Jonathan and Oksana’s unique and exciting teaching style has allowed them to travel the world and share their passion with artists of many styles and ages. Oksana, born in Kharkov, Ukraine, gained world titles in the world of Latin Ballroom. Jonathan, born and raised in Orlando, Florida also gained titles such as a 2X World Salsa Champion and Bachata World Champion. They have been teaching for the MSA summer intensive THE CAMP for three years in a row and travel to teach master classes at studios in California, New Jersey, Utah and Florida. Jonathan and Oksana travel with Revel Dance Convention across the country and had the opportunity to teach in Canada’s hit SIDANSE Festival for four consecutive years. Among the many studios and workshops, they’ve had experiences working with celebrities such as Leah Remini, Zendaya, Michelle Visage, Ray Lewis, Juan Pablo Di Pace, and Elizabeth Berkley, just to name a few.
Jonathan and Oksana have been the resident salsa choreographers for So You Think You Can Dance for the past six years. Oksana’s intense knowledge of technique in Latin Ballroom landed her one of the original spots on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” as a troupe member and she moved on to become one of the Professionals on the UK’s number one show “Strictly Come Dancing”. Jonathan was a contestant on SYTYCD Season 5, and returned as a choreographer and an All-Star mentor on “The Next Generation” series. Together they’ve conquered Univision top show “Mira Quien Baila” as professionals and head choreographers again showcasing their exciting and acrobatic styles.
One of the main aspects of ballroom fusion that Oksana and Jonathan always want you to take away, is the technique of partnering. Being able to learn the art of partnering is a unique experience, as it is used so much in our industry. They focus on the art of communication between two people in the form of movement, understanding weight distribution and moving as one. Jonathan and Oksana both bring so many elements in their style- fusing it with cultural Latin dances such as salsa, bachata, merengue and also the technical side of Latin Ballroom such as samba, cha cha, rumba, paso doble, and jive- creating a fiery and magnetic form of teaching.