This Bulgarian descendant has made his dancing career a priority. His technical education could not compete with his love for dance and a desire to share and teach his passion for dance to students of all ages. Ivan began dancing as a youth in Bulgaria to overcome shyness. It worked! After moving to the U.S. and becoming an American citizen he gave up a technical career to become a highly rated dance instructor and studio manager in the Tampa Bay Area. During his 35 years of dance he has very successfully competed worldwide both in the pro/am and pro divisions and has performed locally.
Some of his accolades include:
• Top Teacher Award – Fred Astaire World Dance Competition, Puerto Rico, 2014
• Most Lessons Taught in Tampa Bay Area, 2014
• Top Guest Getter, 2011
• First Place Professional Division, 2015
Today, Ivan is the owner of Dance Passion Studio in Saint Petersburg. Being proud of his dance journey and accomplishments, Mr. Grigorov encourages his staff to always strive for excellence while sharing their joy and knowledge of dancing.
Thibault was raised in France, where he was first exposed to ballet and classical theatre as it is customary to have such formal training included in the French school curriculum. Having a fascination with Ballroom dancing and the positive impact it has on people’s lives he decided he wanted to teach the art form to others. He received his DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association) certification in Rhythm and Smooth as recognized by the National Dance Council of America. His passion for Ballroom drives him to work towards his next certification. In addition to teaching ballroom, Thibault enjoys dancing socially and competitively. He also regularly performs ballroom and lyrical dances in showcases with students and staff. He strives to make learning fun with his students watching them grow in poise and confidence.