Written by Joe Scotchie Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00
The business situation continues to pick up in the Lumber Road area. The latest business to choose the area as home is the Ballroom Palace, located on 55 Lumber Road. Recently, the Palace held its grand opening celebration, which attracted 250 people, including Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Legislator Wayne Wink.
The Ballroom Palace is destined to be a main attraction, namely because it already has star attraction. Irina Boubnovskaia is a native of Moscow who has lived in the United States for over a decade. Her time in her adopted country has been eminently successful as she has already been a four-year veteran of Dancing With The Stars, the popular television competition program. During that successful run, Irina performed in live shows and was featured on DVDs and even a video game. All the while, Irina has also been giving dance lessons at a dance studio on Kings Highway in Brooklyn, one that caters to the Russian immigrant population in that area. Irina still enjoys teaching young people in Brooklyn. But the experience made her want to open her own studio. For the past year, Irina and her business partners began looking for such a studio. They were advised that the Great Neck-Manhasset-Roslyn area on the North Shore would be an ideal location. And after an intense search, they settled on a studio with ample parking and also a refreshing breeze from nearby Hempstead Harbor.
Irina wanted to operate her own studio. She also wanted to stay in New York. In 2012, Irina performed with Dancing With The Stars in Las Vegas, but she didn’t want to move to Los Angeles, where the program is headquartered, and so she reaffirmed her roots in New York by opening the Roslyn studio.
The location, Irina said, is “perfect for a dance studio.” There are other businesses that might bring people to Ballroom Dancing. Plus, parking is not a problem and the studio itself is equipped with high ceilings and a spacious dance floor. When asked about the reception Ballroom Dancing has received so far, Irina replied that it has been “amazing, beyond all expectations.”
Ballroom Dancing essentially teaches two forms of dancing: One is for professional dancing, both youngsters and adults who hope to dance in competitions throughout the United States and the world, and those who simply hope to dance socially. Toward the latter end, Ballroom Dancing plans to hold a once-a-month social dance party, where participants can meet like-minded people while honing their dancing skills.
One of Ballroom Dancing’s instructors is Arthur Shvetsov, a native of neighboring Ukraine. Arthur said the new establishment will specialize in Ballroom and Latin dancing, featuring waltzes, fox trots, tangos, salsa, mambo and quick steps. Arthur himself competes in dance competitions worldwide, the most recent in Blackpool, England. As with Irina, Arthur is pleased with the reception so far, noting that social dancing lessons in particular have become popular among those coming to the studio.
There is dancing for social and competitive reasons, but for physical ones, too. Arthur notes the intense physical preparation that goes into ballroom dancing. The studio’s brochure extols other virtues of dancing: Losing weight, burning calories, building strong bones, improving posture, reducing stress, increasing flexibility, mobility, grace and coordination, building confidence, making new friends, overcoming fear, attaining grace and poise, and strengthening friendships already made, especially with your spouse.
Irina Boubnovskaia began dancing at age 5 in her native Moscow. By 1996, she had attained the title of youth Russian champion. In 1998, Irina moved to the United States and quickly advanced to the U.S. Latin Dance finals. After being a U.S. National Amateur finalist for six years, Irina moved into the professional ranks. There, she continued her rise in the high-stakes world of international dancing, taking third place in the world’s largest dance competition, that same Blackpool Dance Festival. That and other achievements earned her a place on Dancing With The Stars. In addition to touring the country with her fellow dancers, Irina has also appeared on Broadway with the Burn The Floor cast.
Irina’s high standing in the international world of dance should ensure Ballroom Dancing’s success, but the obvious benefits of the variegated forms of dancing the studio offers promise to keep a steady stream of customers coming to Lumber Road, while hopefully making Roslyn the Dance Capital of Long Island.