DC DanceSport Academy is an elite Latin and Ballroom dance studio in Fairfax, VA.
Run by internationally accredited performer and adjudicator Lydia Petrigova, and 10-Dance Estonian Amateur Champion, Vladislav Robatsenko, we offer elite 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.
Owner and Creative Director
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
Head Dance Instructor
Excellence, integrity, and a sincere passion for Ballroom and Latin dance made Vladislav Robatsenko the perfect addition to the DC DanceSport Academy professional team of instructors. Vladislav brought 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 won his first DanceSport title as National Estonian Champion at the age of 12. Throughout Vladislav’s dance career in Estonia he continued his competitive stronghold earning the title of National Estonian Amateur Champion a total of 13 times.
Vladislav active, successful teaching career begun in 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Vladislav instructed dancers of all ages and levels, while passionately cultivating the abilities of his students to dance and compete in Pro-Am events. He also earned the honorable title of Best Teacher of the Year, from the largest children’s dance school in Russia.
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. His achievements are listed below.
National Estonian 10 Dance Champion
Estonian Latin Champion
Baltic Rising Stars Latin Championship Finalist
Russian Youth U-21 Championships 10-dance Vice Champion
Russian National Closed Championships (Latin) Vice Champion
Island Fantasy Ball International Open Championship (Canada) Finalist