Denis was born in Russia, where his mother still teaches dance today. He began is Ballroom dance training at the age of 8, and by the time he was 10 he was activley competing in the Junior ranks. Earning the titles of Junior and later Youth Ballroom Champion of Southern Russia.
At the age of 16 Denis moved to the US, where he continued is dance training and competitive career. Denis and his Jolie have won a number of titles, including the U.S. National 10-Dance Championships (best in ballroom and latin). Denis has been teaching professionally since 2002. In January 2008 Denis and his wife and partner Jolie moved from the San Fransico Bay area and will make Austin their new home.
Denis teaches group classes and is available for private lessons.