Dance Spotlight – Dina Medvedeva

Photo credit: Alfonso Calderon

Dina Medvedeva is featured in this edition of Dance Spotlight! She lives in DFW and was nominated by Johan Ibanez Vasquez.  He said, “I’m nominating her because she loves to dance Salsa and Bachata.  She is in my salsa dance team and she brings an amazing energy to it.  She’s always positive and she supports every social, workshop, congress and festival in Dallas. She is from Russia and has grown as a dancer.  She is very friendly and I think she deserves her own hashtag. #EveryoneLovesDina.” Check out some fun facts about Dina including her favorite dancers to dance with! Want to nominate someone? Contact us!

Where are you from?
I am from Moscow, Russia and I came to the US two years ago.

Favorite dancers to watch and/or dance with?
In Dallas – I am a real fan of Johan & Alyssa.  I admire their talent, determination and amazing professionalism. I enjoy Arturo Garcia’s bachata. He is so diverse and the dances are always nicely done. I also like to how Jay Styles dances at parties and one can learn a lot just watching him. World-wide – I really love Roly Madden and Andy & Yuliette.

Favorite socials/places to dance?
I usually go to Stratos and Los Lupes. There is enough space and really friendly environment. I also like the socials at Clique studios when there are coolers available.

Dance Pet Peeve: (Hygiene, No connection, People who teach while dancing, etc).
I am not tolerant of arrogance and disrespect on the dance floor instead of cooperation and respect.  I don’t like managing  someone’s ego. The dancing world is so beautiful and gives so much. I would rather devote my time to building trust and enjoying my partner to the fullest instead of wasting time on attitudes. We need to appreciate the dance community and give the good vibes back.

Favorite dance moment?
When there is full understanding between the partners and the dance starts flowing by itself.  There are no moves anymore –  only the feeling of the partner and thoughts translated by the dance.

Favorite dance genre?
I love Cuban styles. I cannot explain why. When I started dancing 1.5 years ago I was charmed by sparkling dresses, strong postures and all the turn patterns. Today, I am really in love with styles that are not that impressive from a technique perspective but that are danced by the soul.  Have you ever seen Cubans dancing guaguanco in a crowded club? Wow! Those are the hottest dances I have ever seen.

What movie title describes your attitude while dancing? Why?
Are “dirty dances” applicable to sensual bachata? 🙂

Favorite dance video you’d like to share?
This is one of my favorite dance videos.
(Video available on Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=689896121495088