Damir was born in Astrakhan, Russia, where he was introduced to ballroom dancing at the age of six. He fell in love with this sport and had a successful record competing in his hometown, nationally and internationally. In 2005, Damir moved to the United States and started his teaching career with Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Currently, he works as an independent instructor at ” A Time to Dance” studio and as a critical care nurse at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He loves to help people become more confident on the floor whether it is a social dance event, competition, or wedding.