Born in Belarus and raised in Minnesota. Gene’s dance partner  is his wife Elena. He has been complimented on numerous occasions on his wonderful and strong partnering skills, his hard work ethic, his determination, and passion for dancing and performing. Gene dances with his heart and always delivers a meaningful performance full of passion. Gene has won multiple United States titles in Latin dancing championships. Also, He has been featured in a dance company called “Dance with Love” which has been featured all over Minnesota and the country. Gene owns one of the strongest and well known dance studios in the Midwest “Dance With Us America”. He taught at Magic Ballroom, and worked and taught at the Center for Youth Development for many years, sharing his love for dance. His aspirations include continuing his love for dancing and performing by learning and growing his talent each and every day. He comes from a Russian background and has one sister and brother. His motto is take one day at a time and always give 111 percent in everything he does.

 

Elena Bersten

‚ÄčElena Bersten excelled rhythmic gymnastics and became Russian gymnastics champion in 1995.  At The age of 12 Elena started learning ballroom/Latin dance. In The summer of 1998 Elena and Her Mother (former champion of Russia) opened the dance studio “21 century”. Elena at age 16, went to school for choreography.

In her dancing career Elena won numerous awards for her dancing abilities and won many prestige Russian championships and titles. Gene and Elena began dancing together and creating Latin and Ballroom dance shows in 2010. She is the co-owner of “Dance With Us America” a highly rated dance studio in Edina, Minnesota.  Elena is also

Certified as a national adjudicator with USTA and NDCA: A+ B+ C+ D+

Jordan Lanasa

Jordan became our bright and ambitious instructor in 2017. She is a recent graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, but her ever-growing presence in the dance community has given her the opportunity to devote herself entirely to her dance career. She is known for her high-energy, emotional performances and distinctive presence on and off the stage. She is highly accomplished in the competitive circuit, but the success of her students is prioritized just as highly as any of her own pursuits. She believes that it is her responsibility as instructor to identify and understand the unique and ever-evolving goals of each of her students and it is her ultimate passion to provide them with the technical and creative tools to fully achieve them. She finds joy in creating personalized lessons that adapt to each student’s unique challenges and that maximize the amplitude of their strengths. She welcomes students of all ages and abilities, challenging all of them to grow in strength, stamina, and expression in order to achieve the highest level of dancing accessible to them. Through passion, dedication, and innovative creativity, Jordan’s students grow in exponentially in their dancing while feeling energized and empowered.