Katya Virshilas in the dance drama “Take The Lead” with Antonio Banderas
former BC and Ontario Amateur Latin Champion and Canadian Amateur Runner-Up
Katya Virshilas with Antonio Banderas, Alfre Woodard, Elijah Kelley, Dante Basco, Jenna Dewan in Inspired by a true story of internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane in the dance family drama “Take the Lead”. Own it on DVD today.
Official Webpage: DanceWay.com/katya
Katya Virshilas been doing jazz dancing since she was five in Lithuania, and latin and ballroom since fourteen in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in Yasel DanceSport Academy, directors Viktor Yasel and Irina-Prodan Yasel, certified Ballroom Dance Instructors with 20 years of teaching experience.
Katya Virshilas become Amateur Latin BC Champion in 1999 and 2000 with her partner at that time Jason Tabachnicov. Then Katya announces plans on July 2001 about her decision to move to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she met her next dancing partner Dmitry Ilyushenov.
Later Katya Virshilas and Dmitry Ilyushenov – former Ontario Amateur Latin Champions and Canadian Amateur Finalists – decided to end their successful (Sept 2001- Oct 2003) partnership after making top 23 out of 75 at the Latin World Championships 2003 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Katya went into an acting career in Hollywood, where her outstanding debut happened in the movie “Shall we dance” as Perky Girl with leading actors Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. Since then Katya played parts in Reefer Madness Musical(2005) – Female Dancer; Secret Central; Smallville; Alice, I think; (mini) TV Series “Dante’s Cove” (2005) as Jacki; Edison (2005); Godiva’s (2005) playing “Dancer Girl”. Her latest dancing part in the dance drama “Take The Lead” with Antonio Banderas to star based on the true story of internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane (directed by Liz Friedlander).