Irina started lindy hopping at the age of fifteen and was immediately hooked after attending her first social dance. Over the course of the next few years, under the close guidance of some fantastic local dancers and many, many hours spent practicing and social dancing, Irina exceeded normal expectations of a beginner and was already teaching by the end of her first year. She is still constantly pushing herself and trying to achieve new heights with her dancing. Irina loves teaching and helping her students individually with their basics and technique; and as a result, watching them grow is always rewarding. She likes to focus on clean, efficient technique, and styling that comes from comfortability in one's basics.