Brian Barakauskas (Owner, Instructor, Professional Competitor, Judge, Coach)
Years ago, Brian took his first dance steps right here in Louisville. He has now been dancing professionally for almost 18 years. Through competitive ballroom, country & swing dancing, he has danced in over 22 countries around the world as a competitor, performer, judge and teacher.
His journey has come full circle. In 2005 his dream of a fantastic studio in Louisville came true. “I’m completely committed to making Dance Louisville the best studio in the city for you – the new dancer.” Read Brian’s story in the Voice Tribune
His dreams of growing the local dance community continues through the launch of Dance Louisville’s Jr Academy! Bringing kids dance lessons to the already successful dance louisville
Awards and Recognition:
- 2107 UCWDC Dance Hall or Fame Inductee (2nd youngest member)
- 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010 UCWDC Superstar World Champion.
- 1999 & 2003 UCWDC Renegade World Champion.
- 2005 3-time Grand Champion UCWDC Division 1.
- World Championships Division 1 – 6th place in 2004, 5th place in 2005.
- 2003 Star Award Winner ‘Favorite Dancer’.
- 2005 Star Award winner ‘Favorite Teacher’.
- 2007 Japan’s Favorite Country Dance instructor.
- 2011 3-time Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Finalist.
- 2012 6-time Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Finalist.
- UCWDC Certified Judge.
- WSDC Swing Judge
- Performed on television on the BBC in England.
- Guest Instructor on Lifetime TV and ABC.
- Instructor on the soap network series “Southern Bells Louisville”.