Artem Shiller & Ginny Ray

 

Born and raised in formal dance in Moscow, Artem came to the US to find a new adventure in 2016. Here he met Ginny, also a lifelong dancer, but with a way different story. Together, they are continually building a tale of their own. 

With his competitive background in the International styles from childhood on, Artem quickly caught on to their American counterparts. His well trained body and his analytical mind fell in love with American Rhythm and Smooth, he now just needed a partner to train with... 

Enter: Ginny Ray... 

With early childhood gymnastics and ballet, Ginny's evolution as a dancer has maneuvered her through several genres. After leaving college as a Ballet Education major, she found herself drawn to social partner dancing like Hustle and Salsa. She went on to hold the title of “World Hustle Champion” from 2011-2013 as well share the stage with some of the world's best Salsa dancers. Ever the explorer of new journeys, Ginny moved from Philadelphia to VA in 2016 where she found a handsome and highly capable Artem. 

Artem and Ginny Ray found a uniqueness in each other that was irresistible to exploration. After some dabbling in Theater Arts and Cabaret, they decided that their talents and experiences met in the middle with American Rhythm. From there in 2018, they took off running...well, dancing. They have been training and competing all over the US as well as coaching a team of competitive student partners to do the same. Together, theiradventure has received several Top Teacher Awards, Top Studio awards, and many podium appearances for their display during Rising Star and Open Rhythm competitions. 

Who are they off the dance floor, you ask? This couple has been married for three years and have two adorable Yorkies, Ace and Apollo, who do a great job of bossing the family around. Artem has also found another partner to spend time with, along with this wife… a 

barbell. You can frequently find him in a Crossfit gym lifting, climbing, running, jumping and many other athletic feats. At home, Ginny is an avid crocheter complete with Etsy shop, custom design orders and all. Artem and Ginny currently live and teach in the Northern Virginia area. Keep an eye out for this spunky couple on any dance floor. They are hard to miss! 

Awards 

2017: 

  • Virginia State Dancesport Showdance Champion

2018: 

  • American Star Ball Rising Star Rhythm 3rd Place 
  • Northcoast Dancesport Classic Rising Star Rhythm 3rd Place, Open Rhythm 3rd Place 
  • Cincinnati Ballroom Classic 1st place Rising Star Basics, 2nd Place Rising Star Rhythm 
  • Motown Showdown Rising Star Rising Star Champion 
  • Yuletide Ball Rising Star Rhythm 3rd Place 

2019: 

  • Heritage Classic Rising Star Rhythm 3rd Place 
  • Tri-State Challenge Rising Star Rhythm 3rd Place 
  • Michigan Dance Challenge Rising Star Rhythm 2nd Place 
  • Wisconsin State Dancesport Championships Rising Star Rhythm 3rd Place
  • American Star Ball Rising Star Rhythm 2nd Place 
  • Savannah Dance Classic Rising Star Rhythm Champion, Open Rhythm 3rd Place
  • Northcoast Classic Rising Star Rhythm Champion, Open Rhythm 3rd Place
  •  Cincinnati Ballroom Classic 1st Place Basics, Rising Star Rhythm Champion, Open Rhythm 3rd Place 
  • Capital Dance Sport Rhythm Basics 3rd Place 
  • Constitution State DanceSport Championships Rising Star Rhythm runners up
  • Hotlanta The Classic Rising Star Rhythm Champions 
  • North American Imperial Star Ball Rising Star Rhythm runners up, Open Rhythm runners up 
  • South Open Dancesport Championships Rising Star Rhythm Champions
  • Yuletide Ball Professional Rhythm Basics 1st Place, Rising Star 3rd Place, Open Rhythm 

2020: 

  • Snow Ball Rising Star Champions, Open Rhythm Runners up 
  • Golden Star Dancesport Championships Rising Star Rhythm Runners up
  • Heritage Classic Rising Star Rhythm Runners up