Ilya Barmotin started his dancing career at the age of nine. Very quickly, Ilya became a top junior competitor winning major events in the United States and Canada. As a youth and amateur dancer, he continued his successful dancing career, reaching the finals of all major North American Championships. He then went on to successfully represent the United States in Europe, placing in the top 10 at the International Championships in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, he was a featured dancer in many shows and festivals including performances in nationally televised commercials and on TV shows such as “Good Morning America”. After retiring from his competitive career as a dancer, he turned his focus on teaching others and successfully translating his own success to his students. As an instructor, Ilya has a great passion for helping couples make sure their wedding dance is memorable and is the most caring yet informative teacher one could hope for.