Piotr Iwanicki (Bio)
Piotr Iwanicki, born with spina bifida and never having walked in his life, is one of the most accomplished wheelchair dancers in the world, with multiple wheelchair World Latin Champion titles, including winning 6 World Championships, 5 European Championships, 11 Polish Championships, and a few World Cup crowns, all between 1999-2011. In total, for 12 years he was the reigning World Champion in Wheelchair Dancesport (now called Paradancesport). He has performed as a guest artist at some of the most prestigious ballroom dance competitions including German Open, Blackpool (UK), Snowball Classic (Canada), Millenium Dancesport Championships (Florida), and has performed alongside some of the most acclaimed dancers including Michał Malitowski & Joanna Leunis, Ricardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko, Hanna Kartunnen & Victor da Silva, and has also appeared in the Romanian Dancing With the Stars.
Iwanicki has contributed to the popularization of wheelchair dance sport performing and teaching in many countries and inspiring other wheelchair users to dance and pursue their dreams. In 2012, Iwanicki had to stop competing after a serious surgery and spending 6 months in hospital. Infinite Flow Founder Marisa Hamamoto and Piotr started to exchange messages and phone calls through Facebook Messenger in 2016, sharing information on inclusive dance and exploring the possibility of working together. After finally meeting and performing together in July 2017 in Tokyo, they mutually agreed to continue working and collaborating together. Iwanicki admires Infinite Flow for its message of inclusion and Hamamoto’s ability to bring out each person’s beauty, whether they have a disability or not. He feels he finally found a family and community where he can continue to advocate for people with disabilities through dance.
Outside of dance, Iwanicki is a father of two children—Kevin and Maya—a pool and fishing enthusiast, and the only person with a disability in Poland who has a license to train police dogs and operate a construction crane.