Couple hopes to waltz away with world title

From the Baltimore Sun:
In the brightly lit Atlantic Ballroom in Towson, Igor and Polina Pilipenchuk practice their dance moves. They glide gracefully across polished hardwood, shoes tapping and hips swiveling. In June, the Towson residents are going to Tokyo to represent the United States in the World Professional Ten Dance Championships.

Last month, the Belarus natives won the National Dancesport Title in Asheville, N.C., establishing themselves as the top ballroom-dancing couple in the United States. In June, they could very well be named the world's best.

The pair, married since 1985, came to America in 1994. They were already dance teachers and amateur champions in the former Soviet Union when some American friends introduced them to Glenis Dee, a Latin dance champion who ran a studio in Towson and who was looking for a dancing couple to work for her. She sponsored the Pilipenchuks to come to America and has coached them since. While they are still citizens of Belarus and are unsure whether they want to trade in their green cards for U.S. passports, Igor, 40, and Polina, 38, are comfortably settled in their house in Towson with their 17-year-old son, Nikolai, also a dancer, and their dog.
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