Wheelchair for ballroom dancer

For: Olesia Kornienko
Organizer: Olesia Kornienko
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The Story

Despite living with very spastic cerebral palsy and moving in my manual wheelchair, I have had 7 years experience on Wheelchair Ballroom dancing both in Poland and recently in Vancouver BC. Since last year I havedanced in The Grand Ballroom's in Richmond BC. My great teacher Andy Wong helps me develop my skills. Andy he is my partner and we both participated in several mainstream competitions.

My dance wheelchair is already 13 years old and seriously begins to crack. My wheelchair was being repaired many times, but I'm afraid that it will spoil during the some dance competition.

Wheelchair for dance must meet the relevant standards. It Must be very light and very agile. It Must have options for optimum fit to my physical condition.

Therefore my dream wheelchair is Tilite Aero Z. Revolutionary style in a completely custom made, ultra-lightweight aluminum chair. Aero Z offers more selectable options than any other chair in its class. More options equal better fit and performance for the user.

The base price for the Tilite Aero Z is $ 2900.00 + accesories (cushion, safety flip back)

I want to devote to the purchase of the wheelchair my annuity ($ 200).

If I do not manage to accumulate the full amount, I will use gathered money to repairmy old wheelchair.

I will use new wheelchair during the workouts and various dance competitions in BC and several cities in Canada.

As far as I know, I'm the only one ballroom dancer on wheelchair in BC or even in Canada.

My dream is to become wheelchair ballroom instructor.

I would like to focus your attention on Ballroom dancing on the wheelchair. As far as I'm concerned, my own example while dancing is the only way to present this form of activity to as many people as possible, especially to people on wheelchairs.

Many people say, that I could inspire everyone around with my dance and my great passion for the art of Ballroom!

The benefits of this sport to my rehabilitation are astronomical! Besides being an incredibly fun way to exercise, it also helps relieve muscle spasticity while increasing muscle strength.

The ballroom dance is a Paralympic sport.

Good wheelchair for me is as important as good shoes for sportsman.

On the new wheelchair I will be able to move better.

If you want I can in various ways to advertise your company in exchange for some amount of money for a new wheelchair.

As for competitions next year, the following are competitions that we can go to:

March - Vancouver Open in Sheraton Wall Centre

May - The Island Fantasy Ball in Nanaimo

June - Dance Pacifica in Victoria

August - Seattle Star Ball in Seattle

October - Rocky Mountain Grand Prix in Calgary

November - SnowBall Classic in Vancouver

September 16, 2013


I, Anya Klimova-Preston, am a professional ballroom and latin dance coach and have been training dancers of different ages and levels for 20 years. I am an international adjudicator, representing the United States of America at the World DanceSport Championships.

The first time I saw Olesia Kornienko’s performance was at the prestigious International Canadian Dance Championships, the Grand Ball, in November 2012. From my experience judging the European Championships, I am familiar with the high level required of dance athletes in European Wheelchair Dance Sport, which is a member of the International Paralympic Committee. At the Grand Ball, I was impressed with Olesia’s dance abilities and skills. I reflected my appreciation in the professional notes, awarding her a well-deserved First Place. Since then, I have judged Olesia Kornienko’s performances at numerous Dance Sport events in Canada, following her progress in training and development as an active, diverse and passionate dancer. 

Olesia has gained her extensive performing and competitive experience over years of training and competitive dancing in Poland and Canada. Her excellent social skills and fluency in English, Polish and Russian languages make her a true ambassador of dance. Olesia actively shares her secrets of success and love for dance with the Canadian Wheelchair community.  She organizes multiple workshops, lectures and demonstrations in the area of British Columbia. These efforts find complete and solid support from the Canadian Dance Sport Community, especially from her coach Andy Wong and the dance professionals of British Columbia.

Around the World, Wheelchair Dance Sport is organized, established and promoted due to the tireless efforts of wheelchair dancers who learned to appreciate and clearly see the benefits of dance in their lives. Olesia Kornienko possesses an amazing hunger for learning, an ability to collaborate and a zest to achieve in life. Her personality makes her an outstanding example of mental, physical and spiritual beauty developed and supported by the art of dance. She has proven to be a priceless inspiration to the Ballroom Dance community and an undeniable asset to the growing Wheelchair dance community of British Columbia. Her presence here, in Canada, is a must.

Should you have any questions please contact me without hesitation.

Sincerely yours,

Anya Klimova Preston                                                                             


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