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Ivan Sovetov & Valeria Mkrtchian

Ivan and Valeria arrived to USA in 2016. Prior to coming to the US, they didn’t dance together in Russia and started their careers as a professional Latin couple while in the States. They began as teachers for the Syracuse Fred Astaire Dance Studio, where they met under the watchful eye of Vlad Ivanov. During this short period of time, they have already won a National Dance Championship and a few other important competitions. This couple is on fire! Not only do they teach hundreds of classes a week, they also find time to travel nationwide!

Ivan started dance when he was 5 years old in Saint Petersburg, Russia. During his dancing in Russia, he won everything possible and was in almost every final at the Regional, National and International levels. He is:

  • Latin & 10-Dance Finalist at the Russian Championship
  • Winner of North-West federal district in Ballroom and Latin
  • Latin Finalist at the Finland Open Championship
  • 10-Dance Finalist at the German Open Championship
  • Master of Sport of Russian Federation

 Valeria started dance in Russia when she was also 5 years old. She fell in love with the dancing from the first practice in a ballroom. Valeria won Russian Championship in Team Competitions across the country. During her dancing career in Russia, she was:

  • Latin Finalist at the Blackpool Dance Festival
  • 3rd place in 10-Dance at the German Open Championship
  • 2nd place in Latin at the Italian Open Championship
  • Latin Finalist at the Austrian Open Championship
  • Ballroom, Latin, & 10-Dance Finalist at the Russian Open Championship
  • Master of Sport of Russian Federation

Together they have been achieving great results, and don't plan on stopping any time soon!

  • United States National Professional 9-Dance Champions
  • 5x Fred Astaire National and World 9-Dance and Show Dance Champions
  • Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Professional American Smooth Champions
  • Emerald Ball Open American Smooth Finalists
  • 2x Runner-up at the United States National Professional Latin Show Dance Championships
  • Ohio Star Ball 9-Dance Champions


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