For studio owner Stefan, passion and determination are cornerstones for everything in his life. His natural passion for dance and boundless energy on the floor quickly set him apart from others in his native Bulgaria. After claiming the Bulgarian National Latin and 10-Dance Championships, he set his sights on the US as competitor, instructor, coach, and judge. In his more than 40 years in the dance industry he has helped countless students achieve their goals in ballroom, and has the regional and national awards to prove it. Perhaps his proudest achievement to date is opening the doors of Dance Excellence Ballroom with wife and partner Traci Dobrev. For Stefan, joy comes not just from dancing, but also from helping Dance Excellence students discover a confidence that they carry with them through all facets of their lives.