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Welcome to the Hot Ballroom DanceSport Challenge, brought to you by a dedicated team of dance professionals! With years of experience in the dance world, we understand the magic and beauty of this art form, and we're excited to share it with you. Our goal is to provide a platform for dancers of all levels to showcase their talent, passion, and dedication. Join us for a spectacular event filled with breathtaking performances, inspiring moments, and the joy of dance. See you on the dance floor!

Irina Trebunskaya

Organizer and Founder of Dance It Up

Irina is the co-owner of You Can Dance Studio with her daughter, pro DWTS dancer Anna Trebunskaya and was also her childhood dance instructor. Irina has a rich dance background as a competitor, instructor and manager of dance institutions. She was a Russian professional champion finalist and a U.S. Pro/Am champion.

After a successful tenure as head instructor in Chelyabinsk (a well-known Russian home for world champions), Irina opened and ran a dance studio in New York City. Her heart and passion is reflected in her teaching, instructor selection and teacher/student mentoring. She has gone on to become a certified master of dance in all four styles: International Standard & Latin, American Rhythm & Smooth.

Herb McGurk

Organizer, Finance & Planning

Herb is a real estate broker at Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills. He specializes in representing the sale and purchase of luxury homes and investment properties. He has worked in the film business as a post-production supervisor for the Disney Company as well as independent studios. He has co-produced and directed the independent film, “Willoughby,” a film about a man being shot and struggles with his will to survive.

Herb took up ballroom dancing and is currenlty president of USA Dance Los Angeles County. He also serves as district director for District 6 of USA Dance which covers California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

Oksana Kalinuka

Organizer, Director if Development - Dance It Up

Originally from Latvia, Oksana Kalinuka grew up in Riga before moving to the United States. She graduated with a Masters in Economics and Management from Moscow Industrial University in 2000. Oksana's love for ballroom dance began at the age of 8, sparking a lifelong passion. What started as a childhood hobby blossomed into a career when she opened OC Dancing Ballroom Studio in Newport Beach in 2006, later expanding to Irvine in 2019.

Oksana is more than a businesswoman; she is a beloved dance coach in Orange County. Her knowledge, dedication, and passion shine through in her roles as an Instructor, Coach, Businesswoman, and competitive ballroom certified Judge. Oksana is known for her genuine nature and her ability to inspire others with her love for ballroom dance, touching the lives of all who meet her.

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