Ms. Aleksandra ‘Sasha’ Spitchka
Sasha Spitchka is originally from Ukraine. She started dancing at age of 7 first with ballet and folk dance, but later fell in love with ballroom dancing. Very soon she was training and competing in Standard and Latin.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Education, she started to teach Ballroom and Latin in her native town and was blessed with many talented students. In addition to being a Championship level competitor, she was a Dance Coach, Performer, and a Competition Organizer.
Upon arriving in the USA, Sasha began her career as a Dance teacher with Fred Astaire Dance Studios. It was during this time that she discovered a beautiful dance style – American Smooth – and enjoyed competing with her husband, Boris, in the Professional Division.
In 1998 Sasha, together with Boris, opened the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Albany NY and she continues to train teachers, teach students, and to Manage the Studio.
Sasha always had an interest in the technical details and the practical application of dance. She always knew that one day she would like to pass the ISTD Exams, but it was only under excellent guidance of amazing Trainer and Mentor Judi Hatton, that her dream came to reality. Sasha is also grateful to teachers and Examiners of USISTD Lori Woods Gay, Miriam Ellis, Phillip Stephens and Izabela Jaworska for their excellent and inspiring exams along her journey to Examinership.
She enjoyed her study and, together with her husband Boris, she has achieved a Dual Fellowship in International Standard and Latin from the USISTD, and a Triple Fellowship in American Smooth, American Rhythm, and Theatre Arts from Fred Astaire Dance Studios.
Sasha is absolutely delighted and honored to have been appointed as our newest Examiner, and she plans to continue with her study of the Ballroom Branch syllabus with the aim of achieving an Examinership in that discipline as well.