Irina began her dance career as a 5 year old in Moscow, Russia. Within a year, she was on tour and performing on the best stages of Russia and Europe. Upon her arrival in NY, Irina joined the Brighton Ballet Theater and later continued her dance training at the Performing Arts High School and Columbia University. For the past ten years she has studied West African, Congolese, and Haitian dance, as well as Samba and belly dance, with some of the best teachers in NYC. Teaching Zumba has given Irina an opportunity to share her most beloved dance styles with her students.