DC DanceSport Academy is an elite Latin and Ballroom dance studio in Fairfax, VA.
Run by internationally accredited performer and adjudicator Lydia Petrigova, and her team of internationally accredited dance instructors, 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.
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 National Dance Teachers Association of America (NDTA) 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
2019 Pro-Am Open Smooth World Vice-champion
2019 Pro-Am Open Smooth US National Champion
2019 Pro-Am Open Smooth US Open to the World Champion
Two Times 2009 World Pro-Am Open Latin Champion
“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
“I can’t say enough good things about the studio, the coaches, the owner, the staff, and the quality of training. Truly superb experience all around! From a nice, clean studio with the highest quality dance floor, to courteous and friendly staff, to a variety of the best coaches in the world. You can expect to see world champions from any style, age, and background teaching here on a regular basis. And, if you truly want to learn how to dance and dance your best for any occasion, then you have to come to DCDA. You will be well taken care of from the very first second, and you will find a second home in this studio. Whether you are a competitor or are just looking to prepare for a social event (or wedding), give Lydia and her team a try. You won’t regret it!” – Denitsa R.
“Best dance studio I’ve ever been a part of. The instructors are top-notch, teaching lots of technique and fun moves in advanced classes. The students make a great community, it’s always a pleasure to practice together with strong dances. The studio itself is beautiful, has gorgeous space, really nice floor, two walls of mirrors, and no columns! I’ve been dancing here since the studio opened, and it’s a pleasure to see how it grows.” – Ksenia P.
“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.