Inna Ivanenko

Inna is originally from Russia, where she started dancing at the age of 7 as a part of her gymnastics program. She fell in love with Ballroom Dancing and, at 12 years old, she stopped gymnastics and decided just to dance. All the teachers she worked with noticed her talent and recommended she dance professionally. Inna became a student at Krasnodar School of Performing Arts. In addition to her extensive training in Ballroom Dancing, Inna studied ballet, folk dance, and choreography for different types of shows, formation dancing, and theatre. She successfully competed at many competitions, made a Russian National Final in Professional Latin and won or placed in the top six couples at many international competitions. After graduation from college she moved to the United States to continue her professional career. She won many competitions such as the Emerald Ball, Heritage Classic, American Star Ball, Embassy Ball, Ohio Star Ball, etc. She was three times the Fred Astaire National Professional American Rhythm Champion and is the 2005 U.S. National and World Professional American Rhythm Champion. Inna coached the Latin and American Rhythm programs for the University of Pennsylvania Ballroom Dance Team for 7 years. She is a current member of National Dance Council of America and certified international level adjudicator.