Iaroslav Bieliei was born in Kiev, Ukraine and started his dance training at age 6 in the famous Kiev’s dance club, “Yuventa”.
During this time, he was the Ukrainian Champion as well as a European and Blackpool finalist and World semifinalist in ballroom. While still in the amateur ranks, he has been a finalist at Blackpool, the International Championships and a UK Open Rising Star finalist.
In addition to his heavy competition schedule, Iaroslav completed his education at the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine in Kiev where he studied dancesport.
Iaroslav turned professional in 2014, and moved to Los Angeles to represent the U.S. with Olga Tsikalyuk. Together they have quickly moved up professional ranks, making the U.S. National Professional final in just a few months.
Upon Olga’s retirement, Iaroslav teamed up with his former partner, Liliia Gladiuk, and within in months of resuming their partnership, won the Professional RS Ballroom event at Blackpool. In 2016, Iaroslav & Liliia became semi-finalists in the Professional Open Ballroom at Blackpool. With their star on the rise, we are excited to see what further successes this couple will have!
Titles & Accomplishments
- 2016 UK Open Professional Ballroom semi-finalists
- 2015 UK Open Professional Rising Star Ballroom Champion
- 2014 U.S. National Professional Rising Star Ballroom Champion
- 2014 U.S. National Professional Ballroom finalist
- Ukrainian Junior & Youth Ballroom Champion
- 2x Canadian Amateur WDC Champion
The Inside Edge with Iaroslav
Favorite dance: Tango
Favorite competition: Blackpool Dance Festival
Favorite shoe brand: International Dance Shoes
Must-do ritual before competition: Get a GOOD SLEEP!
Advice to competitors:
Remember, it’s not a practice, you have to Perform!
Favorite thing to do off the dance floor: Listen to music
Iaroslav’s natural ease as a dancer spills over into his effortless teaching style. His students love his warm personality and his ability to make complicated topics easily understood.