anna mashchyts wdc latin 


Damir Haluzan & Anna Mashchyts started dancing together in 2009 (September) as Youth. Currently they are registered as a couple in Slovenia and they dance in Amateur.

Their first competition was in Serbia - Belgrade on 2009 (September). So far their best mark is 1st in the Amateur Latin (San Francisco Open in USA - San Francisco (CA) on Wednesday, 04 April 2018).

Watch them dance HERE



Where did you grow up? When did you start dancing? How long have you been partners for?

Anna: I grew up in Ukraine then when I was 15 I moved to Slovenia

Damir:  I grew up in Slovenia then we met in the capital, Ljubljana with different partners at the time and then we started dancing together in 2009.


What got you into dancing?

Damir: For me it was my sister who got me into dancing. She is older than me and what she did, I would follow and do the same! She doesnt dance anymore she stopped quite early but I kept on going. I was 8 when I started to dance.

Anna: My parents got me into dancing. They used to dance together and bought me along their dance school one day and I instantly fell in love.



photo credit Rob Ronda Photography


What is your highest achievements in dance?

Damir: European Champions, 2ndplace World Champions,  3rdplace Blackpool Finalists, we also won the Slovenian Championships a few years ago and this was amazing becoming champions in our own country.

Anna: At the moment there is no WDC championships which means we cannot compete in our country which is a real shame, but winning it when we could was an amazing feeling.


What is the trophy you are now aiming for? What is your big ambition?

Damir: Right now is definitely to be the Blackpool, Internationals and UK Open Amateur champions, then we will move to Professional…

Anna: and hope for the best lol!

Damir: At the moment we have been 3rd for a year… but you know when you are in a line but you just want to jump in front of it!


When you get your champion title that you strive to achieve, does it open more doors to teaching and being invited to more events?

Damir: If you are a finalist it brings with it a certain status. However if you become a champion and you retire, you will always be remembered as a champion at that time.

Anna: Right now we already feel we get invited to a lot of shows, teaching and competitions, however when you are a champion you are even more desired.



photo credit Rob Ronda Photography


What is your favourite dance?

Anna: I don’t have a particular favourite dance, even when I did 10 dance when I was very young I loved all the dances! And now that I do 5 I still love them all. There may be times when you work on one dance more than the other with a new routine, technique or discover a part of the dance that you were unaware of before, that then makes that one slightly more favourable. It changes all the time!

Damir: I would say the Rumba and Paso for me they are always my favourite. But I agree with Anna, sometimes when you discover a new quality of a dance then that one becomes more favourable at the time, but I always end up going back to Rumba and Paso!


What is the one competition you look forward to the most in the year?

Damir: I think all the 3 major Uk comps in Blackpool, Bournemouth and Albert Hall – all of them are special in a different way. With them being at different times of the year you look forward to that time of year! For example the 1stMay you know Blackpool is at the end of the month and it is the build up to that, which then follows to Setember with the Internationals in October.  All 3 of them I like very much, all in a different way. However the Albert Hall for me is the most prestige!

Anna: For me it is Blackpool somehow. Like Damir says all 3 are very special however Blackpool feels like top of the season for me. It is also the competition that at the time, I feel the most anxious!


photo credit Rob Ronda Photography


Why are you proud to be a CHRISANNE CLOVER sponsor?

Anna: Well this is the huge well known brand, well known for many years and have sponsored many many great dancers so it is such a honour to be sponsored. The quality is amazing, I have been using CHRISANNE CLOVER fabrics, trimmings and crystals for many many years with previous dress designers.


How do you feel being one of the first Latin Sponsored Gold CHRISANNE CLOVER Sponsors?

Anna: Excited! I must say I really love it! I feel maybe even more special being first, it feels like I am the start of an amazing new chapter at CHRISANNE CLOVER


What colours do you favour the most?

Anna: I tend to lean more towards warm colours like yellows, oranges and reds. Not so much the fluorescent colours  but more deep colours like deep blues and dark reds are my favourites! The new colours that have been launched on the WINE and HOT RED are defiantly by kind of colours! Along with maybe Midnight Sky and Cobalt. But I am open to everything and even for the Internationals they may not be the colours I have suggested!



photo credit Rob Ronda Photography


How has your year been on the lead up to the Internationals?

Anna: Not bad lol!

Damir: Definitely there are ups and downs – big comps, small comps we try out certain things. But before the big comps we try to put all the puzzles together that we have collected over the last 3 months preparation before a big competition. We then try and create the ‘picture’ of what we want over the last couple of weeks. For me it is collecting information, putting them together in a way that will make us feel right and spot on. I think we are much more experienced after so many finals and we are getting used to this way of working.

Anna: We have done quite a few changes in the last few months since Blackpool; a change in our lifestyle, nutrition, physical preparation, dress designer sponsorship with you guys! I feel we have done major changes in our lives... like getting engaged in June after Blackpool!! πŸ™‚I feel not everything will show at the Internationals as things take time, but for me it feels like we are on a different track which is a better track! And we feel really good in the direction we are going!




Congratulations on your engagement! What are your wedding plans?!

Anna: We are looking at getting married next year – after Blackpool in June πŸ™‚In Croatia πŸ™‚

Damir: There is one small town in Croatia where we always go on holiday, it is our favourite place.

Anna: It is not far from Ljubljana, about 2 hours away by car


Have you gone wedding dress shopping yet?

Anna: I have my dress! I just fell in love with it so just bought it! lol




What do you do in your spare time to relax?

Both: SLEEP!

Anna: We have so little spare time that when we have time off I feel I need to look after my body and recuperate like have a massage, go to a sauna. But this is not something I would do if I wasn’t so tired, it is something I have to do in order to feel better and be able to continue practicing and dancing. As well as get my nails done! and catch up with my friends and family πŸ™‚ If we had more time we love to spend it outdoors with nature maybe in a park and read a book! Forget about phones and the hustle and bustle of dancing life and the big city. Spend time with one another and close friends, enjoying nice food, drinks and conversation :)


What are your dress Inspirations?

Anna: Ooooh inspirations … I think you kind’ve build up something in your head for a long time, I cannot give away all my secrets on what inspires me as they may inspire someone else lol πŸ˜‰ But images of dresses that I like (not dance dresses) , combined with my own vision of myself that has been building up and changing over the years. The help of Phoebe (our couture designer), has been amazing! Without her the looks for the Internationals wouldn’t happen.




Do you have particular  a signature look?

Anna: I love to have a 2 piece dress! But I know I cannot have that all the time and try and change it up as much as I can. The look really has to look Latin, meaning it needs to have a connection with the heritage of the dance such as Cuba and Brazil where those Latin dances were originated from. It doesn’t have to be that every dress has a Cuban feel but something – an essence, that reminds me of the Latin routes and origins. That is what inspires me.


Do you have any advice to young dancers reading this?

Anna: Never give up! It is important to not give up on your own beliefs and own ideas. Especially young dancers have a lot of fresh idea’s the way they see the dance and feel the music can be completely different and not done or thought of before. It can happen that influences when to the best intentions try to guide them can loose their identity and go off track. Never loose your instinct or crazy ideas you are unsure about, stick to them and what you believe by intuition, is right. This is what makes you unique.




Who is your most respected apponent?

Anna: Ohh I cant pick one! Dancers are developing all the time and where you may have great respect for one couple, another will come along and will do something even more amazing and you start to admire them! Then another couple will break into the final and you then think wow what a great couple. We are all developing and changing all the time so it is hard to say. i definitely respect and admire every finalist, semi finalist, quarter finalist as they all work very hard, and I feel I can find inspiration in almost every dancer.

Damir: Even with a new beginner you can see the passion for the dancing which reminds you that that passion is what got us dancing to this level in the first place. Sometimes you can loose yourself along the way of this journey with this being my job, my business I have to do it, loosing the passion you once had, these are always great reminders.


Inspirational Quote

Anna: For me it is LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. It is really important to live each day not just go through the motions but experience moments in your everyday life. To laugh and not take things too seriously, to have more laughter in your life is really important. Love what you do, love the people around you. It is the same with dance to really be in the moment, be in that step in that music, to laugh and have fun and to share your love of the dance with all who is watching.


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