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.
Monika was born and raised on Anna Maria Island Florida. When she was six her mom signed her up for her first ballet class and she loved it. All though elementary school and middle school Monika danced primarily ballet. In high school she joined the Manatee Ballroom Club which changed her life. She immediately fell in love with all the various styles of latin and smooth dance. Ballroom dancing helped her get over her fear of partner dancing, and be able to express herself in ways ballet never allowed. She loves competing because of the elegance and trust it has instilled in her. Outside of dancing Monika is a student at USFSP majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. In her free time she enjoys fostering dogs and cats from Friends of Strays animal shelter.
This born and raised Floridian has been ballroom dancing for 10 years. Attending Manatee School for the Arts to pursue Guitar, he wanted to learn how to Waltz for whenever he got married.
This is where his love for ballroom began and evolved throughout the many years of ongoing classes. Within his 7 years of schooling, he has been in local competitions and performed many showcases to the public. After graduating he felt a lack of confidence from no longer dancing and had no problem picking it back up from where he left off.
Immediately after being involved with Dance Passion Studios, his love for dance continues to grow, along with his confidence and self esteem.
Now he wants to share his passion for dance with anyone interested in learning the skill.