Anya Brodech has been dancing salsa, ballroom, and swing since 2005. She also has some background in hip-hop, flamenco and belly dancing. Anya received professional teacher training at the Ballroom Dance Teacher's College in Oakland, California and studied under the professional guidance of Diane Jarmolow.
Whether dancing solo, with a partner, or choreographing a routine, Anya loves the idea of storytelling through dancing and utilizing the whole body to express different types of emotions and feelings. Anya enjoys incorporating a combination of passionate, dramatic, and sensual movements in her own personal dancing.
"Ultimately, my goal is to give my students a passion for dance that will stay with them for a lifetime. I believe that dancing can fundamentally change people's lives for the better and give them a way to express their inner selves and genuinely connect with others. My philosophy is to treat students with patience, kindness, support, and understanding in order to help them reach their full potential."
Prior to becoming a professional dance teacher, Anya graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. She is currently enrolled in graduate school for business, working on her MBA at California State University-East Bay in Hayward. Her concentration is in entrepreneurship and she is planning on graduating this June 2018.
Anya comes from a Ukrainian family and speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and Spanish. Anya knows traditional Ukrainian folk dancing since childhood and is a member of the Burevisniky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in San Francisco.
Anya's dance blog has over 1.7 million views and counting. Her articles address everything from what to wear to your first dance lesson, how to ask someone to dance in a club, dance etiquette when you're out and about, and of course to how to date in the dance world.
Anya dancing with some of her students and teaching a group class. This footage is from an event in San Francisco, May 2018.