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#IDSEliteTeam - Amateur Ballroom

PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM / PROFESSIONAL LATINAMATEUR BALLROOM / AMATEUR LATIN / TEN-DANCE / AMERICAN SMOOTHYOUNGSTERS / SENIOR / WHEELCHAIR

Kyle Taylor & Izabela Skierska flagicon-england.png

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Kyle & Izabela started dancing together in 2014 and joined our #IDSEliteTeam in 2019. Glamorously, they met in the McDonalds in Blackpool and whilst Kyle was quick to ask for a tryout, Izabela left Kyle 'blue-ticked' for two weeks because she was on the beach!

In January 2020 they became UK Open Champions in Amateur Ballroom, their first major win having been consistent visitors to the podium across all of the majors. This is their best and proudest achievement though they'll never forget making their first Blackpool final together.

In the partnership, whilst Kyle is responsible for the choreography, it's Izabela who's the more creative on the artistic side. Kyle loves the Tango whilst Izabela most enjoys the Foxtrot.

Away from dance, Kyle does like football but as his team is Everton, he much prefers shopping instead. Izabela is very much into fashion, learning from watching inspirational biographies and both fancy themselves as chefs in the kitchen!

Kyle wears our famous 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Izabela wears our 'ICS RoundToe' in both Flesh Satin and White Satin, choosing the sleek and elegant 2.5" 'Ultra Flared' heel, which is a thinner version to our popular and traditional 'IDS' flared heel. Click here to follow Kyle on Instagram, and click here to follow Izabela.

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Igor Reznik & Mariya Polischuk flagicon-ukraine.png

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Igor & Mariya are one of the most promising young couples in the world and are well ahead of their time as they have already cemented their place in the Amateur Ballroom's top three at major competitions over the past few years.

They joined our #IDSEliteTeam in 2015, a year when they won both the Under 21 Ballroom and Amateur Rising Star Ballroom at Blackpool - at the ages of just 17 & 15! Since then it has been a rapid rise to the top and they're in every competition looking to finish in first place, having recently been coming so close to their first major competition win.

Igor wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Mariya wears our 'ICS RoundToe' style in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. Click here to follow Igor on Instagram and click here to follow Mariya.

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Si Cheng Li (Eric) & Liis End flagicon-china.png

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Eric wears our 'Tango' style in Black Patent because he prefers the stable feeling rather than flexibility. Liis wears our 'ICS SuperStar' in both Flesh Satin and White SatinClick here to follow Eric on Instagram and click here to follow Liis.

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Artem Kuklin & Alika Dikaya flagicon-ukraine.png

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After first being introduced at a training camp, Artem & Alika begun dancing together in 2014 and straight away begun to occupy podium spots in youth competitions across their native Ukraine. Despite their favourite dance being the Cha Cha, they've risen to the very top level of the Amateur Ballroom competition, establishing themselves as regular finalists in the majors! Whilst they still have a lot of history to write, their proudest achievement to date is their Blackpool Under 21 Ballroom win in 2017, a year when they also won in the Blackpool Amateur Rising Star Ballroom! They also recall their first Amateur Ballroom final, at the International Championships in the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, as one of their greatest dancing memories.

Artem wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Lika wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Artem on Instagram by clicking here, follow Lika by clicking here and follow their joint account by clicking here

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Jia Nan Peng (Phillip) & Jia Ci Zhong (Joanne) flagicon-china.png

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Phillip & Joanne joined our #IDSEliteTeam in 2018 and are part of an extremely talented generation of Chinese Ballroom dancers. They won the Amateur Rising Star Ballroom in Blackpool in 2014 and have since become regular finalists in the major competitions throughout the world having made their first Blackpool Amateur Ballroom final in 2018.

Their favourite dance is the foxtrot and in their spare time back in their hometown in Beijing, Joanne is a keen reader and Phillip likes to play games online!

Phillip wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Joanne wears our 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin.

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Alex Gunnarsson & Ekaterina Bond flagicon-iceland.png

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Alex wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Ekaterina wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Alex on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Ekaterina.

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Alex wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Leanne wears our popular 'ICS SuperStar' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Alex on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Lenanne.

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Dima Moroz & Kristina Kuzenko flagicon-ukraine.png

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This promising young couple from Ukraine have achieved a lot since beginning their partnership in late 2018, winning the Under 21 Ballroom competition at Blackpool in 2019 which is something they say that they will never forget. They were paired together by their coaches having danced in the same team in Ukraine. Dima likes the Quickstsp, Kristina likes the Foxtrot and outside of dance they both study Programming at University!

Dima wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Kristina wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Dima on Instagram by clicking here, Kirstina by clicking here and their partnership account by clicking here.

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Angelo Gaetano & Clarissa Morelli flagicon-usa.png

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After splitting from previous partners, Angelo & Clarissa were recommended to have tryouts together in 2012 however they were both completely against dancing with each other! They did join up a few years later though and since then they've grown fantastically as a couple, winning the US National Championship in Amateur Ballroom in 2019, and making the Blackpool Semi-Final in 2017.

Their inspirations are Mirko Gozzoli and Alessia Betti, and away from dance, Clarissa is addicted to fitness whilst Angelo enjoys football.

Angelo wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Clarissa wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow them on Instagram by clicking here

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Danil Dobrovolskiy & Anastasiya Malovana flagicon-ukraine.png

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Since starting to dance together in 2016 it has been mostly success for this promising young couple, with the biggest achievement to date being their double win in Blackpool at the British Open in 2018 where they won both the Under 21 Ballroom and Amateur Rising Star Ballroom.

Danil is the bossiest, Anastasia is the most creative and their favourite dance is the Tango. In their spare time, Danil enjoys running, cycling, watching historic films and reading. Anastasia enjoys ballet, history, design and digital illustrating.

Danil wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Anastasiya wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Danil on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Anastasiya

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Dmitri Kolobov & Signe Busk 174-denmark.png

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Dmitri wears our 'Tango' in Black Patent and Signe wears our 'ICS SuperStar SingleStrap' design in both Tan Satin and White Satin. You can follow Dmitri on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Signe. Image here.

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Ilya Golovchenko & Kristina Bogoslavskaya flagicon-russia.png

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Ilya & Kristina were paired together back in 2011, having grown up in the same town near Moscow. Like a true team, the creative one in the couple is Ilya, whereas Kristina will help set the timing and character of their steps. Ilya's favourite dance is the Foxtrot, and for Kristina it's the Tango. Their best memories to date are making their first Semi Final at the Royal Albert Hall at the International Championships, and dancing a Blackpool Final.

They're inspired by videos of legendary dancers and they find it really important to not forget the origins of dancing. Outside dance, Kristina studies style and design and Ilya enjoys music production in addition to studying economics and finance.

Ilya wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Kristina wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Ilya on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Kristina.

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Marco Sirocchi & Dora Kilin flagicon-romania.png

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Marco wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Dora wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Marco on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Dora. Image here.

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Pasquale Farina & Sofie Koborg 174-denmark.png

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Pasquale and Sofie have been dancing together since 2010 and have been a part of our #IDSEliteTeam longer than most couples! Whilst Pasquale is the most bossy, Sofie is the most creative and their favourite dance is the Slowfox. Their best dancing memory is their first Semi-Final appearance at the European Championships in Copenhagen in 2018. They both like shopping, socialising with friends, fitness and yoga whilst Pasquale enjoys football too.

They love our shoes for the comfort and support they get and like that they can order narrower and wider shoes for the perfect fit. Pasquale wears our 'Pino' in Black Nubuck/Black Patent and Sofie wears our 'ICS Classic' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Pasquale on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Sofie.They have their own studio in Caserta, South Italy and you can click here for its Instagram page! Image here.

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Dmitri Pleshkov & Anastasia Kulbeda flagicon-russia.png

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Dmitri wears our 'Contra' in Black Lycra and Anastasia wears our 'ICS SuperStar SingleStrap' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Dmitri on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Anastasia. Image here.

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Egor Boldysh & Irina Averina flagicon-belarus.png

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Egor & Irina became our first ever #IDSEliteTeam representatives from Belarus when they joined our team in 2019. They begun dancing together in 2018 and have made a quick rise through the rankings since then. They enjoy the spontaneity of adding creative quirks into their routines and don't just enjoy Ballroom, they enjoy their Latin too!

Egor wears our 'Romeo' in Black Patent and Irina wears our 'ICS RoundToe SingleStrap' & 'ICS SuperStar SingleStrap' designs. You can follow Egor on Instagram by clicking herefollow Irina by clicking here and follow their shared account by clicking here. Image here.

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Bartlomiej Szkutnik & Agata Brychcy flagicon-poland.png

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Bartlomiej wears our 'Contra' in Black Lycra and Agata wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Bartlomiej on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Agata. Image here.

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Andrew Yefremchenkov & Anastasia Siabro flagicon-ukraine.png

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Andrew and Anastasia begun dancing together in September 2017 having been paired together by their teachers at the famous Team Maximum dance school in Ukraine. Whilst Andrew is the more creative one in the partnership, Anastasia is the more organised and their favourite dance is the Tango. Their best dance memories in their young, promising career is winning both the UK Open and Blackpool Amateur Rising Star Ballroom competitions, but humbly take most of their pleasure from the journey rather than simply the trophy itself.

Their inspirations include #IDSEliteTeam legends William Pino and Alessandra Bucciarelli as well as Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova, and Mirko Gozzolli and Alessia Betti. Being a part of our #IDSEliteTeam is so important to them that when proudly sewing the badge into the tail suit pocket during their first International Championships as part of our team, they were so excited to sew the badge in that when it came to being called to the floor, they realised that they could not insert the handkerchief into the pocket!

They appreciate the look of our shoes, saying they are stunning and fit perfectly and the comfort for them is really important when practicing and competing. Andrew wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Anastasia wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Andrew on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Anastasia.

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Yuriy Prokhorenko & Mariya Sukach flagicon-ukraine.png

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Yuriy & Mariya have been dancing together since 2004 in Kiev and have been part of the #IDSEliteTeam for longer than most. Whilst they were suited as a couple for their dancing style, Yuriy was very keen to begin the partnership because they lived very close to each other! Their fondest memory is making their first final, the Amateur Rising Star Ballroom final in Blackpool in 2013. 

Yuriy wears our 'Tango' in Black Patent and Mariya wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow them on Instagram by clicking here

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Earle wears our 'Tango' in Black Patent and Veronika wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe SingleStrap' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Earle on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow VeronikaImage here.

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Since a secret tryout in Kiev in December 2012, Michael & Nika have established themselves as one of the UK's most talented Ballroom couples, got married and got an adorable dog (Lola). Whilst Michael chased Nika, it was Nika that had to make the biggest commitment, leaving family, friends and school in Kiev to come and study and dance in the UK - something she describes as part of their fairytale!

Michael is the more creative, yet Nika keeps them grounded, thus making them a great team. Their best memory is winning the British Open Youth Ballroom Championship in 2014, a year after their first competition. Outside of dance, Michael has recently completed his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Surrey (and is actually now Dr. Michael Foskett!) whilst Nika completed a Business Management degree in 2018 and enjoys the creativity of cooking, drawing and doing any DIY!

Michael wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Nika wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Michael on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Nika

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Oliver Hand & Anastasiya Lisitsina flagicon-england.png

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Oliver and Anastasiya actually met in four different countries before deciding to dance together! That decision was made in Cervia, Italy and since then they've become one of the most promising couples in the United Kingdom. Their greatest achievement to date is winning the Under 21 European Championships and their inspirations include Steve and Carol Powell, and Augusto Schiavo and Lyn Marriner.  Away from dance they enjoy reading, sewing and knitting, drawing and video games.

They love their shoes for the look and the feeling of them simply being a second skin. Oliver wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Anastasiya wears our 'ICS RoundToe' style in both Flesh Satin and White SatinClick here to follow Oliver on Instagram and click here to follow Anastasiya.

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Peter wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Amelia wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Peter on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Amelia

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USA based Sasha & Anya have been dancing together since early 2018 and have covered much of the globe since then, competing in Asia and throughout Europe in addition to across the US. Whilst Anya might be seen as the bossiest, they're both contributing to the creative side of their dancing, with their favourite dance being the Foxtrot. Making their first German Open Rising Star Final is their highlight so far!

Away from the dance floor, Anya is a committed cat mum who enjoys shopping whereas Sasha likes to float between nature and video games. 

Alexandru wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Patent and Anna wears our 'ICS Classic' design in White Satin. You can follow Alexandru on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Anna. Image here

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Having come from the same dance school in southern Italy, Luciano and Adele's dance teacher paired them together in 2008 and they've since established themselves as one of the finest emerging talents in Youth and Under 21 Ballroom, proudly winning the WDSF German Open Championship Under 21 Ballroom in 2019, their greatest achievement to date.

They love to dance the German Open Championships, crediting the live orchestra there as their biggest source of energy along with the great atmosphere generated by a very lively audience. They have also spent time competing in Japan and their favourite dances are the Slow Foxtrot and Tango. Inspired by the elder generations of great dance champions and their coaches Pino Magnelli and Francesca Pietramale, they are a hardworking couple both in technical training and with stamina. Of our shoes, they love the high quality and freedom of a great variety in models and options for customisation.

Luciano wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Nubuck and Adele wears our popular 'ICS SuperStar SingleStrap' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Luciano on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Adele. Image here.

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Samuel wears our 'Contra Pro' in Black Nubuck and Katarina wears our popular 'ICS RoundToe SingleStrap' design in both Flesh Satin and White Satin. You can follow Samuel on Instagram by clicking here and click here to follow Katarina.