Ken Richards

Ken Richards

Co-Director
Professional Certified Instructor
WDSF Examiner


Certified

Certified

ken@blueballroom.net

Ken is a second generation dance instructor, has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Businees and a Masters Degree in business administration from Florida International University.  He served as the Marketing Director for the International Franchise Headquarters of the Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios for 7 years, consulting studio owners around the globe and training the country’s top dance teachers. 

He served four terms as the elected Vice-President of DanceSport for USA Dance, the National Governing Body for DanceSport in the USA.  In this role, Ken administered the DanceSport Council, the National DanceSport Rulebook and the National DanceSport Championships. 
Following this, he served as a recent National Past President of the organization, and was elected again in 2020 to serve as President for the next four years.

In 2012, he was elected by a majority vote of the member countries of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) to serve as a Presidium Member and re-elected in 2013 for a 4-year term.  In 2015, after extensive studies in Europe, Ken became one of the first Certified Technical Examiners for the WDSF in the USA.

And with all that experience and knowledge, his favorite activity is helping people learn to enjoy dancing.

Ken & Carrie Ann Inaba

Ken & Carrie Ann Inaba, with US Amateur
10-Dance Champions, Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov, at the 2009 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships

Roseanna Richards

Roseanna Richards

Co-Director


roseanna@blueballroom.net

Roseanna has been a student and competitor of dance, training under the country’s top instructors/coaches since the early 1970’s.  She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Philadelphia College of Arts.  She has run numerous businesses and is the person responsible for making the BlueBallRoom the studio that it is today. 

It was Roseanna’s dream that brought this studio to life. She designed every aspect of the studio to optimize the dancers experience.

Roseanna - Dancing With The Stars

Ken and Roseanna on set with Carrie Ann Inaba of Dancing With The Stars

Gabby Williams

Gabby Williams

Professional Instructor, Office Manager,
New Student and Wedding Dance Specialist


gabby@blueballroom.net

Gabby started dancing at the young age of two.  Her early studies included a range of different dance forms, such as: ballet, praise, contemporary, and victorian ballroom.  Even at such a young age, she was immediately hooked and knew this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.  She always had a fascination for different dance curriculums and styles through history.  Her passion for dance and its history, led her to study and teach, not only ballroom, but many different dances across the eras – such as the dance of the 18th- 20th Century.  Her wide array of knowledge includes dances like the: Charleston, Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, as well as more traditional styles of Waltz and Tango.

Gabby specializes in Latin American dances, American Smooth, teaching Wedding Dance Routines and Social Dancing.  She finds teaching students to be very rewarding as they achieve and exceed their goals.  She works diligently to give students the tools they need in order to become confident and comfortable when dancing.  And she strives to make her students feel at ease, have fun, and look beautiful in any and every dancing environment.  She continues to be dedicated to studying ballroom and is currently working on her technical exams through the US Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.

 

Alexei (Alex) Bazylev

Alexei (Alex) Bazylev

Dance Instructor, Coach, Choreographer, Pro/Am Competitor


alexei@blueballroom.net

Alexei Bazylev

Currently accepting private students on Monday and Friday.  All Disciplines and Levels.

Originally from Belarus, Alexei started to dance at the age of 9. His credits include first prizes at International Ranking Competitions all over Europe. Alexei graduated with honors from the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk and was certified as a choreographer and ballroom dance teacher. Known for his exceptional skills in ballroom dance, superb technique and flexibility, Alexei has also been trained in classic and modern style of dance.  He has always been in love with performing and choreographing, so his interest led him to participation in numerous production companies such as Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Eldorado Productions Limited, Worldwide Entertainment Productions. Along with his professional partner Darya Splendzer, Alexei performed in more than 70 countries of the world. They graced the stages of luxurious cruise liners sharing their passion with audiences which never disappointed. Also, Alexei and Darya became winners and runners up in Professional Showdance division in numerous competitions in Europe and America.

Alexei has been teaching ballroom dance for 15 years. Today he is happy to expand his professional skills and knowledge at BlueBallRoom Dance Studio. He specializes in International and American Style, Pro-Am competitions, Choreography and ShowDance.

Lev Libkind

Lev Libkind

Lev@blueballroom.net

Lev has spent his life in a dance studio, beginning his love of dance at the age of 4. He’s had trained across multiple styles including hip hop and ballet, but mostly focused on the international ballroom disciplines as a competitive dancer.  Lev has made a significant investment in his dance training by working with the absolute best coaches from around the world. 

His achievements as a competitive Latin dancer include 3 national titles between syllabus and open amateur, a spot in the final of a World Open event, two national vice-championships, and many more prestigious national and international results. He also competed in American Rhythm, and shortly thereafter, became the National Youth Rhythm Champion.  And though he is still competing and adding to his resume, Lev figured out from a young age that his true calling was teaching.

He began his career as an instructor at the age of 12, teaching students of all ages. Taking great pride and joy in his profession, he constantly challenges himself to become a better coach, and to provide his students with the best information in the most accessible way. Under his coaching, many of Lev’s students, have achieved great results.  Some have even earned multiple national titles and placed in prestigious championship finals. Lev excels in working with young dancers and sharing the inspiration for dance that learned from his first teachers. 

His teaching style emphasizes the individuality in his students, believing that every different person warrants a unique approach to their instruction. His students, of all ages, appreciate his drive to a be a passionate and supportive instructor.

Lev’s skills and background help him to specialize in choreography that fits the performer – whether it be a small wedding or a grand showcase – Lev exceeds at balancing the technique with the show, while keeping the learning fun and personal.


Tania Sopit

Tania Sopit

Teacher, Coach, Pro/Am Competitor, Choreographer, Professional Competitor


tania@blueballroom.net

Tania successfully started her career from gymnastics at the age of 3… every day working hard for 6-8 hours, competing, winning but dreaming about dancing.  Ten years later her dream finally came true! She made her first step on a dance floor and recognized it would be her journey through the rest of her whole life! Tania danced International Ballroom (Standard) and Latin American disciplines through the Championship Adult Amateur division, continuing with Ballroom in the Professional division.
Together with her partner and husband Denis Parfyonov they are many times Ukrainian champions in Professional Ballroom and Ballroom Showdance (sequey), finalists of European and World Championships and Masters of Sport International Class.

Tania is originally from Ukraine. She graduated from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts and was certified as a choreographer and dance teacher. Tania has 11-years of experience teaching kids and adults in Ballroom, Latin, Social Club Dances (Salsa, Bachata), Pro-Am, providing physical trainings, dancing showcases and judging competitions. And now her new passion is American Smooth and Rhythm.
The main point for her to see the passion in her students’ eyes, feeling their joy of being on a dance floor, and help them to become every day better and happier in the BlueBallRoom Dance Studio, as she is while dancing!

Denis Parfyonov

Denis Parfyonov

Teacher, Coach, Pro/Am Competitor, Choreographer, Professional Competitor


denis@blueballroom.net

Denis was born in Lviv, Ukraine. He started dancing at the early age of 6, studying always with Ukrainian Champions and all the best teachers from around the world.  After a long and successful career as an Amateur representing on the National Team, Denis turned Professional and won many Standard and Showdance Championships with his partner and wife Tania Sopit. In addition, they have competed all over the world and have many International Titles to their name.

Denis has a Master’s Degree of DanceSport Coach, Bachelor’s Degree of Ballroom Choreographer and title of Master of Sport International Class.  He is an International DanceSport Teacher and Adjudicator with 20 years of experience.
Denis is a writer and translator of books and articles, and founder of The Ballroom Library: www.ballroomlibrary.com
His hobby is computers and technology which led him to a Polytechnical Degree of Web Master.
Together with Tania, he is owner of Brand Your Elegance, which creates ballroom stylish competing and practice clothes for dancers and adjudicators.
Denis loves pets very much.  To learn more about Denis, visit his private web site: www.parfyonov.com.ua

Aidyn Gangemi

Aidyn Gangemi

Instructor
USISTD Certified


Certified

aidyn@blueballroom.net

Dance Instructor

Aidyn has always enjoyed the beauty of dance.  His dancing, however, did not start in ballroom.  He first began as a Competitive Ice Skater.  He competed for several years, training up to six hours a day with professional coaching from Olympic, World and National Medalists.

To augment his skating, he began to take ballroom dance lessons.  He quickly fell in love with the elegance and intricacy of this unique dance form, performing many Showcase Routines that brought a standing ovation from the audience and high scores from the nationally renown ballroom Adjudicators.

Upon deciding to retire from Competitive Ice Dancing, he switched his focus and attention to perfecting the skills necessary to teach ballroom dance.  Aidyn’s commitment and determination, as an athlete, has been instrumental in his pursuit to be an astute and caring Instructor.  His admiration for dance reflects in his desire to give back and teach people the joy of partnership dancing at any and all levels of learning.  He strives to make dance fun and enjoyable for all his students.  And is recognized, through an arduous exam process, by the US Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dance (USISTD) with his Associate Level Degrees.

Darya Splendzer

Darya Splendzer

Dance Instructor, Coach, Choreographer, Pro/Am Competitor


darya@blueballroom.net

Darya Splendzer

Currently accepting private lesson students in all disciplines.

Darya was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She was introduced to the world of ballroom dancing at the age of 8 and was in love with it ever since. She has won numerous ballroom dance Competitions all around Europe. When Darya was 15 she became a member of the national competition team of the Republic of Belarus, representing her country at World and European Championships, becoming a multi-time finalist and prizewinner. In 2005, for her exceptional achievements in DanceSport, Darya was awarded with the Title of Master of Sports of Republic of Belarus. After a successful career in sports, Darya got involved in the show and performance industry. She graced the stages of the world, performed onboard the Luxury Cruise Liners such as Silver Sea, Oceania, Regent, Celebrity and MSC. Together with her dance partner Alexei Bazylev, they produced and performed ballroom dance show “Ballroom Fever” onboard Celebrity Cruises.

Darya has been teaching ballroom dance for 12 years, with her students continually earning recognition at national and international competitions. Darya is specializing in choreography, ShowDance and Pro-Am competitions. She cannot wait to share her passion for dance with students of the BlueBallRoom Dance Studio, and inspire them to love ballroom dancing as much as she does.