Mike Monokandilos & Sophia Brodsky
Mike and Sophia started dancing together in September 2014 at Dance VITA in San Mateo, California.
This partnership was born out of raw talent and immense passion for dancing.
Their long results list includes Winning Youth Latin events in: 2015 Ohio Star Ball, 2016 New York Dance Festival, 2016 Embassy Ball, National Championships, Millennium DanceSport Championship, California Open DanceSport Championships, City Lights Ball, Autumn Dance Classic, Desert Classic DanceSport Festival, Great Gatsby Gala, and Pacific Grand Ball and multiple other dance competitions.
Being reigning US Youth Latin and 10 dance Champions granted them the honor to represent US in Youth Latin World Championships in 2015 in Moldova and 2016 in Latvia and Paris.
In 2015 Mike and Sophia were offered Aida sponsorship because of their outstanding results and dedication to this art. Aida was Sophia's favorite brand since she started competing. Sophia’s favorite shoes were the model 070 Karin in Tan Satin and Mike’s favorite shoes were the Smagin’s (136T).
Outside of dance they both pursued academic goals, Sophia studied Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of San Francisco and Mike was completing his last year in high school and was planning to obtain a degree in Computer Science.
Will, determination, hard work, discipline and a willingness to make important sacrifices positioned them as elite National athletes.
A "giving-up-is-not-an-option" attitude set them apart as champions.
Dancing was the way they expressed who they were.