Russian Open WCS 2019 PROs
Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirklin
Artur Radzikhovskiy & Marina Motronenko
Jakub Jakoubek & Emeline Rochefeuille
Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirklin (USA)
The Open 2017 Champions in Classic Division. Prior to dancing together, Gary was a multi-time UCWDC World Champion and toured as a dance captain for the Original Broadway Show Swing. He was a choreographer for the Academy Award winning film Brokeback Mountain, the dance double to the lead actor in Love 'n Dancing and also appeared as a dancer in the Jennifer Lopez/Richard Gere version of Shall We Dance. Susan was a U.S. Swing and Cabaret Champion. Together they are unique that they compete and have been successful on three separate circuits: Country, Ballroom, and West Coast Swing. They are World Professional Smooth Finalists, UCWDC Classic Masters World Champions, Classic and Showcase Swing Champions, and U.S. Open Swing Cabaret Champions.
Artur Radzikhovskiy & Marina Motronenko (Russia)
Jakub Jakoubek & Emeline Rochefeuille (Czech / France)
Natively from Czech Republic and Reunion Island, Jakub and Em took their first steps into the dance world at the age of 16 and 12, both starting with Ballroom Dancing (Latin, Standard and line-dancing).
After her arrival in France at the age of 18, as Em sought to start a new dance form, she bumped into a video of Jordan and Tatiana, and fell in love with West Coast Swing (WCS) right away. She was trained by Maxence Martin who gave her a solid knowledge from which she developed her own dancing and teaching style. Today, she acts in the WCS Community not only as a teacher, but also as a DJ and photographer.
Jakub’s dance world consists of social dances such as Zouk, WCS or Salsa but there is also a part of solo or group Modern and Contemporary dances. He started to dance and compete in WCS in 2014, guided mainly by Maxence Martin and Mario Robau, while using a lot of his background knowledge in his approach. His philosophy in dance is focused on communication.
They were both hooked since they discovered WCS, and were especially drawn to the creativity, musicality, and freedom within the dance. Just by pure chance, they had to teach together in a styling workshop in June 2016, thanks to Adam and Rita. At the end of the week-end the students suggested that they should partner up, so they did . They have been traveling the world ever since, flying from country to country to share their passion for WCS, and they love it.