Olga Lazebnaya


Professional Overview: 


·         Professional Ballroom Dancers and Teachers with more than 20 years of experience.


·         Deep knowledge of Latin and Ballroom dance choreography.


·         Immense ability and understanding of different dance forms and music


·         Excellent communication skills


School of Liberal Arts » Performing Arts: Music, Dance and Theatre
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Professional Experience


·         2015-Present St. Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA. Ballroom Dance Teachers as a part of the Faculty at the Department of the Performing Arts.

·         2015-Present Allegro Ballroom, Emeryville, CA.  Artistic Directors of the Youth Ballroom Dance Program.

·         2014-Present Seven Hills School (K-8), Walnut Creek, CA. Teaching Ballroom Dance Classes as a part of the middle school PE curriculum and after school program.

·         2014-Present  SDA Sukachov Dance Academy as a part of Shan Yee Poon School of Performing Arts, San Francisco, CA. Master Ballroom Dance Teachers for Children, Youth and Adults.

·         2014-Present El Cerrito High School, El Cerrito, CA.  Ballroom Dance Master classes for the ECHS Dance Production Company.

·         2000-Present The Bay West Ballroom, San Rafael, CA. Master Ballroom Dance Teachers of Adult Program.

·         1995-Present Independent Ballroom Dance Teachers.  We have taught more than 100 couples including children, youth and adults (both amateurs and professionals).  Among our students, we had two U.S. National Champions and numerous professional couples placing as finalists at U.S. National Championships for four consecutive years.

·         2008-2014 Featured Principals in the World Tour of the Production Show “Invitation to Dance”, choreography by Louis Van Amstel, as seen on “Dancing With The Stars”.

·         2003-2008 Featured Principals in the Production Show “Que Noche” by JAR Production Company.

·         2000-2003 Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.  Ballroom Dance Teachers at the Annual College Team Summer Ballroom Dance Camp.  BYU, Provo, Utah. Ballroom Dance Teachers at the Annual BYU Adult Summer Ballroom Dance Camp.

Courses Taught


Department of Performing Arts

Ballroom Dancing

Performing Arts 070-02


This course introduces students to the art and sport of ballroom dancing as well as social dancing and to provide the necessary skills and understanding for an appreciation of the artistic, athletic, and social qualities of dance.  Throughout the course, students will learn various concepts surrounding dance including music, history of dance, culture, etiquette, and application in social settings as well as three different styles of dance: International Standard, International Latin and Social ballroom dancing.   In addition to being a rich learning experience, this course will be an enjoyable one!


Standard Dances:                     Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quick Step and Viennese Waltz.

Latin Dances:                           Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive and Paso Double.

Social Ballroom Dancing:        Salsa, Swing, Mambo.



·         1999 The Learning Chanel.

·         1998-2000 Good Live TV, Ballroom dance competitions.

·         1999-2002 PBS appearance in Ballroom Dance Championships series with Sandy Duncan and Ron Montes.

·         1995 Independent Film "Sweet Peas," Fairfax, CA.

·         2006 Book “From Ballroom to Dance Sport: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Body Culture” by Caroline Joan S. Picart.

·         2006 Book “Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry” by Julian McMaine.

Honors, Awards & Grants



·         1995 - 2003GrandFinalistsat all MajorUScompetitions

·         2000 - 2002inTop24WorldClassCouples

·         2002USNationalProfessionalLatin-AmericanTopCoupleoftheYear

·         1998-2002USNationalGrandFinalistandBronzeMedalist

·         2000 -2002 SemiFinalists, GermanOpenChampionships,Mannheim,Germany

·         1999-2002 OhioStarBallGrandFinalist

·         2001USTeamMatchrepresentativesatBlackpoolDanceFestival, England.

·         2000OhioStarBalloverallChampionsandShowDancewinners

·         2000GrandFinalist at Professional Dance Federation Championships,England

·         1999,2000,2003Top24Couples, UKChampionships,  Bournemouth,England

·         1999RisingStarFinalist, UKChampionships,Bournemouth,England

·         1997USNationalProfessionalRisingStarLatin-American  TopCoupleoftheYear

·         1997Championsof21consecutiveLatin competitionsinRisingStarDivision

·         1995UnitedStatesNationalLatinAmericanChampions

·         1991-1992Ukrainian Latin-American National Champions