Photis Pishiaras, a Greek Cypriot, first performed folk dancing in kindergarten continuing through his teenage years. While attending college in Athens, Greece, he taught ballroom dance at the Gene Kelly School before completing a choreography program in Berlin, Germany, and opening his own ballroom dance school in Cyprus.

Photis moved to San Francisco in 1994 where he taught at Arthur Murray Dance Studio for eight years.

Photis established Vima Dance Studio in San Francisco in 2005 which he operated until 2014.

Competing in the US, Canada and Europe, Photis and his dance partner, Ron, together known as Photon won the 2012 US and California and the 2013 US and North America Men's Ballroom Standard championships. They got a Gold medal in the 2013 World OutGames in Antwerp. They won silver medals for the world championships in Men's Ballroom and Latin division at the Ninth Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio. They are the 2015 Montreal Rainbow Dance Challene Ballroom Standard champions - Montreal, Canada and 2015 US championship runner ups. They hold the 2016 US Men's Ballroom Championship. They are the 2016 North America Ballroom Standard championship runner ups, Dublin, Ohio. Their latest exciting accomplishment was winning the 2017 North America Men's Ballroom Championship, Palm Springs, California.

Photis is the founder of the all-male performance group, Vima Vice Squad, who are the 2011 - 2014 US and 2013 North America Formation Team Champions. Vima Vice Squad won the world championship with a Gold medal at the 2014 Ninth Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio. They are the 2016 US Formation Team Champions and the 2017 California Formation Team Champions.

He dances Country Western and studied clogging with the Barbary Coast Cloggers.
Photis is a certified professional ballroom dance instructor and has competed professionally as well as Pro-Am with Students in Dance Sport competitions, earning him a Top Teacher Award. 

  • 2005-2014 established, operated and managed Vima Dance Studio in San Francisco

  AWARDS

  • Top Teacher award for the 1998 San Francisco Arthur Murray Dance-Orama
  • Top Formation award for the 1998 San Francisco Arthur Murray Dance-  Orama
  • Bronze medalist in Men's Ballroom division at the 2010 world championships Eighth Gay Games in Cologne, Germany
  • 2012 California Men's Ballroom Standard champion
  • 2012 US Men's Ballroom Standard champion
  • 2013 US Men's Ballroom Standard champion
  • 2013 North America Men's Ballroom Standard champion
  • Gold medalist in the 2013 World OutGames in Men's Ballroom Standard division in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Silver medalist in Men's Ballroom division at the 2014 world championships Ninth Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Silver medalist in Men's Latin division at the 2014 world championships Ninth Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2011 - 2014 US Formation Team Champion
  • 2013 North America Formation Team Champion
  • Gold medalist at the 2014 Ninth Gay Games earning the Formation Team world championship title in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2015 Gold medalist at the Montreal Ballroom Standard championships in Montreal, Canada
  • 2015 US Ballroom Standard championship runner up
  • 2016 US Men's Ballroom Champion
  • 2016 US Formation Team Champion
  • 2016 North America Ballroom Standard championship runner up, Dublin, Ohio
  • 2017 North America Men's Ballroom Championship, Palm Springs, California.
  • 2017 Received the Richard Lamberty award. An award given the North American Same Sex Partner Dance Association (NASSPDA) for continuing/enduring contributions to the same sex dance community, named in honor of one of the early promoters of same sex dancing.