During his time in the Ukraine, Yuriy has founded “Evrika”, a Ballroom Dance Studio.His students became winners of numerous National and International contests such as Blackpool competition in England (junior category), Czech Republic (juveniles and junior category), Poland and Germany. In addition to this commitment, Yuriy was the organizer of International Classification and Rating Ballroom Dance Sports Competition Severskiy Donets in 2001 and 2002.
In 2003, Yuriy Simakov and Oksana Klyuchnyk came to the USA and found a Ballroom Dance in the Raleigh and Durham, NC area. Their relationship later blossomed into marriage and they become proud owners of the CarolinaDance Studio in Raleigh and the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Durham, NC. Besides teaching how to dance, the couple is also still actively competing at the highest level all over the USA. Together, they bring their knowledge and excellence to the Triangle area in NC.
- Fred Astaire Smooth Champion
- US Rising Star Smooth winners and finalist: Heritage Classic 2007 (3rd Place), Carolina Classic 2007 (1st Place): Millennium Dance Sport 2007 (2nd Place): Atlanta Open 2007 (4th Place): Carolina Classic 2008 (2nd Place), Heritage Classic 2008 finalist, Manhattan Dance Sport Championship 2008 finalist.
- Open Smooth finalist: Puerto Rico (2006 2nd Place), La Classique du Quebec , Canada(3rd Place), 2007, Millennium Dance Sport finalist 2007, Atlanta Open 2008, Nashville Stars Dance Spectacular 2008, Mexico Open to the World (Mexico finalist, 2008)
- Fred Astaire Top Teacher in Regional & National Levels
- Top teacher Nationally, at the United States Championships
- Published in newspapers and magazines: Herald Sun, News and Observer, 15-501, and Skirt.
Dance Lessons Available in Raleigh, NC
We offer a variety of dance styles, including latin, ballroom, and swing dances. Whether you are new to dancing, an expert dancer, or looking to master your wedding dance, we have the class for you! Schedule your first lesson with one of our professional instructors by calling us today at (919) 872-0111 0r fill out the contact form below.