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Igor Golovach

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Born: May 31
Hometown: Chernivtsi, UA
Current location: New Jersey, USA
Current Status:

Igor Golovach is a currently active DanceSport athlete specializing in the Amateur Latin division, representing the United States of America. Aside from competing, he is also a Professional NADTA Certified DanceSport Instructor and entrepreneur. A co-founder of WikiDanceSport, Igor has also been involved with the start-up of such upcoming entities as DanceSport Studio (DSS) and DanceSport Rankings (DSR).


Igor Golovach's dancing career began in his early childhood. At the age of 5, his father, a former Folk dancer, decided to take him to a dance studio in their hometown of Chernivtsi. From the first lesson, it was clear that the boy was gifted. Coming from a family fully involved with music, as Igor's mother was a piano teacher and father a dancer, it was said Igor felt the music naturally. He fell in love this new passion instantly.

Throughout his entire childhood, Igor dedicated himself to dance. It was one of the most important and dearest parts of him. Traveling throughout Europe to Germany, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic, Igor represented Ukraine in the international dancing arena. His commitment to the sport led him to become a multiple-time champion of Open DanceSport Championships and Festivals held throughout Ukraine. He also became a multiple-time finalist in various WDSF competitions throughout Europe.

After finishing high school at the age of seventeen, Igor's father passed away. This stage in Igor's life was not easy for the young, talented athlete. Without doubt, his father was sure in the talent of his one and only son. With time, Igor understood that dance was the outlet that helped him fill the emptiness that consumed him after this tragedy.

Aside from training and competing for his own athletic career, Igor began getting involved with the careers of the younger generations. He began instructing Juvenile, Junior, and Youth dancers at Andrey Piskarev's Karnaval Dance Studio in his hometown where he led group classes of technique, musicality, and performance skills to prepare students better for competition. The dancers he instructed went on to win and place in the finals of some of the top Championships in Ukraine.

While training, competing, and instructing, Igor also attended the Chernivtsi National University where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.


At the age of twenty-one, Igor received an O1 visa (visa for extraordinary talent) and traveled to the United States to further excel in his career as an athlete as well as an instructor. While training in a studio, Igor met Michelle-Angela Blank, with whom he would continue his competitive career representing the USA.

As soon as Igor and Michelle 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, a free-access, free-content Internet encyclopedia of Ballroom Dancing.

Igor and Michelle also started working on a new venture known as 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 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.

Igor is certified as a Professional Instructor under the North American Dance Teachers Association (NADTA) in the International Style Latin division. He instructs all levels and age groups of competitive dancers from juveniles to seniors at locations including Spotlight Dance Center and Medford Fitness.

Trained With

Throughout her dancing career, Michelle has had the opportunity to train with some of the top coaches of the industry including 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 and Katusha Wilder, Melanie LaPatin, Michael Wentink, Andrej Skufca, Melinda Torokgyorgy, and Rickey Geiger.



Currently, Igor's elite team of instructors include Vladimir Karpov, Maria Manusova, Eugene Katsevman, Allan Tornsberg, Vibeke Toft, Andrei Gavriline, and Elena Kryuchkova with whom he continues expanding his competitive career.

Dance Partners

Since relocating to the United States in 2015, Igor Golovach has partnered with Michelle-Angela Blank. They currently compete in the Amateur International Latin division, representing the United States of America.

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. In May of 2017, the 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.


As the year of 2018 kicked off, Igor and Michelle took first place at the Islanders DanceSport Challenge in the Amateur Latin division.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education (Chernivtsi National University)

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