I was born and raised in Poland and at the age of seven fell in love with dancing. It became my career. I am currently a professional dancer, dance teacher, coach, and choreographer. I am also an accredited USISTD Examiner, with a Fellowship in Ballroom and Licentiate in Latin, American Smooth and Rhythm. I am also a national (NDCA) and international (WDC) Adjudicator.
I bring a long history of dance education to my profession. I trained in Poland but learned most of my skills in London, England, where I lived and studied for 10 years with the finest coaches in the world. The biggest influences on my dance career have been Peter Eggleton, Bill and Bobbie Irvine, Marcus and Karen Hilton, Andrew Sinkinson, Luca and Loraine Baricchi, and Pierre Allaire.
With my former competitive partner Robert Kubis, I traveled across Europe, the United States, and Asia competing in numerous international competitions, including the British Open, United Kingdom, and International Championship. We also competed in the open dance championships in Poland, Japan, the United States, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.
Our most notable achievements included:
• Polish National 10-Dance Championship finalists
• Represented Poland on the BBC program “Come Dancing”
• Canadian Open Championship runners up
• Winners of almost every Rising Star title in the United States
• 4-time semi-finalists at U.S. National Dance Championships
In 1997, Robert and I were invited by Arthur Murray Dance Studios in the United States to work in one of their schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have since become a U.S. Citizen, and made Michigan my home.
In 2005, we became the owners and managers of the Come Dancing Dance Studio in Saline, Michigan (comedancingstudio.com). This studio continues to attract all levels of dancers.
In 2012, I decided to build upon my successes and leave Come Dancing to become an independent instructor, adjudicator, and examiner. I now teach at the Dance Pavilion in Ypsilanti, Michigan (thedancepavilion.com), and at Dance Elite in West Bloomfield, Michigan (eliteballroom.com). I continue to dance competitively in partnerships with my students, and perform in showcases at every opportunity. I have been rewarded with a large number of students in the region and am devoted to helping each student achieve his or her goals. My teaching style tends to focus on technique and its nuances. One of my favorite methods of teaching is to “link” information between dances. An example of this is clarifying how the footwork of the heel pull changes between waltz, foxtrot, and quickstep.
I also recognize how important it is for students to learn and understand body mechanics. I completed the 2016/17 Franklin Method course in London, England, and now bring my knowledge to develop my students’ awareness of balance, strength, and flexibility. Improving these qualities in harmony allows students to be more relaxed, musical, expressive, and artistic in their dancing.
Outside of dance, I like to travel and hike, and put my effort into a worthy cause.
In 2014 I hiked the 500-mile Way of St. James in France and Spain (El Camino de Santiago) to raise money for charity.
Every year I also organize “Dancing for Goodness’ Sake,” a charity ball for Helping Hands Touching Hearts.