Dance has always been an important part of my life. I started out by doing ballroom dance at the age of 5. I really enjoyed learning different dances and participating in competitions, as well as beautiful dresses and hairstyles. There are two programs in ballroom dance in Russia -- standard and latin, known as International Standard and International Latin in the US -- each of which contains 5 dances. Standard program consists of Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, and Quickstep. Latin program consists of Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive.

Through ballroom dance I was exposed to a variety of other genres of dance: I did modern dance and ballet routines as part of my ballroom dance training. At the age of 16 I started taking belly dance classes. While in college, I choreographed 3 belly dance performances for a variety of events.