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Ready for the Saint Petersburg Dance Holidays 2016?

8th Saint Petersburg Dance Holidays 2016, international ballroom dance festival and competition, takes place at the 27th and 28th of August 2016, the last summer dance weekend. Being a WDC AL dance event, it’s also a great opportunity for tourism by visiting one of the most exciting and beautiful cities of Russia.

About the Dance Holidays

The Saint-Petersburg Dance Holidays 2016 is one of the major international dance events among those that take place in Russia. This year it’s the 8th event in the Saint-Petersburg Dance Holidays series. Positioned as traditional dance festival it is the nearest event from the WDC AL (World Dance Council Amateur League) calendar. It means that the event complies with the corresponding international WDC rules and regulations. The festival includes a special dance show program performed by World Latin Dance Champions – Riccardo Cocchi and his dance partner Yulia Zagoruychenko. They won their first World Latin Dance Championship in 2010, and earned their second title in 2011. Being ranked number 1 in the world for Professional Latin, they also won their 5th consecutive US National Professional Latin Champions title at the US Open Dance Competition.

Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko world dance champions
Yulia Zagoruychenko, originally from Russia, born September 11th, 1981 (age 34) is the current World Latin Dance Champion, with her partner - Riccardo Cocchi, born December 19th, 1977 (age 39) in Italy, is the current World Latin Dance Champion according to the WDC.

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the amazing live performance and see the perfect dance figures and moves. The videos below will give you an idea what to expect.

Show Dance Jive: Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko.
Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko at Disney 2015, Professional LAT - F C.

Of course, the Saint-Petersburg Dance Holidays contains the competition part, too. You will meet couples from various dance schools from all over the world: USA, Hong-Kong, Germany, Finland, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Lithuania, Monaco, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, UAE and others.

The Organizers

Andrey Buschick dancer
Andrey Buschick
Valeriya Bushueva dancer
Valeriya Bushueva

The Saint-Petersburg Dance Holidays 2016 organized by Andrey Bushchik and Valeriya Bushueva, Russian Dance Union. Andrey and Valeriya are former professional dancers and currently are dance instructors and organizers of ballroom dance tournaments. Dancing together since 1996, they ranked #9 in the World Latin Dance Rating, became Russian and European champions at Latin dance show.

The Competition

Our Dance For You studio plans to participate in the following categories:

  • Pro/Am category (when a student dances with his/her professional dance teacher, read more).
  • Hobby Class (students couples dance with each other).
  • Kids classes as per WDC rules.
  • Am/Am (Amateur and Amateur)

Together with your dance instructor you are welcome to choose which category to compete in which could include:

  • Single dances (when you are being judged for dancing only one dance of your choice. You can enter many times in this category with different dances).
  • 2 Dance Challenge (when you dance in two dances)
  • 3 Dance Challenge (three dances)
  • 4 Dance Challenge (four dances)
  • 5 Dance Challenge (five dances)
  • Scholarship (You dance in all 5 dances, Latin or Standard, or both)
  • Showcases (Am/Am; Pro – Am, Pro)
  • Championship in Ballroom and Latin American dances

All the participants will be divided according to their age group and dancing level.

The Location


The event takes place in Saint Petersburg – second largest city of Russia after Moscow. It has unique architecture and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the cultural heart of Russia. Saint Petersburg is famous for The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world, palaces, beautiful bridges, parks and other attractions. Going to Saint Petersburg Dance Holidays is a great chance for tourism and sightseeing!

According to TripAdvisor, Saint Petersburg is:

  • in the world's TOP 25 destinations 2016
  • number 1 in Russia
  • number 8 in Europe
  • number 14 in the world

Accommodation of the participants will be at "Holiday Inn Hotel" located near historical center of the city.

Average temperature in August is 20.8°C (69.4°F), raining regularly happens, so umbrella is recommended. But please check the weather forecast beforehand anyway.

The Schedule

The event takes two days – the weekend, 27th and 28th of August.

27 August 2016


  1. International Latin Pro-Am – Singles, Multi Dance
  2. International Latin Pro-Am – Scholarship
  3. American Rhythm Pro-Am – Singles, Multi Dance
  4. American Rhythm Pro-Am – Championship
  5. Showcase Pro-Am – Latin, Fusion
  6. Argentine Tango (Free Style) Pro-Am – Singles, Multi Dance
  7. Argentine Tango (Free Style) Pro-Am – Scholarship
  8. 10 Dances Pro-Am (Latin) – Championship
  9. VIP Showcase Pro-Am
  10. Gala Show: Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko
  11. Dinner

Age Categories

  1. Juvenile 1 (under10) – Latin - Ch, S, R, J
  2. Juvenile 2 (under12) – Standard
  3. Junior 1 (under 14) – Latin
  4. Junior 2 (under 16) – Standard
  5. Youth 1 (under 19) – Standard
  6. Youth 2 (under 21) – Latin
  7. Adult – Standard, Prize money

28 August 2016


  1. International Standard Pro-Am – Singles, Multi Dance
  2. International Standard Pro-Am – Scholarship
  3. American Smooth Pro-Am – Singles, Multi Dance
  4. American Smooth Pro-Am – Championship
  5. Showcase Pro-Am – Standard, Argentine Tango
  6. Argentine Tango (Salon) Pro-Am – Singles, Multi Dance
  7. Argentine Tango (Salon) Pro-Am – Scholarship
  8. 10 Dances Pro-Am (Standard) – Championship
  9. Caribbean Mix Pro-Am – Singles, Multi Dance
  10. Caribbean Mix Pro-Am – Scholarship
  11. VIP Showcase Pro-Am
  12. After-party with live music

Age Categories

  1. Juvenile 1 (under10) – Standard – W, T, F, Q
  2. Juvenile 2 (under12) – Latin
  3. Junior 1 (under 14) – Standard
  4. Junior 2 (under 16) – Latin
  5. Youth 1 (under 19) – Latin
  6. Youth 2 (under 21) – Standard
  7. Adult – Latin, Prize money

Our Dance Studio is ready to take off

Now, it’s the time to look to the future to further our success around the World and our next target is the Dance Competition in Russia, one of the most beautiful and charming city St. Petersburg!

We are very glad to invite everyone to join our competitive team to challenge yourself and enjoy another of the Prestigious International competitions and many people’s favorite: Saint Petersburg Dance Holidays 2016!

You will rub shoulders with the World’s Best ballroom and Latin dancers, watch them compete against each other and enjoy their fantastic showcases. You will have a chance to win prize money and compete for the best couple award representing Dance For You Dubai!

After enduring training, dance classes, practice sessions and dancing in Dubai, our joint team of students, dance teachers and dance instructors is ready to fly to Russia to compete with participants from other dance schools and dance studios! We will keep you updated with the news and results from this event on our website. Meanwhile you are welcome to join our social networks using the links at the bottom of the page.

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  • Barsha Heights (formerly TECOM), Grosvenor Business Tower
  • 23rd floor, Studio 2306
  • P.O. Box: 391484, Dubai, UAE

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  • Tuesday to Friday from 01:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Mondays off