Penn Latin & Ballroom Dance Presents



We are excited to continue hosting post-competition workshops. Although the information below is still tentative, please plan to stay in town on Sunday morning (Feb. 17th, 2019) to come take a workshop with renowned instructors and dancers Emanuele Pappacena and/or Ruslan Wilder.

Emanuele Pappacena's workshop will begin at 12:00 PM and last one hour.
Ruslan Wilder's workshop will begin at 1:00 PM and last one hour.
If you sign up in advance, each workshop costs $15 to attend, or $25 for both workshops.
If you do not sign up in advance, each workshop costs $20 to attend, or $30 for both workshops.

The location for the workshops is Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Private Lessons
Francesca Lazzari, Emanuele Pappacena, Ruslan Wilder, and Slavik Legkovenko will be holding private lessons from 2:15pm until 6:00pm.
Private lessons with Francesca Lazzari or Emanuele Pappacena cost $95.
Private lessons with Ruslan Wilder cost $100.
Private lessons with Slavik Legkovenko cost $80.
Please pay the instructors directly the day of the lesson.

Emanuele Pappacena and Francesca Lazzari
From Italy, Emanuele and Francesca were trained as International Latin and Standard dancers and look back on an accomplished career, having performed at such illustrious competitions as the Blackpool in England. Now dancing for the US, they continue to compete Nationally and Internationally, most recently adding to their success with a US Open 3rd place finish in 10 Dance, US Open 2nd place finish in Classic Showdance, and a stunning 3rd place finish in 2013 WDC World Championship Classic Showdance.

Some of their major titles include:
Professional Standard
-World champion classic show dance 3rd place
-Ohio starball top 8
-Emerald Ball top 5
-North American ballroom champions 2011/2012
-United States national open standard top 8 2011/2012
-United States national classic show dance 2nd place 2012
-International championship London Rising Star ballroom 7th place
-World dance Championship Paris rising star 2nd place
-South European championship 2nd place

Professional 10 Dance
-United States national ten dance 3rd place
-For Francesca also 4th place world champion ten dance

Ruslan Wilder
Russ is a professional ballroom dancer with over 25 years’ experience within the DanceSport industry. Russ was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. He began his dance career at the age of 6. He has been enrolled in several different dance studios including St. Petersburg Youth Palace for Arts where he originally met his dance partner and now-wife Katusha, where she had been dancing since age 5. At the age of 14 he and his family moved to the US where he continued his education. In addition to being a Professional Ballroom/Latin dancers Russ holds a BS from Kennesaw State University majoring in Communication Media Studies, TV and Radio Broadcasting.

Some of His Major Titles include:
-World Professional 10-Dance finalist
-U.S. Representative to the World Professional 10-Dance Championships
-2012 United States Representative to The Professional Standard World Championships
-2008; 2009, 2010, 2011,2014 United States Professional 10-dance Finalist
-La Classique Du Quebec 2009, 2010,2011,2012 Professional Standard Finalist and Latin Finalist
-2010 Vegas Showdown Open Professional Latin Finalist
-2011 Vegas Open Dance Sort Championships Professional Standard Finalist
-2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 Mexico Open Professional Standard Finalist

National and International TV performances include
Fox - “Stars of Latino Dance Sport Championships”
Tattersall’s Australian Dance Sport Championships
Fox - Good Morning Atlanta
ABC - Saturday Morning Show
Sold out performances for the stage show “Ballroom”
Toured Egypt with the Broadway show “Take the Floor”
Performed for opera star Aprile Millo’s 25th anniversary show
Featured performers for Capezio 125th year anniversary celebration

Slavik Legkovenko
Slavik is a professional ballroom dancer with over 30 years’ experience within the DanceSport industry. He is the former owner of one of the top dance studios in the Ukraine, where he trained dancers who went on to win national and international championships, including Ukrainian National Championnships, Blackpool Dance Festival, The International Championships, World Championship (France) and other top competitions. As a dancer himself, he has been the Ukranian national champion in Professional Latin on numerous occasions, semi-finalist at the European Championship (Moscow), and semi-finalist at the 2012 World Championship in Paris.

Some of His Major Accomplishments include:
-2005, 2008, 2011 Ukrainian National Champion in Professional Latin division
-Top 74 from 266 couples in Professional Latin at the "Blackpool Dance Festival"
-Top 25 from 130 couples in Professional Rising Star Latin at the UK Open Championships
-Semi-finalist at the European Championship (Moscow)
-2008 top 9 at the German Open Championships (GOC)
-2010 top 17 in International Championships in England
-2012 Semi-finalist at the World Championship in Paris (France)

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