Meet our 2018 Professional Dancers!


Meet our 2018 VIP Dancers!

Ilya Abdullin

Ilya Abdullin of Fred Astaire Dance Studio PrincetonIlya is originally from Russia and has been dancing Ballroom and Latin since 1992. He received a degree in dance choreography from the Academy of Culture and Arts in Chelyabinsk. During his career, Ilya has participated in local, national, and international events and competitions. He won many awards and titles as both a member and as captain and choreographer of the champion formation team “Impulse.” Ilya moved to the U.S.A. to join Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Princeton’s team of instructors in July 2014 and currently competes with his professional partner Tara.


Darya Gidaspova

Darya GidaspovaDarya Gidaspova was born in St. Petersburg Russia. She began her training with ballet in United States with the International Ballet Theater Academy and later moved back to her home city to study in one of the premier Schools of Classical Ballet in St. Petersburg. She graduated in 2012 and moved back to United States where she found her passion for ballroom dancing. After a long journey of dancing Darya joined the Fred Astaire Princeton Team in 2015. Through out her career she has participated in many ballets, danced with the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Ballet and Opera, competed in numerous ballet competitions and later Fred Astaire and Independent Ballroom Competitions. Darya is very excited to be a part of this year’s Dazzle event!


Juan Ramirez

Juan Ramirez of Fred Astaire Dance Studio PrincetonBorn in Oaxaca, Mexico, Juan immersed himself into the performing arts at a very early age. He started break dancing and hip hop at the age of 8. Since moving to the U.S.A. with his family, Juan has continued his extensive training in music and dance. With a strong background in Latin Social Dancing – Salsa, Bachata, and Zouk – he has also learned to excel in Ballroom, Modern, and Latin Jazz. Juan has been a professional instructor at FADS Princeton since January of 2013 and actively performs and competes both professionally and with his students.


Maria Shumakher

Maria SchumakherMaria Shumakher began dancing at the age of 6. After one year of training she new she was very interested in this new hobby. Today dancing is her lifestyle, her job, her family. What could be better?! Maria has 16 years of experience as a professional competitor and 11 years as a dance teacher for students of different age categories in Russia. She has just recently moved to the USA to be an instructor and study American Style with Fred Astaire Dance Studios.



Dazzle Mad Hot Ballroom 2018 – BE THERE!
Dazzle Mad Hot Ballroom 2018 – BE THERE!