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Jean Paul

BIOGRAPHY

Jean and Lana met on the dance floor while competing against each other. He had never noticed her until she beat him - but she had known of him long before, she had watched him. They danced. They fell in love.  They grew together, transforming into a beautiful dance duo. They grew passion for the art. Dance partners by day, lovers by night. She is exotic, feminine, sensual. He is expressive and ambitious. They are perfect for each other.

Jean was born in Vitebsk, Belarus and started dancing at a local dance center at the age of ten. After three years of competitive dancing, winning many competitions and placing third at nationals, he put his dance shoes in a shoe box to pursue other hobbies and focus on academics.  He earned a full scholarship at Belarusian State University, majoring in mathematics and computer science.

He moved to the US at age 19 , where he tried many different jobs. Dance was always in the back of his mind.  Finally, he found himself at a dance studio in New Jersey, where he was instantly hired as a dance teacher. That was when he knew he had to give a professional dance career a chance, and boy did he! Starting as a pro in Latin division at age 23, he won the US National Professional Rising Star Championships after just two years of competing. Ever since, he traveled the US, collecting titles in regional and national comps. He made an appearance on Good Morning America and was recently prominently featured as a prime dancer in the Oscar Winning movie of David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook.

He is very a hard working, ambitious, and talented young professional. He loves performing and trains daily to become the best he can be. He has a strong group of coaches and mentors who help him as he works towards his goals.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2006 National Pro Rising Star Champion
  • 2010 North American Pro Latin Champion
  • 2011 New York Dance Festival Pro Latin Champion
  • 2011 Mentioned and  illustrated in Julia Ericksen's book Dance with Me
  • 2011 Interviewed by American author Beth Kephart and published in DanceBeat USA
  • 2012 Featured in Hallmark commercial
  • 2012 Prime dancer in Silver Linings Playbook
  • 2013 Featured in Valley Forge Casino commercial

FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO"

Tradition. Theater. High quality dance shoes. Global recognition. Broadway. American heritage. Ballet.

FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM

Ballroom and Latin dance shoes.

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS

Work hard. Rest up. Be focused. Stay passionate.

UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW

I love web design and make my own websites.
I'm passionate about music and enjoy playing my guitar.

www.JeanandLana.com