Anna's Articles

My trip to Midwest last weekend was a blast! St. Louis and Nashville - you rock! As always had an incredible time working with all of you guys! Your dedication and eagerness to learn makes my job so easy and FUN! Thank you Alexandr Borodko and David Hamilton for hosting me and taking such good care of me! ❤️

Fun fun fun judging DCDI!! Collegian spirit is the best!!  The amount of participants was impressive. In some events we had to pick 68 couples out of 5 heats into the next round! That was a mental workout 🙂 I was pleased with improvement of overall quality of dancing. Especially in Latin division. It seems like couples are onto the right thing: feet, legs, body action and not too much "Hollywood"

It was so much fun judging Paragon Open in NJ! Very friendly competition with great atmosphere! Andrei Gavriline and Elena Kryuchkova did an amazing job decorating the ballroom, making sure everyone is comfortable and having good time! Saturday night was Halloween Night: Witches, Men on Stilts, Candy Girls.. Judges in Costumes.. 🙂 Everyone had a blast!!! Well done organizers!

The theme of last week, wherever I went (coaching Monday in Chicago, or my weekly Tuesday Workshops in Fairfax Virginia, or my regular coaching in DC) - RIB CAGE. We seem to hear so much about it and still are confused as to what to do with it. While everybody finds their ribs in different ways: by opening them, by closing them, by rolling them, by inhaling, by isolating, - the truth is

It was great to visit my first American home Chicago. That is where (more precisely to North West Indiana) I moved from my home country Belarus in 2000. I saw many of my old friends from the area - it was so sweet!! Many of my students were dancing which made it especially interesting for me to judge. Overall I was pleased with quality of dancing at this competition. Particularly Professional Smooth

It was a great pleasure to be judging Embassy Ball! Well done McDonald family: Brian, Kristi, Gary and Jason - superbly organized competition, beautiful venue Hotel Irvine, very friendly atmosphere, lots of fun for all participating and most importantly some very lovely dancing in all three categories: Professional, Amateur and Pro-Am. Congratulations to all winners and to all those who are happy with their result. To those who didn't win

Just watched Foxtrot by John Wood and Anne Gleave at Star Dance Championships 2016 ( This is the example of the most exquisite timing in Foxtrot! I could watch it over and over again. The real thing!!!

It was great to be judging at Embassy Ball! Some lovely dancing out here in all three categories: Pros, Amateurs and Pro-Am. Congratulations to all winners and to all those who are happy with their result. To those who didn't win - this competition will go under your belt as irreplaceable experience and will help you achieve your goal in a future. Remember you can not succeed if you haven't

This year I was invited to judge presigious Embassy Ball in Irvine, California! Thank you McDonald family for having me! It was a blast spending a week in beautiful California! For me it was a combination of business and pleasure! My family were with me and we had so much fun! I haven't been here for few years and it was such a surprise how much newer and prettier everything was!

The Waltz workshop yesterday at DC Dance Academy went great!! Lots of new faces as well as many dear old loyal friends. FOUR major topics: Posture/Frame, Connection, Movement, Musicality. In Posture - 4 way Frontal Zigzag, Side Diagonal and 3 way Rotary Torsion made a hit! Interesting that again and again ladies are reluctant to do the appropriate amount of Sway when setting up in position. Which puts the other two