About

Aleksandar Bonev

Empowering Lives Through Dance

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Founder/Owner/Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer

 

Founder/Owner/Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer

Aleksandar is a Professional dancer, fully certified instructor and choreographer with over 22 years of training and over 8 years of teaching experience. He possesses a wealth of experience in competing and performing in various dance styles and disciplines. He began his dance career at the age of six in his hometown of Ruse, Bulgaria. He received his dance training in Bulgaria, Russia and the United Kingdom. Prior to discovering his passion for ballroom dancing, Aleksandar had studied modern ballet and gymnastics in his early years. In 2010, Aleksandar was selected as one of the professional dancers for Bulgaria’s version of Dancing with the Stars “DWTS”. Following the success of DWTS, Aleksandar went on to instruct and choreograph for Impulse Ballet, one of Bulgaria’s largest dance companies. In 2011, Aleksandar graduated from the High School of Agribusiness and Developing Regions in Bulgaria.

Aleksandar decided to bring his knowledge, experience, and passion for dance to the United States in 2011. He formed North Shore Dance Society in 2014 after having spent several years teaching and training at several franchised studios in Chicago. The formation of North Shore Dance Society is the result of Aleksandar’s hard work and childhood dream. It was founded on the belief that dance, in its many styles and benefits, is achievable to anyone of any age or experience.

“Hard work, dedication and commitment” — those are the words that students of Aleksandar would use to describe him. Aleksandar cares about passing on his knowledge to his students, and he inspires them to take their own dancing to the next level. His strengths as a dancer lie within his creativity, versatility, energy and musicality. Due do his hard work, Aleksandar was awarded and recognized four times as one of the Top Instructors at the Chicago Harvest Moon Ball DanceSport Championships between 2014-2017, and at the 2017 Indianapolis Open DanceSport Competition.

In 2017, Aleksandar followed his dream and organized the 1st annual Extravaganza DanceSport Showcase, a weekend event that combines individual dance showcase & competition.

Aleksandar has trained with esteemed and world renowned champions of Smooth, Standard, Rhythm and Latin, notably, Bill Sparks, Slawek Sochacki, Alain Doucet, Ray Rivers, David Hamilton, Maria Hansen, Paul Holmes, Anna Mikhed, John Swick, Bonita Brockert, and many others. He continues to coach regularly with top coaches.

As an instructor, Aleksandar competes Pro/Am with his students. He and his students have coached with Bill Sparks, Slawek Sochacki, Marzena Stachura, Kasia Kozak, Emmanuel Pierre Antoine, Maxim Kozhevnikov, John Swick, Alain Doucet and Bonita Brockert. His students have also participated in ballroom camps and workshops taught by Slavik Kryklyvyy, Ricardo Cocchi, Yulia Zagoruychenko, Maurizio Vescovo, Victor Fung, Anastasia Muravyeva, and Eugene Katsevman.

In the Pro/Am competitive circuit, Aleksandar and his partner, Hui Lin Lim, are one of the top ranked Pro/Am couples in Illinois. In 2017, in the Best Of The Best Championships at Chicago Harvest Moon Ball DanceSport Championships, Aleksandar and Hui Lin were the Champions in American Rhythm Bronze, Vice Champion in Standard and Latin, and finalist in Smooth.

During Aleksandar and Hui Lin’s solo showcase performance at the 2017 Starlite Ball in Indiana, they won 1st place out of over 30 showcase performances.

In the Professional competitive circuit, Aleksandar has competed in Professional American Smooth and American Rhythm. In 2017, he was an American Rhythm Rising Star and Professional finalist at the following competitions:

- Cincinnati Ballroom Classic
- Cleveland DanceSport Challenge
- Motown Showdown DanceSport Challenge
- North American Imperial Star Ball
- Chicago Harvest Moon Ball DanceSport Championships

Apart from dancing, Aleksandar believes in being charitable and giving back his time to the community. In 2017, Aleksandar shared his love of dance with a group of special needs people at Misericordia, where he brought joy and provided these people with the beauty of artistic movement and empowered them to overcome their limitations.

Earlier on the same year, Aleksandar & Hui Lin participated at the St. John’s Ball in Chicago, where proceeds from the Ball were donated to 98.7WFTM’s Bach To School Program, which provided thousands of school children to access to music from the great composers.

Personally, Aleksandar is passionate about sharing his love of dance with his students. His commitment and goal-oriented mentality are the qualities he most enjoys to pass on to his students. He believes that dance can empower and enrich people’s lives and he looks forward to cultivating confident dancers in all types of ballroom dances.

Peter Minkov

Peter Minkov

Peter Minkov is a certified Ballroom and Latin dance instructor, professional dance competitor, and has over 25 years of dance and teaching experience. He is a ballroom dance adjudicator with the US Terpsichore Association and the owner of the oldest ballroom dance competition in the USA – the Chicago Harvest Moon Ball Dancesport Championship.

Peter was introduced to ballroom dancing at the age of 9, in his native country Bulgaria. From the first moments on the dance floor, he knew this would be his lifelong passion, which eventually became his profession and life.

As a professional competitor, Peter is a former winner and champion of over 20 U.S. professional ballroom championships.

He was a U.S. National Professional top 6 finalist and was ranked as high as No. 4 in the country as well as top 16 in the world for several years in a row.

His experience as a dance instructor combined with his wide breadth of knowledge, expertise and life experience,  makes him the perfect instructor for students of all backgrounds and ages.

His exposure and involvement in his family business of wedding planning and photography makes him an asset in the ballroom industry as he is well versed to help students prepare for their wedding dance or special event.

As a renowned coach and trainer who is well sought after, Peter loves to teach and is passionate in teaching dancers of all levels. Whether you are a beginner, recreational social dancer or an advanced competitor, Peter can help bring your dancing to the next level.

 

Philosophy

Our mission at North Shore Dance Society is to inspire dancers of all ages to be the best they can be. We are devoted to provide the highest quality ballroom dance education for all ages and levels of ability. We are dedicated to provide our knowledge and passion in ballroom dance to our students, whether they are dancing at a recreational level or a competitive level.

North Shore Dance Society is committed to transform lives through ballroom dance, striving to lead everyone in its community toward a lifelong engagement with ballroom dance. Our teaching philosophy is centered on instilling a passion for ballroom dance, while also building self-esteem and confidence.

Benefits of Ballroom Dancing

Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Besides being fun and healthy, dancing has many other positive benefits. It provides you with valuable life skills as it teaches respect, discipline, social etiquette, grace, sportsmanship, and makes you a better well-rounded individual. Some of the other benefits are:

Improved Physical Health

  • Weight loss, strong core, improve balance and coordination
  • Increase energy levels, lower blood pressure, increase endurance & boost immune system
  • Improve posture and relieve pain
  • Increase flexibility, mobility and strength

Mental Health & Emotional Well Being

  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Strengthen the mind
  • Relax and unwind
  • Explore your creativity

Social Benefits & Skills

  • Learn body language
  • Better social ease, overcome shyness
  • Develop public performance skill
  • Meet new people
  • Become the life of the party

One of the great benefits of learning to dance with North Shore Dance Society is that your dancing will last a lifetime. It is always yours to continue and enjoy. Let us elevate you to the next level. Let us empower your life through dance!