"Studio 22 is by far the best dance studio in Dallas. In choosing the right people to prepare me for the show DWTS I only wanted the best. Sergey & Michelle came highly recommended by Karina Smirnoff. The high level instruction and professional advice was exactly what I needed to feel prepared for the show. Not only are they world-class dancers and instructors but they are world-class people. I highly recommend them and Studio 22 if you're looking for a place to learn to dance. "
Owner of Dallas Mavericks / HD.net / Dancing with the Stars Contestant
"Fantastic studio, quality instructors, and a warm community of dancers. When I was in Dallas for Dancing with the Stars I really enjoyed training Michael [Irvin] out of Studio 22."
Professional Instructor of Michael Irvin on Dancing with the Stars
"From the moment I stepped into Studio 22 I loved it! The warm and welcoming atmosphere made me feel chill and relaxed. The students were eager to learn and all the instructors were so talented, I couldn't have asked for more."
FOX's So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer / New York Studio Owner
"If you're looking for the best ballroom dance teachers in Dallas, you must go to Studio 22! I met the owners, Sergey Korshunov & Michelle Hafle, when they were working with Mark Cuban, who was competing on "Dancing With The Stars." And you know when Mark does ANYTHING, he insists on working with the very best. Mark could've turned to anyone in the entire world for help, but he didn't need to look any further than Dallas. I know I probably won't see the day that I'll be competing at the same level as Mark, but I love knowing that I can also learn to dance from the very best ballroom teachers Dallas has to offer. We're very lucky to have Studio 22."
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Co-Host, KISS FM
"Seeing is believing, I have heard much talk about the hottest studio in Dallas, Studio 22. Well I can confirm it's everything I have heard about plus much more. The whole studio is full of atmosphere from it's decor to the teachers that work there. It's a fun place to be and a great place to learn and improve your dance. Sergey and Michelle make everyone feel welcome and head the team in an extremely well organized and professional manor. I was most happy to be a guest teacher there and look forward to returning in the near future."
Colin Philip James
World Class Coach / Competition Adjudicator
"Best Dance Instruction in the DFW area. Studio 22 has a large variety of different styles of partner dancing, offering group classes that can fit anyone’s budget. When becoming a member of Studio 22’s dance community you can enjoy benefits of $10-$12 group classes, weekly parties, and specialty events. I know first hand that Studio 22 is Dancing With the Stars’ “Studio of Choice” When they were shooting Mark Cuban, Michael Irvin, and Jake Pavelka."
WFAA "Good Morning Texas" Anchor
"Michelle and Sergey are fantastic. Their classes at Studio 22 are fun, energetic and loved by many."
CW33 Reporter / MIX 102.9 Radio Host
"I had the pleasure of working with Michelle and Sergey for over a year on a regular basis. Beyond being a delight to be around, they were excellent instructors. One of the many things that I loved about them is that they communicated clearly what to do and then they pushed me to learn to do it! And beyond all the hard work, we had a blast together. Unlike many others, they were very passionate about helping me become a better dancer! I highly recommend them!"
Business Owner/Entrepreneur - Social Dance Student
"I have been ballroom dancing in the Dallas area for more than 12 years and I have been a student at several studios during that time. With the opening of Studio 22, I can finally say I have found my dance home. Sergey and Michelle have created a fantastic place to learn and have fun. In my mind, there are four basic things a dance studio needs in order to provide the right environment for dancing: excellent instructors, fantastic dance floors, clear sound system, and cool air conditioning. Sergey and Michelle made sure that Studio 22 provides all four of those things in abundance and more. The three separate ballrooms guarantee that there is always room for private lessons and group classes. I only wished I could have started my dance career in a care-free, no-hassle, studio like Studio 22."
Competitive Pro/Am Dancer & Social Dancer
"Sergey and Michelle have been extraordinary mentors to me. I came to them as a ballet, contemporary/ hip-hop dancer without much formal ballroom training. Even though I came from a dance background, I quickly discovered that I still had a lot to learn about the art of dance. I wanted to learn from the best so I searched for the best and found Sergey and Michelle in May of 2008 on the fabulous World Wide Web. Since my first lesson they have taught me how to understand the true meaning behind each movement in Latin dances while executing proper technique by focusing on detail with the tremendous ability to bring out the best dancer in me. Their teaching styles are clear, systematic, and very encouraging. With both Sergey and Michelle’s coaching, I have been able to compete in the Latin Pro/Am division for 2 years now. Their training has given me an invaluable foundation throughout my experience as a Pro/Am competitor. I am most appreciative of all the unforgettable opportunities they have introduced to me from competing in Costa Rica to being coached by International Latin Champions. I recommend Studio 22’s Dancesport program to any serious ballroom dancer or anyone who is passionate about dance and is looking to take their dancing to the next level. Sergey and Michelle are truly great teachers who care deeply about their students and the future of the ballroom profession. Michelle and Sergey have created a fantastically unique environment within Studio 22- so whether you are just beginning to dance or an expert, every Instructor/Staff at Studio 22 is very nice, welcoming and accommodating to all levels and styles of dance. With great style and grace, Studio 22 manages to combine the highest standard of customer service and professionalism with a radiant joy that touches everyone that walks through the door. "
Competitive Pro/Am Dancer
"On a personal basis, Sergey and Michelle, are two of the kindest, most humble and gracious people that I have had the opportunity to know. Professionally, their expertise in state of the art dance instruction and techniques, along with their patience, kindness and understanding of their students, makes Studio 22 such a wonderful place to learn. I feel honored by the invitation to be a part of their dance world."
Competitive Dance Student
"I have been a student of dance, both competitive and social, in the Dallas Area for the last ten years. The welcome and warmth that you receive at Studio 22 far exceeds any of the other dance studio I have frequented. It seems to be a challenge for studios to stay successful and in business as many have closed their doors or changed hands several times. I think that Dallas has finally been offered a place where dancers of all types are welcomed and offered the highest quality of instruction (no matter the style), practice time on a floor that is superior - and a variety of social events that dancers need to hone their skill along with the fellowship and human contact that was the reason we started to dance in the first place."
Social & Competitive Dance Student
"My name is Rony Angulo and I am from Peru where we dance salsa and cumbia. The past two weeks I took a couple salsa lessons at Studio 22 and had a great experience. I really enjoyed the classes and felt like I learned a lot just in two sessions comparing to other places I have been to. Michelle and Sergey really made the lessons interesting and easy to follow that I can’t wait for my next session this Tuesday. I definitely will continue taking classes to improve my salsa skills. This was the best salsa class I have ever attended. The instruction is clear and concise. I like the way you put emphasis in details that I would have never thought about. You guys are doing a spectacular job."
Social Dance Student
"Studio 22 is much more than simply a place to dance. It’s a place to learn about the possibilities within ourselves. It’s also a place where the staff & teachers get to know you and make it the best experience possible.”"
Social Dance Student
"Through my experience I have danced at several different studios and learned with several different instructors. “By far Studio 22 is the best - no one compares!” They are more professional, organized and make the learning experience fun. Studio 22 instructors take the time to help each student by explaining footwork step by step. Not like most teachers in the Dallas area, Studio 22 instructors actually have something under their belt to prove their ability and talent!"
Social Dance Student
"I started taking social dance several years ago with swing and ballroom, and recently started taking salsa as well. I’ve checked out close to a dozen venues in New York (where I’m originally from) and Texas over the past few years, and Studio 22 is my favorite place by a long shot. The classes tend to move pretty quickly, but as a student, I think that’s what you want – you want to learn as much as you can during a short period of time. The instructors also make learning fun and exciting. In addition, rather than just focusing on learning steps and combinations, the instructors also spend time teaching proper technique and partnering more so than other places I’ve been to. Aside from that, the facilities are quite new and the staff is friendly and inviting. All in all, Studio 22 makes learning to dance fun and exciting, and demystifies the finer aspects of dance so that even an “Average Joe” like myself can learn and have fun at the same time."
Social Dance Student
"Most people who know me realize that I love to dance. Dancing in general but I especially enjoy dancing to Latin music. Hence, after attending a Milonga (an Argentine social dancing event) for a friend's birthday, I decided I would like to take tango lessons so I could become more familiar with this entrancing dance form. Studio 22 was recommended to me by some friends because of the tango instructors, they themselves have taken classes from and ended up adoring. It's easy to see why after taking classes with George and Jairelbhi because they are such generous, intuitive teachers as well as amazing dance partners. Plus, they make the class fun and upbeat and never boring. At the end of the class, they do a short presentation for us and they always manage to create art in motion. The class is so edifying and best of all you get an excellent work out without even realizing it. Of course, if tango is not your "thang", Studio 22 offers a wide variety of dance classes including Latin and Ballroom. The set up of the dance classes is pretty similar across the board. At the beginning of the dance class, the participant will perform the dance steps individually while the instructors demonstrate them simultaneously. Afterward, a dancing rotation takes place where you switch partners as the song changes or a new step is engaged. There are always enough partners so you can attend as a couple or a singleton. At Studio 22, the front desk attendants are friendly and courteous and make you feel welcome. The prices are reasonable and they offer individual, group and wedding packages that you can choose from. So if you are looking for a place where to step up your dance moves, I would definitely recommend Studio 22. After all, according to Charles Baudelaire, "Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals" or as Shanna L. professes "Shake your ass and your soul will follow."
Social Dance Student
"I am so thrilled for Studio 22!! It is lovely and everyone there is helpful and friendly. It is obviously a great space and has lots of room to move and learn. We are so blessed to have currant competing professional dancers here in our area. I can not say enough good things about them."
Kimberly Smith Davis
Social Dance Student
"My girlfriend and I have been dancing and taking lessons at Studio 22 for little over a year now. We have shared so many great memories with this studio including our anniversary. We had our first date at the studio’s grand opening party and we’ve been dancing there ever since. The instructors are fantastic and very knowledgeable. We love the dance floor and the music, and at the parties there are no over talkative DJs, just ballroom dancing and great music. We hope to share many more anniversaries with Studio 22."
Social Dance Student
"Thank you so much for all your help and patience in helping to teach my husband and I a great first dance for our wedding. We blew our audience away. Everyone was expecting a good dance, but we really surprised and even entertained our guests. They were saying it was the best reception they had ever attended. :) I had my heart set on wanting to perform a latin dance for our first wedding dance. Although I had my worries about my husband learning a new style of dance altogether, my worries were quickly dissipated after the first few dance lessons. You really were able to reach us both in our own unique ways of learning and when the big day came, we danced cohesively together. Thanks for helping us to make our dream wedding complete. I will never forget finishing our first dance as man and wife, and hearing the audience roar with applause."
Jason & Kimberly Church
"The dreaded "first dance" as a newly-wedded couple - something every woman sees as the romantic part of the evening, and some men view as the uncomfortable moment of the whole party. But regardless how any couple feels about it, if they are looking at dance instruction for their first dance, it means that they care about how it looks. In my case, and in Emily's as well, not only did we care about how it looked to our guests but how we felt doing it. Emily was, to my relief, not interested in a completely scripted and choreographed number that had us blasting onto the dance floor with the heat and rocking emotion from something out of "Dirty Dancing." Rather, we both agreed we wanted to come across as confident, have a simple routine that had a little class to it, was interesting, and most importantly was a dance the two of us could enjoy together...really! Emily expressed not wanting to walk out on our dance floor and only "hip-swaying" to some cheesy slow song that had been written into the books of Greatest Pop Songs of the 90's. I was realistic and knew that the more flashy the dance was, the more time in lessons and practice we'd need. I was in the same boat as Emily - I wanted us to enjoy ourselves and be focused on each other rather than concentrating on steps, and I wanted us to have a simple and fluid dance that held some interest and was more than the "hip-swaying."
After twenty minutes of searching through the internet, my results yielded a handful of instructors in the DFW area to choose from. Sergey and Michelle's website stood out amongst the other instructors I had found. Perhaps it was their age, the look they presented, the snap of pizazz I sensed...is it possible to radiate charisma through just a website? In any case...sold! I sent my only email inquiry to them, and heard back promptly from Michelle.
Michelle was our instructor for approximately seven or eight lessons spread out over five months. I'll have to say my wife is very particular about things. She's fickle on what people teach her cardio-boxing class; she likes so-and-so because he holds the mitts better; she doesn't like this person teaching her weights class because it's boring and the same routine; signing up for this couples group isn't meeting her expectations. I was waiting for the day that Emily would say something about Michelle, but Michelle won the approval award. Emily always walked out of dance lessons enthused and excited. Michelle had a good approach when instructing Emily, and it was in a way that was specific and unique to Emily. She also had a great way of teaching me in the way I could pick it up the fastest - bare-bones info and the facts, baby. Just show me exactly what to do without all the fluff thrown in. At the end of all our lessons, Emily and I both felt that we could have used more, but I still felt confident going into the wedding.
So, what did we dance to? Emily latched on to Michael Buble's "Save the Last Dance," and I found the track to be fresh, peppy, and brisk. We decided to rumba to it, and spent most of our lessons solidifying our steps, working on some simple by interesting turns, and final touches. At the end of all the lessons, I was actually getting jazzed up. I was starting to feel like Emily and I could have been progressing and adding more flair to this simple but elegant routine. Emily was all grins on our first dance as a couple. I think she was actually thrilled. (We didn't tell anyone we took dance lessons, so there may have been the expectation to "hip-sway." :) ) Wow, I was not prepared for the reaction we received from our guests. At the end of the five months, I had starting thinking that maybe our dance needed more pizazz, but our guests seemed blown away. A lot of compliments were given that night for our little routine. And the best part about it was, Emily and I got a kick out of it more than they did. We still smile when we look back at that night, and laugh more when we reminisce on all nights of practice we had together. They can make for some goofy and funny moments. Guys, sign you and your ladies up for dance lessons. It will bring you closer.
Thanks Michelle & Sergey"
Danny & Emily Cante
"Thank you so much for teaching Alice and I how to dance!!! It was spectacular!!! Our friends, family, and vendors were shocked by our dance and said it was the best dance they have ever seen at a wedding! Alice and I practiced very hard after our last lesson and even two days before at West Lake Village Inn, where our wedding was held. Our friends loved the turns, the choreography and it really lifted up the entire night! Thanks again!!!"
Richard & Alice Chang
"Thank you very much for getting us ready to dance in two weeks! We did everything you taught us, from the introduction, the combinations, and the dip that ended the dance. Everyone loved it. Thank for getting us ready so quickly!"
Nancy Chen & Long Tran
"Our dance turned out awesome at our wedding!!! Thank you so much for all of your help with our Tango. Everyone has been talking about it. I think all the run throughs you did with us got our nerves out of the way. We really got into in when people stared cheering. Thank you for making our first dance a lifetime experience to remember."
Ryan & Carrie Baula
"We loved taking dance lessons at Studio 22! It was so much fun and a shared experience we will not forget!"
Kelly & Jacob Unger
"I love to dance because I think it’s fun and inspiring. I have two very cool coaches to teach me every step of the way. I can’t stop thinking of it because all I want to do is dance. I try to inspire my friends that it’s fun."
Youth Class Student
"I found Studio 22's website (good website by the way) and signed me and my now-husband up for a Wedding Package. In just 5 lessons, Michelle taught us some great moves, focusing on technique and the basic steps. Michelle is not only a super talented dancer but also a fabulous instructor. We had a lot of fun at our lessons, and ended up surprising everyone at our wedding when we broke into a salsa dance during our first dance. Thanks Michelle!"