ABOUT US

The champion and highly trained instructions of Paragon Ballroom specialize in teaching both American and International styles of dance. We recommend an individual program that will meet your needs – whether you are beginner or a competitor.
Paragon Ballroom is spacious, comfortable and elegant. You will enjoy taking lessons here and practicing your dance skills at our weekly Friday Dance Socials.

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Andrei Gavriline and Elena Kryuchkova

 

Andrei Gavriline and Elena Kryuchkova are one of the most accomplished US Professional Latin couples. In addition to their successes on the competitive dance floor, Andrei and Elena are organizers of Paragon Open Dancesport Challenge and Tri-State Dancesport Championships, as well as, world class adjudicators and world class coaches.

Career Accomplishments

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

Owner

While a Law school student in Moscow, Andrei rediscovered his childhood love of dance, and began dancing with Elena Kryuchkova. Andrei and Elena were married in 1999 and together moved to the US where they have shared many great successes in their dancing careers. Andrei and Elena were Open Professional Rising Star Blackpool Champions, and three time US National Professional Latin Champions. They were three time US representatives at the World Latin Championships, and semifinalists in all major international Open Professional Latin Competitions.

Elena Kryuchkova
Elena Kryuchkova

Owner

Elena started out as a figure skater and gymnast, until she found her passion in Ballroom Dancing at the age of 9. Elena began dancing professionally in 1995 and in 1999 moved to the US with partner and Husband to represent the United States. Together they were three time US representatives at the World Latin Championships, and semifinalists in all major international Open Professional Latin Competitions.


Our Team

 

Karen Barboe
Karen Barboe

Manager

Karen comes to Paragon with over 20 years experience in customer service. She has been ballroom dancing since 2007. If you have any questions about classes offered or to check available dates for rentals, Karen will be more than happy to assist you.

Nadya Vlasova
Nadya Vlasova

Nikita Malakhov
Nikita Malakhov

Nikita grew up in Canada & started dancing when he was 6 years old. His life has since mostly revolved around competitions and traveling. He was the Canadian National Champion in the Jr II division for Standard, Latin and 10 dance catagories. His most recent accomplishments are 2012 NorthEastern Championships, Maryland Dancesport Championships, Tri-State Challenge and he placed 3rd at the 2012 USA Dance National Championships in the Amateur Latin Division.

Jennifer Vestal
Jennifer Vestal

Jennifer Vestal began her career as a competitive ballroom dancer and instructor in Washington, D.C. She moved to NJ two years ago to train more seriously and to continue teaching dancing. She competes nationally and is an Amateur national Semifinalist.


Tal Livshitz &Ilana Keselman
Tal Livshitz &Ilana Keselman

They ve been dancing together since 6 years old. Some of their best achievements have been: World Latin finalists at the world championships in Paris, Dutch open and German open Latin finalists, and Blackpool Rising stars Runners up. They are a top U.S couple, coming 4th at the U.S.A Dance Nationals in Provo Utah last year. 

Matthew Hauer
Matthew Hauer

He was born in Guadalajara Mexico, and was adopted at one month old. He was raised in the Bronx of New York, til the age of 25. For high school, Matthew was accepted  into  Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, and Performing Arts, majoring in Dance. He received his Diploma in 2001, with a strong foundation of ballet and modern dance. Matt continued his training and was also accepted into SUNY Purchase, Conservatory of Dance.

Rita Algarra-Gekhman
Rita Algarra-Gekhman

World Classic Showdance Vice-Champion