Natasha & Olivier

Natasha & Olivier

Natasha Devyatkina (Russia) & Olivier Harouard (France)

They are the BOTP organizers since 2009.

Natasha and Olivier are successful instructors, competitors and performers. They have won numerous contests and were the first European couple to win the title of Champion IBC (International Balboa Championship) in the famous Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach (USA)! They also placed 3rd at the highest ranked Balboa competition in 2011, the American Classic Balboa Championships. More than competing, they enjoy social dancing and sharing their passion with others.

Natasha is Russian and has been dancing since she was seven (ballroom dancing, competing and teaching on a high level). In 2001, she discovered Swing dancing and fell in love with it. She attended numerous Swing dancing workshops in Russia and abroad, and soon became one of the most successful Russian dancers and teachers. Olivier is French and discovered his passion for Swing in 2001. He started competing and soon placed among the first eight in the French Boogie Woogie ranking list.

Olivier and Natasha met at the Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden in 2001 and soon decided to team up as a dance couple. They studied together, started teaching in 2003 and built up regular classes in Toulouse. In 2005, when they moved to the Côte d’Azur near Cannes, Olivier and Natasha began to develop the Swing culture there.
In 2006, they started competing together and became NJC Balboa Champions in the Amateur division for their first run in the US Championships and 5th in the NJC Lindy Hop Championship and jumped up into the Pro Division.

Olivier and Natasha compete for fun but particularly enjoy social dancing and the exchange around the world by sharing their passion with others. Since 2003, their blend of two cultures has been creating an original style of dancing and a very personal style of teaching in all kinds of Swing dancing: Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Balboa and West Coast Swing. They are permanent students in all styles of dancing and are constantly trying to further improve their skills and way of teaching.