Cal Poly Mustang Ball - February 3, 2018

Ballroom & Latin DanceSport Competition

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Workshops & Private Lessons

On Sunday, February 21st, we will be holding two Latin workshops and private lessons in Chumash Auditorium with our professional showcase couple, Maksym Kapitanchuk & Elena Krifuks! We are offering some great deals for both the workshop and private lessons. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to obtain instruction and valuable dance insights from these top dance professionals!

Workshop Schedule

The topic of both workshops will be “Intensify your basics with different varieties and technique”. The first 45 minute class will cover International Rumba and the second will cover Samba.

Time Instructor Dance
11:00am - 11:45am Maksym & Elena Rumba
11:45am - 12:30pm Maksym & Elena Samba

These workshops will be useful to dancers of all levels. Knowledge of particular steps or figures will not be required. Both workshops will be held in the Chumash Auditorium in the University Union on campus.

Workshop Pricing

Prices Single class Both classes
Students $10 $15
Non-students $15 $20

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available with both Maksym Kapitanchuk and Elena Krifuks at the following low rates

Instructor Student Rate Non-student Rate
Maksym Kapitanchuk $50 $60
Elena Krifuks $50 $60

Rates are for a 45 minute lesson and are payable to the instructor at the lesson. Lessons are available on Sunday starting at 8:45am. Availability is limited, so please book your lesson early.


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Instructor Bios

Maksym Kapitanchuk

Maks started dancing at the age of seven at a prestigious ballroom dance school in Kiev, Ukraine. By the age of twelve, Maks had already become multiple times Latin and Standard champion of Ukraine, Blackpool Finalist, and champion of many other competitions in Europe. He has traveled all over to compete and perform shows in such countries as Russia, Georgia, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, England, Denmark, Holland, and America. At the age of 17, Maks was booked for a commercial for Coca Cola as well as roles in films. Maks completed his studies at the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts, with a Bachelors Degree in Choreography and Teaching all styles of dance . During this time, a famous and world known Ballet Master and Choreographer Aniko noticed him and asked Maks to be a part of her troupe to perform shows such as “Salute to Vienna” all over the World. Maks was interviewed in Ukraine and America about his journeys and successes. With competing in ballroom and performing for the ballet company, Maks was able to perfect his skills to such a high level that he was invited to America to perform in Florida at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and Palm Beach Opera House. Later, In 2009 Maks teamed up with Elena Krifuks to travel and represent America in ballroom competitions and shows.

Elena Krifuks

Elena Krifuks was born in Belarus and has been Dancing for over 15 years with a previous background in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Elena was NDCA National Finalist (held in BYU) from 2005-2008 and USA Dance Finalist since 2005 until turning professional in 2013. Elena has been regional Champion for California as well and representative at many national and international events. Together Maks and Elena work a lot with social and competitive students to develop their skills and knowledge on International Latin Dancing based on experiences they have had.