I started dancing at the age of 6 and as a child competed in local, national and international Old Time, Ballroom and Latin American competitions. I returned to dancing during my time at university, where I studied for my BSc in Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics. For many years I combined senior management roles in the IT industry with competitive dancing. Linda and I met on the competition circuit, partnered each other in 1982 and married in 1984.
I started dancing at the age of 5 with the ISTD at a school in Worcester Park. After completing my medals I decided that I wanted to compete, and commenced competitive dancing at 17.
JOHN & LINDA - DANCING TOGETHER
Together we won a number of significant amateur Ballroom and Latin American events, including the prestigious London Cup. We were Ballroom and Latin American British Team members. We turned professional in 1992 qualifying as teachers with the ISTD in 1993/4. In 1996 Linda turned full time professional followed by John in 2004.
I started dancing at the age of 5 and have competed since 2005. With my first partner I was British no. 1 in both Ballroom & Latin American in both the Juvenile (under 12 years) and Junior (12-16 years) and was England's selected world representative many times. I achieved a 1st class Masters degree in Mathematics at the University of Surrey in 2015 and a doctorate in Mathematics there in 2020. I met Nika at the end of 2012. We became dance partners in 2013 when she moved to the UK and were married in 2017.
I am originally from Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the UK in 2013 to study and partner with Michael. We have a very successful dancing partnership which became a partnership for life when we were married in August 2017. In 2018 I achieved a 1st Class Honours Business Management Degree at Kingston University.
MICHAEL & NIKA - DANCING TOGETHER
Our dancing partnership has been amazingly successful from the start in 2013. During 2013/14, as international Youth competitors, we were winners of the British National, Closed UK, Embassy Ball (USA), Galaxy & Europa Imperial, British Open and World Youth Ballroom championships. We have been regular finalists in the British National and Closed UK Amateur Ballroom championships and in 2019, were finalists in the European Amateur Ballroom Championship.
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