Sarah’s background in dance started at a young age with ballet and jazz.
She soon fell in love with Ballroom dancing and began her training while studying business in College. Her love for dance continued and after years of training and competing, she shared her love by instructing others in achieving their goals in dance.
She had a successful partnership for 10 years and competed with great results in American Rhythm. The partnership was built through hard work, determination and education with the World’s finest Coaches and this reflected on Competitive Results.
As seen on page 44 of our current Summer 2017 issue, Sarah is sharing her Love Letter to Dance.
To the Secret Dancer,
You know who you are. You’re the child who loved twirling and watching how it made your clothes flounce around you. If no one is watching, you still skip across the street. You may have once dreamed of being a ballerina – and you think figure skating is the most underrated Olympic sport of all time.
I know you’re out there. Because I was one of you. After taking ballet and jazz as a little girl,
I became more immersed in this evocative and engaging world and later participated in competi- tions that carried me to the edge of my athletic and expressive abilities. Today, with my husband, Vladyslav Bohdanov, I help adults of all levels and abilities learn how to move and express themselves to music.
After years as an instructor, I have come to realize that dance is different things to different peo- ple. For some, it’s an opportunity to socialize and keep healthy. Others see a cathartic art form – a highly structured discipline that demands a determined, almost ritualistic investment of time and energy.
Whatever your view, there’s something intrinsically joyful about the sheer physicality of dance. And the good news is that it’s not necessarily about the perfection of movement. Anyone can learn to dance. Yes, even you.
As an instructor at Victory Dance Club, my purpose is to make this activity – half exercise and half art form – accessible to everyone. By adopting a teaching method that transcends the disci- plinary borders of my own competitive background, my style has evolved into a balance of sen- sitivity and precision. After all, I want students to have a memorable time as they sashay through our integrated system, which incorporates private lessons, group lessons, and fun social parties.
In special group formations like our Women’s Dance Team, students learn to play off each other’s strength and energy. Every session introduces a fresh dynamic where women examine different aspects of femininity: strength, power, mystery, etc., and explore them through collaboration.
While dancing offers new ways to socialize and be together, it’s ultimately about finding your voice within the group dynamic, whether that’s two people or ten.
Through the act of dance, people mature physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s a rare and powerful experience that allows you to connect with others while deepening your own individuality and expression.
To dance is to be human. You are strong, graceful, powerful, vulnerable – sometimes leading and sometimes led. And this reflection of the human experience is no doubt a part of why dance –
in all its forms – endears to me, to you, and to so many others.
Warmly, Sarah Bohdanova
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