Connect
To Top

Meet Maksim Leonov of MaksMODAnce in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maksim Leonov.

Maksim, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Ballroom dancing, including; choreography, music, costume design, hairstyles and make-up, became an excellent base for my creative self-realization. After earning my degree in choreography, I decided to expand the scope of my abilities and prove myself in the fashion industry by earning a Masters Degree in Art.

At the same time, I starred on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” in Belarus and also created choreography for music videos and other TV projects.

An important step in my career was moving from Belarus (a small conservative country within the geographical center of Europe) to the United States a country of broad views and great opportunities, where I continued my professional career first as a choreographer and then as a stylist for various fashion shows (Los Angeles Fashion Week, Art Hearts Fashion Week, OC Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Showcase).

Meeting talented people from the fashion industry – photographers, designers, artists, models – inspired me to create new masterpieces and gave me a strong desire to move forward and achieve excellence.

In a short time, I was pleased to see my first results as a stylist and art director. My work was published in numerous fashion magazines (British GQ, British Vogue, British Glamor, ELEGANT Magazine, Zensations Magazine, EnVie Magazine, AVANT GARDE Magazine, 7HUES Magazine, Gilded Magazine ).

As a fashion expert and art critic for the project “Dance Fashion”, I had a series of interviews with the stars of the Dance World and representatives of the most famous brands within this industry.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest challenge for me was the language barrier.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about MaksMODAnce – what should we know?
I’m professional ballroom dancer, I have choreography degree and masters degree of art. I’m teaching, dancing and creating a choreography for a runways and another shows also working as a creative director on the photoshoots, fashion weeks which includes styling, hair and makeup for my clients! My works as a creative director and hair and makeup artist has been published in many fashion magazines like British Vogue, Glamour, GQ and many others.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Tatiana Shabelnik, Anna Kile, Natalie Oden, Elena Nesterova, Quiggle Ignacio, Sara Kristine Sutherland, Annushka Shivnani, Christina Wen

Getting in touch: VoyageLA is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • VoyageLA FAQs

    We’ve prepared this FAQ about VoyageLA (run by Voyage Group of Magazines, LLC) (“Voyage”) in an effort to ensure that anyone...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 23, 2018
  • The Influencers

    VoyageLA owes a huge debt to the incredible local community of influencers – from fashion bloggers to foodies – who put...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 19, 2018
  • LA’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in LA has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 18, 2018
  • Makeover Monday’s: local beauty inspo that blew us away

    New week, new look.  Here’s some inspiration from some of LA’s most gifted beauty professionals. Glam With @patriciabiggi ❤️ #Makeupbylionellashad A...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 17, 2018
  • The Thought-Provokers: Celebrating Artists & Creatives

    LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 17, 2018
  • The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative

    The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 17, 2018
  • An Artistic Voyage: exploring local creative and artistic works

    Raw, unfiltered creative expression – from stories and photographs to illustrations and paintings – is at the heart of VoyageLA. In...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 14, 2018
  • #LACreatives: the local artists who inspire us

    Through a mix of mediums, formats and perspectives local artists illuminate the unknown, color the previously black-and-white and add depth to...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 13, 2018
  • The Influencers

    VoyageLA owes a huge debt to the incredible local community of influencers – from fashion bloggers to foodies – who put...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 12, 2018