About your Instructors

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” 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!

Some of George and Wendy’s competition results

George and Wendy enjoyed competing, as it was the best way to measure progress in their own quality of dancing. It was also a great way to do what they love most: performing in front of an appreciative audience. Below are some of the results from their years of Championship-level competition.

2013

  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, Grand Ball, Richmond BC

Wendy suffered a permanent hip injury at the end of 2012, permanently ending her ability to compete at a high level. Then in September 2013 we learned that our home studio, The Grand Ballroom, would be closing down. It would be the last ever Grand Ball. This event had marked our first competition and Wendy was determined to be part of this final Grand Ball. So for 8 weeks she worked through tremendous pain to prepare. She was amazing. By the end of the final Jive, her pain became evident in her movements. But her goal was achieved, with great results. We were pleased to end competition on a highlight, with some of her best dancing ever.

2012

  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
    Wendy suffered a significant injury in the Senior 1 Standard event, permanently ending competition
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, ProAm Fiesta, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, BC Closed Championships, Nanaimo BC
    (our 7th consecutive title as BC Senior Latin champions)
  • 3rd, Senior II Championship Latin, Canadian Closed Championships, Vancouver BC
  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Ten Dance, Canadian Closed Championships, Vancouver BC
  • 7th, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Canadian Closed Championships, Vancouver BC
  • 2nd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, UBC Gala Ball, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, UBC Gala Ball, Richmond BC
  • 4th, Senior II Championship Standard, UBC Gala Ball, Richmond BC

2011

  • 2nd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 2nd, Senior II Championship Latin, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 5th, Senior 1 Championship Standard, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 3rd, Senior II Championship Standard, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, Seattle Star Ball, Seattle WA
  • 2nd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Seattle Star Ball, Seattle WA
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Standard, Seattle Star Ball, Seattle WA
  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Standard, Seattle Star Ball, Seattle WA
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Dance Pacifica, Victoria BC
  • 5th, Senior 1 Championship Standard, Dance Pacifica, Victoria BC
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, BC Closed Championships, Nanaimo BC
    (our 6th consecutive BC Senior Latin title)
  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Standard, BC Closed Championships, Nanaimo BC
  • 4th, Senior II Championship Latin, Canadian Closed Championships, Toronto ON
  • 7th, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Canadian Closed Championships, Toronto ON
  • 27th, Senior 1 World Championship Ten Dance, Toronto ON
  • 3rd, Senior II Championship Latin, Crystal Leaf International, Toronto ON
  • 3rd, Senior II Championship Standard, Crystal Leaf International, Toronto ON
  • 5th, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Crystal Leaf International, Toronto ON
  • 9th, Senior 1 Championship Standard, Crystal Leaf International, Toronto ON
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, SnowBall Classic, Vancouver BC
  • 2nd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, SnowBall Classic, Vancouver BC
  • 3rd, Senior II Championship Standard, SnowBall Classic, Vancouver BC
  • 9th, Senior 1 Championship Standard, SnowBall Classic, Vancouver BC

2010

  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 2nd, Senior II Championship Standard, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 5th, Senior 1 Championship Standard, Grand Ball, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Standard, Seattle Star Ball, Seattle WA
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, ProAm Fiesta, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, ProAm Fiesta, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Standard, ProAm Fiesta, Richmond BC
  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Standard, ProAm Fiesta, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Dance Pacifia, Victoria BC
  • 6th, Senior 1 Championship Standard, Dance Pacifica, Victoria BC
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, BC Closed Championships, Nanaimo BC
    (our 5th consecutive title as BC Senior Latin champions)
  • 5th, Senior 1 Championship Standard, BC Closed Championships, Nanaimo BC
  • 3rd, Senior II Championship Latin, Canadian Closed Championships, Calgary AB
  • 8th, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Canadian Closed Championships, Calgary AB
  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, San Francisco Open, San Francisco CA
  • 3rd, Senior II Championship Standard, San Francisco Open, San Francisco CA
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, UBC Gala Ball, Richmond BC
  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, UBC Gala Ball, Richmond BC
  • 4th, Senior II Championship Standard, UBC Gala Ball, Richmond BC
  • 6th, Senior 1 Championship Standard, UBC Gala Ball, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, SnowBall Classic, Vancouver BC
  • 4th, Senior 1 Championship Latin, SnowBall Classic, Vancouver BC
  • 5th, Senior II Championship Standard, SnowBall Classic, Vancouver BC
  • 3rd, Senior 1 Championship Standard, Quest for the Best, Seattle WA

2009

  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Northwest Regional Championships, Seattle WA
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, Northwest Regional Championships, Seattle WA
  • 5th, Senior II Championship Standard, Northwest Regional Championships, Seattle WA
  • 4th, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Embassy Ball, Irvine CA
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, Seattle Star Ball, Seattle WA
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, Seattle Star Ball, Seattle WA
  • 3rd, Senior II Championship Standard, Seattle Star Ball, Seattle WA
  • 2nd, Senior II Championship Standard, ProAm Fiesta, Richmond BC
  • 1st, Senior Championship Latin, BC Closed Championships, Nanaimo BC
  • 2nd, Senior II Championship Standard, BC Closed Championships, Nanaimo BC
  • 2nd, Senior 1 Championship Latin, UBC Gala Ball, Vancouver BC
  • 3rd, Invitational Showdance competition, UBC Gala Ball, Vancouver BC
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, SnowBall Classic, Vancouver BC
  • 1st, Senior 1 Championship Latin, City Lights Ball, San Jose CA
  • 1st, Senior II Championship Latin, Manhattan Classic, New York NY

2008

  • 1st, NW Regionals Senior Latin, Seattle, WA
  • 2nd, Embassy Ball Senior Latin, Irvine, CA
  • 1st, Seattle Star Ball Senior Latin, Seattle, WA
  • 2nd, Pro-Am Fiesta Senior Latin, Richmond, BC
  • 2nd, Dance Pacifica Senior Latin, Victoria, BC
  • 1st, BC Closed Senior Latin, Nanaimo, BC
  • 2nd, SnowBall Classic Senior Latin, Vancouver, BC

2007

  • 2nd, Grand Ball Senior Latin, Richmond, BC
  • 2nd, Northern Lights Classic Senior Latin, Edmonton, AB
  • 1st, Vancouver Open Senior Latin, Vancouver, BC
  • 1st, Pro-Am Fiesta Senior Latin, Richmond, BC

Top BC senior Latin couple based on ranking points

2006

  • 1st, Grand Ball Senior Latin, Richmond, BC
  • 1st, Northern Lights Classic Senior Latin, Edmonton, AB
  • 2nd, Vancouver Open Senior Latin, Vancouver, BC
  • 1st, Northwest Regionals Senior Latin, Seattle, WA

Top BC Senior Latin couple based on ranking points