This past weekend at the New York Dance Festival, 3x world Smooth finalist, USA Smooth vice champion
& 2x Blackpool American Smooth bronze medalist Tatiana Seliverstova and Max Sinitsa bid farewell to competition.
Thank you for your contribution to the dance community. We wish you the best on on the next step of your dance journey. Congratulations, Max and Tatiana, on your retirement. – Your Dance Vision Family
Below is the retirement letter read at NYDF and posted to their social media.
Our career has truly been a remarkable journey. The driving force behind our dancing has always been the passion for this art, and to be able to share that with all of you is our ultimate reward. So today, we would like to humbly say thank you to this wonderful industry and to all of you who were there with us from the very beginning.
There have been many people in our lives who helped us pursue our dreams and achieve our goals. Our parents, our teachers and our friends. To all of you we are eternally grateful for your love, guidance and support. We are also grateful to our competitors who have always challenged us and gave us the motivation to become better tomorrow than we were yesterday.
Our competitive careers have been full of ups and downs as anything else in life but what we truly believe is that risks must be taken and challenges should be met with utmost enthusiasm and creativity. The American Smooth style has only begun to reach its true potential and being part of that process has been a satisfying and humbling experience.
Even though today we hang up our competitive shoes, we are extremely excited about what the future holds for us.
Ballroom dancing is about two people striving to create something together, that is greater than what either one of them could ever do alone. And we promise to use our passion and talents to push our beloved Smooth beyond heights anyone could imagine.
Today, we are not saying good bye, instead we are simply turning the page to a new chapter in our lives. We are all responsible for the next generation in one way or another and we sincerely hope that the dancers of the future continue to evolve even further than we did… “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”
Max & Tatiana