Linder and Shelly Meshkausk
Erik and Shelly have been
dance partners for a year and a half and dance both the Latin and
Ballroom styles. They have developed an amazing partnership that is
reflected in their unique expression and passion for dance. Erik is
from Lake Stevens, Washington and Shelly is from Southborough,
Massachusetts. The long distance wasn’t going to stop their love of
dancing with each other which meant that they would have had to
travel between the two states every 2-3 weeks to train together and
go to school in addition to travelling to competitions in the US and
Erik and Shelly consistently
place first or second at all major US competitions as well as
winning the Best of the Best Youth Showdance at Ohio Star Ball.
These are remarkable results for being a relatively new partnership.
Erik and Shelly also competed in their first world championships as
a couple in Paris last December with an impressive 5th place in the
Fred Astaire Cup. They plan to compete again in Paris this year and
at the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival, England in May. In
addition to their dancing achievements, Erik and Shelly have started
EIRIKER.COM a business making handmade bracelets which are worn by
fans around the world. They are also brand ambassadors for AIDA,
Shok Shop and RS Atelier.
Shelly is a senior in high
school. She grew up with dancing in her family and excelled from a
very young age. With multiple national titles and as national
finalist she has won many accolades. Shelly also teaches dance and
does hair and makeup for dance competitors.
Erik graduated from high
school this past June and is interested in business along with his
career in dancing. Erik started dancing at the age of 4 and has been
going strong ever since. Some of his many past achievements include
2015 Under 16 Ballroom World Champion, 5th in Junior Blackpool
Latin, numerous national titles, semi finalist on America’s Got
Talent and guest dancer on Dancing With The Stars and The Oprah
Show. Erik also has several students he dances with.
With all of the achievements
in their dancing, the best part for Erik and Shelly is the joy they
have for dancing together and sharing that joy with others.
Lazar Isakharov and Natalie Gohman
Natalie have been dancing together for two years.
started taking classes with his older sister at the age of 3. He was
National Champion in ballroom and Latin in Bronze, Silver and third
in Gold going through his Pre-teen and Junior dancing.
an accomplished ballet and contemporary dancer. She started Ballrom
& Latin two years ago and took it as seriously as she does
everything she is passionate about.
Once Lazar &
Natalie met, the match of dedication and love for dance, diligence
in training and passion in performing was obvious.
an international judge and coach, has been training then in Standard
and Latin throughout all their dance years. They train in Standard &
Latin as well as take modern and contemporary dance. The couple is
blessed with support of it’s families in travel for competitions
around the country.
Lazar & Natalie won Bronze medals in Pre-championship and Novice
Standard at USA Dance National Championships in Baltimore, MD.
ambitious plans make them work hard on the way to the top of the
dance Olimpus and they do it with all their hearts and souls.
We are indeed honored to
present as this year’s Crystal Ball featured performers…ERIK
LINDER & SHELLY MESHKAUSK along with LAZAR ISAKHAROV & NATALIE
Lynn Offutt - Principal
The Dance WorkShop
The Dance WorkShop Studio is located at
327 NE 91st Street Seattle, Wa. 98115