Irina is a firecracker of a woman. Phenomenon if you will. Because what can you really say about this force of nature? Irina is a passionate and versatile dance teacher running her own dance school.
Dancing since she was 7, Irina was doing Ballroom, Belly Dancing, Jazz, Hustle, Discofox, Salsa, Bachata, WCS, and pretty much any social dance.
She began taking a serious interest in West Coast Swing in 2010, learned from the best and has been a very successful competitor. She is the first dancer in Russia to reach the All-Star division and the first one to have Champion points. She has won the Advanced Jack & Jill at the US Open 2012, the first European All Star division at Midland Swing Open, the All-Star Jack & Jill at French Open 2014, BudaFest 2015, Mid-Atlantic Dance Jam 2015, first European Invitational J’n’J at UK Champs 2016, US Open 2016 in Strictly Swing, first All Star European Championship 2017.
When teaching she’s demanding and encouraging just in the right proportion.
Nowadays Irina travels all around the world from Asia to US dancing, teaching and competing in 14 countries, more than 30 cities. But most of all Irina is a social dancer. You can find her on the dance floor all night long!
Andrew Shellard emerged onto the west coast swing scene in 2011. At the tender age of 16 Andrew already had 6 years dance experience behind him including the French rock n’ roll champion title in 2009.
Andrew’s competitive career in west coast swing has seen him bring 7 classic routines to the floor, 3 junior and 4 adult. He placed 5th in the NASDE classic division at Liberty Swing in 2015. He currently competes in the All-Star division and placed 1st in this division at the Uk and European WCS Championships in April 2018.
In 2013 Andrew got his first International teaching contract in Israel and from there he went on to teach in Italy, Germany, Holland, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Latvia, England, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. It was the small friendly community of Northern Ireland however that Andrew really felt drawn to. In July 2016 Andrew made the move to Belfast with a goal to help develop and grow the west coast swing community there.