This new California partnership hit the ground running in 2019 when they debuted after just one month of dancing together and became Vice-Champions in JR1 at City Lights Open, Vice-Champions at California Open, and broke into the Final at the prestigious NYDF. They went on to win the JR2 Scholarship at Nevada Star Ball, and have since then climbed to be one of the top Junior couples in the United States. Under main coach Vadim Lyubushkin and master coaches Karina Smirnoff, Eugene Katsevman, and Thomas Lewandowski, their energy and excitement make them a couple to watch for.
Anthony Tatoosi was born in Los Angeles, CA. He was an 8 year old soccer player on a local team, when a school parent asked him to help out his daughter, who needed a ballroom dance partner for a competition. While he agreed reluctantly, and was determined not to quit soccer, he fell in love with ballroom dancing after the very first competition and made the hard decision to replace soccer cleats with ballroom shoes. Although he started relatively late, Anthony went on to become one of the top dancers in the under 12/Juvenile division, won many Championships - including the prestigious Emerald Ball, placed 4th at Utah Nationals, and was among the best US Juvenile dancers at Fordney Foundation’s Best of the Best showcase at Ohio Star Ball. Anthony successfully transitioned into Junior category, and is a consistent finalist of major competitions with his partner Vendela Lloyd. His recent achievement was being awarded Best Junior Dancer by Dance Vision and Karina Smirnoff. Anthony’s coach and mentor of many years is Vadim Lyubushkin.
Vendela Lloyd was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up around dance studios. She began dancing at 18 months and started her competitive career by age 4 when she participated in and won her first International Latin competition. She continued competing, consistently training with some of the top coaches in the world and winning events with multiple partners. She went on to dance Pro-Am with Vaidas Skimelis, who, coincidentally, was a judge at her very first competition. A dedicated dancer, she splits her time between training with her partner in L.A. and full-time school at her home in the Silicon Valley. Up North, Vendela’s main coaches are Jurga Pupelyte and Vaidas Skimelis. Vendela’s energy, determination, and love of dance shine through on the floor. In addition to her goal of turning Pro in the future, she would like to go to Stanford and volunteer to help local sheltered dogs.