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.
Luis Ramirez was born and raised in Venezuela, where he learned to dance street-style salsa and merengue at the age of 13. In 2001, Luis immigrated to the United States, where his interest in movement and fitness lead him to become a personal fitness trainer, as well as a group fitness trainer. His focus on high-intensity, cardio-based group classes became a favorite with clients of all ages. Luis was also a martial arts instructor at the time and holds a 2nd degree black belt.
Luis’ love of movement, music, and fitness came together after taking his first East Coast Swing class in 2013. He quickly became passionate about social dancing and took up Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Ballroom dance soon thereafter.
As a teacher, Luis’ strengths are patience and effective instruction, especially for brand new beginning dancers. His background in West Coast also makes him the perfect instructor for advanced dancers who are interested in improving their style and expression on the social dance floor. Luis’ main goal is to share the same joy of dance he experienced his first time dancing with all of his students, regardless of their skill level, and for them to take that love of dance with them wherever they go.