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.
Sarah Johnston was born in Indiana, but raised in Bradenton, Florida. Sarah graduated from the University of Florida in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Minor in Theatre.
She discovered her passion for music and theatre at a young age, but the love of dance came much later after finding a salsa dance club in college. Sarah soon began to teach salsa to her peers, and discovered ballroom soon after. Sarah’s belief that dance can change and enrich lives is the passion that fuels her dedication to teach dance to others. Her goal in dance is to pass on as much knowledge and love for the arts as possible, and help people to gain confidence both on and off the dance floor.
Bryan Kulak, a Saint Petersburg, Florida local, was always known for putting on little dance performances for his friends and family. In his adult life he rediscovered this passion for dance when, on a whim, he took a some dance classes in college. He has performed on stage a couple times with Comotion Dance Theater as well as a few plays with Saint Petersburg College. Dance has even saved Bryan’s life on multiple occasions when things have gotten hard. 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 and 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 and find exactly what they need to get out of dance!