Meet Sergey Onik

The Dance Director

Meet Sergey Onik, United States National Dance Champion, choreographer, and instructor. Get to know him as personal dance instructor to actress Kirstie Alley and your Official Dance Director for 100 Days of Dance!

Sergey was born April 13, 1988 in Kharkov, Ukraine and relocated to New York, NY at the age of 3. At 12 years old, he started dancing under Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian Latin Ballroom Champion and professional dancer on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (Kirstie Alley’s partner DWTS Season 12). Technically trained in Ballroom, Latin, Ballet, and Hip Hop, Sergey represented the US at the World Games 2009 in Taiwan (placed 8th).

Sergey’s professional work spans the globe. He has performed in the New Years Show at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, the Grand Opening Show of the Wynn Hotel Macau, China, and on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (Seasons 2 & 3). He was previously an assistant choreographer for Wynn Las Vegas’ “Le Reve” Show. As a dance instructor and choreographer for Dance with Me Studios in New York, he choreographed “All the Right Moves,” a Dance with Me Invitational event held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, May 2011.

Asked about his love for dance, Sergey admits: “I started dancing to impress the ladies, then fell in love with dance itself. It saved my life, and it’s the best, most exciting and healthy way to spend your day.”

Q & A with Sergey Onik

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  • What is 100 Days of Dance?
  • A grassroots movement led by Kirstie Alley to inspire you to live a happier and healthier life through dance.
  • When does 100 Days of Dance start?
  • January 1, 2012. Kirstie and I will be kicking things off with a New Year’s Eve dance. We will post the debut dance video on the site for you to watch by New Year’s Day!
  • How do we join 100 Days of Dance?
  • Go to 100daysofdance.com. Sign up, then DANCE. It’s that easy.
  • How much does it cost to join 100 Days of Dance?
  • It’s FREE for everyone!
  • How do we do 100 Days of Dance?
  • Dance every day, starting January 1st, for 100 days in a row, and check 100daysofdance.com to see new daily dance videos from Kirstie, plus extra footage, video tips, blog posts, and more. Follow us on Twitter for behind the scenes thoughts and the chance to win prizes!
  • Do I have to be a Dancer to do this?
  • No! You just need a pulse and a moving body. This is for everybody and anybody to move and groove.
  • What do I need to do 100 Days of Dance?
  • You need your body and a good spirit.
  • Is 100 Days of Dance a contest? Is there a winner?
  • It’s not a contest—anyone who dances with us for 100 days is a winner! But we will have many contests, which we will announce on Twitter, so stay posted!
  • Are you teaching us how to dance?
  • You can definitely learn some dance moves and get great tips through the videos and blog posts on 100daysofdance.com. But 100 Days of Dance is not a tutorial. We are just introducing you to different ways and places to dance, and encouraging you to groove every day, no matter who you are.
  • Is this going to be live? Where we can send in with questions?
  • Yes. We are live on Twitter and updating videos at 100daysofdance.com every day. You can Tweet us, or you can email me, the Dance Director, your questions at DanceDirector@100DaysofDance.com.
  • Do we have to send in videos?
  • Uploading videos is not mandatory! But it is a fun way to share your own dance adventure and to stay connected with Kirstie and other 100 Days of Dance participants!
  • I missed the first few days, am I still able to participate?
  • Yes, absolutely! You can start right away. There are no cut offs points in this campaign. Everyone is welcome to join and dance; and it’s never too late to get started!
  • If your daily videos are 5 minutes long, how are we supposed to dance for 30 minutes?
  • The daily dance videos are supposed to be used as idea starters or for inspiration. Start there and dance for as long as you can.
  • The video is not playing on my computer! What do I do?
  • Your Internet browser might be an old version, or your connection might be too slow. Make sure your Internet connection is running at optimal speed. Try downloading the latest version of your browser or switching to a different browser.
  • Are you teaching us new dances every day? Some of your videos are too hard to copy.
  • Some videos will be instructional, while some are just for your viewing pleasure. Either way, the videos will show different styles of dancing, meant to inspire you to find a style that you like and want to pursue.
  • I am in a wheelchair. Am I still able to participate in 100 days of dance?
  • Of course you can. There are many programs out there that have wheel chair dancing—a quick Google search will show you! For a good work out, you may want to try sitandbefit.org.

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