Yulia Dance Masters

Our Studio

Our Studio was founded by Yulia Kharlova and her husband Andrey Kurshev in December 2010 in Pretoria. We specialise in Competitive Latin American & Ballroom dancing, as well as quality Social dancing. Our students are constantly participating in various competitions and dance events all over the country. Our methods of coaching are based on an intimate knowledge of International Style fundamentals, as our Studio Head Yulia keeps developing her dance expertise in co-operating and learning from the top teachers of the World: Donnie Burns, Luca Baricci, Andrew Sinkinson, Michael Stylianos & Lorna Lee, Alan & Hazel Fletcher, Barbara McCall, Tone Nyhagen, Ruud Vermeij, Steven Hannah, Johnatan Wilkinson, Vladimir & Elena Kolobovy, Carol McRaild, Kenny Welsh, Viktor Nikovsky, Petr Chebotarev, Alexander Melnikov etc…

Yulia Kharlova

Yulia started dancing at the age of 7 in Tomsk (Russia). During 1992-1997, she danced as an Amateur in 10 Dances (Ballroom & Latin American), achieving the title of Undefeated Province Champion for several years in a row.

Thereafter she specialized in teaching competitive couples in well-known Russian dance studios in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Tomsk, as well as using her expertise in judging at many prestigious competitions across Russia.

In May 2009 Yulia was invited to start dancing as a Professional for South Africa.

During 2009-2013 she was representing South Africa at the biggest international dance events, including beeing three times an Ambassador to the WDC World Professional Championships in Germany, South Korea and England!

At the end of 2013 Yulia decided to resign from competitive dancing & focus on her teaching & adjudicating career. Currently Yulia holds the highest professional international qualifications – International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) Fellow qualification in Latin & Ballroom (Great Britain). She is a WDC, SADF & SADTA adjudicator.


Some of Yulia’s titles:

  • 2009-2012 South African Professional Ballroom & Latin American Champion
  • 2010 WDC Asia Open Latin American Professional Champion (Hong Kong)
  • 2010 WDC “Donny Cup” Latin American Professional Finalist (Hong Kong) and many more …

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