Olga Foraponova

Coming from the industrial city of Cheliabinsk, she was originally a gymnast and gymnastic champion in the Ural Mountains area of Russia before she set her sights on dancing.

Olga earned her bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Institute of Culture in Cheliabinsk,Russia. She studied choreography, ballet, jazz and folk dancing in addition to ballroom dancing.  After finishing college, Olga moved to Moscow and joined Stanislov Popov’s dance club. At the time Stanislov and Ludmila Popov were the many time USSR 10 dance champions. She began competing professionally in Moscow and became a finalist in both the Standard and Latin divisions. Olga and her partner represented the USSR in dance competitions in Germany, France and England.

In 1989 Olga became a Grand Finalist in the Soviet National Championship and the rest was history. She represented Russia in several prestigious competitions like the German Open Championships, London International in Albert Hall and the Copenhagen Open. She and her Russian partner won national professional competitions in Leningrad, Riga and Cheliabinsk. During those years, the call for a bigger and more challenging participation in ballroom competition could not be resisted.

Olga left Russia in 1993, and in she and her partner, Michael Mead, became finalists in the International Standard Ballroom at the US Ballroom Dance Championships in 1996.

David Hamilton, US Smooth division champion, invited Olga to dance with him in 1996 and the American Smooth style was changed forever! Twice Olga and David were the US representatives to the World Showdance Competition in Baden Baden, Germany (1997 and 1998). Olga and David have appeared many times on the national PBS Show, “Championship Ballroom Dancing.” Olga and David were invited to dance in the World Cup Ballroom event in the Kremlin Palace organized by Stanilav Popov. This event was televised by NTV+ – one of the most popular Russian TV channels with a viewership of approximately 100,000,000 in Russia as well as Europe and the United States.

Finally, she has received the Svetloe Prochloe Award along with such world renowned people as Oleg Miteav, famous Russian singer-poet, Anatoli Karpov, world chess champion, Sergei Makarov, world hockey champion, and others for professional achievement.

Most recently Olga was honored by the Connor Bishop Zion Foundation (Connor was part of Olga’s New Stars Dancesport Club. The Foundation is his legacy). Olga received a “Special Achievements Award” for her continued contribution to developing youth dancers and, those with disabilities. Olga is certified in Autism Movement Therapy.

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