Olga Kinnard

If someone told Olga that she would become a professional ballroom dancer when she was teenager, she would have rolled her eyes in disbelief. Planning to be a surgeon Olga followed her dream with dedication and effort. However, the story took a different turn… The story began in St. Petersburg Russia, where Olga was born. At the age 5 she was hand picked by a gymnastics coach who was searching for talents around kinder gardens of St. Petersburg to become a part of intensive gymnastics’ program. 10 years Olga dedicated to this training until an injury at the age 15. The life turned upside down and her carrier as a professional athlete seemed to be over, so she switched her attention to medicine. Shortly after, she moved to US, where she attend and graduated from Tufts University Magna Cum Laude with an idea to pursue a career of surgeon. And here is where the story took a different turn: she discovered a world of ballroom dancing. First for fun, but very shortly it took over and she decided to take a year off before medical school to explore and study ballroom dancing. She never looked back, never regretted her decision. Ballroom dancing became her passion for many years. Very shortly after, she moved to New York City to study with a multitude of famous coaches. She traveled extensively to Europe and Asia to study, perform and represent Canada at several World Championships and other major tournaments. Olga has a very long list of her dancing titles, here are some of them:
Twice Canadian Professional Latin Vice-Champion
World Professional South American Show Dance Finalist
United Kingdom Open to the World Professional RS Latin Finalist
US National, US Open to the world Professional RS Latin Champion
North American Professional Open Latin Vice-Champion
U.S. National Professional Mambo Champion
North American Show Dance Champion

Presently Olga is a head coach for the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team and she is the
founder and owner of Dance Republic Studio located in Wellesley, MA, where she is sharing her knowledge and experience with students of all levels and ages.