The best dance education starts with teachers who are also dancers – and excel at both!
Oksana & Yuriy Shelkovyy
Oksana Ivanova-Shelkovyy and Yuriy Shelkovyy have earned their reputations as skillful, knowledgeable, and professional teachers who motivate students through every level of dance instruction. They are also active competitive dancers who represent Canada in the Professional category, at the most prestigious and hotly-contested dance competitions across North America. Oksana and Yuriy have amassed the following professional dance titles; with more to come:
- Canadian Professional 10 dance (Ballroom and Latin) Champions
- 6 times Canadian Representatives to the World Professional Dance Championships in Professional
- Canadian Professional International Standard Bronze Medalists
- Canadian National Professional Latin Finalists
As teachers as well as dancers, Oksana and Yuriy Shelkovvy know that constant training and practice is the key to success. This is why they train with some of the world’s most renowned, top-class dance coaches. They never cease working to improve their own skills; both as educators and dancers. It is this commitment to artistic excellence and ongoing learning that Oksana and Yuriy pass onto their students at Dance With Us Ottawa; no matter what the student’s age or skill level. They were also involved in dance scenes of the following movies: Get Smart and Funky Town.
Ilya Maletin is a champion, finalist, or runner up of numerous Canadian, US, and European National and International professional Latin Dance competitions.
- Winner and finalist of many National and North American Professional Latin Championships
- 1st – La Classique du Quebec 2013
- 1st – Can-Am DanceSport Gala Professional in 2012
- 1st – Canadian Open Latin in 2011
Spring 2016 – with his accomplished dance partner Polina Mayer, he was classified among the best 45 professional dancers in the world at the Blackpool Dance Festival. Ilya’s dance journey began at the age of seven in Russia. Under the guidance of Russian dance masters, he showed a lot of talent, true enthusiasm and perseverance and quickly became one of the best dancers in the country in his age category. In 2008, shortly after graduation from Radiotechnical University in Ekaterinburg in Russia, he immigrated to Canada to continue his true passion of dancing. Currently he travels extensively in North America to train and competes at professional level. As a professional dancer he continuously improves and updates his skill of dancing and dance teaching by interaction with the word’s top dancers like Shirley Ballas. Having won many titles he has proven to be a truly talented dancer and also presented himself as an excellent dance teacher for children and adults.
Ramon Medina Rosales
Ramon joined the Dance With Us Ottawa teaching staff in 2012. His speciality includes Cuban style Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue, as well as other Caribbean Club dances. Ramon most recently was a performer and choreographer at Club de Animation Colonial in Cuba, where he dances Salsa, Salsa Rueda, Meringue, Rumba, Bachata, and Jazz in nightly shows. Ramon has been a choreographer and instructor in Cuban Style dance since 2001 in Cuba, performing in night clubs, resorts, and other venues to the delight of tourists and nationals alike!
All of our Professional Teaching staff are available for private, semi-private, and group lessons. Disciplines include: International Latin and Standard, American Smooth and Rhythm, Social Ballroom and Latin, and Club dances such as Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue.
You can also book our professionals for Wedding Dance Choreography, performances, exhibitions, and Corporate or other special events.
Step In, Dance Out!