Most ballroom partners who share a last name are a married couple, but not Daniel Pollack and Alexis Pollack: they’re brother and sister. Many people think that a sibling partnership is strange, being that it is rare to find a brother/sister partnership in the United States, but Daniel and Alexis have been happily dancing together since 2017. Alexis has been dancing since the age of 3, beginning in the styles of ballet, jazz, and tap, along with competitive figure skating. She then danced for Ballet West, a premier ballet school in America. Eventually her passion turned towards ballroom, and she has been ballroom dancing ever since. Daniel, being 2 years younger than Alexis, started dancing ballroom after watching her ballroom classes. Being that Daniel was a talented and nationally successful tennis player at the time, he had the hard decision of having to choose between tennis and ballroom. Ultimately, he chose ballroom.
The road to this partnership was not an easy one. Daniel and Alexis had to listen to many people tell them that their partnership would never work out, being that they are related. Negativity came from many angles, including coaches who never believed in them; but their strong and persevering partnership has only proved these people wrong. Daniel and Alexis have both always gravitated toward the Latin style, and this is the style they have committed to. Although they train rigorously in Latin, they also train in Ballroom on the side. Daniel and Alexis are located in the beautiful state of Utah. Not only do they train here, but they also have opened up their own ballroom studio: Ladu Studios. They love teaching and training dancers of all ages from all walks of life. In addition to training and teaching, Alexis has received her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Utah, and Daniel is currently working towards his degree in Business Administration.
Daniel and Alexis love to travel and compete. Some of their accomplishments include making the top 12 in Under 21 Latin at the Ohio Star Ball, making the semifinal in Under 21 Latin at the United States National Championships, placing first in Youth 3-Dance at the United States National Championships, and becoming national champions in the Adult category. They continue to push themselves to be the best competitors and dancers that they can be. Daniel and Alexis are thrilled to be the only sibling partnership to be sponsored by Aida. They believe that family always comes first, and are happy to now have a second family in Aida.