford, NJ (USA).
- Giacomo Steccaglia
- Olga Müller-Omeltchenko
- Davide Gabusi
- Yuehwern Yih
- Julie Fryer
- Alexey Silde
- Zoran Plohl
- Aigars Stolcers
- 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 Wilder
- Katusha Wilder
- Melanie LaPatin
- Michael Wentink
- Andrej Skufca
- Melinda Torokgyorgy
- Rickey Geiger
HALL OF FAME
- Vladimir Karpov (New York, USA)
- Igor Golovach (2015 - current)
- NJ DanceSport Classic - Summer Sizzler Amateur Latin Champion (2018): USA Dance National Qualifying Event: Hackensack, NJ (USA)
- WDSF Rising Star Latin Open Vice-Champion - Caucasus Cup (2018): Tbilisi, Georgia
- WDSF Adult Latin Champion - New England DanceSport Championships (2018): Boston, MA (USA)
- 2-time New England DanceSport Amateur Latin Champion (2017 - 2018): USA Dance National Qualifying Event: Boston, MA (USA)
- WDSF World Open Latin Quarter-Finalist - San Marino DanceSport Grand Prix (2018): San Marino
- Latin Rising Star Semi-Finalist - San Marino DanceSport Grand Prix (2018): San Marino
- USA Dance National Amateur Latin ShowDance Vice-Champion (2018): Baltimore, MD (USA)
- USA Dance National Amateur Latin Finalist: 4th Place (2018): Baltimore, MD (USA)
- 2-time Liberty Ball Amateur Latin Champion (2016, 2018): Philadelphia, PA (USA)
- Mid-Atlantic Amateur Latin Vice-Champion (2018): Baltimore, MD (USA)
- Manhattan Amateur Classic (MAC) Amateur Latin Finalist: 4th Place (2018): Jersey City, NJ (USA)
- Islanders DanceSport Challenge Amateur Latin Champion (2018): Staten Island, NY (USA)
- WDSF Rising Star Open Latin - American DanceSport Festival: 3rd Place (2017): Miami, FL (USA)
- American Star Ball Amateur Latin Finalist: 3rd Place (2017): Atlantic City, NJ (USA)
- USA Dance National Amateur Latin Semi-Finalist (2017): Baltimore, MD (USA)
- Mid-Atlantic Amateur Latin Finalist: 5th Place (2017): Baltimore, MD (USA)
- Virginia Open Amateur Latin Champion (2016): Reston, VA (USA)
- City DanceSport Challenge Youth Latin Champion (2013): New York, NY (USA)
- Certified Instructor with the North American DanceSport Teachers Association (NADTA)