George and Wendy Pytlik have been married for more than 30 years and enjoyed a competitive run that spanned 12 years of ballroom dancing.
They were undefeated BC Latin champions in the 35+ age category for seven consecutive years. They finished 3rd in the Canadian Championships in their age category twice for the Latin genre and once in the challenging Ten-Dance genre that involves competing in all five Standard, or Ballroom dances and in all five competitive Latin dances. They were two-time SnowBall Classic Latin champions in their age group and finished 27th in the world in the 2010 Sr 1 World Championship Ten Dance competition.
The couple qualified as “elite athletes” in 2010 under the rules of competitive Canadian ballroom dancing, making them eligible to teach while continuing to compete as amateurs. They retired from competition in November 2012 after Wendy suffered a critical injury while dancing the Grand Ball, an annual competition that took place in their home studio. In November 2013, after learning that the Grand Ballroom was closing down, thus spelling the end of the Grand Ball, they came out of retirement to dance one more Latin competition together, which they won. George continued competing in the Standard genre with another partner before turning professional.
George has been certified to teach by the Canadian DanceSport Federation, the governing body for ballroom dance teaching in Canada, in both Latin and Standard. Wendy has been certified in Latin and is currently working on her Standard designation. Meet George | Meet Wendy
George and Wendy lived in Delta, BC for 17 years and have established a group lesson program in that Vancouver suburb in two different non-profit facilities, covering three skill levels from raw beginner lessons to advanced dancers. They also teach private lessons for competitors, social dancers and to help couples prepare for special events like the First Dance at a wedding. Learn more
We hope to see you on the dance floor!