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(Hai Pe) - Meet the two promising children who bring a lot of honor to the city of Haifa, Mustafa Odeh, 10 years old, and Liel Barishev, also 10 years old, a ballroom dancing couple who have won the title of Israeli champions 8 times, the most recent winning this month (May) in the Israel Championship competition held in Petah Tikva.

Liel and Mustafa (Photo: ROB RONDA)

Beautiful and promising

Both are 10 years old, both are champion dancers, both are beautiful and promising, both bring a lot of respect to the city of Haifa. Mustafa Odeh, a XNUMXth grade student at the Herzl school, and Liel Brishav, a XNUMXth grade student who attend the DM STUDIO ballroom dance school
Under the management of Dmitry Miroshnichenko and Sasha Vishnevsky, they have already won 8 championships and managed to raise the Israeli flag in several international competitions.

winning the championship

Mustafa's mother, Oksana, tells about the beginning of the road:

At the age of five he started learning ballroom dancing. I was the one who suggested enrolling him and he said "no", I explained to him that you don't say no without trying "go, see, be impressed and if you like it, continue" and from there everything is history.

Mustafa fell in love with the genre of ballroom dancing and from the beginning of school Lial became his dance partner and they have been together for 5 years dancing, developing, becoming professional and winning championships

Since then he makes me go and travel with him everywhere, I accompany him to training both in Kiryat and Herzliya and it's not easy but it's worth it. I am happy and proud of him and he is happy and good for him. It is important to note that their coaches Sasha and Dima invest a lot in the trainees. They are really family.

Liel and Mustafa (personal album)

The coaches live in Petahia in the center and when we take the children to training they come to Ramla, pick us up in their car and bring us back. They do holy work, they are professional and at the same time humane and kind-hearted who take care of the children and do everything in order for them to develop and succeed. We became one family and you really don't meet people like them every day.

Miss childhood but love dancing

Oksana, Mustafa's mother, also says, it is true that the training, the investment and the flights make them miss their childhood and not live a normal routine like all the children because they fly at least 6 times a year and I see how my Mustafa completes the study material and how every day he finishes his studies and travels by train, eats and learns by train and returns home at ten at night.
It's not easy, but on the other hand, as a mother, and I also allow myself to speak for the other parents, we get a lot of satisfaction from the children. We find that we have independent children, with self-discipline, they have physical strength and flexibility, sociable, competitive and positive.
Since the second grade I don't arrange his bag, he does everything by himself, he is independent and arranges both the school bag and the training bag. He makes sure on his own about a healthy diet and less processed food, takes care of his dance friends and his partner and they are as above.
Every time someone makes sure to bring something, although he is 10 years old, he is much more mature and that is thanks to the dancing.

Liel and Mustafa with trainers Sasha and Dima (personal album)

It's a shame that the municipality does not invest or allocate space for ballroom dancing

Oksana tells Live here that she would like the municipality to invest more in children and to allocate at least twice a week a hall or community center for children for ballroom dancing. Instead of children just walking around the street cracking nuts or being captivated by screens, they can be successful in dancing as well as in studies.

Mustafa Valial (personal album)

"Mustafa is a very special and sensitive child," says Oksana, who really appreciates our investment in him as parents. I always accompany him and go to training with him and he knows that his father works and invests a lot so that he can finance all the expenses. Last year he prepared a surprise for his father when he participated in the show Dancing with the Stars.
In the same episode when he appeared he was interviewed and thanked his father who encourages and supports him all the way. That evening we invited the whole family to watch their performance on the show and he was so happy and told his dad that he had a surprise waiting for him. They appeared and gave a good performance but in the editing they cut the part where he thanks his father and it made him very sad.

Without father he would not have been able to fulfill his dream

It is very important for me to say how proud his father is of him, loves him and supports him endlessly and how he sends the videos to the whole family at every performance. He worries financially and if it wasn't for my husband I wouldn't have been able to continue and Mustafa wouldn't have fulfilled his dream.
I remember every time the sentence that my husband says to him, "In time, I tell him, "Mustafa, go make your dream come true." When I see it from the side, I bloom how lucky he is to have a father.
He is also attached to his grandmother every day early in the morning he goes to eat breakfast with her and asks her to pray for him and bless him. When she puts her hand on his head and blesses him, he is most "satisfied" and confident.

Liel and Mustafa with trainers Sasha and Dima (personal album)

Dmitri Miroshnichenko and Sasha Vishnevsky, residents of the center who train Mustafa Valial, own two clubs, one in Haifa that has existed for 7 years and one in Herzliya, but since there is no group of small children in Haifa, they have to travel all the way to Herzliya.

The proud coaches tell about the champions: "Mustafa and Liel won the Israeli championship, which is organized once a year by the Israeli Dance Sport Federation (IDSF, and this is the most important competition of the year, this year they won 3 Israeli championships in the 10-11 age category Latin, Standard, and 8 dances (Latino American, European , and combined 8 dances (Latino American + European).
Despite their young age, they have already won the title of Israeli champions 8 times, and also waved the Israeli flag in several international competitions held in Belgium, Italy, and England, and there are many more in the planning."

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Samar Odeh - Carantinji
Samar Odeh - Carantinji
Journalist in the team of correspondents of the Chai Pe site • Municipal reporter, crimes, environment and health Contact Samar by email: [email protected]

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  1. Lial is a good friend, a crazy dancer, keep being so crazy and good luck forever competitions, good luck from Gaia, the best friend from kindergarten and I hope we continue to be best friends😘❤️💯

  2. How uplifting!! A lot of investment, from all parties. It's a shame that the state doesn't help the families of these champions financially, only garnering compliments at their expense.

    • Haha me too, especially since she lives in the same neighborhood as Mustafa.
      Well done to the children and parents.

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