Aid grant helps Fairfield ballroom dance studio


Thanks to a grant, a new ballroom dance studio at the Sportsplex allows people to move and stay in shape.

The Ballroom DanceSport Center was the latest recipient of a microenterprise grant from the city’s economic development department. The grant helped homeowners purchase equipment and pay tenant development and marketing costs for the business at 85 Mill Plain Road.

“It has been a great help and we are very grateful to Fairfield,” said co-owner Vladimir Gorshkov.

The Fairfield resident and his wife, Irina, opened the studio in January, bringing their professional ballroom dancing experience to the Sportsplex. Before moving to Fairfield from St. Petersburg, Russia, Gorshkov and his wife spent much of their lives competing professionally in the United States and Europe.

Prior to opening their store in Fairfield, the couple had been teaching ballroom dancing at the Ballroom Elegance Studio in Westport since 2002.

“It’s very exciting to make people feel and look better (and) make their lives more meaningful and enjoyable and give them a sense of accomplishment,” Gorshkov said.

Ballroom DanceSport offers classes in various styles of ballroom and Latin dance.

The studio offers group lessons and private sessions. According to Gorshkov, the studio also offers “practice party” classes on Fridays where guests can practice what they learned in a social setting at the studio.

Gorshkov said opening his studio to the athletic atmosphere made sense for his studio with its plans to bring a different form of athleticism to the venue.

“It might not be weightlifting, swimming or a marathon, but physically it’s a really good challenge,” he said, saying competitive and recreational ballroom dancing is a good low impact way to get in shape.

Ballroom DanceSport is the third Fairfield-based company to receive a Microenterprise Assistance Program grant in the past six months. The program provides entrepreneurs with training, technical assistance and start-up capital to create and sustain their business.

He joins Alchemy, The Salon at 1851 Post Road and Swim N Surf at 43 Unquowa Road.

“We are thrilled to help and always thrilled to welcome new businesses to Fairfield,” said Mark Barnhart, director of the Office of Community and Economic Development in a press release. “Small businesses such as the Ballroom DanceSport Center have long been the backbone of our economy, and the Microenterprise program has been a very useful tool in our small business development strategy. “

Going forward, Gorshkov said he wanted to become a destination for residents looking to improve their commutes and learn new ones.

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