Anya Katsevman is an award-winning dancer, coach and choreographer to eight 2019 world champions, costume designer, competition judge and advocate for the international Latin dance community who has helped transform the sport over her 25-year career.
Anya believes connection is one of the most important aspects of the human experience, and dance is the best medium to explore how we connect with each other and ourselves. That’s why she’s dedicated her life to learning the art of dance and using her understanding of anatomy, physiology and movement to help her students reach their goals and become champions.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Anya’s family immigrated to the United States in 1993 when she was 8 years old and settled in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Soon after, she followed in the footsteps of her older brother (now award-winning Latin dancer Eugene Katsevman) and started taking dance lessons. A more than 10-year career as a competitive ballroom dancer followed. Anya won 20 international and world titles and starred in touring shows “Burn the Floor” on Broadway and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
In 2007, Anya started learning salsa and quickly fell in love with the form. She started competing, and with then partner Luis Aguilar, placed second at the ESPN-televised World Salsa Championships. After that competition, Anya decided to dedicate herself full-time to salsa. The next year, she and Luis won the North American Salsa Championships. In 2009, they won the first of two consecutive World Salsa Championships. She went on to win numerous competitions including the San Francisco International Salsa Congress and New York Salsa Congress, among others.
Since then, Anya has become an ambassador for salsa, helping to expand its popularity. She has performed with El Gran Combo, Gilberto Santa Rosa and “The Mambo King” Eddie Torres, and has been featured in numerous television productions, stage shows, movies and showcases in the U.S. Anya trains some of the top dancers in the world—many of the world champions who have succeeded her. And she served as the head coach and choreographer for the World Team Salsa Champions Huracan Dance Company since 2017.
Anya has expanded her dance instruction to include GoDeeper, which she co-founded in 2019 to provide monthly movement classes, individual coaching sessions, and group workshops to promote professional growth and self discovery. Anya also wrote her first play in 2019 called Prophecy that she is working to produce for the stage.