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Mariya Vysotskaya

Mariya Vysotskaya is a champion professional ballroom dancer, instructor, coach and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond, which has taught thousands of young people the value of teamwork and discipline as they learn to lead, follow and succeed through the art of ballroom dance. Mariya is a native of Kaliningrad, Russia. She competes as a professional, teaches, both adults and children and coaches to the current United States Amateur Champions. Mariya’s greatest joy is helping children, particularly those who may face disadvantages, know that through hard work they can succeed. Mariya says that when two people move across the floor to beautiful music, they are sharing their humanity. Being able to see past race, position, language, size, and focus on the humanity of another person is a skill that will prepare our children to take their place in a complex and diverse world. Continue Reading

Pierre Dulaine

Showdance champions and Broadway dance couple Pierre Dulaine & Yvonne Mareeau founded the American Ballroom Theater Company (ABrT) in 1984 and established the company”s educational arm, Dancing Classrooms, in 1994. Internationally renowned performers and teachers, Dulaine & Marceau are four-time winners of the British Exhihition Championships, earned tbe 1993 Dance Magazine Award, and received the 1989 – 1990 Astaire Award for Best Dancing on Broadway, in the roles they created and choreographed as the mellifluous couple in Tommy Tune”s Grand Hotel.

Most recently their influence has extended into films, with the major motion picture Take The Lead. The film, starring Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, was inspired by Pierre”s teaching experience in schools.

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