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Mariya Vysotskaya

Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond
Executive Director
Richmond, Virginia
Mariya Vysotskaya is a champion professional ballroom dancer, instructor, coach and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and Executive Director of Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond, which has taught thousands of young people the value of teamwork and discipline as they learn to lead, follow and succeed through the art of ballroom dance.Mariya is a native of Kaliningrad, Russia. She competes as a professional, teaches, both adults and children and coaches to the current United States Amateur Champions. Mariya’s greatest joy is helping children, particularly those who may face disadvantages, know that through hard work they can succeed.Mariya says that when two people move across the floor to beautiful music, they are sharing their humanity. Being able to see past race, position, language, size, and focus on the humanity of another person is a skill that will prepare our children to take their place in a complex and diverse world.

Jewel Barber has had the opportunity to teach dance to a wide range of individuals: Detroit Ballroom to adults; theme-based choreographed dance to elementary students through an arts education program; Swing,
Foxtrot, Cha Cha to cardio doctors in preparation for a dance competition called Dancing with the Docs; soul line dancing to senior citizens in residential community centers; Merengue and line dancing to children and adults with disabilities at a summer residential camp;
and Swing and Waltz to debutantes for the Debutante Ball. She is excited about continuing to spread her passion for movement through Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond.


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