Interview with Isabella Kats and Geramy Lashchev May 12, 2013

Geramy Lashchev & Isabella Kats on Maury Povich Show – Maury’s

Most Talented Kids in 2011

Fordney Foundation is very pleased to present our first in a series of interviews with interesting “dance” people we think you’d like to know. It was a lot of fun to meet and interview two young dancers who are both dedicated to their craft and delightful to talk to. In their career of three years, this dance duo has accomplished more than partners who have been dancing twice as long and twice their age. They are talented dancers in International Latin dance. They train at Los Angeles Dance Sport. Their trainers are Adrey Dragunov and Victoria Fadina.

The first competition that Isabella and Geramy entered three years ago; they took 11 first places in 11 categories! Last year they came in Second Place in US National Competition in Provo, Utah. Isabella and Geramy came in First at Hollywood Dance Competition and First in National Qualifying event. They are competing in a Pre-teen 2 level. Isabella and Geramy practice dancing about 8 hours a week to perfect their craft.

In 2011 they performed on the Maury Povich’s “America’s Most Talented Kids” show. And we are crossing our fingers that they will be on the next “Kids Dancing with the Stars” show, as they one day hope to be on “Dancing with the Stars” as regular dancers.

On May 18, you can see Isabella and Geramy dance at Dance 4 Wellness in their “Dance With Our Local Schools” program as special guests. The show will start at 2:00 PM and Isabella and Geramy will be performing at 5:00 PM. If you are interested in attending, Dance 4 Wellness is located at: 880 Hampshire Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91361, 805-991-6113,

We hope you will enjoy and be inspired by Isabella and Geramy’s interviews.

Isabella Kats

FB: How old are you? What astrological sign are you?

IK: 11 years old. I’m a Scorpio.

FB: When did you start to dance?

IK: 6 years old. I liked to move and point my feet. I took a few classes and then I started to like it. I liked the routines and movement of dance.

FB: Which dance is your favorite? Why?

IK: Samba. I like the beat of it.

FB: Tell us a little bit about what it is like to dance in a competition. Do you get nervous?

IK: I have confidence when I dance. Sometimes I win and sometimes I lose. It doesn’t matter, as long as I did well and get good results! I do get a little nervous when I see all the couples we’re competing against in the beginning, but when I

start getting into it, “I feel like the only one on the floor.”

FB: For three years you’ve had a partner (Geramy), does having a dance partner make you a better dancer?

IK: It did help me. I first started out with a partner that was not right for me. He was too tall, couldn’t move his feet well and very stiff. Then I met Geramy and we really had a connection right away. He is really good at dancing. He can

move his hips and feet well.

FB: What’s the best thing about Geramy?

IK: He is really funny! He even tells our teachers jokes, they know all his jokes.

FB: What makes you happy?

IK: Dancing makes me happy.

FB: What message do you have for boys and girls starting out dancing, that one day hope to be doing as well as you?

IK: Even if you don’t win the first time, it doesn’t matter, don’t give up, keep trying.

FB: Is there a particular dancer you admire or look up to?

IK: Heidi Burns. We just started coaching with her and she inspires me. Heidi was a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” first season. She is also married to Donnie Burns, 15 time World Champion – Latin dance.

FB: Do you have any other hobbies?

IK: I like to sing.

FB: What kind of songs do you sing? What radio station do you listen to?

IK: I like Pop. I listen to KISS–FM.

Geramy Lashchev

FB: How old are you? What astrological sign are you?

GL: 10 years old. I’m a Pisces.

FB: When and why did you start dancing?

GL: 5 years old. My parents took me to dance class. We did the Chicken, Macarena and the Cha Cha. My first teacher taught me little routines. My mom took dance class in college.

FB: Is there a dance that you particularly like more than the others? Why?

GL: Samba, because of the beat and the different kinds of music.

FB: Do you ever get nervous before competitions?

GL: Before dance competitions, I tell Isabella, “you are the best dancer out there.” “Don’t think about who’s there.” Then we go out there and feel like the only ones on the dance floor.

FB: You have already had a dance partner for 3 years now. Does having a partner (Isabella) make your dancing better, more fun or anything else you’d like to share with us?

GL: I do dance better. When Isabella puts all of her weight onto me, it makes me dance harder. When I have to hold her up, it makes me dance better. My teacher says don’t care if Isabella hangs on you – just don’t die out there.

FB: What’s the funniest/most interesting thing about your partner


GL: Isabella interrupts the teacher while he’s teaching me; she thinks it’s funny when I ask her “to stop it.” She likes to play pranks to throw me off.

FB: Do you have any people you admire or aspire to be like in dance?

GL: Donnie Burns. When I see him dance, he looks so confident. He is the 15 time World Champion of Latin dance and 11 time International dance champion. I watch his videos every day and night. He’s an inspiration to watch.

FB: What is the one thing you would tell other boys and girls that want

to dance and perform in competitions?

GL: Even if you lose the competition, keep trying for the next


FB: What is the one thing you love about dancing?

GL: The music, it makes me start moving.

FB: What kind of music do you like? What’s your favorite radio


GL: I like “all music.” I listen to KISS-FM.

FB: Is there anything you’d like to tell us about yourself, we don’t

already know?

GL: I do Karate. I’m a Second Degree Black Belt.

FB: How many hours a week do you practice Karate?

GL: 4 hours a week.



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website