Dance Passion Staff

Ivan Grigorov

Ivan Grigorov

Founder

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 Guest Getter, 2011
  • Top Teacher Award – Fred Astaire World Dance Competition, Puerto Rico, 2014
  • Most Lessons Taught in Tampa Bay Area, 2014
  • First Place Professional Smooth 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.

Sarah Johnston

Yuliana Chepurna

Dance Instructor

Yuliana is originally from Ukraine, and has been dancing for over 25 years. Her passion for dance can be traced back to her childhood, spending hours and days in the studio practicing and competing with her dance friends.  In 2005 her family moved to USA. Yuliana immediately got a position at one of the leading dance studios in Chicago.
Yuliana has become well known in the ballroom dance world as an instructor, competitor and performer. She loves to share her passion for dance with her students.  Yuliana thrives on seeing her students succeed.  She is known for pushing her students to go beyond where they even imagined possible. Her ultimate objective is to help her students achieve their dancing goals and be the best dancers they can be.
Bryan Kulak

Bryan Kulak

Social Media/ Marketing Director
Dance Instructor

Bryan is a Saint Petersburg, FL local. He was always known for putting on little dance performances for his friends and family. In his adult life he rediscovered this passion when, on a whim, he took a some dance classes in college. He has performed on stage a couple times with Comotion Dance Theater. He also was in a few plays with Saint Petersburg College Theater Department . Dance has even saved Bryan’s life on multiple occasions when things have gotten hard. It allowed him to escape the craziness of day to day life. He began using dance as a major stress relief and way to express himself in ways that words never could. Eventually, he found a home away from home in places that offer both line dancing and partner dancing.

As an instructor, Bryan is very in-tune with what his students want and need. He makes sure each person feels valued and cared for as they embark on the new adventure of dance. His playful nature and gentle energy leave people smiling and laughing as they feel the stress melt away. He hopes to offer others a fun relaxing way to express themselves. That way everyone can find exactly what they need to get out of dance!

Our Mission:

When Ivan first founded Dance Passion he wanted to give people a place to dance that made them feel like they were at home. He wanted them to feel completely comfortable and safe as they started learning how to dance. That way if they messed up, they know that they were still safe and supported by the staff and other students. But while being comfortable he also wanted the experience to be fun. That way everyone was smiling and laughing and enjoying every minute that they were here. As many of our students will tell you, this place really has become a second home for them. They are able to escape the craziness of everyday life and really shine as their true selves here. All while learning to dance and laughing and having an amazing time.

He also wanted to have a studio that felt like one big happy family. And in this family he wanted to have people of every background and from every walk of life. That way everyone could shine as exactly who they are, while still sharing the wonderful passion of dance! As you walk in the door everyone says hello and makes you feel like part of the Dance Passion Family! Your dance journey is super personalized to who you are as an individual and you learn the things that will make you feel as if you are a shining star! That way, no matter where you fit into the family, there is always a spot just for you.