Bob Powers & Julia Gorchakova
Bob Powers and Julia Gorchakova are 13 time undefeated US Rhythm
Champions as well 3 time World Mambo Champions and hold the record for the most United States Championships ever held by a couple.
They are members of the World Dance Arts Foundation, an organization designed to promote and provide ballroom dancing to children. The WDAF currently has over 4,000 children enrolled in their program.
Julia and her mother Natalia have combined to open a ballroom dance costume company
called Dancewear Designers. With Julia?s original designs and Natalia?s eye for detail the
company is quickly becoming a huge success.
Julia Gorchakova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was trained in International style of dance in both the Latin and the Ballroom dances. She competed as a junior throughout Russia and Japan winning numerous competitions as an amateur. Julia taught ballroom dancing to children at the local schools in St. Petersburg where she lived.
Bob Powers was born in Philadelphia, PA and started dancing after seeing the movie Saturday Night Fever. He started teaching at an Arthur Murray Studio at age 18. Bob taught at, and managed the studio for 16 years.
Bob and Julia met in St. Petersburg, Russia while Bob was there on a dance tour with another partner. After dancing with one another at a local studio party hosted by Julia's mother, the two decided to try out together. Through an interpreter they decided to have Julia move to the U.S. for a period of one month during which time they would consider a long-term commitment. Three years later they were married.
The two travel constantly throughout the US and abroad teaching, lecturing, competing and
performing shows. They have toured and performed in China, Germany, Japan, Holland,
France, England, Mexico, and Canada.
Both Bob & Julia are members of the DVIDA Artistic Advisory and Standards Committee.