In May Of 2014,
Majestic Dance Studio was born
My name is Alexandr Borodko, and I began ballroom dancing at the age of eight in my hometown of Minsk, Belarus. I continued to dance in grammar and high school, eventually earning a Bachelor's Degree in Ballroom Dance and Choreography from the Belarusian University of Culture. Post graduation, I danced as an amateur for 11 years with top placements in major dance competitions throughout Europe.
Since coming to the United States 20 years ago, I have established myself as a highly successful professional competitor, winning a wide variety of professional division events with my dance partner, Angi Hein: the St. Louis Star Ball, the Heart of America, Atlanta Open and the California Open. We’ve also been finalists in all of the major DanceSport competitions.
At the same time, I have become an established and sought after dance instructor in St. Louis. Through the years, my students have participated and won countless competitions in the United States and around the world.
In 2004 at the Salsa Club VIVA, I met Sara, my future wife. Two years later, we were fortunate enough to be married among friends and family. Sara and I are blessed with two beautiful children, Maxim and Alessya, who at a young age are discovering the joy of dance.
With the opening of Majestic Dance Studio, we are starting another exciting chapter of our lives. Our wish is to provide instruction, education and inspiration to those interested in ballroom dancing. Our goal is to make Majestic a place for dancers (and soon-to-be dancers) to learn the art of ballroom dancing in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
I am passionate about ballroom dancing and enjoy helping other people find their own passion. Let Majestic Dance Studio and my 26 years of experience guide and support you as you make your way through the wonderful world of ballroom dancing!
Meet Our Instructors
Angie, a St. Louis native, began her lifelong love affair with dance at Berkley Evans School of Dance in Florissant, MO where she trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop. With her sights set on becoming a professional dancer, Angie went on to have a decade long performance career in concert dance and Musical Theatre. From Chicago, NYC, and LA, to cruise ships and European tours, Angie danced and had roles in such shows as GREASE, Singin' In The Rain, Guys & Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and South Pacific to name a few.
Upon returning to St. Louis, Angie decided to pursue her longtime interest in ballroom and Latin Dance -- and it is inside the world of ballroom dance that she has stayed! A full-time dance instructor, Angie teaches students of all ages and levels, both privately and in a group setting.
In addition to being an instructor at Majestic Dance Studio, Angie is also the Program Manager for St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, a non-profit social development program that uses ballroom dance to teach elegance, dignity, respect, and teamwork among elementary-aged students. Whether inside the ballroom studio or inside an elementary school gym, Angie works to inspire, motivate, and encourage all of her students to explore and expand their talents while connecting to the joy that comes from dancing.
"Dancing offers both the individual and partnership so many gifts! Dancing is a physical activity that uplifts the spirit and can feel really good on the body. Dancing exercises the brain and it boosts self-confidence, as it is both an art and a sport that one can study, learn, and practice for a lifetime. To be able to share these gifts with my students, regardless of age or skill-set, is such a privilege. I have the greatest job!"
Angie's students can be found winning scholarships and top ranks at competition, heating up dance floors all across the STL area, wowing their wedding guests, being the life of the party, swaying with their significant other, gaining popularity on internet dating sites, movin' groovin' and having fun!
Kim put on her first pair of dance shoes at the age of 3, and has been dancing ever since. Trained in multiple disciplines of dance, Kim loves to share her passion for Latin music and dancing through teaching Zumba.
Her classes are high energy, easy to follow, and most importantly, a BLAST! People say they don’t feel the time pass when dancing with Kim, but they DO notice the amazing results. Kim inspires her students to dance with total freedom, and promises that you do NOT have to be a dancer to love her class.
Kim is also an attorney and the founder of Project BE Confident, an empowerment program for pre-teen and teenage girls.
Vsevolod began dancing at the age of five and has been studying the International Style of Ballroom Dance for more than 10 years. He won his first dance competition when he was 7 and over the years he has participated in many international dance competitions, including the Poland Open and the Minsk Open. Vsevolod moved to the US in the fall of 2015 and began studying the American Style of Ballroom Dance. He joined the talented team of dancers at Majestic Dance Studio in the summer of 2016 and has enjoyed teaching both adult and junior dancers.
Courtney Heidenreich began her performing career in the circus. She has performed, coached and trained a variety of circus acts throughout the United States, Caribbean, Canada, and China. Her touring experience has taken her to 44 states with shows such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Cole Bros. Circus, Kelly Miller Circus, and others. She has also worked in multiple circus schools, resorts, and theme parks including SeaWorld San Antonio, Club Med, and St. Louis's own Circus Harmony. She currently can be found performing with Circus Kaput.
Courtney is also a licensed massage therapist and instructor at A Gathering Place Wellness Education Center. While in school, she developed an original fitness modality that capitalizes on the many benefits of massage to achieve optimal efficiency from your training, with the most notable gains in range of motion.
Courtney's earliest professional aspiration, however, was to be a dancer. She is most influenced by the training she received at The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park, FL and Esquina Tango in Austin, TX. She is excited to have found a ballroom dance home at Majestic Dance Studio where she can continue to grow and develop original fusion performance pieces as well as share her love of dance with the community.
Started dancing as a social dancer wishing to learn salsa and country two step, then quickly turning my sights to competitive ballroom dancing competing as an amateur.
Deciding to take my dancing further I moved to the greater Boston area working for Arthur Murray. There I was trained by highly acclaimed coaches over next few years. At the first Professional Arthur Murray Competition I got Gold and Silver medals in American Smooth and Rhythm styles of ballroom dance.
I am excited to be back teaching in St. Louis area and I am looking forward to get back into professional dancing. I specialize in working with brand new students and getting you used to a social setting of dancing as well as working with a more advanced dancers who wish to take it further.
Loraine began studying Ballet and Pointe as a child. She continued with these styles, performing across the United States. She then decided to branch out into more styles and came to find her true passion in Ballroom and Latin dance. Loraine soon started teaching and eventually joined Simply Ballroom in 2012. Her debut performance with Simply Ballroom was in the ”Dancing with the Rabbi’s” show. She is an elegant dancer and patient teacher who concentrates on the necessary techniques for smooth, powerful and beautiful dancing. Loraine also has a background in choreography.
Her enthusiasm for dancing, learning, and performing are endless, and her vitality is contagious. She loves teaching dance; it has been her life-long passion.
A Different Kind of Dance Instructor.
I can teach you dance steps. I’ll have to, because we’ll need them, just like we need clothes to wear. But my real goal is to teach you to dance with someone. Dancing is two people connecting, communicating, and moving together to the music. I’ll teach you the sense and feel of a dance partnership and what each partner contributes and receives from it. You cannot learn this by watching a video or reading a manual. You have to learn through very active participation.
I teach all ages. I teach beginners who want to learn one or several dances, couples who want to dance at their wedding, experienced social dancers who want a tune up, and I coach competitive couples. I teach in a comfortable style so that new students who might be nervous about this endeavor will feel welcomed and appreciated. I will accommodate your preferences for a teaching style: learning by doing, watching, explanation, or any combination. My concern is that we meet your goals; that you learn to dance well with just one partner or, if you prefer, to dance socially with anyone, in the situations you are likely to use these skills. I want you to have fun!
My years of experience, and a dedication to continually educate myself on dance trends and teaching technique, as well as an historical perspective, have given me original techniques for your benefit. I am forever excited about dancing and teaching, and you will feel that enthusiasm from me.