OPEN PROFESSIONAL SMOOTH CHAMPIONS:
Grand National Champions
Eastern US Champions
Blackpool Open Professional Smooth Semi-finalsts
3 time Yuletide Ball Champions
3 time Washington Open Champions
Northcoast Classic Champions
St. Louis Star Ball Champions
Commonwealth Classic Champions
Ultimate DanceSport Champions
Capital DanceSport Professional Basic Champions
United States National Professional Rising Star Finalists
2 time American Style representatives in Australia
Certified teachers and full members of NADTA and AIDA
Kirill and Daria met at a Dance Factory Saturday night dance in 2009. Kirill was running the party and Daria came with friends to dance socially. They had a foxtrot together and the rest is history! Well, not yet… it was only half a year later when they started dating. At that time both of them had professional dance partners, but they managed to combine their successful dance careers with their personal lives. In 2010 while in Russia, Kirill proposed to Daria. She said yes!
Wanting to make dancing a big part of their life together, Kirill and Daria decided to dance and compete together in the American Smooth division. They became professional partners in late 2011. Their first dance season 2012 was very successful. They traveled across America attending over 15 competitions, winning several titles and becoming US National Pro Rising Star Finalists. Kirill and Daria continued to compete in 2013 and 2014 winning competitions in both pro rising star and open pro categories and becoming 2013 Eastern US Professional Champions and – in October 2014 Grand National Professional Champions!
Daria and Kirill married in June 2012. The reception was held at Dance Factory and the wedding itself traveled all around Washington DC.
In 2017 Daria and Kirill became first time parents welcoming their son Danny to the world. And in 2019 – a daughter Karina.
Now a family, Kirill and Daria enjoy teaching and competing together. Daria and Kirill delight in sharing their dance knowledge and passion for American style Smooth and Rhythm with their students.
Off the dance floor Kirill and Daria love to travel, play outdoor sports and go camping. With their children and their awesome dog, LUCA, of course. And on the dance floor they are a fun, creative, caring and passionate dance team!
Born in Togliatti, Russia, Daria always loved to dance and perform. She studied Ballet, Modern, Folk, and Ballroom dance at Togliatti Academy of Art receiving a Bachelor Degree of Education and Fine Arts. Her dance career started in the dance group Feeria. Aside from dancing herself, Daria also worked at a children’s performing art school teaching kids their first easy and fun dances. As a choreographer she created show numbers for a children and teen modeling agency, receiving several prestigious titles in competitions around Russia as well as abroad. Performing, teaching and competing have been her passion for the last 14 years.
In 2005, Daria arrived in the United States and joined an Arthur Murray studio. Daria quickly became one of the most beloved instructors at the studio: teaching everyone from beginners and wedding couples to pro/am competitors creating formation performances, traveling with her students to numerous competitions and becoming top teacher at multiple events. Daria also competed professionally in the American Rhythm and Smooth divisions at Arthur Murray competitions.
In 2010 Daria joined Dance Factory and started training to compete at NDCA professional events. In her first year she became Atlantic Coast Championships Open Professional Smooth Finalist.
Daria is certified with honors by NADTA in American Rhythm and Smooth. She teaches children, beginners, wedding couples and, competitive students and dances at pro/am events all over the country.
Originally from Tallinn, Estonia, Kirill started dancing Latin and Standard at the age of 8. For 10 years he participated in numerous competitions in Europe and Asia. After pausing his competitive career at 18, Kirill passed Estonian dance teacher examinations and became a coach for kids at the biggest dance school in Tallinn. He taught kids their first dance steps and preparing them for their first competitions. Kirill also organized studio showcases and emceed the events.
Kirill came to the US in 2005 to work at Dance Factory. He soon realized that ballroom dancing is truly what he loves doing. Kirill participated in every studio showcase and became involved in the USISTD Medal Test System. Then it was time to return to competitive ballroom. In 2008 Kirill started training in American Smooth to compete professionally in the US. He loved this style that was new to him and within couple years became Open Professional Smooth North American Champion, Atlantic Coast Champion and Ohio Star Ball Pro Rising Star Champion. In 2016, after a very successful Ohio Star Ball with his students, Kirill was named Ohio Star Ball Top Rising Star Teacher
Kirill has a degree in International Economics and Business Administration from Tallinn University of Technology. He is certified with honors by ISTD and NADTA . He enjoys teaching beginners and competitive students as well as dancing at pro/am events all over the country.