OLGA JOHNSON

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Starting with Ballet at the age of 5, and continuing with folk dancing and music education at age 6, Olga was a full-time student learning all that music and dance has to offer. At the age of 9 she was accepted to the premier Vaganova’s Ballet school in Leningrad, but decided to continue pursuing her music education. Olga discovered Ballroom dancing as a teen. While balancing her passion for dancing, she was working at Hermitage and studying for Masters in Art History at St.Petersburg State University. After moving to the US, Olga spent a few years teaching Art, Music and Russian language before re-discovering Ballroom dancing. This time it became a true passion. She trained rigorously with the best coaches and successfully competed for 10 years, winning World Class Smooth, best student award, 10-dance International, 9-dance American and Theater Arts at numerous competitions throughout US. Right after being diagnosed with cancer, Olga went on to her 1st Nationals where she won the Pre-Championship Smooth and advanced into Championship Smooth final. After beating cancer, and getting on a cover of Amateur Dancer magazine, Olga won the Senior 1 Smooth Championship in 2008 and has opened her studio in Houston, TX. She received a number of invitations to do professional shows, coaching and lecturing in North and in Latin America. As a certified professional instructor with an analytical mind and a natural dancer, Olga enjoys coaching, travelling as an adjudicator, and finding new ways to incorporate the best technique while sharing her passion for dancing.