Maxim and Anastasia are dancers and choreographers from St. Petersburg. Russia. Together they represent one of the biggest brazilian dance school in Russia – Ipanema Dance Studio. Maxim and Anastasia are also one of the founders of Brazilian Zouk in St.Petersburg being a part of the PITERZOUK project.
Anastasia started dancing zouk in 2009 when she did her 6 months internship in Brazil. First steps of zouk and samba de gafieira did in Academia de dança Caribe и Mara Noschang Studio de dança in Porto Alegre. In January 2010 started learning zouk in one of the best and renowned schools in Rio de Janeiro Cia de Dança Renata Peçanha. Renata Peçanha’s school had the greatest impact on her technique and style.
When came back to Russia Anastasia met Maxim. Together they started promoting and teaching zouk in the biggest social dance studios in St. Petersburg. They organised a lot of workshops with international zouk instructors in St. Petersburg: Jorge Peres & Renata Peçanha, Carlos & Sofie da Silva, Freddy Marinho & Andressa Castelhano, Leonardo Neves & Layssa Liebscher, Natasha Terekhina and others. Since 2011 they have been promoting and developing zouk, giving workshops in different cities around Russia and Ukraine: Kiev, Nizhniy Novgorod, Cheboksary, Kharkov, Novossibirsk, Irkutsk etc. In 2015 Maxim and Anastasia became the first Russian couple to teach at prestigious Zouk Lambada Congress in Rio de Janeiro, organised by Renata Peçanha.
In August 2012 Maxim & Anastasia organised the 1st Inernational Russian Zouk Congress & Championship in St. Petersburg that has become the biggest zouk event in Russia gathering together more than 30 cities from all over the country.
In July 2013 Maxim & Anastasia inaugurated their Ipanema Dance Studio in St. Petersburg, the unique dance studio in Russia specialized on Brazilian Zouk and Samba de Gafieira.
In 2014 Maxim and Anastasia got 3 prizes at Russian Zouk Awards: For the developing Zouk in Russia, The best Zouk Performance (Pink Panter), The best Zouk Event (International Russian Zouk Congress 2014)