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Alex Shchukin

Alex Shchukin

Alex Shchukin

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Alex was born in the Eastern part of Ukraine, in the family of professional sportsman. His father was a swimmer. So Alex knew from early childhood, that his life will be dedicated to sport. He was accepted to the sport gymnastics junior camp, but after several years had to drop out. After the Union`s collapse, and after the huge financial crisis, the state stopped supporting sport organizations, and his family couldn`t afford paying for training or at least gym rent. But Alex didn`t give up. He found the sport, that was for free – break dancing. He and his friends organized the street crew, and after a while they actually started getting invited to the clubs and events, and earning money. After a while Alex got invited to “So You Think You Can Dance”, where he met his future wife. After the show he started his career as TV choreographer, working for many popular shows, such as “Star`s Academy”, “Show Number 1”, “Ukraine Doesn`t Believe in Tears” and TV commercials (KFC, Orbit, MTC net, etc). Alex and his wife opened the dance school – “Manhattan”. While she was teaching pole, he completely ignored this dance style, being in love with hip hop, jazz funk and contemporary dance. Of course, he tried iron-Xs and dead lifts, but never could have imagined, what a serious passion it all will grow into. But a year ago his wife got seriously sick, and while she was recovering, he decided to make a special present for her, something she really wanted, – create routine for a pole dance championship. He applied for World Pole Dance in Zurich and after his second time on stage as pole dancer, was placed third. Alex finally fell in love with pole dance. He trained hard, every day. As a result, on his second competition – Australian Pole Fitness Championship he was the winner. After a month he also won the first ever all-male championship Mr Pole Dance. A month ago – he became world champion (IPFS) in London. Alex believes, that pole dance needs to put more accent on DANCE. It will never hurt the sport part of it, but will only make it more interesting and captivative for people, and challenging for performerers. His own style is mixture of dangerous tricks, felxibility and show. His secret is quite simple – Alex trains a lot. Really – A LOT. He is sure, that human body has no limits. When his students say, that something is impossible, they will never do it, or that there are people, who are just not meant to dance – Alex quotes a song: “My body is a cage, that keeps me from dancing. My mind holds the key.” Learn more about Alex on his website! Click here! Visit Alex’s studio, Manhattan Dance School! [album id=21 template=extend]

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