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Meet Ivan Prokhiro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivan Prokhiro.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am 30 years old and I am a professional dancer. Originally from Russia but moved to LA five years ago. I have been dancing since I was 7. It’s all started with the king of pop Michael Jackson and his music video “Smooth Criminal.” It was my very first motivation when I discover this passion in myself. Then I’ve been training and practicing in a ballet school of contemporary choreography parallel with elementary and middle schools in my small home town where my family and I moved after I was born. We were moving a lot because my dad was a military at that moment. As you could guess he wasn’t much happy because his son was dancing but eventually I’ve made my point and made him proud. Obviously, it wasn’t easy. Well, after high school I moved by myself to Saint Petersburg, big Russian city to study a dance art and a choreography in University of Humanity and Social Science. At the age of 22, I came to LA for the first time through the program of student exchange and this trip changed my life. After that I kept coming back every year, took classes, making friends and connections when one day after another audition, where I went just to explore the “field” and test myself, for a dance agency I booked it and realized I can’t stay and work as a professional dancer because I was on a tourist visa. That was a turning point when I started to work on my O-1 talent visa and planning on moving to LA.

It’s been already five years from that time and I got lucky to work on different projects, live performances, music videos, commercials and a world tour( I am currently on). So many amazing memories from Grammys, LipSync Battle, Billboard Awards, American Horror Story, Aria Las Vegas New Year Eve, Home&Family TV, Katy Perry, Cher, Chayanne, Todrick Paul and Ru Paul, Erica Jayne and many more. It’s been a long way and still so many goals and achievements I want to accomplish. I never take it for granted and appreciate every moment and every opportunity that come to me. I love what I do and always will. I love to perform and entertain people and also motivate and teach, as far as I was a dance teacher before I moved to LA and changed my focus on performing side. I miss teaching and definitely one day will come back to that to share my knowledges and experience with my future students.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, it’s never a smooth road. I would obstacles and challenges are the most common thing when you actually trying to achieve something in the life. But I’ve never thing that I was overcoming something, I mean I just knew what is right for me and just made it. Only now after all this time, I can say it wasn’t easy but I appreciate every moment of struggle. Because it is the goal – experience and knowledge you obtain while power through anything, you become better and stronger. In Russia, we have an expression: The road will give up to whom is walking. That means you will make it only when you will do the first step. And of course impossible to overcome any obstacles without love to what you do, passion, fearlessness and of course support around you. Huge part of success are family, friendly, spouse. I got lucky enough to have a lot of that.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Well, as I am a part of talent agency right now I could say this is my company right now. (Not owning) is McDonald and Selznick association (MSA). One of the biggest and authoritative dance agencies. I love to work with them. I been with them since I auditioned for them five years ago and they choose me among all few hundreds dancers participated there. We have great professional relationships and also they are such a nice people in general. We appreciate each other and our success depends on each other. It works in both sides. I am happy to an MSA dancer.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My future plans are defiantly related with dance industry! Probably I will smoothly transitioning to teaching and choreographing. I was doing that before I move to LA and I miss it know, to be honest. I want to create and share my experience with my future students and with people in audience. I also love to teach, I know how to develop ideas, visions and knowledges. I like to interact with people, whether is a dance class or a stage. Also recently, I passed the exam for a certified personal trainer and now I am ready to start another chapter of my life on the fitness field along with a dance. So yeah, always making plans and setting goals. It keeps it moving.

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