MIchael Shaponick with Dasha Kholodenko
MIchal Shaponick

Michael and Yuliya at the Manhattan Dancesport competition, 2010 3rd place

Michael and Yuliya - why they dance

Based in Scituate, MA, USA, Michael's dancing career began when his short-lived football days came to an abrupt end. He was eleven years old when he sustained a concussion and had to quit the sport. At that time, "Dancing with the Stars" just came out and Michael was fascinated with DanceSport. This was when he decided to start competitive dancing. He started at Fred Astaire Studios in Hanover, MA. His first professional partner was Kristina Hess.

After doing Pro-am social dancing for two years with Kristina, Michael found Alexandra Deych. The pair was soon on fire, dancing together five times a week to prepare for competitions. Their hard work paid off; they won first place in their division at 2008 National competition in Kentucky.

Michael's has a strong sense of community involvement. He believes in doing things for young and old. He has performed at a senior center in Cape Cod, telling their audience, "Never give up - never lose hope. If you can walk, you can dance." Michael community performances also include shows for 300 people at special events and one for Alzheimer's victims. He has also danced at many charity events including fund raisers for prostate cancer and especially for children living with cancer. Michael lost his brother Ricky at age eleven in November of 2009 to brain cancer.

Michael currently competes with Dasha Kholodenko, pictured in the top photograph while performing at the Ohio Classic in December of 2011. Both seventeen, they have been partners since late summer. Besides taking honor classes in his senior year, he and Dasha practice daily at Dance Fever Studio in Needham, MA.

A search on Google or Youtube returns dozens of results of Michael's competitive dancing. Michael's official DanceSport profile is at: http://dancesportinfo.net/Dancer/Michael_Shaponick_71173/Details.aspx

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by William on December 22, 2011 27 Comments
Michael Shaponick and Yuliya Kiperberg at Dance Fever Winter Showcase 01.30.2011
Video Trailer from Boston Cup!
"USA DANCE Commercial on CN8, Champion DanceSport" on YouTube

Michael used in a commercial for USA Dancesport age 14 first in novice.