About Us

About Us

Kenilworth-Winnetka Dance Club was established in 2017 by business partners Aleksandar Bonev and Peter Minkov. With over 34 years of combined experience in performing and teaching, Aleksandar and Peter are two of the most successful and well sought after certified instructors.

The idea to form KWBC came about when Aleksandar and Peter realized there was a lack of quality ballroom dance lessons being offered at the local park districts. They saw a need from the community seeking quality dance instruction from instructors who keep themselves up to date and active in the dance business. It is their desire to promote the elegance, grace and culture of ballroom dancing to the community. Most of all, they aspire to bring out the pleasure and joy of dancing in their students.

Aleksandar and Peter have not only worked to achieve success in their own dance careers. The knowledge they have obtained from training with world-renowned coaches, organizing their own competitions and showcases, and their international experiences living and traveling abroad make them very unique and resourceful in the ballroom dance industry.

KWBC’s strengths lie in Aleksandar’s and Peter’s abilities to customize their teaching to suit all ages, abilities and diverse student body. Their students have ranged between 6 to 87 years of age. They customize their teaching methods to complete beginners, social dancers and experienced competitive dancers. They have a unique way of communicating with and teaching students from all walks of life.

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Aleksandar Bonev and Peter Minkov

Biographies

Aleksandar Bonev

Aleksandar Bonev is a professional ballroom dancer, fully certified instructor and choreographer with over 23 years of training and over 9 years of teaching experience. He possesses a wealth of experience in competing and performing in various dance styles and disciplines. He is the founder and owner of Northshore Dance Society and Northshore Extravaganza Dancesport Showcase.

Aleksandar began his dance career at the age of 6 in Bulgaria, with early years of training in modern ballet and gymnastics. In 2010, he was one of the professional dancers on Bulgaria’s version of Dancing With The Stars. He also an instructor and choreographer for Impulse Ballet, one of Bulgaria’s largest dance companies.

As a professional dancer, Aleksandar has trained with esteemed and world renowned champions of Smooth, Standard, Rhythm and Latin styles. As an instructor, he competes Pro/Am with his students.

Personally, Aleksandar is passionate about passing on his knowledge to his students, and he inspires them to take their own dancing to the next level. His strengths as a dancer lie within his creativity, versatility, energy and musicality. He believes that dance can empower and enrich people’s lives and he looks forward to cultivating confident dancers in all types of ballroom dances.

Peter Minkov

Peter Minkov is a certified Ballroom and Latin dance instructor, professional dance competitor, and has over 25 years of dance and teaching experience. He is a ballroom dance adjudicator with the US Terpsichore Association and the owner of the oldest ballroom dance competition in the USA – the Chicago Harvest Moon Ball Dancesport Championship.

Peter was introduced to ballroom dancing at the age of 9, in his native country Bulgaria. From the first moments on the dance floor, he knew this would be his lifelong passion, which eventually became his profession and life.

As a professional competitor, Peter is a former winner and champion of over 20 U.S. professional ballroom championships.

He was a U.S. National Professional top 6 finalist and was ranked as high as No. 4 in the country as well as top 16 in the world for several years in a row.

His experience as a dance instructor combined with his wide breadth of knowledge, expertise and life experience,  makes him the perfect instructor for students of all backgrounds and ages.

His exposure and involvement in his family business of wedding planning and photography makes him an asset in the ballroom industry as he is well versed to help students prepare for their wedding dance or special event.

As a renowned coach and trainer who is well sought after, Peter loves to teach and is passionate in teaching dancers of all levels. Whether you are a beginner, recreational social dancer or an advanced competitor, Peter can help bring your dancing to the next level.

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