Champion Dance Instructors: Erwin and Iwona Rybczynski
Iwona started dancing in Poland at the age of 16 at the request of a friend who didn’t want to take dance lessons by herself. After a short time, her friend quit dancing and Iwona fell in love with dance and continued to advance. After taking a few levels of group classes, she then signed up for competitive dancing with one of Poland’s leading dance studios “Fala Sopot”.
Erwin grew up dancing just on impulse, and maintains that “he was dancing before he was born”. At age 14 he found a dance school where he could find what he was seeking. He joined the competitive team. Soon, Erwin’s dance partner had to leave the country and he asked Iwona to try out with him. She did, and as they say, the rest is history. That was in 1989.
Erwin and Iwona progressed through the competitive levels “winning pretty much everything”. After reaching the international class “S”, the highest competitive level in Standard and Latin American dance, they went on to win Polish Championship.
In 1996 they came to the US as professional dancers, and it was here in Chicago that they began to teach. From 1996 to 2004 they taught at a school called Interclub which they eventually bought in 2004.
In 2008 they hired an architect to construct their current 5200 sq. ft. studio from their own design.
Erwin and Iwona have continued to compete and are US National Finalists in Rising Star Professional American Rhythm Division.