DC DanceSport Academy is an elite Latin and Ballroom dance studio in Fairfax, VA.
Run by internationally accredited performers and adjudicators Lydia Petrigova and Anna Mikhed, we offer dance classes for all ages. Our students come from all walks of life and range in age, background, and dance experience. We proudly offer a place for every dancer at the Academy – from the social dancer to those who wish to compete internationally.
Lydia is a world-class dancer, choreographer, and coach.
Lydia graduated with honors from St. Petersburg’s Humanitarian University with a degree in Dance Performance, Teaching and Choreography as well as having studied children’s physiology and psychology. Her focus areas are Ballroom, Latin, Ballet Character, and Jazz Dance.
Lydia has spent the last 20 years training dancers across the world. She established the very first children’s program in Minneapolis, MN and worked as the Artistic Director for the children’s dance schools Altair in St. Petersburg, Russia, and InterDance in the United States.
Lydia’s competitive dance record and expertise place her in the top echelons of ballroom dance. Her students have won international recognitions at shows and competitions throughout Russia, Europe, and the United States.
Lydia was trained by and has worked with many world famous coaches and choreographers. She is a member of the Russian Dance Union (RDU) and the National Dance Council of America (NDCA).
In addition to being a highly-regarded instructor, Lydia has won numerous competitive titles. Among them are:
US Open National Professional Ten Dance Finalist
Ohio Star Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
US Open Professional Rising Star Vice Champion
Youth European World Finalist
Two Times 2009 World Pro-Am Champion
April 2019 marks an exciting new era at DC DanceSport Academy! We are thrilled to announce that Vladislav Robatsenko will officially make DC DanceSport Academy his permanent dance home.
Excellence, integrity, and a sincere passion for Ballroom and Latin dance make Vladislav Robatsenko the perfect new addition to the DC DanceSport Academy professional team of instructors. Vladislav brings to DCDA an energetic, fresh perspective on European and Latin American dancing from his years of training, teaching, and competing in Europe and in his native country of Estonia.
Beginning to study dance at the age of nine years old, Vladislav’s talent was quickly noticed by renowned Estonian dance teacher, Jaan Siilak. At age 12, Vladislav won his first DanceSport title as National Estonian Champion. Throughout Vladislav’s dance career in Estonia he continued his competitive stronghold earning the title of National Estonian Champion a total of 13 times.
Ready for greater challenge and looking to experience the broader world of DanceSport, Vladislav moved to Moscow, Russia where he trained for two years with Alexei Silde and Anna Firstova, World Amateur Latin Champions. His move to Russia and time spent learning from champions proved successful as Vladislav became a finalist of several international competitions in Spain, Greece, Austria, Italy, Russia, and Finland.
In 2013, Vladislav moved to St. Petersburg, Russia where he became Vice Champion in the Closed National Championship of The Russian Dance Federation in 10-Dance. While living and competing in St. Petersburg, he concurrently began an active, successful teaching career marked by the many achievements of his students. Vladislav instructed dancers of all ages and levels, while passionately cultivating the abilities of his Amateur students to dance and compete in Pro-Am events.
In 2015, Vladislav was invited to Montréal, Canada to represent their country at various international competitions as both a professional dancer and a Pro-Am teacher. Vladislav’s time in Canada was especially memorable and fulfilling as he reached new levels of personal success in pushing himself to perform to his highest athletic and artistic capabilities; Also, successfully coaching dance couples and competing in Pro-Am events with his committed, hard-working students.
One year later, Vladislav returned to St. Petersburg where his expertise was once again highlighted as he earned the honorable title, Best Teacher of the Year, from the largest children’s dance school in Russia. During this time, Vladislav took great pride in nurturing his young students’ confidence, self-discipline, and passion for dance. Vladislav worked to inspire and instill in his youngest students a sense of determination, enthusiasm for facing challenges, and a personal belief in their own abilities; Qualities which they will carry with them into their future lives, on and off the dance floor.
Vladislav’s journey to Fairfax, Virginia has been an adventurous, inspiring one. In the Fall of 2018, Vladislav Robatsenko joined DC DanceSport Academy as a guest instructor, and eagerly jumped at the chance to become a permanent fixture of the DCDA team. Vladislav’s exciting new chapter with DC DanceSport Academy is undoubtedly the result of his personal work ethic, standards for excellence in all he does, and his boldness to seize life’s opportunities. An exemplary person and dancer, we are fortunate and proud to officially welcome him to our dance floor at DC DanceSport Academy.
“Dance Like Everyone’s Watching
When you walk into DC DanceSport Academy in Fairfax, VA you immediately feel like you’re in a special place. The strip mall location is understated, but inside the front door, you are treated to an immaculate dance studio. The suspended dance floor is pristine. The small office just inside the entrance is white – on white – on white. It’s flawless!
And to top it all off, the woman who owns, manages, and runs the studio is one of the best ballroom dancers in the world. That special feeling you feel when you walk in is no accident.
Lydia Petrigova grew up in Moldova, (part of the former Soviet Union) and began dancing at age 5. She immediately became one of the top students and competitive dancers in the largest dance schools. Her aspiration to dedicate her life to ballroom dancing and coaching resulted in Master’s Degree in Ballroom Dance Choreography from State University in St. Petersburg (Russia). She has competed her entire life to ballroom dancing and coaching – and has enjoyed the highest levels of success along the way.
Among her many honors, Lydia achieved:
– US Open National Professional Ten Dance Finalist
– Ohio Star Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
– US Open Professional Rising Star Vice Champion
– Youth European World Finalist
– Two Times 2009 World Pro-Am Champion
From the USSR to the USA
Lydia came to the US when she was invited to teach in St. Paul, MN. She didn’t expect to stay in the US as long as she did. Her training in the Soviet Union was high pressure and she found the US training to be more supportive and less pressure. She found value in both. She traveled back and forth during her career but never stopped competing. She eventually ended up on the East Coast and has taught in the DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area for several years now.
In February 2016, Lydia founded DC DanceSport Academy in Fairfax. It had long been a goal of hers to own and manage her own studio. In starting the business, Lydia has managed to create one of the top ballroom dance instructional programs in the entire Mid-Atlantic region of the US. Her students regularly compete and place highly in local, regional, and national competitions.
Lydia says that competition is a lifestyle and that everything goes to achieving greatness at the highest levels of competition. As a professional, she was spending a minimum of 4-6 hours practicing each day. It’s a drive and passion that she now puts into her students – many of whom are now achieving great things as well.” – Read Full Review on Fairfax Business Review
“DC DanceSport Academy offers excellent Latin and Ballroom dance instruction. After every class, special seminar or practice round, I leave inspired and motivated to keep working hard and improving. And I have the unique opportunity to learn directly from world-renowned coaches! Absolutely one of the best schools on the East Coast!” – Ana C.
“DC DanceSport Academy is truly the place where dreams come true! Within less than a year I transformed from a beginner with limited knowledge and minimal dance experience to a champion and finalist in all major competitions on the East Coast. I am eternally grateful to Lydia and her team for all the love, care, and support!” – Dee R.
“Mrs. Petrigova has an extensive knowledge of dance and is not only one of the best performers I have ever seen, but also an extraordinary teacher. Her high professionalism, outstanding talent, and bright personality make her one of the best experts in her field.” – Vladimir Pavlov (Professional Ballroom Dance Fellow, an Examiner for the Russian Dance Union, and a member of the International Dance Teacher’s Association)
“When I first met Lydia, I was considering giving up competing in Latin dancing. After working with her for a short time, I found my interest to be reignited. Her technical expertise, her flair for styling, and her passion for teaching helped accomplish a lot more on the dance floor. Working with her, I feel like the sky is the limit.” -Gary W.