- Gala Ball
UBC Dance Club Instructors
The UBC Dance Club provide a full year of lessons (16 weeks) in which you will learn International-Style Ballroom and Latin dancing. Jive, Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, and Quickstep as well as many other dances will be taught by some of BC’s most accomplished and able instructors. Our outstanding faculty includes Kyryl Dudchenko, Joel Marasigan (from Joel and Clara) and Zillion Wong. Any of our instructors can be contacted through the UBC Dance Club at (604) 822-3248 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Newcomer and Advanced Latin)
Kyryl started ballroom dancing when he was 7 years old in Ukraine. He underwent extensive training with different distinguished teachers and coaches in both Latin American and Modern/standard programs as well as supplementary basic training in ballet. He has competed in numerous competitions all over Eastern and Western Europe as well as in North America, at first representing Ukraine and then British Columbia, on international and local DanceSport arena. Furthermore, Kyryl also participated in the Canada-wide aired TV show, Dancing at the Palais. Since moving to Canada in 2000 and until turning professional Kyryl maintained highest amateur ranking position in British Columbia.
In 2002 Kyryl became professional and since then teaching and coaching competitors (kids, teenagers and seniors) in both Latin and Standard divisions.
Joel Marasigan (from Joel and Clara)
Joel is both a graduate of UBC as well as the UBC Dance Club. Since graduating from UBC, Joel with his partner (now wife) Clara decided to pursue their dancing dreams full time. For more than 10 years, their pursuit of great ballroom dancing brought them around the world.
During their competitive careers, they became the highest ranked BC Standard couple in Canada over the past 30 years, were Team Canada Members to the World Championships and 4-Times undefeated BC Amateur
Champions. They have danced on numerous Television shows and were specially selected to dance in the Hollywood movie, “Shall We Dance?” starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.
Being part of the only Canadian couple ever to live and train in both England and Italy (the two epicenters of ballroom dancing), Joel is delighted to be back home in Vancouver to be able to share the knowledge and experiences he has accumulated over the years. Having moved forward and become co-founder of his own dance company (JC Dance Co), Joel is delighted to still be a part of the UBC Dance Club. He still remembers the excitement of being part of the club (both as a student and as the club’s president) and is thrilled to teach and inspire a new wave of student dancers.
Zillion began dancing at the age of 10 and has not stopped since. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Zillion has become a well known international competitor in both International Style Standard and Latin dancing. He has travelled extensively to such countries as the United States, England, Belgium, Austria, and Russia to train and compete with the best in the world.
With his partner Sarah Liang, Zillion has had great success competing in Canada and internationally. Together their achievements include:
- Top 100 Finalist – So You Think You Can Dance Canada
- 6 time Undefeated BC Closed Standard Champions
- 5 time Undefeated BC Closed Latin Champions
- 6 time Canadian Closed Standard Championship Finalists
- Vice-Champions in the Canadian Closed 10-Dance Championships
The UBC Dance Club has been an important part of Zillion’s life. During his Engineering undergraduate studies at UBC, he greatly enjoyed being in the club as an executive member for 5 years, and is honoured to have represented the club as the president for 2 of those years. Zillion looks forward to working with the club to share his knowledge and passion for Ballroom and Latin dance.
Ashley has trained in an array of dance styles beginning at the age of 4, including ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. She has always had a passion for dance and to this day believes that dance is the language of the soul. Over the years her love of movement and music has continued to grow, leading to her recent aspirations in education and fitness. Ashley has a Diploma in Sport Science and will be attending her first semester as a third year Kinesiology student at UBC. Since moving to Vancouver she has become an instructor for Nestor’s BC Dance and has choreographed and performed in a number of shows including Caribbean Festival, Robson Square: Salsa Nights, Kitsilano Show Boat and more… Now she has become part of UBC Dance Club and is thrilled and honoured to be a part of our community.
Ashley believes life is a journey and every step should bring forth a challenge, happiness, and opportunity. Life’s experiences have lead her to find Zumba® Fitness and she lacks the words to express everything it has given her. Her dream is to share her knowledge of health and bring forth happiness to the World and she believes that there is no better way than to communicate through the language of music. Zumba® Fitness is truly a party experience and everyone is invited to join in.
After more than a decade of teaching at the UBC Dance Club, this year we say goodbye to two of our fabulous teachers: Nestor de la Zerda (Salsa) and Murray Schellenberg (Newcomer and Bronze). We wish them luck in their dance careers and future aspirations! Thank you for being such an integral part of our club!