In addition to being the owners of Paragon Ballroom, Andrei and Elena are also the organizers of:

TriState DanceSport Championships

Paragon Open DanceSport Championships

Andrei Gavriline & Elena Kryuchkova
Passion for DanceOwners / Head Instructors

Andrei began dancing at the age of six in his home country of Russia. There, he was a finalist in the Amateur Latin category. He also had training in jazz and ballet as well as in International Style Standard.

While also a law student in Moscow, he rediscovered his childhood love of dance once again. As a result, in May of 1999, he began dancing with Elena Kryuchkova, after they had first fallen in love. That same year they were married and moved to the United States with an O-1 visa – visa for extraordinary talent.

Before they even formed, because of their height difference, many thought that Andrei and Elena would not be successful. However, together, they became the 2002 Open Professional Latin Rising Star Blackpool Champions and 3-time USA National Professional Latin Champions from 2004 to 2006. They were also 3-time USA representatives at the World Latin Championships, and semifinalists in all major international Open Professional Latin Competitions. They were also finalists in the most prestigious competition in 2008, the Blackpool Dance Festival in the Professional Latin category.

Career Highlights

  • 3-time United States National Professional Latin Champions
  • World Professional Latin Grand Finalists
  • 2-time America’s Best Professional Champions – televised on PBS
  • British Open Professional Rising Star Latin Champions – Blackpool, England
  • British Open Latin American Finalists – Blackpool, England

Special moments from Andrei & Elena’s career

Our Focus

Our main focus is coaching amateur and professional competitors. Whether they are junior, Pro/Am, or professionals we try as much as possible to provide access to world-class visiting coaches and continue to further develop each of our students’ skills.



Competitive Dance

The competitive program for Pro/Am, amateur and professional dancers is tailored to suit each dancer’s needs. Our couples participate in hundreds of events worldwide every year and are one of the top studios in the United States.

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Private Lessons

To explore, identify and improve your dancing there is nothing better than a one-on-one lesson. We will take a deep dive into your dancing and improve as well as fine tune your foundation, answer any questions about your dancing, create new routines, and the list goes on.

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